Family Affair is a short, queer comedy about secrets, friendships, and of course, family! We need your help now to finish our color grade, sound design, score, and cover our festival submission costs.
Mission StatementWe are a group of queer, female, and BIPOC creatives trying to start a conversation about queer joy, gender expression, and the importance of family in a lighthearted and uplifting way.
About The Project
WE DID IT - WE SHOT A FILM!
Now we need your help to finish it and submit it to festivals around the world! After three days across two states with more than 30 people, we put pure magic on a hard drive. That hard drive was delivered to our editor who helped us make it even more magical. Now, we have a film that needs just a little more love before it's ready for primetime.
Can you help us finish our score, sound design, coloring, and cover our festival submission fees? As you can imagine, all of these things add up! Independent films rely on donors like YOU to champion stories like this. Plus, we'll make it worth your while with some really great incentives including early access, screen-used props, t-shirts, and more!
Tanner is a popular high school senior with everything going for him. He's an honor student, star athlete, and all-around nice guy. We meet him one morning as he receives a string of mysterious texts about some type of rendezvous later that day. His best friends -- LJ and Emily -- seem to know what's going on but everybody else is clueless, including his mom, Beverly, who might just kill him if she finds out.
Support our campaign and spend an (unusual) day in the life of Tanner, his friends, and of course, his family.
We are a diverse group of LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and/or women filmmakers. We know a thing or two about secrets and assumptions. We've also seen what representation has looked liked over the years and want to change that. All of us have professional experience working with major studios and streaming services -- but this one isn't about them. It's about us. It's about all of us.
Please check out the Team Section above to learn more about all of us!
You can also check out our director Julio's last film "Louder Than Words" which is available on YouTube!
Everyone likes to laugh -- but comedies can also help us confront big questions like, 'What are the most important parts of my identity? Can we find strength in vulnerability? Do we have to be a different person when we're around different people? And how many people share the same worries and hopes as me?' Dang, that's some pretty heavy stuff. *dramatically stares out the window stroking my chin*
... I SAID CHIN, you perverts.
After the last two years, we need to remember there are still reasons to celebrate. And, Family Affair is a celebration of friends, family, and the human spirit. It's also a reminder that independent voices are still struggling to be heard in the entertainment industry but we're going to get there one way or another.
Because you're awesome - naturally! Because you care about promoting independent voices and unique perspectives. Because you want to be a part of something that will not only lighten people's moods but also warm their hearts and hopefully, change their perspectives. When we take this film to festivals around the world, we're taking your support along with us. We can't do this alone. We don't want to do this alone even if we could. We need you and we love you exactly how you are! Here are ways you can help:
This is totally free and totally helps. Seed&Spark rewards us for building our audience with festival fee waviers and all types of discounts on products and services. You can literally bring down the cost of our production just by hitting that follow button next to our video above!
No pledge is too small. For real. Choose one of our incentives or just give anything that fits your budget. Every dollar helps!
This one is so important! We need to reach beyond our networks to make this film happen. If you’d like to be a part of supporting diversity in not only cast but also crew, please share this campaign however you can -- via social media, email, word-of-mouth, interpretive dance, let your imagination run wild.
Use the WishList to pledge cash and loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an incentive directly.
About This Team
Writer / Producer
Ernest Anemone is an attorney, educator, and writer. After spending nearly a decade representing young adults and low-income families, he retrained as an actor and began using theater techniques to help people have better conversations.
When he is not writing or acting, he works as a teacher, executive coach, community facilitator, and story consultant for major motion pictures.
Amy DePaola is an award-winning writer, director, actress and producer. Her films have screened at dozens of film festivals around the country including the Provincetown Film Festival, IndieWorks where she was awarded Best Writer and Director, Film Invasion LA where she won Best Short and New York No Limits where she took home Best Short as well for her memoir, AMYDEE, a hybrid narrative cinema verite film about her journey into the sport of boxing.
Amy has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, The American Repertory Theater and Atlantic Theater Company. She began her producing career in 2008 with WET Productions and has since gone on to work independently with the likes of Comedy Central, YouTube Originals, Nickelodeon, BricTV and production outlets Participant Media, PictureStart, This Machine Filmworks, to name a few.
Recent directing credits include PLANT MOMS starring Catherine Curtin, LAURA WANTS HEALTHCARE, a 2021 Cinequest Official Selection and all five episodes of season one of the Queer Crime Drama, THE NATURALS. Her next film, TIKI BAR FUNERAL HOME, which she wrote and will direct, is an Official Selection of the 2022 Stowe Story Narrative Lab.
She is the founder of Pink Among Men Productions Inc. which focuses on producing stories from women and LGBTQIA+ creators, and once hosted a podcast of the same name. Originally from the suburbs of NYC, Amy has a MFA from Emerson College and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Daniel, and mini-Bernedoodle, Ruby.
Pink Among Men Productions, Inc. is a full service film and TV production company that specializes in comedy and heightened realities featuring character driven storylines that depict women and LGBTQIA+ characters at the forefront. We love auteurs and we love collaboration. We believe in gender and racial parity both on screen and behind the scenes and are committed to making each of our productions inclusive and safe spaces for all to thrive in what they do for the greater goal of storytelling. For more visit: www.pinkamongmen.com
Kyle Burt is a producer and writer based in New York City. He has produced scripted and documentary commercials and content series with premieres at NewFest, OutFest, and Frameline Film Festival. Kyle is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate for empowering, supporting, and celebrating the stories we have to share. He has regularly worked with Drag performers, both on and off camera, in order to find new and creative ways to showcase their talents.
Julio Dowansingh is a Jamaican American filmmaker and portrait/fashion photographer based in New York City. Dowansingh has been recognized globally for both his films and photography. The stories he produces are dedicated to the groups that are the most marginalized and whose narratives are often misrepresented in the media. The intersectionality of being Black, Queer and an immigrant, has influenced his art and the passion behind them.
His debut short film ‘Louder Than Words’ has toured globally at film festivals in China, Japan, Spain, Los Angeles, Boston, and more. Dowansingh looks to directors like Spike Lee, John Singleton, Antoine Fuqua, Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, and Ryan Coogler for inspiration as a Black-West Indian director and producer.
Director of Photography
Emily De Amicis is a Brooklyn based artist and filmmaker with a background in traditional arts and a degree in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. For the last 6 years Emily has been freelancing in the Camera Department on various short films, music videos, commercials, features, and television series. Currently, she is in production with the camera team on the second season of HBO’s Gossip Girl.
In her spare time, Emily helps friends on creative projects, shoots film photography, and makes multimedia art projects. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Production Designer on the Boston based indie film “Gutterbug,” but later decided to get back into her roots with the camera. She is passionate about design and visual story telling and is always looking for the opportunity to artistically apply the knowledge she gains from her experiences.