What is this movie?
“Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!”, a completed indie comedy, needs your help to spread our message of “Love Is Love”.
Help this award-winning film secure distribution in theaters nationwide!
“Oy Vey!” is a heartwarming and inspirational story following a Jewish mother’s journey of accepting that her precious son is not only gay, but also dating a Roman Catholic man. This is a story of acceptance every family can relate to with a very simple message: “Love Is Love!”
With an amazing and accomplished cast, including Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award nominee Lainie Kazan, Saul Rubinek, Carmen Electra, Vincent Pastore, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, and Emmy Award winner Jai Rodriguez. Additionally, a number of talented individuals were involved in the making of this film, including Emmy Award winning comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch; and Grammy Award winning composer Desmond Child (numerous hits for KISS, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin, including "Livin La Vida Loca), who especially for the movie created a song and recorded it with British legend LULU.
Now, when we have this amazing opportunity, we want the whole world to be able to see the movie and share the message and heart of the film: that LOVE is LOVE! With your contributions, we will be able to secure a theatrical release of the film!
Yes! I want this movie to come to a theater
near me! What can I do to help?
Thank you so much for helping our movie get the theatrical release we feel it deserves! There are a few ways you can help spread the message about our movie and help us meet our goal:
- Contribute to our campaign! We have some awesome rewards for you! BONUS: If you are interested in your own private screening of the movie / OR you'd like to own the original movie script signed by the entire movie cast & crew / OR you want a couple of perks listed here together / OR you want to become a named producer on the movie! - Please click our 'Donate Button' on this page and make a note to us.
- Tell all of your friends and family about the movie & this campaign. We're going to need all hands on deck to reach our goal and get this movie into theaters around the country. So, if you know anyone who would enjoy this movie, send them this link to the campaign: http://www.oyveymovie.com
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What do Critics Say?
"A welcome comic counterbalance." "A film that gives both Bruce Vilanch, Carmen Electra and Lainie Kazan the roles of their careers..." "...could actually garner the long overdue veteran Kazan a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. She's THAT good."
Stephen Holt, AWARDS DAILY
"...While it would be natural to assume that this is a "gay" movie - or even a "Jewish" movie, in fact, neither is the case. This is, ultimately, a movie about what it means to be family...."
"...Lainie Kazan takes this story by horns: she is all over it and she is brilliant..."
Pam Spence, "THE OHIO JEWISH CHRONICLE"
“…old traditions get shaking up by modern romance…”
“…it’s finds the humor in otherwise awkward situation…”
Christine Long, CANADIAN NATIONAL TV
“This is a snapshot of how two families react to a very real situation and a terrific example of how love and understanding can bring families together...”
“…This movie, since it is told from the parent’s perspective and shows their point of view instead of spending time with the boys and their relationship, will live on as a the movie for the parents and grownups…”
“...the positive message needs to be seen and heard...”
Phillip Nakov, MOVIESET.COM
“...the movie made its point very tastefully, ‘love is love’..
”Some people may be thrown off by the title, but don’t assume things, the movie has no sexual scenes or suggestions whatsoever.”
Jordasche Bledsoe, THE STAR CELEB
“...this is a Kazan tour-de-force -- she’s spectacular.”
“…the whole cast is wonderful -- even Carmen, who is really naturally funny…”
“...the film has loads of laughs and heart. And it looks great.”
Billy Masters, BAY WINDOWS
"A smart, funny, cute, heartwarming little movie... "
"A heart and soul filled little film with a smart message for today's headlines."
"...see this film and spread the word...LOVE IS LOVE!"
Ester Goldberg, VIEW FROM A BROAD
"more positive portrayals of gay characters than ever..."
David King, OUTLOOKS MAGAZINE
…”I did not find this to be a gay film but rather a movie about a family that happened to have a gay son…”
“…This story could be equally translated across so many other areas such as a child who decides to date someone with HIV, of a different race, of a different religion, etc…”
by WHERE’IS RORRY.COM
“…Oy Vey My Son is Gay, is absolutely entertaining and a real refreshing movie from all the usual and typical Hollywood movies currently out…”
by SMAK NEWS
A Final Note from the Director
At a time when nations throughout the world are experiencing challenging and troubling times, I feel that people need to laugh; to feel inspired; and to realize that only through acceptance and tolerance can we move forward to creating a better world in which to live.
Born in Russia, raised in Israel and currently living in the USA, I feel that I have been able to combine multicultural elements and offer a fresh, unique perspective on an otherwise sensitive subject matter. To use the language of comedy to address a difficult and sensitive subject with empathy; creating light and funny characters who are nearly caricatures of themselves; having the humor emanate from the characters, even when a given situation may not demand humor.
Most of the movies on Indiegogo are just beginning their development. "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!" is a completed movie, ready to be launched in movie theaters to reach a wider audience!
So take a break from your stressful life, and help us to spread the word and bring more fun and joy to people’s hearts, filling them with unconditional love for each other, and at the same time to be able to enjoy this hilarious family movie!
Your support is extremely appreciated. One of a kind rewards are waiting for you! Thank you in advance for your contribution!
Evgeny Afineevsky Director / Producer / Writer
Risks and challenges
We are planning the theatrical release for the movie around October or mid-November, but this time frame might have to change depending on various circumstances which could be challenging, such as competition from major studio releases, major industry events, and availability of theaters.
This movie has proven its track record through the festival circuit, theatrical test release in 2010/2011 and our partnership with FREESTYLE RELEASING (Hollywood theatrical distribution and servicing company), who committed to run the theatrical campaign based on the proceeds raised here, will minimize the risk for the backers and will increase the potential outcome of the campaign. Of course, the amount of screens across the country depends on the contributions we raise here and solely on the final raised amount! The bigger amount we have the bigger release the movie can have! More screens and more places to be opened!
It is the right timing to bring this movie into theaters. Equality is a main subject matter that our society is living now! Many states are moving to approve this historical change, bringing more modern romance to our society. The movie shows, in a humorous way, how equality is in all of us; much like the TV show "Modern Family." Barriers are going to be those with traditional values who yet do not accept the equality of love. Throughout the world, people are being persecuted everyday simply for their choice in who to love. We recognize that the media will write on both sides of this subject matter. In 20 years this will be simply a family movie. Today it is a movie that supports acceptance, understanding, unconditional love, equality and family.