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Help fund a documentary about Falcon Studios' Chuck Holmes, the gay porn mogul who helped found the Human Rights Campaign.
Help fund a documentary about Falcon Studios' Chuck Holmes, the gay porn mogul who helped fund the gay rights movement.
Help fund a documentary about Falcon Studios' Chuck Holmes, the gay porn mogul who helped fund the gay rights movement.
285 backers pledged $28,430 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE! We made the $25,000 goal!!!! Thank you everyone who's shared, or liked, or donated to us. It's been an amazing process and we're humbled and grateful. Of course, that doesn't mean we don't still need your support. Kickstarter an Amazon take about 10% of what we raise, and we'll probably be in the hole closer to 40K before this project is done. So please, if you still feel like backing the project, please do -- we may have made our Kickstarter goal, but we've got miles to go before we sleep. (But now we can at least nap!)

Chuck Holmes built a gay porn empire, then used that fortune to help fund the gay rights movement -- only to find that while his money was welcome, his association often wasn't.

"An extremely vivid documentary" - Michael Musto, Village Voice

With Falcon Studios, porn mogul Chuck Holmes changed the way gay men looked. Though the 80s and 90s, the Falcon style he propagated -- preppy, smooth, self-assured, blond -- was ours.

Chuck was gay porn's Hugh Hefner, a sauve charmer, a unrivaled businessman, a man with a taste for the finest things, be they Bentleys, boats or blonds, a man who never took no for an answer.  But Chuck wanted to give back to the gay community that made him rich, only to find that while his money was welcome, his business was a liability.

Using his Falcon fortune, Chuck gave millions to organizations like the HRC, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to politicians like Barney Frank and Bill Clinton, to the AIDS Memorial Grove. But despite the money and the philanthropy, Chuck himself never quite fit in himself. Though he was a prodigious philanthropist, he always feared that his 'dirty money' would be returned. And sometimes he was right.

REWARDS

We've got some great rewards for contributing to the project, including Falcon stickers, commemorative smut posters and vintage Falcon videos.

$5+ A sheet of four commemorative stickers!

$25+ a copy of SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA, our documentary short about the birth of the porn industry in the late 60s.

$50+ limited edition Seed Money t-shirt with the vintage 1980 Falcon logo!

And at higher levels, items like this signed, limited edition poster.

at $1000+, a producer credit on the movie!

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

For three years, we've shot interviews -- with Chuck's lovers, stars, fans and rivals -- but we've hit a financial wall. We need your help to us finance the final round of interviews, pay for footage rights and film transfers, legal fees and film editing so that we can take this to festivals and distributors next year. We've done this all without pay, but the expenses are too much for us to handle alone. We think this is an important part of gay history, and we need your help to complete it.

PRESS

Falcon Creator Gets Doc! (Village Voice)

On Falcon's 40th Anniversary (AVN Magazine)

Chuck Holmes (1945 - 2000) (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    A sheet of four vintage Falcon Stickers! (increase your donation and we'll increase the amount!)

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    A personal thank you from the director on Facebook wall, and the satisfaction that comes with making gay history a little bit sexier.

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    A digital screener of SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA (our previous documentary) plus credit on the website and a note from Chuck on your Facebook page asking you to model for Falcon.

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    A copy of "Seed Money" upon completion! (Also makes a great gift! Back us now and we'll send an online card to the recipient with the good news!)

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    Screeners of both SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA and SEED MONEY (upon completion), with a personal note from the filmmakers, and a personal thank you from the director on Facebook.

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    A favor. Doesn't everyone love having someone who owes them a favor? That's me. Babysitting. Grocery running. Introductions. A couch to crash on. Oral sex. I owe you one favor, redeemable forever.

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    That cute FALCON T-SHIRT, with the "Seed Money" limited-edition with vintage 1980 Falcon logo

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    FALCON FAN PACK! A limited-edition Seed Money t-shirt with the vintage Falcon log and a digital copy of Seed Money upon completion, and a pack of Falcon stickers!

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    THE DO-GOODERS PACK! Screeners of SEED MONEY and SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA + an individual membership to the GLBT Historical Society + a personal thank you from the filmmakers

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    THE PRODUCERS PACK! A signed, special Backers' Edition of SEED MONEY upon completion + a handwritten thank you note + invitation to premiere and after-party (travel not included) + a Special Thanks credit on IMDB

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    SMUT LOVERS SPECIAL! A limited-edition signed copy of "Sex Ed: A Smut History of San Francisco" poster (at right) + a DVD of Falcon's historic "Other Side of Aspen" + The Producer's Pack

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    FALCON FAN! A limited-edition signed copy of "Sex Ed: A Smut History of San Francisco" poster (at right) + a Falcon t-shirt + The Producer's Pack

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    Associate Producer credit on SEED MONEY + lunch with the filmmakers in San Francisco + The Producer's Pack (above)

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    Co-producer credit + the Producer's Pack + dinner with the filmmaker and possibly his hand in gay marriage.

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