G.B.F. - Gay Best Friend - a new feature-length comedy

Finishing funds for the new teen comedy from director Darren Stein (Jawbreaker).
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G.B.F. LLC
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Los Angeles, California
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WHAT IS G.B.F.?

It’s a timely teen comedy from director Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) set to premiere April 19th at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival. We're putting the finishing touches on the movie and it's looking great, but we can make it even more amazing with your support.

Social warfare breaks out in a suburban high school when the three clique queens who rule the school compete for this year's must-have teen girl accessory - the G.B.F. (or Gay Best Friend).

GBF tells the story of two closeted best friends, Tanner (Michael J. Willett, United States of Tara) and Brent (Paul Iacono, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger). Brent longs for the spotlight and has a plan that will make him the most popular kid in school. He believes that coming out will make him instantly popular, as the newest must-have teen girl “accessory”: The G.B.F. Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and graduate from high school without ever being noticed.

When things don’t go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.F.s to instant frenemies and the three most popular girls in school -- queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars), drama club diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, Precious) and sweet, Mormon good-girl ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, Desperate Housewives) launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s status-enhancing friendship.

Meanwhile, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind.

The film also stars Awkward.’s Molly Tarlov as the boys' sardonic best friend Sophie; Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch as a judgemental Christian co-ed; recording artist Joanna “JoJo” Levesque as the desperate president of her school’s Gay Straight Alliance (that lacks any actual gay members); Natasha Lyonne as the G.S.A.’s unhinged faculty advisor; and Megan Mullally as Brent’s overly accepting mom. Rebecca Gayheart, Jonathan Silverman and Horatio Sanz also make hilarious appearances.

TANNER & FAWCETTPictured above: Michael J. Willett & Sasha Pieterse

 

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WE NEED YOUR HELP

Last Fall, filming wrapped on G.B.F. and now with your help we'll be able to complete the film we set out to make, get noticed around the country in film festivals and reach our goal of selling it to a distributor who can put it up on screens around the country. Our initial budget went toward the production that got us into the TriBeCa Film Festival, but there is still more to do in order to get the film in front of audiences worldwide.

All money contributed in this campaign will go toward:

 

MUSIC - Everyone knows music is a huge part of every teen film made throughout the years. A big expense will be licensing the music needed to create a truly amazing soundtrack and bring this ground-breaking teen film to life. The more we raise, the better the music can be!

 

FINISHING COSTS - We need to put the finishing touches on the film’s technical aspects like: color correction, sound mixing, titles and graphics.

 

MARKETING - Designing a memorable movie poster, editing together an appealing trailer and creating an official website to market the film.

 

FESTIVAL EXPENSES - The more money we raise, the more places around the country we can take the film, bringing along as many members of the cast & crew as we can! 

 

EXTRAS - If we surpass our goal, we can use that money to take the film to festivals in every major US market, hire a publicist, create a grassroots campaign that includes special screenings for high school GSA Clubs (Gay Straight Alliances) and do absolutely everything we can to make sure people across the country have the opportunity to see the movie! 

 

GBF Cast

Pictured above (L - R): Sasha Pieterse, Molly Tarlov, Paul Iacono, Xosha Roquemore, Michael J. Willett, Andrea Bowen, Derek Mio.

 

WHY IT MATTERS

The script for G.B.F. started as a selection of the Outfest Screenwriting Lab where part of their mission is to champion films that show LGBT people in a positive light. Now that the movie is near completion, we want to ensure that it's able to be seen by as many out, closeted, questioning, and straight people as possible. 

We’re at a point in time when it’s getting better every day for LGBT youth. And as the plot of G.B.F. shows, being the only gay kid in your high school can now make you even more of a commodity, for better or worse. But bullying and discrimination still exist and gay teens face new obstacles every day.

Lately we've seen news articles from across the country that highlighted gay teens fighting for the right to go to prom and more conservative teens fighting for their own discriminatory prom, mirroring a major plot point in our film.

In the end, G.B.F. is a story about friendship and respect, encouraging all people (gay, straight or whatever) to treat their friends as more than mere accessories, but as real people deserving of equality. 

George Northy & Darren Stein

Pictured above (L - R): writer George Northy & director Darren Stein

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR

 

Teen films have always held a special place in my heart - from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Sixteen Candles to Clueless. What excited me about George Northy's script G.B.F.was that it had all the hallmarks of the teen films we know and love, but with a relatable gay character in the lead. We've seen gay teens on TV, but there's never been a teen movie with a gay hero. In today's world of all-access, information overload, the Queen Bees are no longer of a hive mind, but rule their own domains like neighboring warlords. So naturally they'd battle over the school's token gay kid if it meant improving their social status. Gay Best Friends are everywhere—from Instagram to the pages of Teen Vogue. The trend is funny, absurd and also heartening - a step in the direction of tolerance. All high schoolers have insecurities that keep them in a variety of closets; G.B.F. uses the gay closet as a way in to explore a high school experience familiar to us all.

