We have been working hard after our fundraising campaign. We have an interactive video update so you can see what we're up to (and see a scene from our film)!
Things we purchased with our Indiegogo funds:
- Audio equipment
- Hard drives
- Food for the crew
- Transportation from NY to NJ
- A website!
This documentary follows Alden Peters as he comes out of the closet after a life of suppressed sexuality. Beginning with the one-year anniversary of Tyler Clementi's suicide after an intimate encounter was streamed online by his roommate, Alden's story is an example of an ever more relevant experience. With unprecedented access, this film explores the entire coming out process, from telling friends and family to changing how he lives his life. Alden's story is not unique, but that's why it's important.
Directed by Alden Peters and Brenda Lopez
Coming out of the closet is seen as a rite of passage in the LGBTQ community. Never before has the process been documented with the depth of this documentary. The reason is because Alden Peters is both filmmaker and subject: he can film his family, his friends, and himself in intimate moments that a third party camera crew would augment considerably. If necessary, he is able to set up camera and audio equipment himself. Brenda Lopez, co-director of the documentary, is a superbly compassionate filmmaker and close friends with Alden. She can draw out stories Alden has kept secret and guarded for his entire life. Together, they are delving into this coming of age story so that the world can see what it means to “come out” for someone who doesn't fit into the gay stereotype. Alden is searching for a place, both in society in general, and in the LGBTQ community.
Alden’s story is not unique, but that is precisely why it’s important: there are thousands around the world who, at some point in their lives, acknowledge that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Some don’t need an official coming out announcement, but others do, and it’s terrifying. This documentary is positive reinforcement in a time when gay teens are still committing suicide because part of the world’s population finds it acceptable to voice bigoted hatred toward the LGBTQ population.
What We Need & What You Get
Our main costs are hard drives and transportation.
We're shooting with two Canon 7Ds, so we have an incredible amount of footage, which we must store on hard drives. The hard drives purchased so far are nearly full, and some footage is not backed up due to lack of space. If a hard drive crashes, we lose footage forever. The plan is to buy two 6TB Glyph drives, which will give us plenty of space.
Our shoots take us around New York, New Jersey, Seattle, and Phoenix. Airfare, gas, taxis, and train costs need to be paid for. They costs aren't huge, but they add up quickly.
Other Ways You Can Help
Share our fundraising campaign, trailer, or Facebook page! Part of this documentary is interactive. We want your feedback and suggestions about what we should film. You can shape the documentary by offering a suggestion on Facebook (and our website when it launches this month). If you can't spare any money, then share your thoughts! We'd love to hear anything you have to say!
NOTE: All donations of $50 or more will receive a Special Edition DVD of the finished film!
If you donate with PayPal, we get the money immediately!