With less than two weeks left of our indiegogo campaign for FRIEND film – we need your support more than ever. Together we can make a difference and prevent BULLYING in our schools, but it is going to take ACTION. We must break the silence and ensure that our youth have role models to look up to – people like Ali & Joseph who have been so brave to share their stories with us. Will you be a FRIEND?
Here is how you can help:
1. Donate. Every dollar counts (and it’s tax deductible)! People like to do what other people do – let your friends know that you donated.
2. Share the FRIEND FILM INDIEGOGO page with everyone you know: http://www.indiegogo.com/friendproject
3. Ask friends to share the page on Facebook, Twitter, and various other social media networks/blogs.
4. If you know members of the press or celebrities that may be supportive of our efforts, please have them contact us for interviews and more information on how to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you remember coming out? Did you ever feel different, unattractive, left out? Do you ever ask yourself what is it like to come out in 2012 or what it is like to be different from the rest of the pact? Is it easier? Is it harder? Obviously, it is much different than ten years ago…
Meet Joseph and Ali
FRIEND is the story of two teenagers experiencing the trials and tribulations of growing up gay and transgendered small town America. After an original script writing, Director Elliot London spent three months searching across the country for the stories of present day struggles in the LGBT teen community. Along the way Elliot met two incredible young adults who helped me bring a new life to the characters I had previously developed. They inspired him to tell some of their stories. It was through them that he learned what it is like to be an LGBT youth in 2012. Joseph and Sara have become such an important aspect of the FRIEND Film that we have invited them to be creative liaisons for the project. It is because of them that we will be able to re-tell the often-overlooked American story.
FRIEND is a film that is not written by a bunch of writers in a Hollywood room, but rather by the very own kids we see at the end of our streets.
Core issues that are addressed in the film:
Portraying a positive gay relationship in a high school setting
The dynamics of an accepting & non-accepting family
The importance of not taking one’s life no matter how bad the situation
Reveal the misconception that even gay people can bully towards one another, while exploring the acceptance of others. That bullying is not only black & white but all shades of grey.
Coming out Transgendered
Friendship, Love, & Family