Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Lend Themselves to Indie Film FACING EAST's Kickstarter Campaign


The pre-production feature film Facing East released a Kickstarter Campaign today (Wednesday November 14, 2012). The goal to be raised is $65,000.

Facing East is directed by Tony nominated Broadway actor Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and is written by noted queer cinema veteran Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page) from an off-Broadway play by author Carol Lynn Pearson (author of the books Goodbye I Love You and No More Goodbyes), and produced by Duane Andersen, James Duke Mason and Emily Pearson. The Kickstarter site mentions that the production is in the process of casting but cannot release specifics at this time, but that Broadway diva Audra McDonald will play a supporting role.

The film tells the story of a prominent Mormon couple dealing with the aftermath of their gay son’s suicide.<

The Trevor Project, the nation’s only suicide hotline for LGBT and questioning youth, endorses Facing East and 10 percent of all profits go to that organization.

The campaign offers unique rewards targeted at fans of Mr. Swenson and his wife, five time Tony winner, Audra McDonald, including autographed memorabilia, the opportunity to have lunch with the couple, or lunch with all three of Priscilla's stars: Will Swenson, Tony Shelton, and Nick Adams, or to have Ms. McDonald sing to you over the phone on your birthday, or to have Mr. Swenson serenade you publicly.

The Kickstarter Campaign finishes just before Christmas, so the rewards are a potential unique holiday gift. For more on the Kickstarter Campaign, click HERE.

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Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski