The Choice is an original not-for-profit short film project with a $40,000 budget utilizing a bare-minimum professional & semi-professional crew and SAG/AFTRA performers. The script is five pages, it includes two scenes in two locations (a Catholic Church and a suburban home’s backyard with an in-ground swimming pool), and it has a cast of four characters: Mrs. “Grandma” Wilson (2-day Performer), Father Mitchell (1-day Performer), Elizabeth - Daughter of Mrs. Wilson (1-day Performer), and Tracy - the Grandchild (1-day Performer).
As you are well aware, Christianity’s institutional stance to “love the sinner, but hate the sin” is an impossible trap with devastating consequences. Social isolation, bullying, and familial repudiations have a major impact on a person’s overall well-being. Although conversion therapy is legal in 34 states, there is zero evidence of any successful treatment, and it’s far more likely to be harmful by increasing depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people 10 to 24 years of age wherein a religious association and its rejection is tied to a 3x-more-likely increased risk of suicide for those who identify as LGBTQ. In other words, the catch to the love-but-hate relationship is that it doesn’t lead to love, it leads directly to a place of judgement, which can then lead down the road toward tragic choices. Therefore, the goal of this short film project is to contribute to the call for change through choice by enacting the power of cinema to make a difference for that disavowed person sitting in the audience when they experience a profound choice manifested from unconditional love.
But we can’t do that without your kind support.
Your donation of $250 or more is 100% tax-deductible. This not only gives you a guaranteed return on your “cultural-investment” but it also helps you open the door for the added secure incentive to expand your contribution. Moreover, the tax deduction occurs at the time of the donation, so the return is immediate and without risk.
100% Tax-deductible Credit Card Donations = 20 x $ 2,000 = $40,000
40 x $ 1,000 = $40,000
80 x $ 500 = $40,000
160 x $ 250 = $40,000
* PLEASE NOTE: Your Credit Card donation will receive a receipt that can be used for tax purposes. All credit card donations will incur for the project an additional 3% processing fee on top of the 8% fiscal sponsorship administrative fee deducted from the total amount made available for the project’s working-funds. NYFA will send you a formal acknowledgement letter for donations of $250 or more. Any donation under $250 is NOT tax-deductible, and will NOT receive a formal acknowledgement letter.
THANK YOU in advance for your generous tax-deductible donation.
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For those of you who would like to contribute $2,500 or more, the payment must be accompanied by a Contribution Letter, which is available by contacting me directly and requesting the project’s expanded fundraising proposal:
Although donors do not own any part of the project, unless anonymity is requested, they will hold the perpetuity credit of - “The Choice is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), with funding provided by [insert funder names here].” - in all plausible forms of production credit listings.