Writer/director Kait Ziegler is busy working on her new short film, Before Night, but to get it finished, she needs some help, as she’s launched an Indiegogo campaign in the hope of raising $10,000 in completion funding.
In the film, ‘A reclusive man desperately searches for his chess partner. A grieving woman bids farewell to her family home. Two men begin a primal exploration. Innocence gives birth to an enchanting curiosity between two schoolmates. A shattered young woman ventures into nature in solitude.
‘BEFORE NIGHT is a collection of five interwoven stories that explore the power of connection – to ourselves, to our loved ones, to strangers, to the world, and to our entire human experience. Each character in BEFORE NIGHT is searching for a specific kind of connection as they grapple with love, loss, grief, sex, and self-exploration.’
Ziegler recently told Huffpo, “I wanted all of the stories to be left open in terms of the sexual identity of their characters, so that someone may relate more fully to a story without the usual caveat of a character’s heterosexual identity. Two of the five stories in the film are specifically queer, where one story between two men takes a different approach at defining sexual attraction, physical intimacy and what eroticism motivates within us. The other story tells a familiar school age love story, but between two girls. Creating a story that introduced exploration and being comfortable with sexual identity at a much earlier age was very important to me. If I had ever been able to watch a movie which showed girls in elementary school liking each other and that being totally normal, I probably would have come out a much younger age. Being a woman, a minority and also queer provides a lot of personal objectives in terms of creating an ethnically diverse cast, and also needing to write stories about queer identities. So many people are being exposed to incredible stories but are not being represented equally in terms of ethnicity and identity — anything I can do to balance out the proportion of marginalized stories to non-marginalized, I want to try and do.”
You can watch the fundraising video below. If you like what you see, head over to Indiegogo to help out.