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A story of adoption and the modern family with an LGBT twist. BETTER HALF is the story of Tony & Leo and their rocky journey from partners to becoming parents.
Michelle Clay
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

Have You Seen them?

Be sure to checkout the interviews with cast on the updates tab. And stay Tuned for a new Push Goal Day is coming Thursday, September 19th!


GLAAD gave us a very cool plug in their blog's weekend entertainment wrap. Checkout the blurb, then come back and pick your perk! ONLY 22 DAYS Left to reach our LAST GOAL! Let's Get It Done! THANKS!!

UPDATE! September 11th!

So we seem to be off to a pretty slow start. So how about we make things more interesting. Starting September 11th, we will be having a push day each week for the rest of the campaign. Perks will be juggles a bit to make different donation points slightly more enticing, starting with Donate-What-You-Can Wednesday.

In ADDITION TO THE SELECTED PERK, All Donations make today will receive a Hi-Rez digital Production Still! DONATE TODAY!!

Short Summary

Better Half has been called the movie that's missing from the landscape of Gay Cinema and we proudly acknowledge that distinction. BETTER HALF tells a modern day story about the pitfalls and obstacles a stable relationship endures when going through the paining pains of becoming a family, through the eyes of a gay couple. BETTER HALF is a story with universal themes of family and love and obligation that transcends race, gender or sexual orientation. 

For the better part of the year, we have been working on filming Better Half, the story of Tony & Leo and their rocky road from partners to becoming parents. This very indie film was been financed thusfar thru the Bank of Michelle (myself) and through the generous contribution made through crowdfunding. Our campaigns have been very modest, only trying to raise enough money to keep going. We are now at the point where finishing is in striking distance, and we are calling upon the faithful supports of Gay cinema and Indie filmmaking to get us cross the finish line. Whatsmore, we need you to get us over the goal line in time to submit to the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL.

What We Need

Our Goal is to finish principle photography by the end of October 2013 in order to make the regular submission deadline for the Tribeca FIlm Festival. That leaves no more time to fundraise, so we are asking for enough money to get us through the last 9 days of filming. How we will spend the money when we reach our goal:

  • LOCATIONS. We have five (5) specialty locations that we can't fake, can't get free and will require permits. These same locations will also requires LOTS of EXTRAS. Each of these days will easily cost $2000+ a day.
  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL. Because this production does not own any equipment, rentals are needed every time we shoot. And all rentals must be insured.

Any funds where we fall short, I will have to find a way to make up the difference somehow. But the part that sucks is that we will definitely miss the TRIBECA deadline. Any Funds we raise over the amount will go to post-production. There is compositing that needs to happen and we will need money to hire a composer. We need money to buy the rights to songs sung in the movie - that's gonna cost a pretty penny! But rest assured, every penny we raise is going into this film.

What You Get

I think we have some pretty cool perks. You can buy a T-shirt with Tony or Leo or both guys on it. I think the coolest perk might be the SKYPE chats. See what the actors are like in real life, and by the way, they are all great guys & gals. The most popular perk if os course the copy of the movie with you can pre-order as a hard copy DVD or a digital download. And the Limited Edition Collectors Character Cards will only be printed once so quantities will be extremely limited. I would highly recommend that perk, 'cause these kids are likely to blow-up once this film drops. (I'm just sayin'..) ALSO, all pre-ordered DVDs and Digital Downloads will be of the DIRECTOR'S CUT, containing deleted scenes that do not appear in the final film.

The Impact

Over and over again, I hear from people in the community say this is a story they have never seen before. And that was exactly my intension. There are so many stories out there, so many communities and groups that are simply invisible to the commerce-driven studio system. I want to see the world in which I live on screen. I want to see the people I know and the issues of the day explored more broadly. Stories have the power to reach people, to change minds, to start the conversation.

This film is an attempt to illuminate the fact that we, as common members of the human race, have a human experience that is more alike than we are demographically difference.

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that everyone doesn't have extra cash these days. But Your word of mouth can be a powerful access to our success.

  • Please SHARE updates and new videos on your social media networks, podcasts and your favorite LGBT Media outlets
  • Please LIKE our Facebook page, subscribe to our Youtube Channel
  • Please our campaign with organizations you are a member of, see if you can make us your charity of the month.
  • Make a Tax deductible donation at our Fiscal Sponsor Link - Perks still apply!
  • Retweet us on Twitter

Dozens of good folks have committed their time and talent to making this film happen. They have pledge to stick with it until we finish. But we can't finish without you - our audience. If you want to support local artists in telling a story that has yet to be seen on the big screen, this is the project to support! Thanks for reading!

Michelle C!

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$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 5, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    A Wave

    Because we know every dollar count, we’ll send you an email with our expressing our warmest gratitude.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    A Nod

    Have your name listed on the “Most Valuable Sponsors” page of our official website.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $15USD
    A Wink

    Your name on our “Most Valuable Sponsors” page of our official website, and in the end credit roll.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $20USD
    A Fist Bump

    Collector's Item Character Cards! A set of 4 limited edition commemorative cards of our film. Plus your name in the end credit roll.

    2 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $20USD
    A Pat on the Back

    Official Better Half Cast and Crew Softball Jersey (four colors to choose from). Plus your name in the End Credits

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $30USD
    A Hug

    Official Better Half Cast & Crew T-Shirt. Plus a pre-ordered copy of the Movie (DVD or digital download) and you name in the End Credit Roll.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    A Peck on the Cheek

    Enjoy a digital download of 2 themes from the film's score. Plus a pre-ordered copy of the Movie (DVD or digital download) and you name in the End Credit Roll.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $75USD
    A Kiss on the Hand

    Get a pre-ordered copy of the film (DVD or digital download), Official Cast & Crew T-Shirt, an official movie one-sheet poster. Plus your name in the movie’s end credits.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    A Bear Hug

    An Autographed DVD copy of the movie plus one Skype chat with a cast member from the movie. Get the "behind the scenes dirt" straight from a cast member. (Skype subscription not included)

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    A Lingering Handshake

    Be a Featured extra with line(s)! Don’t just sit in the background as human scenery. Here is your chance to make an on-screen impression. This incentive may be gifted to your struggling actor nephew or that waitress friend of yours who needs a break in her acting career. Be featured, be seen, and be on your way to the red carpet! (Travel expenses not included. Additional conditions apply to actors under 18.)

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    A Wet One on the Lips

    Ever been on a real live movie set? Well here’s your chance! Join us for a set visit! Watch as scenes are shot and have a specially catered lunch with cast and crew. Plus copy of the movie (DVD or digital download) and your name in the end credits (Travel expenses not included.)

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,500USD
    A Slow Dance

    Be a bona fide film producer. This level entitles you to an Associate Producer credit on the film, in the credits and on IMDB (Internet Movie Database). Be someone who greenlights great movies. Plus, Everything at the $100 level. (Travel expenses not included)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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