The Fair Games Project

FGP starts with an Olympic-themed Public Service Announcement Protesting LGBT Oppression Worldwide. Where it goes from there, is up to us.
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Michael Rohrbaugh
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Los Angeles, California
United States
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FGP is fiscally sponsored by the non-profit 501c, From the Heart Productions, which means all donations are %100 tax deductible! Please expect to receive your appropriate tax ID number upon donation.

WHAT WE CREATED?

This winter, our team shot and produced a powerful Olympic-themed video protesting Russia's anti-gay laws and LGBT oppression worldwide. On Thursday, February 6th, two days before the Winter Olympic Ceremonies, we released the video online and it immediately went viral. At the time of this writing it has received over  250,000 with coverage in The Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Advocate, GLADD, Towleroad, Backlot, and more! Meanwhile, its reach continues to grow as it receives on average 10,000 new views every hour!

WHY WE CREATED IT?

There are 77 countries in the world where being gay remains a crime, in some cases punishable by forced labor, lifelong prison sentences, and even execution. With your help, FGP aims to correct this injustice, and serve as a powerful rallying cry for global gay rights. FGP also encourages donations to The Russia Freedom Fund,  a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Although the video has already been shot and released, we still have outstanding debts we need to pay to our hardworking cast and crew, all of whom offered their services at incredibly discounted rates. We also need to pay back several of our equipment vendors and other expenses. Although FGP encourages donations through The Russia Freedom Fund and Athlete Ally, it was was not created by an NGO, but rather a grassroots team of filmmakers passionate about promoting global gay rights. If you believe the work we're doing is important, and would like to see similar content in the future, we hope you will support FGP with a donation now!

THE MESSAGE BEHIND FGP

Aesthetically speaking, FGP strongly resembles a Nike commercial or an Olympic promotion, and here's why: 

The Games provide an opportunity for all nations to align their "brand" with the Olympic values of honor, inclusion, and fairness. Yet, for the 77 that wage war against their LGBT citizens, such branding conceals a darker picture. FGP aims to expose said falseness as a way of holding these nations accountable. We adopt the familiar aesthetic of a major sports brand to help subtly pose the question: for these 77 nations has anti-gay violence simply become "business as usual"?

WHERE WE'VE COME FROM

This past August, our team enjoyed great success with our gun violence PSA New School Uniform, released in partnership with Moms Demand Action. At the time of this writing, it has received over 90,000 views, as well as coverage in The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Adbusters, and via an op-ed in The Advocate, America's largest and longest running LBGT publication.

WHO WE ARE?

Berserk is a creative agency founded by director / producer Michael Rohrbaugh and producer / executive producer, Chris Svoboda. We are dedicated to creating powerful, thought-provoking content on issues that matter. Look for more coming soon!

In what is actually a moment of opportunity, the Sochi Games have placed Russia's "gay propaganda" law on an unavoidable collision course with the international community. Now is our chance to focus the world's attention on global gay rights.

ALL WE NEED DO IS SEIZE THE MOMENT

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    + your choice of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Sandy Koufax. + An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. Lend your support to our LGBT friends still persecuted across the globe. Be a part of this historic movement for justice and equality! + Join FGP director Michael Rohrbaugh for a GOURMET DINNER PARTY with wine pairings included. Available in LA at the private residence of UCLA Film & TV Dean Emeritus Robert Rosen. Available in STL at the Lake Forest home of Dr. Jim and Jane Rohrbaugh. Seating is limi

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