My name is Isobella Antelis and I am the writer, director, and cinematographer of the production, Blue Toes. For the past 8 months I have been working on creating this short film, and it is a story I hold close to my heart. Being a student, it is hard to come up with the amount of money needed to fund a film like this. I was lucky enough to film 60% of the project, but was unable to finish due to limited funds. This is where you come in!
What is Blue Toes?
Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don’t like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
This film is important for me to make because I have recognized the labels society puts on people at such a young age. This story comes from a personal place, since I have a sibling who is being raised in a world where you are supposed to be a certain way, and like certain things based on your gender. This can be really confusing for a child, when their interests cross gender norms. It is an important story to tell because we need to allow kids to be who they are, and not constrain them to these unrealistic standards of what it means to be a girl or a boy.
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