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Chaser — Indiegogo

Shame = Death
Chaser is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Chaser must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Story

Disconnected from his family, culture, and community, Zachary Gold—a young, promising high school teacher and the son of conservative immigrants—seeks solace in the gay bareback community.

The Impact

As HIV shifts from a life-threatening disease to a manageable “condition,” the number of gay men practicing unsafe sex, both out of recklessness and self-injury, continues to grow. We need your help to raise awareness about the alarming complacency surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS today. As filmmakers, we’re not interested in making a judgment about anyone’s behavior. Instead, our goal is to start a dialogue about the increasing number of people practicing unsafe sex and ask one simple question: Why?

About the Creators

Sal Bardo’s short film Requited made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2011 and has screened at festivals across the country, including Reel Affirmations: Washington D.C.’s International LGBT Film Festival, where Sal won the Audience Award for Best First Time Filmmaker. Requited will be released on DVD later this year. His most recent film, Sam, about gender identity and bullying, is currently making the festival rounds. www.salbardo.com

Hailed as “An Actor to Watch!” by Backstage, Max Rhyser has acted opposite Q-Tip in Nelson George’s My Funny Valentine (currently in development) and in One Life to Live, Homeland, A Four Letter Word, Requited, and the BBC series My Hero. His production work includes the successful series In Between Men. Max is a proud member of SAG and AEA, sits on the creative teams of two theater companies, and runs a holistic healing practice in New York. He is dedicated to affecting change through storytelling. www.maxrhyser.com

What We Need & What You Get

Your donation will make it possible for us to start this conversation. The money raised will go directly toward making sure the film is made in the most professional and effective way possible. With your help, we’ll be able to assemble a first-rate team and pay for all the costs of the following:

and much more!

 In addition to helping to fund the film, you’ll also receive the perks listed on the right-hand side of this page.

How to Donate

It’s simple! Click on the “Contribute Now” button above and choose the amount you’d like to give. You can pay via credit card, debit card, or personal check. Either way, your contribution is safe and secure! All contributions are tax deductible thanks to our partnership with Fractured Atlas.

NOTE: Even if we do not meet our goal, IndieGogo allows us to keep 100% of the funds you donate (minus the standard fee), which will be combined with funds we’re actively raising offline. Rest assured that this film will be made and you will be updated every step of the way! For more information, please visit our official Facebook page!

Help Spread the Word!

Even if you can’t afford to donate, you can contribute by emailing this page to your friends and sharing it on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Help us tell this important story!

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