OUT youth theater film project


Most stories that come out through the media about LGBT youth tend to be geared toward the negative.  While statistically, LGBT youth suffer a higher rate of bullying, suicide, homelessness and substance abuse, the film “The Story of True Colors” depicts a much more positive outlook on the young LGBT community. 

The documentary film follows fifteen 14-22 year old LGBT youth as they go through the trials and tribulations of their every day lives while the group write, “…an original script about romantic love, love of family, love of God, and perhaps the toughest, self love” in True Colors: OUT Youth theater, a project of The Theater Offensive in Boston

The director and producer, Ellen Brodsky, an award-winning director, told 429Magazine that the film will, “focus on queer youth who come together to create art for social change.” She also says that the participants of the film are ready to “take charge of bringing their own stories to youth rather than depending on Hollywood screen writers to tell their stories.”

Brodsky said she got involved in this project because her brother, Abe Rybeck, founder of The Theater Offensive, would tell her amazing stories about the LGBT youth that would participate in the theater. She said to him, “you should do a film about this” but “he was too busy running a theater.” 

So, “after 12 years of making films, I decided to make it” said Brodsky. An old colleague, associate producer Pam Chamberlain,joined the project with her. 

Chamberlain has worked the field of LGBT research and education for a number of years. She brings “a lifetime of experience and wisdom” to the project, said Brodsky. 

Together, they have been attending rehearsals at the theater, interviewing young people at the subways, eating burritos and going to fashion shows to get  in the heads of the youths they’re filming. 

“What the film does is help generate conversations about the harm of homophobia for all of us, and how a group of young people find strength for themselves and their communities,” said Brodsky in a press release. 

Brodsky, Chamberlain, and the whole crew have to overcome a few more obstacles before they are finished filming and editing the film. They have filmed since September but now need to raise money to finish filming the film up until June. They are trying to raise $55,000 to help finish up the documentary. The money will go to their cinematographer, sound professionals, production assistant, and transcribers. 

Brodsky says that this message and film needs to be broadcasted beyond Boston. They hope the film can be shown on television and national film festivals, but most importantly, they hope the film reaches an audience of a community and educational group level. 

We need to make this film,” said Chamberlain, “because these young peoples’ voices need to be heard” 

To find out more info, visit the kickstarter page here.


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