09 December 2014

Coffee House Chronicles


A meet-cute takes an unexpected turn when Darin gets to Matthew's house and discovers that the hottie in the wrap-around shades is Asian -- and Darin doesn't 'do' Asians...

Hi, Stewart Wade here.  I'm a writer and director -- three features so far (Coffee Date, Tru Loved, and most recently Such Good People).  While I love features, I've also always been drawn to the short film format, but the outlets for their distribution have historically been few and far between.  Now, with the advent of online channels such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Hulu, I am newly inspired!

I envision Coffee House Chronicles as an anthology web series which explores the many ways that we connect in this brave new world of the Internet, social media -- and coffee houses on every corner.

The first episode, Secret Asian Man, is sexy and funny -- but also explores racism in the LGBT community.  I've already shot it, starring two gorgeous and talented actors, Mykee Steen and Cesar Cipriano.  But I need your help to launch the series, and get future episodes off the ground.

Here's a brief description of the upcoming episodes I plan to shoot -- if I raise the money:

The Exception:  Jeff is haunted -- literally -- by his perfect ex.  Can his quirky and less-than-perfect BFF, Anthony, get him to leave behind the idealized past in exchange for a messy, imperfect future together?  The wildly talented Drew Droege has agreed to play the role of Anthony!

Perfect Present: A happily married man wants to get his husband the perfect gift for their 25th anniversary.  But is one of the world's sexiest gay porn stars really the best gift to celebrate their love?

Sunday Secrets: Two female yoga buddies drag their husbands along for a Sunday brunch.  Turns out the men aren't exactly strangers...

What We Need & What You Get

Each episode costs about $2,000 (costs vary mostly with locations).  So...a mere $10,000 will allows us to create 5 episodes!  Your contribution will give you the warm glow of helping to bring good art into the world -- specifically movies with characters and situations you DON'T get to see everyday on TV or at the movies.  More concretely, you will also get our thanks, in various formats depending on your level of contribution.  For more substantial contributions, the perks are even better!  You can get even an executive producer credit on the project!  

The Impact

This web series will change the world!  Okay, not really.  Well, maybe just a little.  Because I believe that telling good stories, bringing laughter into the world or moving people, does make our lives just a little bit better. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you're not in a position to contribute (hey, I've been there!) you can still help by spreading the word.  "Share" on Facebook or Twitter -- you know the drill.


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