Wow: we made it! Thanks to your generous contributions, we have reached our goal with time to spare! We are overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to help pass along the message of this incredible movie!
We're excited to say that we can now professionaly mix YCU, color correct it and maybe even buy the rights to an original piece of music!
We will have to raise more funds though so we can invest in good advertisement -posters, press kits-, film festival submissions -entry fees, mailing, and much more! Please help us by donating a small amount and/ or passing our link to your friends and family! To those of you who have already contributed: we are so grateful and we'll try our best to get YCU where it belongs: at a film festival near you!!
Our StoryWriter/ director Fontessa de Ridder (MFA), Dutch but now based in San Francisco, got inspired to write the script for 'You're Cordially Uninvited' after hearing an incredible story from a good friend. Her friend had been invited to a party where half of the guests had been informed that it was a lesbian wedding reception, while the other half thought they were attending a birthday party. One of the brides went through all this trouble to avoid that mom and dad would find out about the girls sexuality.
Based upon her own experiences and by thoroughly researching the topic, Fontessa discovered that for many LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people, their fear of rejection turned out to be unrealistic though. Many of their friends and family responded in a positive, respectful way. 'You're Cordially Uninvited' therefore sends out a clear message: Dont underestimate your family, they may just love you for who you are!
We contacted Gabrielle Christian, famous for her performance as Spencer Carlin in The N's 'South of Nowhere' and asked her if she'd be interested in playing one of the leads. After reading the script, she instantly felt a connection with Rose's character and saw the need for this story to reach an audience. Together with Jade Catta- Preta and Shahaub Roudbari, she brought this movie to life: with a laugh and a tear, but most importantly with amazing performances that will touch your soul!
'Coming out' can't just be generalized as being awful, nor is it automatically related to rejection or hatred. Some media tend to only show us the bad side, conditioning us to associate 'coming out' to rejection. There are so many other stories! And we all know that communication is key in all families! Create an environment that is open to emotion and discussion and so many misunderstandings will be avoided.
Help us pass a message of acceptance and hope to those who need it!
What We Need & What You GetSo many talented, professional cast and crew members have supported this film for free just because they believed in its message. They invested hours, days, weeks into this project on a no pay, non deferred pay basis, but with 150% dedication. They all want this film to succeed and inspire those who need it.
The film is in post production but we need completion funding for coloring, sound, graphic design and advertisement! Any kind of donation will help!
Of course, we will offer you something great in return! How about your own signed production still to frame! Or a personal Thank You phone call from Gabrielle Christian? And let's not forget about your name in the 'Special Thanks to' credits!
Other Ways You Can Help
Help us by spreading the word about 'You're Cordially Uninvited', a short film that Gabrielle Christian found important enough to perform in! Share this project with all your friends and family and become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thisishowirollmovie#!/p...!