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Who do you trust?

Jonas Israel talks about what it’s like to feel alone.

It requires trust to make deep connections.

During the month of April, Jonas and the cast of STARS IN HIS EYES are making a feature film about overcoming the epidemic of gay loneliness.  And doing it with flair and panache.

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I love Portland

James Dixon sees that as progressive as Portland is, there’s still a lot of white privilege.

How do we engage with people to bring them together? We can’t do it alone.

Filming STARS IN HIS EYES begins March 31st, 2018.

What do you think about….

 

Jonas Israel tackles big issues: pine cones and ants.

He’ll also be tackling issues of racism in the gay community and the epidemic of gay loneliness in the feature film STARS IN HIS EYES.  The romantic comedy with a serious edge.

 

What can I do?

James Dixon facilitates conversations of equity.

“It’s important for us to understand the subtle ways we’re complicit. Not what we’re doing ‘wrong’ but what has been normalized.”

In addition to his social justice work, James is a full time actor.  He’s currently starring in the stage production Two Trains Running in Portland, OR.   He begins filming STARS IN HIS EYES March 31st.

I found a bag!

This is the coolest tackiest bag I found as a prop for STARS IN HIS EYES. James Dixon will be carrying this around in the movie – trying to look unobtrusive. LOL.

Steve Reinisch and I are making a lot of the props for the film. We still need $42 to get the rest. Can you be our propmaster and send $42?

www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes

We have computers!

We have computers for the movie set!!!  Thanks to Next Step Recycling in Eugene OR this movie is gonna look great!!!!

We’re finding props we need.  And we’re getting more and more locations.

We need cash to feed people and pay for stuff I can’t borrow or get free.  Please help us.  We are so close to funding this $18,000 movie.  We have less than $4,000 to go!!

www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes

 

 

Sicilian accent?

Jonas has 3 weeks to learn a Sicilian accent.

No pressure or anything…. but….. people in Sicily will see this movie. So it better be believable.

My distributor read the script and cautioned me that because it includes characters from the Mafia, I may be ‘visited’ on set.  He said it happened to him.

Hey, the folks I met in NY who were part of the familia were very friendly.  If they come to watch us film, maybe they’ll want to do a cameo appearance.

Or not.

Wracking my brain

The guys put together a jigsaw puzzle in the movie and for the life of me I can’t figure out what the image should be.  Something to do with astrology or love or something completely absurd?

Because of movie continuity I need 3 copies of the same puzzle, and it has to be an original image because the store-bought puzzles are copyrighted.

I need someone to pick the image.  Can you do it?   Go to www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes and grab the Puzzle Perk.  And I’ll send you the puzzle when we finish filming!!

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Ripping my shirt off

I give everything for my art.

I’m asking you to give a little bit.

Join Charles and Louis and the other wonderful people who are supporting this movie at www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes!

This week I’ll order special-made props for the film: A jigsaw puzzle (5 copies), magnetic signs for vehicles, a pile of cash cards, tubes of lip balm, a fake driver’s license…..

I’m scouting for locations and found a gorgeous place to film yesterday.  GORGEOUS.  It’s perfect for this movie.  Omigod, I nearly died when I saw it.

And I’m working out the shooting schedule. The cast is incredibly busy because they are so talented and in such demand. But fortunately they all want to make this movie and are doing everything they can to make this schedule work.

Woooo hooooo!   This movie is going to be so much fun.

 

I believe in you

I got this email yesterday: “Paul — I believe in you and I honestly love your movies. I’ve seen every one several times. PTFSTP!: A study in film, Paul. Just a wonderful ride! Your films have a wonderful and very needed message of hope, survival, perseverance, and/or love that speak to everyone — Gay, straight or in-between.

“I know you don’t hear this from me very often, but the truth is you’re my hero in so many ways. I’ve admired your creativity, your incredible skills as a film-maker and actor — and I still just don’t quite get how you make your films look and sound so slick and so masterfully and expensively produced. You truly have the magic touch.”

I mean, this is just so deeply touching. I’m honored tremendously by this. He is supporting STARS IN HIS EYES. Please join him. www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes

Tuesday Sunshine!

The best news of the day is Jack Overland and Brad Parks donated to the GoFundMe campaign to help make this movie!

Oh! And we have sunshine. Which is totally bizarre since it’s early February and I live in a rain forest. What a world, what a world.

You are helping bring joy into the world – despite everything – by supporting this funny romantic comedy.  Please pitch in and grab one of the fun perks!   www.gofundme.com/StarsInHisEyes

 

When ‘Gay’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Happy’

Last week a 20 something gay guy contacted me on Facebook asking if I could introduce him to some friends.  He lives in a country that barely tolerates homosexuality, he’s afraid to tell anyone about his sexuality, and he’s very lonely.

Not ‘lonely’ as in ‘wants to get laid,’ but very much alone.

I’ve lost count of how many men messaged me in a similar situation.  (And no, he doesn’t want me to marry him so he can become a US citizen.)

The reality outside our borders is that many men have no one who understands them, no companions, no buddies to hang out with, and until the world changes there’s no chance they’ll find Mr. Right and settle down together.

Why are these guys contacting me? 

They’ve seen the movies I make. These movies make them feel a little less alone in this world. These movies give them hope by showing that straight people can accept and love gay men. Most importantly these movies portray gay men fitting into our mainstream culture without being closeted or overly fabulous.

I can’t share with you the messages from men looking for someone who will talk with them. I respect these guys’ privacy. But the messages all have a similar theme: They are alone, they are struggling to accept themselves, they don’t know how they are going to live the rest of their lives in hiding.

I’m telling you this so you know how much reach our movies have. It’s true there are no statistics logging how many men in Muslim, Christian or Communist countries watch pirated copies on mirror sites. But Google constantly notifies me of illegal websites streaming movies I made for you and when those movies are translated into foreign languages.

Yes, I make these movies for you. And you make these movies for men living in less accepting countries than our own. In this map, the blue countries legally include gays in mainstream society. The other countries don’t. That’s a lot of people looking to us for hope.

What’s so special about STARS IN HIS EYES and how will it help someone in Algeria cope? First, it’s a fast-paced, entertaining comedy about gay characters who are both gay and regular guys. Second, our hero (Robert Hope) counsels lonely men in the film by offering cognitive behavioral suggestions that encourage self-acceptance and self-protection. Third, the actors in the film are racially diverse. Finally, it is a romance about two men who are very different from each other and also very much alike. Men around the world will see themselves as one or more of the characters.

Thanks to Alan Cressler, Philip Arthur Anderson, Chuck Thompson, Doug Taron, Tim Brough, Karen Peters and Michael Salzburg-Felts for donating to the production of STARS IN HIS EYES.

I invite you to contribute so I can make this funny, witty, and deeply touching romantic comedy.

-Paul

P.S. If you blog, please tell your readers about STARS IN HIS EYES with a link to the website or Facebook page. A movie this fun has got to be shared.

 

 

 

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Mom made me do it.

 

I’d discovered over the past couple of years that my personality, the way I talk, the way I think, is a direct result of genetics and epigenetics passed to me from my mother, my dad, my grandparents, my great grandparents.  They made me to be exactly who I am.

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