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The DL Chronicles Return, Need Funding Help
The groundbreaking miniseries The DL Chronicles, recipient of a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series in 2008, is hoping to return for a long anticipated second season. Creators, Deondray Gossett and Quincy LeNear have started to independently raise funds to bring back the critically aclaimed drama to fans worldwide.
The first season which aired in 2007 on Here! TV followed the lives of four gay or bisexual men of color who hide their sexual orientation from loved ones. Each episode followed a different man and was narrated by a central character, Chadwick Williams (Damian Toofek Raven), an aspiring journalist conducting research for a book. From a real-estate banker to an ex-convict, The DL Chronicles gave an insight on the lives of men of color who sometimes struggle with their sexual orientation and the difficulties they face when coming out to loved ones.
Following its succesful run, the series was given the go-ahead for a second season but the date was pushed indefinitely. Through the efforts of fans posting content online and DVD sales, The DL Chronicles' fanbase continued to grow and reached a new audience worldwide. When this past October rights reverted to Gossett and LeNear, they saw an opportunity to give fans the long awaited second season but they need funding help in order to produce new episodes and air them online.
"There was a whole new fan base growing right under our noses, but our hands were completely tied for three years," says Gossett. "We realized that the majority of our fans have been accessing our content online with over 10 million views across the web. With the ability to reach our audience directly we have decided to independently produce and distribute online through VOD and Direct to DVD. With web enabled televisions, cellular phones, game consoles and mobile devices, we have distribution options outside of the traditional avenues that didn't exist before."
The show's creators have set efforts in motion to bring the project to fruition and with the help of Kickstarter are raising funds to produce new episodes. "We are facing a few challenges. Gaining active financial support from the African American LGBT community, especially the fans gained through pirated access. Meanwhile, competing with the Holidays for funding to push for a production start date at the top of 2012 is no easy task," says LeNear. Watch a message from Gossett and LeNear below and head to the project's Kickstarter page to learn more about The DL Chronicles' return.