Film Short Films: Casting a conversion therapy film. Production states: “Working title:’Daddy Bears on Young Twinks at Straight Camp.’Casting gay men (and one woman) for an erotic drama/comedy about guys hooking up at an anti-gay residential recovery program in rural Texas. Talent must be willing to act in sexual situations, however actual sexual contact is not required; although full frontal nudity might be captured. The goal is to have an ‘R’ rating, depending on media outlets, and categorized as a ‘skin flick,’ unless participants want to help with scenes for an unrated cut of the film. The project will also be documented, and participants are encouraged to be on camera for BTS clips to be used to help raise awareness about religious abuse among the LGBTQ community, mental illness, trauma recovery, and various aspects of gay culture.Although a humorous concept, the subject matter is very serious. Talent must be willing and able to engage in scenes with saying prayers, worshipping, reciting the Bible, crying, self-harm, and suicide. The purpose of the project is to portray reality issues that most mainstream media and popular LGBTQ films refuse to show; attracting audiences using sexual imagery in order to create buzz about this controversial subject. The scripting is loose, although selected lines are required to be spoken verbatim for key scenes. Story is loosely based on real events, preferably focusing on situations that are not typically portrayed in stereotypical ‘gay’ films. Producers are open to story ideas submitted by peers and talent. References to cutting edge (and ‘fanatical’) forms of christianity are included along with gay (niche) subcultures which can include everything from ‘bear’ culture, pups and handlers, furries, crossdressing, chub and chaser, feeder/gainer, role-play, and various kinks.The concept was born out of a virtual discussion where the producer was talking to other ex-gay survivors about all the different forms of sharing his narrative. After being unsuccessful in various outlets and mediums, the idea arose to produce a film of this nature in order to compete with all of the popular media about this controversial subject that seems to do more to give an unrealistic perspective than showing how diverse and graphic conversion therapy stories really are.The story revolves around what resembles a ‘halfway house,’ where two to three of the younger men pair up with older men, including the leader of the program. The program leaders wife runs the office and handles some of the therapy and other duties. (Female talent will also provide voice acting for phone conversations for two additional characters.) The film ends with most of the characters attempting or committing suicide.”Note: Nudity will be required for male roles. See Special Instructions. Casting 4 roles


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