 

Darren Stein

 

 

MAKE IT HAPPEN

 

 

Help us reach these mini goals and we’ll reveal a cast member's yearbook photo from the movie

 

See photos of cast members here as we reach our mini goals!

 

FAN PACKAGES

International donors, add $25 to your contribution for shipping outside of USA

 

The G.B.F. EP that's part of the B.F.F. status perk will include music by:

Click on the names above for links to their Facebook pages.

 

The Sasha Pieterse fan package

· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· Your choice of Pretty Little Liars Season 1, 2, or 3 DVD set signed by Sasha
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Sasha
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Molly Tarlov fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· Awkward Season 1 or 2 DVD set signed by Molly (no limit to quantity)
· Signed G.B.F. photo of Molly
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Andrea Bowen fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· Your choice of one season (1 – 8) of Desperate Housewives DVD set signed by Andrea
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Andrea
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Evanna Lynch fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· Harry Potter Film DVD of your choice signed by Evanna
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Evanna
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.
· 
FIRST THREE donors get a unique piece of jewelry made by Evanna ***SOLD OUT***

The JoJo fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· JoJo's latest album AGAPE signed CD by JoJo
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of JoJo
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Xosha Roquemore fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· Precious DVD signed by Xosha
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Xosha
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Paul Iacono fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· The Hard Times of RJ Berger Season 1 DVD set signed by Paul
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Paul
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

The Michael J. Willett fan package
· Special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. (once released)
· United States of Tara Season 2 DVD set signed by Michael
· Personalized signed G.B.F. photo of Michael
· A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director, writer & cast
· PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

QUESTIONS about incentives? Please email campaign manager: GBFmovie@gmail.com

International donors, add $25 to your contribution for shipping outside of USA

 SPREAD THE LOVE

Share this project with your G.B.F., B.F.F., frenemies, arch-nemesis, and even your family on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog about it.

Post a video response (maybe with your very own G.B.F.) on YouTube and let everyone know how excited you are to see this film in theaters across America.

Thank you for all your support!

 

International donors, add $25 to your contribution for shipping outside of USA

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    Thanks & Gratitude

    You believe in this movie and it shows! We’ll Thank You in return with a mention on our website AND an exclusive e-card of G.B.F. artwork emailed to you announcing when we've received a distribution deal for the movie and when you can expect to see it nationwide.

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    Shut the door and have a dance-off in your room to this G.B.F. EP. A download only available to contributors of the movie. It features new music by: JoJo, Veva, Hi-Fashion, and Willett. PLUS you’ll get digital downloads of the shooting script and cast photos, a Thank You on our website, and an e-card of distribution deal announcement.

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    A special Indiegogo contributor limited-edition DVD of the movie mailed to you AND a G.B.F. sticker to elevate the social status of your binder or bumper. (Estimated delivery: Holidays 2013) PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

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    A limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster, a special Indiegogo contributor limited-edition DVD of the movie, and a G.B.F. sticker. (Estimated delivery: Holidays 2013) PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

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    A special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. signed by the director and writer ALSO a limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the cast AND a G.B.F. sticker. (Estimated delivery Holidays 2013) PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

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    You get a special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of G.B.F. signed by Darren (once released) AS WELL AS a Jawbreaker Blu-ray signed by Darren PLUS Surprise BONUS Darren Stein DVD (limited to first 10 donations at this level) AND a limited edition G.B.F. 11” x 17” poster signed by the director and writer. FOR SURE you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits. BONUS: Contribute by March 22 and receive a Special Thanks in the ends credits of the film.

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    Have a favorite cast member? Whether it's Sasha, Molly, Evanna, JoJo, Andrea, Paul, Michael or Xosha, there's a special reward for you in this package! See cast packages to the left for complete details. After selecting this package, an email will be sent asking you which cast member package you would like. *BONUS*: Contribute by March 20 and receive a Special Thanks in the ends credits of the film.

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    The complete set of 8 autographed cast photos; a special IndieGoGo contributor limited-edition DVD of the movie signed by the writer and director; a G.B.F. movie poster signed by the cast; a bunch of stickers; a prop from the movie with a letter of authenticity. (Prop availability limited to the first 10 contributors at this level) PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

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    An invite for you and one guest to attend a private cast and crew early screening of the movie in Los Angeles, a set of autographed cast photos, limited edition movie poster, stickers, and a signed DVD of the movie (once released.) Travel not included. (Estimated delivery: April 2013) PLUS you get B.F.F. status with all the rewards and benefits.

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    The G.B.F. V.I.P. Dinner Party

    You +1 can attend a dinner party in the Hollywood Hills with G.B.F.s: director, writer, and cast members. The evening will include an intimate acoustic performance by JoJo and will be catered the owner and chef of Auntie Em’s Catering. Travel not included. PLUS an Invite + 1 to the private cast & crew screening in LA AND signed DVD, a set of cast photos, signed movie poster, and stickers NOT TO MENTION B.F.F. status

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