I spent the Summer researching on what it is like to be an LGBT teen in rural USA for a script. We traveled to ten states and met some incredible people.
I met Joseph outside of Knoxville for an on camera interview. The moment I left, I could not get him out of my mind. He told me his story with such innocence that I knew that he needed to present it to the world. To show teens that it is ok to be who you are.
I returned to meet Joseph twice and filmed his day to day life.
It is Joseph's life experiences that has helped shape the main character in our film script. We want to present a character with real situations that happened to Joseph. Our goal is to raise the funds to shoot the feature in spring. Of course we will want Joseph on set with us as his input on re-creating a teenage world is vital.
Support the project
Joseph's remembers why he wants to live...
Joseph share his pain and courage of coming out openly gay as a teen living in Tennessee.