At 6:25 pm on Jan 10, thanks to 189 amazing backers, we reached our of raising $10,000 to offset finishing costs and Sundance premiere expenses with 8 days left in the campaign! While $10,000 was a conservative goal to ensure that we weren’t on the wrong side of the Kickstarter “all or nothing” system, we still need more funds to defray costs and look at this next phase of the campaign as an opportunity to start giving back. To that end, the Pariah the Movie family is excited to announce that $0.50 of every dollar pledged above our $10,000 goal will be donated to The Ali Forney Center in support of their mission to provide homeless LGBT youth with safe, dignified, and nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together.
Please take a look at this of the origins of The Ali Forney Center:
Studies show that over 20% of all homeless youth in the United States are from the LGBT community. Furthermore, with the paucity of academic research and the fact that these kids are struggling at higher rates with homelessness and suicide than non-LGBT youth, it is the perfect time to use the popular culture medium of film to spark dialogue, debate and action. PARIAH will be one of the first feature narratives with a lesbian youth of color as the lead character and our goal is to bring you an aesthetically compelling story that promotes awareness of a marginalized community with less focus on the obvious differences and more focus on a fundamental similarity—the universal struggle to find one’s identity.
For those of you who have been following our campaign and have supported – thank you so much! Please continue to spread the word to your families, friends and networks. For those of you who have been following, but are on the fence about pledging, , just $10.00 can make a difference in helping us finish our film AND supporting our youth.
For those of you new to this project and this phase of our fundraising campaign, please poke around, ask questions, comment, but most of all and Ali Forney’s mission.
Thanks so much for your time, consideration and support!