Hi! We are the team behind Crossing Paths, a Griffith Film School student short film. As we are funding the film ourselves, we are looking to raise $1,500 for the budget through GoFundMe. Please read on for more info! This video also shows what Crossing Paths means to our co-directors: https://youtu.be/e0MMxITF1Qs
Amy Langdon, Writer and Co-Director
In recent years I’ve watched friends and those close to me fall victim to the judgments, insensitivity and often suppression by those within our community, and often ones of religious affiliation, who believe that to be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, is unnatural, a sin, or even often, simply just a phase.
I grew up not seeing a representation of those within the LGBTQIA+ community on the TV screen that I watched and in the stories I read. I had teachers who would avoid the topic of sexuality when it was no longer about a holy bond between man and woman, and I had people I once considered friends slowly push further away from me as they realised I stood as an ally for those who identify as anything but heterosexual.
This is a story that offers a glimpse into the treatment of those who are exploring and often hiding their sexuality, the way that they often feel they must act within a community, and the driving factors that may play into either their secrecy or revelation of their truths to the world.
Across 2 years this story has developed from something surface level and near insignificance to something that has been pieced together by true stories of those within my life, who will remain unnamed, to make a short film that I truely believe holds weight in this world.
This is a story driven with heart, passion and undying support for the LGBTQIA+ community and along with my amazing crew I hope to do justice to those who feel they have ever been, in any way, wronged by society for their sexuality. Because love is love. It always has been and it always will be, and there is no place for ignorance and hate in this world.
Shanae Richards, Co-Director
My whole life I knew I wasn't straight. It wasn't a revelation that came in my teens or something that I was scared of in early adulthood but something that I knew with all of my heart. At 12 years old I identified as bisexual but that soon changed in Highschool as I found out about pansexuality and realised that it was exactly how I felt.
Realising once and for all the kind of love that I have, to then give to other people was a free experience and one that I wanted to share immediately with those around me.
Unfortunately although many people took my coming out well, you always remember those who don't understand or tell you that your love isn't real, more than the people who accept you. My dad was one of those people.
He didn't understand and said I have to choose a side and that my version of love doesn't exist. He's come a long way since that day and accepts my relationship with my girlfriend of two years but its always playing in the back of my mind how other people think of me, especially my family.
So when Amy came to me with this story I connected with it and wanted it to be made more than anything else I had ever created.
Crossing Paths offers a look into the hurt and frustration that people feel when they are trapped in a world that doesn't accept them.
By exploring this I hope that we can help those who don't accept the LGBTQIA+ community to understand how plights and what we go through in just trying to understand ourselves as well as the fear that we all feel as we gather the courage to one day come out.
I also want to acknowledge those in the community who know that coming out isn't safe for them, and for them to know that they are seen and are cared for.
So please, any donations at all will be beyond helpful and we will be forever grateful. Thank you
Thank you for considering a donation, every dollar will help us tell this important story.