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Keeping production costs low has been a priority in order to make this dream a reality. We’ve managed to do so though generous gifts of time, talent, and film locations from local collaborators. That being said, equipment, crew, and film festival submissions add up, meaning we have some fundraising to do!
At the same time, it has been a privilege to create during the pandemic. Recognizing this, it is critical to our entire team that our project’s impact extends beyond viewership. One of our many goals through this series is to join in media efforts in centering and normalizing a vast range of gender and sexual identities. Bringing these realities to the screen through authentic representation and character development has been a priority throughout this process.
This goal, coupled with our desire to give back to our Rochester community has led us to partner with The Rochester Center for Youth’s newly established Arnett House.
Each year, 1.6 million youth experience homelessness, and unfortunately this number is only exacerbated by the pandemic. Additionally, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+, despite only making up 7% of the general youth population. This disproportionate impact highlights issues of family rejection, homophobia, transphobia, violence, victimization, and more. The Arnett House provides emergency shelter, long term housing, and supportive programs to LGBTQ+ homeless youth- the first of its kind in Rochester.