Stephen Barnett: “I can still remember it like it was yesterday ... I sat there on the sofa and finally came ‘out’ to my parents shortly after my high school graduation. My father said it was a choice, while implying it was the wrong choice. My mother remained relatively quiet throughout the discussion; she had been raised with a strong Catholic education. Later, I learned that she had subsequently gone to the priest at the church we’d been raised to attend every Sunday morning. When she returned, she casually told my sister that we were no longer required to attend church services because she would no longer be attending them herself. Obviously, my mother had gone through a shift in her theological perspective. A shift based on the impossible dichotomy to love the sinner but hate the sin, which is no real choice at all, it’s just a trap. Thus, she chose to love her son, unconditionally. … That was 35 years ago, and yet, tragically, (and by that I do mean life and death), religious intolerance remains wholly steadfast in its forcing a choice between love and hate.”
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TODAY, you are in the powerful position to help make a difference …
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 is 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 actually lead to love, it leads directly to a place of judgement, which can then lead down the road toward tragic choices.
Our aim is to produce this project up to its best potential. Our objective is to MAKE A DIFFERENCE for that person sitting in the audience when they experience a profound life-changing choice manifested from unconditional love through a powerful not-for-profit short film project WORTHY of award-competitive selections and screenings at top-tier film festivals, public broadcasting stations, and online streaming services, which are all in line with our goal to IMPACT the widest possible marketed-audience.
To achieve this, we are casting from recognizable-name TALENT and hiring a reputable Crew. The TALENT are paid under the requirements of SAG/AFTRA's Short Film Agreement. The Crew are paid a fair parity rate across the board. Both Cast & Crew salkaries are partially deffered until the "finishing funds" are raised through a crowd funding campaign.
By seizing this moment right now, you not only help produce the ongoing ripple-effect of change through choice, but you can either contribute anywhere from $25~249, which is NOT tax-deductible, or you can give a minimum donation of only $250 (or more), which IS tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. This not only gives you a guaranteed return on your “cultural-investment,” but it also helps 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. NYFA will send you a formal acknowledgement letter for donations of $250 or more.
Either way, by giving at least a little, you can help a lot ...
? x $25~249 = $40,000
160 x $ 250 = $40,000
80 x $ 500 = $40,000
40 x $ 1,000 = $40,000
20 x $ 2,000 = $40,000
16 x $ 2,500 = $40,000
8 x $ 5,000 = $40,000
4 x $10,000 = $40,000
2 x $20,000 = $40,000
1 x $40,000 = $40,000
P.S. 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.
P.S.S. For those who like options, you might consider budget catagories through our Sponsorship Donations program, and/or for those who would like to contribute $2,500 or more via a check, the check must be accompanied by a Contribution Letter, which both are available by contacting me directly and requesting it through the project’s expanded 30-page fundraising proposal:
* Your Official Credit:
Although donors do not own any part of this short film project, in all plausible forms of production credit listings those who contribute $250 or more will hold the perpetuity credit listing as - “The Choice is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), with funding provided by [insert funder names here].” - All donations under $250 will be acknowledged as - "And, as a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), donations further provided by [insert funder names here]."
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention warns that, in the United States alone, there are, "on average, 129 suicides per day," and that matters: WE CAN achieve a possibility to lower that number TOGETHER if you EASILY click through the DONATE NOW button with your generous gift ~