It’s no secret, especially to our readers, that it is difficult
for LGBT cinema to receive funding and make it much of anywhere, let alone the
silver screen. Stories with heterosexual characters at their center have a
wider audience, studios contend, and therefore a greater chance at making back
their budget in returns. Increasingly filmmakers are turning to crowd-funding
sites like Kickstarter to help get their films made, leaving behind a
traditional system to access and engage with their audiences directly.
Filmmaker Nick Corporon is doing just that for his latest
project, Retake, a road movie with a
distinctly queer point-of-view. “We live in an exciting time in LGBT history
where we can tell LGBT stories and share them with the mainstream world,”
writes Corporon on the film’s Kickstarter page. “However, it’s still
tremendously difficult getting queer-specific movies financed. That’s why
Kickstarter is so amazing. You,
the viewers, get to choose what gets made.”
Sure, an LGBTQ identity may not necessarily be enough to force
you to get in there and donate (though it is a good reason). Most of us at
least want to know what it is we’re funding. Good thing Retake has a refreshing, sexy, and mysterious narrative at its
“A young male prostitute (played by Luke Pasqualino, of U.K. Skins and The Borgias fame) is hired by Jonathan, a lonely middle-aged man,
to be his companion on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.”
“Jonathan creates a role for the escort to play for the duration
of the trip: ‘Brandon.’ Eager to leave his own past behind, the escort
accepts the role and they set off on their drive. ‘Brandon’ quickly comes
to realize he’s playing a pivotal part of Jonathan’s desire to relive his
Sounds a bit like My Own
Private Idaho tossed together with Thelma
and Louise and given a dash of The
Living End. Interested?
Corporon calls the film, which he scripted and co-produced, “an
exploration of love, loss, identity, and the delicate balance of moving toward
an uncertain future.” And he seems like just the guy to direct this intimate,
character-driven drama. Check out his award-winning, melancholy short Barbie Boy to see why.
LGBTQ cinema is a vitally important source of communion for many.
You’re likely included in that “many” if you’re reading this site! Retake is surely only one of hundreds of
films just waiting for support. Check out their Kickstarter page for more information
on funding incentives, the cast, and crew. Then keep exploring: you never know
what great new artist you’ll help launch to the big time.