BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING

Based on true events, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING is an edgy and absorbing feature following 4 diverse gay men who navigate art, sex and love in one sublime night.
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Kelly Burkhardt
Film
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
1 Team Member

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! 

We are counting down to until the end of our campaign and quite frankly, we don't want to have a heart attack wondering if we are going to make our goal of $25,000. Now, I know we can do it, but we need YOUR help! 

  • Share It!  - It doesn't matter if you are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, etc... Beautiful Something speaks to everyone who has ever been in love or have had their heart broken - and anywhere inbetween. It's about the connections we make and the beauty in the relationships we never expected to create. 
  • Donations - A few cases of bottled water goes along way... and coffee... lots and lots of coffee! Also looking for other food items, catering, transportation, etc...
  • Company Sponsorship - Want to get in good with your boss? We will put your company's logo in our credits! With the distribution experience and Joe's last film has been seen all over the world; we are expecting nothing less from BS!

Want to know more? Check out our blog on Tumblr! We started a series called "From the Notebook" and we have been adding some insights from various crew members like our "intern" Calvin Woodruff, director Joseph Graham and producer Kelly Burkhardt. This week our KB shares with us as to Why Philadelphia!

Summary

Edgy, absorbing and carnal, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING follows 4 diverse gay men as they navigate life during one sublime night.This narrative takes a fresh and unsentimental look at the links between young and old, black and white, sex and love, desire and art. Cute, twenty-two-year-old writer Brian continually crashes and burns with each guy he meets, but does not understand why. The stunningly gorgeous Jim is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his forty-something lover and world-renown metal sculptor Drew, who can’t seem to look past his latest masterpiece. Lastly there’s Bob, a successful talent agent from LA in his mid-sixties who leads a double life being a sugar daddy to the young men he picks up. While all four comb the streets looking for connection, they oftentimes settle for something quick and dirty except that tonight is much different.each guy he meets, but does not understand why. The stunningly gorgeous Jim is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his forty-something lover and world-renown metal sculptor Drew, who can’t seem to look past his latest masterpiece. Lastly there’s Bob, a successful talent agent from LA in his mid-sixties who leads a double life being a sugar daddy to the young men he picks up. While all four comb the streets looking for connection, they oftentimes settle for something quick and dirty except that tonight is much different.

Our Story

The story of BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING  has such intense personal meaning, and not only because it was inspired by real-life experiences in the life of award-winning writer/director Joseph Graham. It is a film that explores the deeper meaning of how giving one's self to love, and its necessary vulnerabilities, helps us turn the corner from seeing the world as a child to seeing the world as an adult.

Our focus with this project is to express honest, moving performances, strong production value and mesmerizing storytelling. 

Philadelphia Qfest Script Reading with Colman Domingo, Grant Lancaster & Brian Sheppard (Photo by Tara Lessard)

Goals!  

What is the $25k for? We are dedicated to high production values, finding the right cast and hiring a great crew. The goal is to shoot BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING in November/December of this year in the vibrant City of Brotherly Love. In reality, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING is really like a startup; every little bit of money raised will help with getting these various departments up and running! Departments like...


The PERKS

Our creative team is somewhat obsessed with the best queer films made of all time. Films like Un Chant D'Amour, Tom Kalin's Swoon, Todd Haynes' Poison and Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures are raw, honest and profound in their storytelling and visual style. And where would LGBT film be with out these pioneer filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Milk, Mala Noche), Gregg Araki (The Living End, Mysterious Skin) or the collaborative duo Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein (The Life & Times of Harvey Milk, Howl)? Well, we are certainly proud to pay homage to all of these legends with our fabulous perks!  

Get to know us!

Feel free to read our bios below, but we won't be offended if you don't. The most important thing is that we are some fiercely dedicated filmmakers who live to bring personal stories to life. It doesn't matter if we are gay or straight, black or white, tall or short or male or female . And it really makes no difference if we are a size 2 or 52, wear polka-dotted pants or have tattoos. What we want you to know is that we have the unbridled passion of delving into our creative spirit and tell the stories that matter most. 

