A QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN is about...
Charlie, a closetted gay senator who legislates against the LGBT community restlessly maneuvers through his life until his truth out-manuevers him.
We're tired of politicians holding equality hostage in their closets. So we're calling their choices out in hopes of promoting equality for all.
WHAT are we doing?
Hey! I'm Carmen and I wrote and will direct A QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN. My first film THE ACTING LESSON was the winner of the 2012 HBO NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION and is currently a finalist at the 43rd Annual USA Film Festival in Texas and an official selection for the Little Rock FIlm Festical in Arkansas. It's currently available on HBO SIGNATURE and HBO GO. I can’t wait to build on its success with A QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN.
Here is a short VIDEO of me telling you what we're doing.
In 2008, I was over the moon when President Obama was elected. I called my friend Alberto, with whom I'd followed the campaign closely, and even though he was happy about Obama, he was extremely disappointed because PROP 8, which reversed the legality of same sex marriage in California, had passed. In that moment, the need for equality pierced my heart. I promised him that I would not stop until he enjoyed the same, exact civil rights I did. He thanked me for the sentiment, and I assured him that it wasn't a sentiment. I was serious, he had my word.
Then in 2009, the documentary OUTRAGE, written and directed by Kirby Dick, blew me away. It dealt with the politics of outing closeted politicians. Although living your truth is a personal choice--this piece showed us how closeted politicians seriously violated the human rights of a community they were simply too afraid to be associated with. I knew one day I would write something to counter this painfull obvious tradition in American politics.
A few months later A QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN was born. Initially, it was a monologue that was part of a one-act play series I was writing. But when I adapted THE ACTING LESSON to the short film format, I decided to do the same with QUEEN and finally found a way of pushing the conversation forward in a significant way.
WHY are we doing it?
Art is often a precursor for change. Through pop culture, the LGBT community has been able to play with stereotypes and render them useless by revealing the simple fact that we all pretty much want the same thing -- respect, happiness and love.
Even though many politicians have ‘evolved’ in recent months, our laws still don’t reflect our national will. Support for equality has grown but little has changed. I know it's not religion, far more ‘christian’ nations like Mexico and Spain have long adopted equality. The problem clearly lies with our representatives.
Using A QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN, I hope to call out the politicians that are standing in the way of our complete legal evolution. I want to send a message of ‘HEY-WE SEE YOU-GET OVER IT AND STOP LEGISLATING YOUR FEAR!’ so that all of our citizens can enjoy their life and thrive while receiving the same protection under the law.
Because a short film travels the world through domestic and international film festivals like few things can, we know we can get our message out to thousands of people and hopefully hold up a mirror to such sadistic political hypocrisy. Your contributions will help us turn this idea into an 8 minute ambassador for a cause.
HOW are we doing it?
We've assembled an amazing crew whose work ranges from independent and low-budget to studio and blockbuster films. Collectively they've done hundreds of commercials, movies, documentaries, reality shows, sitcoms with all sizes and scopes. They've worked with Sony, Warner Brothers, HBO, Showtime, NBC, ABC and more. Half of our crew will be flying themselves into NY at their own expense because they want to work on a piece that will make a quantifiable difference in our society.
We're sure that we will reach and hopefully surpass our goal. But in any case, we're going to use every single penny of what we raise to make and promote this short. Many of us are taking massive salary cuts to make sure that everything goes into the quality of the final product. We have an estimated bare bones budget of 20,000.
Here’s a condensed list of where the money will go:
2 RED Scarlet Cameras. Lenses, Camera & Dolly Equipment. Lights. Cables. Generators. Locations. Props & Wardrobe. Actors & Extras. Casting Sessions. Sound Equipment. Graphics. Insurance. Color Correction, Media Equipment. Studio time for original music. Office products. Full Production Crew. 3 meals for 30 people for 3 days. Car rentals. Festival entry fees. Marketing materials. And anything else you can imagine that goes into making a movie.
If we don’t reach our entire goal, we will have to allocate whatever we get to production and figure out how to how to pay for post. But it won’t deter us, we believe in the cause of equality and we hope to reach our goal because the time for this conversation is now.
the core TEAM
Director/Writer/Producer: Carmen Pelaez, Producer Colleen Kelly, Associate Producer/Cinematographer Kako Oyarzun Line Producer: Amyjoy Clark, Camera Operator: Anibal Hernandez, Key Grip: Paul Galan, Gaffer: Isaac Martinez, Best Boy Electiric: Jeremy Rodriguez, Art Direction:Emilio Saez, Costume Department: Meghan Kasperlik, Sound Mix: Antonio Arteaga , Graphics: Ryan Gillis, Editor: Valincy Jean Patelli
no MONEY no PROBLEM
Every dollar counts-If every friend of mine gave me just 3 dollars-I'd have a trailer and a pool boy for the shoot. But we understand not all of you will be able to give us your pennies. You can still help though! if you believe in what we're trying to do, you can still support us. Please SHARE this campaign with your friends and family using social media. Share with them why equality under the law is important to you and let us know why. At the end of the day-its all about a message.