On August 17, 2022, a man walked into The Corner Pub located in the predominantly gay city of Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was disturbed, jaded, looking to start a fight, and above all, unwell. He set a grenade down on the bar counter.
This could've been a grave tragedy if it weren't for the bravery of bartender William Shakespeare and patron Darryl Darling for keeping the man occupied while the other bar patrons were evacuated and the authorities were alerted. Thankfully the grenade was inert, but there was no way anyone could tell. In addition, the man had guns in his car.
There is a plague of violence in the United States of America, and tensions continue to rise against the LGBTQ community and our safe spaces. This story is indicative of a higher issue in this country: the lack of mental health services, the lack of support for our veterans (both abled and disabled), and the ease of access in aquiring dangerous weapons capable of killing as many people as possible it the least amount of time.
Please help us fund this short film so it can reach a wider audience and spread awareness of the issues facing our communities.
My first ever feature-length film that I wrote, directed, and produced in college between the ages of 20 and 22 is called Somebody to Love, and it has won various accolades across numerous festivals, including Best Narrative (Miami Film Awards), Best Drama Feature (Merced Queer Film Festival), and I've won my own personal awards such as such as Best First-Time Filmmaker (Austin International Art Festival), Best Producer (Janjira International Film Festival). My cast has also won a variety of Best Actor awards across these festivals as well.
This is my next project that is near and close to my heart. I believe it's an important story to tell and I hope to submit the film to various film festivals. Your help would be so greatly appreciated!