BRIDEGROOM, the documentary about tragedy befalling a gay couple and the inequalities that comes from a lack of marriage protections, has become the highest funded film in the history of Kickstarter.com. The fundraising website, which has helped to finance more than 7,400 films, confirmed that the indie documentary about marriage equality surpassed all previous fundraising efforts by netting $384,375 in four weeks.
This past week, director Brett Ratner, GLAAD, and a cast of celebs filmed a new video campaign aimed at asking straight allies to stand up and speak out on behalf of their LGBT family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
The life and legacy of GLAAD-cofounder Vito Russo is the subject of a new film from Director Jeffrey Schwarz that premieres Monday night on HBO. Schwarz told GLAAD why he found Russo to be such an influential and compelling figure, and what surprises things he learned about Russo while making the film.
MICKEY Rourke admits he’s found it “very difficult” to raise money for his movie about gay rugby ace Gareth Thomas.
The actor will play the Welsh sportsman in an upcoming drama, which he admits has been plagued with financial difficulties.
“We’re going to be ready to shoot in February. We have probably 80 per cent of the money. It’s been very difficult because it’s not a comic book, it’s not a romantic comedy. It doesn’t fall in that category to raise money for,” he said.
One of the best documentaries on the festival circuit this year is I Stand Corrected, lesbian director Andrea Meyerson’s intimate and engaging portrait of Jennifer Leitham, the transgender bass player whose unusual technique and extraordinary talent has made her one of the most recognizable musicians in the jazz world.
Not too long ago GLAAD blog readers were introduced to Hello Forever, a film starring transgender model and actress Isis King about Filipina women trying to overcome obstacles and find a way out of poverty. The filmmakers took to Kickstater in hopes to raise funds to cover post-production costs and festival submission fees. With your help they met their goal, and Isis shared her excitement on Twitter.
Shane Bitney Crone of the "It Could Happen To You" video is teaming up Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Linda Burstyn to make a documentary about his partner's tragic death and the discrimination he's faced since, and they need to raise another $12,000 in order for the movie to be made.