The story of this short film started from two separate ideas.
First, the testimonies of women in my life (of varying sexual orientations), sharing stories about the sheer impossibility of existing in a public space where strangers will not harass you. These women have all shared a similar sentiment of anything between general discomfort, to out-right fearing for their safety. There is no excuse, treat strangers with respect.
The second was a personal experience I had during my daily walk to work. It was the exact same route that the date sequence in Confronted featured, and on this path I would see many couples taking a romantic stroll down the Chicago Riverwalk. They would all just become background noise to me until the rare occurrence that one of these couples would be gay. My eyes were transfixed to these anonymous couples, and I would even create a fiction for them in my head. I would wonder, what are they talking about, what are they like and are they out of the closet with their family & co-workers? Sometimes I would divert this focus and look and see if other people were as fascinated as I was, and they always were. Everyone kind of tries to act normal, but nobody can resist finding reasons to look over their shoulder. After this happened a few times, I realized that all these different people staring probably looked exactly the same as one another and there was no way to know if it was from a place of curiosity, irrational hatred or arguably worst of all a sexual objectification fantasy. The best conclusion I could make, is that these gay couples probably didn't care why we were all staring, they just wish we didn't do it at all.
That was my personal perspective as a filmmaker on this project. I don't know what it is like to be a woman, let alone a gay one, but I do know that they should fear public harassment on such a consistent basis.
Special thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped, encouraged and watched this film. It was a major challenge, and I'm proud of everyone's effort.
Created and Produced By:
Shawn & Diane Boyle
Hopeless Romantic INST
By Arden Lo
All of these performers were a joy to work with, and I would highly recommend them for any casting call you may have. Feel free to contact us, and we will forward your casting call directly to them.