RETAKE tells the story of a middle-aged gay man who hires a male escort to accompany him on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The young prostitute, played by Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias, Snowpiercer), agrees to play the part of "Brandon" as the older Jonathan attempts to relive a love that got left behind in his past.
"I get asked a lot, 'Why do you make love stories?' " Nick Corporon, the film's director, writer and producer, says. "All stories are, in some way, love stories. In the end, what's more important than love?" Unfortunately, the universality of love and all its incumbent emotions and sensations is something still not fully embraced in today's world.
"We live in an exciting time in LGBT history," Corporon continues, " where we can have gay characters in the same light as anyone else. I can't help but feel that this movie would be a lot easier to make if it were a man and a woman, in a heterosexual relationship. It's still not easy getting funding for LGBT stories. But those stories matter. Our story matters."
Financing LGBT themed films is still a challenge. Corporon's ambitious team are attempting to make a million dollar feature film for roughly $100,000, and they're looking to Kickstarter to make it happen. They've set the goal of $75,000 by December 18, and are relying on our support to prove to the industry that there is a want and a need for films of this nature.
In addition to an impressive cast of Pasqualino and Kit Williamson (Mad Men, Eastsiders), the production team can boast many years experience in high profile projects like Masters of Sex, Homeland, and True Blood. Corporon's work has been well-received and celebrated at festivals around the world. Most recently was his award-winning short film Barbie Boy, which delicately explores gender and childhood.
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