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23 June 2011, 2:00 pm One Comment

Cinespastic: Kickstart a Great Idea

This post was submitted by Ben K.

You’ve heard of Kickstarter.com by now? It’s a wonderful fundraising tool for creative projects. If you don’t know about it, check it out. The basis of it is this: a project is posted and has a certain amount of time to reach its funding goal or it gets none of the money. That way it protects the investors by helping to insure that the project that they’re putting money into actually comes to fruition. Not to mention, of course, it gives those making creative projects the ability to gain exposure for their project and increase its chances of receiving funding.

Which brings me to a project that has come to the attention of The New Gay, and I think it’s worth you knowing about. The project is a documentary film called I am the Water, You are the Sea. It is the story of Alex, an American Peace Corps volunteer, and Ali, an Iranian Muslim, who met and fell in love in Iran in 1977, just before the fall of the Shah and the beginning of the Iranian revolution. As danger erupted across the country, Alex had to leave, and left his love behind.

It is the hope of the filmmaker to take Alex to Iran and reunite him with Ali, but without proper funding, it won’t happen and the film won’t get made. Such an idea ties together so many of the important issues facing our world today – what it means when same sex couples from different countries fall in love and try to stay together, the oppression of the LGBT community in many nations to the point where their lives are in extreme danger, and the unrest and protests in the parts of the world, like Iran, that have lived under oppressive rule for decades, where people are standing up and are ready for a new day.

But more importantly, it is a simply a story of love between two people who were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Pride month that to lend your support to this project.

Visit the project’s Kickstarter page here.


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