Unconditional love – love without conditions – is what they say a parent has for their child the moment it is born.” That is not only a short bit of dialogue from my independent film, A Place Called Home, it is also what we all take for granted. To us, our parents loving us no matter what is a given. But is it?
“But one day, you find the courage to tell them who you really are. And that unconditional love – that love without conditions disappears.” Sadly, this is more than dialogue from A Place Called Home. You see, unconditional love isn’t the reality for way too many LGBT kids.
Not for the 1 in 4 LGBT kids who will become homeless the day they come out to their families – over 700,000 experience homelessness each year.
Not for the 1500 who commit suicide each year (a conservative estimate).
Not for the 58.7% who will be sexually victimized.
Not for those who will turn to survival sex for a place to sleep at night rather than risk being abused at shelters even by the shelter staff.
This is their reality. A reality where 1 homeless LGBT youth dies in the streets every 4 hours. 6 die every day from lack of shelter, lack of healthcare, lack of food and street violence.
These kids suffer in plain sight – faceless, nameless and completely marginalized without hope or self-esteem. They are, unfortunately, mere statistics on a page.
But, they aren’t just statistics. They are children who have been thrown away by their families, friends, churches and society in general and who live lives of complete lack. They are also the catalyst of A Place Called Home, a deeply moving coming of age drama about Ally, an All American girl, who struggles to accept her sexuality and ends up fighting for her life in more ways than one.
A Place Called Home is unique in its storytelling brutal in its honesty yet told with compassion. It is a film committed to bringing attention and meaningful change to the harsh reality of the lives of homeless LGBT kids – to bring to life the hardships they endure as only a film can. I once read “A film alone won’t change the world, but a lot of good can come out of it.”, a good that can change people’s hearts and minds. An article in Variety entitled Why More LGBT Rights Stories Need to Be Brought to the Screen summed it up best: “It is also about touching their hearts. And, that’s what happens when people see the stories of LGBT people reflected on their television screens and in movie theaters.”
The story of Ally will make you laugh, cry and, at times, infuriate you sparking an open and honest debate helping to bring about the much needed change homeless LGBT kids deserve.
But, I can’t do it without you. I need your help to make this film with a purpose a reality. To that end, I am crowdfunding and would appreciate your help. The funds raised will go towards production, production, casting, crew, equipment, wardrobe, production design and marketing/pr – all of the things it takes to make a movie.
I am inviting you to make contributions ranging from $5.00 to $1,000, and you won’t walk away empty handed. You will receive thank you gifts ranging from a Tweetout for a $5 contribution to an unforgettable dinner with the Producer, Director & a cast member plus a whole day on set for a $1000 contribution. As a special incentive, the first five donors at the $1000 level will have small speaking parts and become an Actor for a day in a real Hollywood movie.
Most importantly, not only will you receive wonderful gifts, you will be an integral part of something that couldn’t have been done without you as well as be a catalyst for great social change!
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Recently, she had the tremendous opportunity to visit and speak to the Television and Video Production students at Methodist University, a private university in North Carolina, about A Place Called Home. After telling them about A Place Called Home, followed by a lively Q&A, several students volunteered their time and amazing skills to produce a pre-trailer video under the guidance of their instructor, Associate Professor, Paul Joseph who generously offered the school's equipment for the shoot. Working with this inspiring group of young filmmakers left herin awe of their talent.