DIRECTOR JOSEPH GRAHAM

Joseph Graham (Writer/Director/Producer) has produced and directed several short films, including Breath, The Lady's Foot, Sin Corazon, Pornography, and award-winning animated commercials for MTV. His transgender video "Feminine Image Vol. 1" was inducted into the Lucas Library, incorporated into the Gender Studies curriculum of several major American universities and was used by Felicity Huffman as part of her preparation for TransamericaGraham studied filmmaking with legendary director George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute and acting and directing with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab, where he went on to teach film acting and film production. His first feature Strapped was picked up by TLA Releasing, which it enjoyed a limited theatrical release and critical praise by the The New York Times calling it "A Dreamlike Tale". Strapped is currently being released in several countries around the world.

Other Filmography:

  • Edward (Short) - Winner: Blood Bath IV Film Festival, Best Short Film and Best Actor (Nick Frangione). Due to be released on The Horror Network DVD Compilation
  • Vanilla (Short) - inspired by the writings of Jean Genet and Dennis Cooper. Winner: Berkeley Film Festival, Best Short Feature Award, Winner: Cinequest, Viewer's Voice Award

PRODUCER KELLY BURKHARDT

Former VP, Operations for global independent film distribution company TLA ReleasingKelly A. Burkhardt has dedicated the last 12 years of her career distributing award-winning, notable and provocative LGBT films. Throughout her successful tenure, Kelly had a key role in bringing groundbreaking films to the mainstream marketplace such as Gregg Araki's award-winning feature Mysterious Skin, Latter Days and cult classic Suicide Club. Ms.Burkhardt has been essential in creating TLA Releasing’s recognizable, worldwide brand by successfully working with big box retailers and notable digital platforms. 


Ms. Burkhardt has also been integral in Philadelphia’s LGBT and art community for more than 15 years as an award-winning filmmaker and has been feature and shorts programmer for Philadelphia Qfest. She is also a 
well-respected photographer who's work and has been featured in The Advocate Philadelphia Inquirer
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Filmography: 


  • G.B.F. (Co-Producer, feature) - World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and picked up by Vertical EntertainmentG.B.F. will be released on Direct TV and theatrically later this Fall.
  • Regrets (Producer, short) - Winner: FilmOut San Diego, Best Overall Short and has played in over 20 film festivals around the world and will be released in North America and Germany very soon!
  • Tremble & Spark - (Writer/Director/Producer, short) - played in multiple film festivals around the world for over 2 years. 

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This campaign ended on October 18, 2013
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    Un Chant D'Amour Perk

    A big THANK YOU! Your name will be included on the Donor Wall on our website and exclusive project updates!

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    Maurice Perk

    Your name will be included on the Donor Wall on our website and exclusive project updates! PLUS a digital download of the Official Poster and production stills.

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    Experience some of the music from the film via a digital download! Plus all of the above!

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    Mala Noche Perk

    A digital copy of a behind-the-scenes featurette, Beautiful Something Button and Postcard PLUS all of the above!

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    This one's very special from the Producers of the I AM DIVINE documentary!! The official movie poster of "I AM DIVINE". PLUS all of the above!

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    The Living End Perk

    Special Thanks Credit on the film, Limited Edition Beautiful Something T-Shirt. (Everybody has a T-Shirt but not THIS T-shirt!) and a digital copy of a personalize video from Director Joseph Graham. PLUS all of the above!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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    Matted 8x12 Production Photo shot and signed by producer/photographer Kelly A. Burkhardt. PLUS All of the above!

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    A video diary of a day on set with star Brian Sheppard. Feel the energy as he takes control of the cameras on set! PLUS all of the above!

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    Limited edition pre-release DVD signed by the director and cast AND spend a day on the set (travel accommodations to Philadelphia not included.) PLUS all of the above!

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    BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING Hoodie and an invitation from the Producer to appear in the film as an Extra! PLUS all of the above!

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    Essential Queer Cinema Package on DVD or Blu-Ray (quantity depends on the availability of titles.) PLUS all of the above!

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    Have lunch on set with Director Joseph Graham and cast! (travel accommodations to Philadelphia not included.) PLUS all of the above!

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    Essential Queer Cinema Package on DVD or Blu-Ray (depends on the availability of titles), Tickets to Premiere in select cities (travel accommodations not included) PLUS all of the above! (except red hoodie)

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