Actress-writer-director Guinevere Turner was at the forefront of the "new queer cinema" movement of the 90s with "Go Fish," the low-budget indie which she co-wrote with the film's director Rose Troche. Since then, she's had a recurring part on "The L Word" and in indies such as "Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?" and "Itty Bitty Titty Committee." Her list of writing credits includes "The Notorious Betty Page," "The L Word," and "American Psycho."
Now Turner is turning to Indiegogo to raise funds for her latest project, "Creeps," which follows best friends Mona and Freddy as they muddle through their messy lives. The feature length comedy, which Turner will write and direct, "chronicles the highs and lows of Mona and Freddy, two best
friends who decide to quit drinking and doing drugs for a week so they
can have great skin for a party. By the end of this week-long struggle
for sobriety, they aren’t speaking, they’ve barely slept, and disaster
ensues," according to its Indiegogo synopsis.
"The story is about me and my best friend [co-screenwriter José Muñoz, a professor of Performance Studies at NYU] and it's sort of about us 10 years ago," Turner told Indiewire. "There are very few stories about best friends who are a gay man and a lesbian. You never see it in movies, especially LGBT movies." Turner said times have changed since 1994 when "Go Fish" was a real grassroots efforts.
"With 'Go Fish,' we literally made flyers and went to clubs and asked dykey-looking waitresses if they wanted to be in the movie. It was before the internet and definitely before social media," said Turner. Back then, the idea with "Go Fish," said Turner, was "to show the world that lesbians were regular people. It was like we're cool. We have dinner parties. Now (with 'Creeps'), I'm like we're super fucked up, just like regular people."
Although crowdfunding doesn't come naturally to Turner ("I wasn't raised with money and I have a lot of poor kid pride, so this particular model of raising money is tough for me."), she's hopeful that the campaign will help her make the movie she wants to make. "Crowdfunding is like the Wild West, but I'm just thinking I want to live in the Wild West right now," said Turner.
With 39 days left to the campaign, so far "Creeps" has raised $3,200 of its $200,000 goal. Find out more about the campaign.
If Turner and team manage to raise the necessary funds, "Creeps" will start shooting in April 2014 in Los Angeles.
Check out the "Creeps" video below: