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#LoveOneAnother (Documentary Film)

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Raised by 22 people in 6 months
#LoveOneAnother:

A mother/son produced documentary about LGBTQ  members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, their families, and the growing rate of suicide among this unique demographic.
What is going to be a breakthrough film told through the lens of an Openly Gay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (who recently sang in rehearsal w/The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square while they were on tour in California) with a passion for Suicide Prevention and what the future holds between the LDS/LGBTQ communities. With the love and support of so many celebrity and non-celebrity allies alike, we hope we are closing in on this gap, and to continue educating people globally that identifying as LGBTQ  is NOT a sin, a mental illness, or a psychological disorder. In fact, if you ask Jake Hanson, he claims his homosexuality has been a blessing to him, his family, and the church.



*THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG LGBTQ LDS Members  IS UNACCEPTABLE!

* I WANT TO SHOW SUPPORT TO MY FELLOW LGBTQ PEERS, WHILE SHOWING MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS THAT ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE- BUT IS REQUIRED BY OUR FAITH.* 

Identifying as LGBTQ is NOT a sickness, an illness, or something that can be reversed. In fact, I BELIEVE IT’S A BLESSING!

If you want a more in-depth vision of my goal then keep reading, HOWEVER,  if you are satisfied with what you have read so far and would like to support this documentary film-  I thank you in advance for your donation and YOU will be credited  in the final cut of #LoveOneAnother (Projected 2020  Release Date) 
See you at the Premiere!

Our Story:

I was originally inspired last Autumn when I was working as an actor on a very popular Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why, which coincidentally takes place around the aftermath of a teen suicide.  So for my facebook  birthday fundraiser in October I raised around $800  for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), who I plan on working very closely with during the making of #LoveOneAnother, especially after meeting with two of their volunteers (one pictured below) back in Utah this past July. (LoveLoud Fest 2018!)



Addiction.

Gay. ️‍

Mormon.

Suicide.
   
This openly gay Mormon will (and has) candidly gone where no documentary has ventured - including the examination of the disturbingly high suicide rates we see by active/or not yet out LGBTQ members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today.
With the church membership in the millions, that statistically puts thousands at risk. So where does the suicide prevention come into play?

If at all?

And how?

My goal is to HELP aid in bridging the gap between the LDS and the LGBTQ communities. The suicide rates are rising yearly because so many youth (and adults) do NOT feel safe saying out loud who they really are or how they truly feel. For many this is too much to handle and the outcome is often suicide. My goal is to show that it’s PERFECTLY OK to be gay and LDS- or anywhere on the spectrum that you identify as.



We are already lining up multiple interviews with families who have lost a loved one so we can show the aftermath of what its like to lose someone who was close to them.

*Also, on that note- if YOU have a story to share or know someone that we should meet or interview,* PLEASE contact us either on here or directly at our website, www.loveoneanotherfilm.com

We are also in the first stages of contacting some key non-profits who specialize on these topics for interviews and clarification of the current statistics and what many of them are doing going forward regarding mental illness, addiction, and suicide.

I, myself have been in that deep dark place of wanting a way out. I don’t want any of these deaths to have been in vain because of religion and/or peoples personal views.



Now let’s talk finances:

The first $2,500 is going specifically to become an LLC in California ($800), and to hire a grant writer in hopes so we may not need to continue with crowdfunding.

Since that’s why our paths have crossed at this very moment, and maybe there’s a reason for that...?

I’ve been looking at budgets and figures from $50,000 to $150,000 and finding out that this is actually on the lower end, financially speaking for a fully professionally produced documentary. Yes, I want it in the festivals, on as many screens nationally, and of course the end goal being distribution.

All donations benefit the production expenses directly from marketing materials, grant writer(s), copyright clearances (the film is named after one of my favorite hymns, after all), equipment rentals, travel expenses (research and interviews), office/meeting spaces, and of course to help keep the website up and running- www.loveoneanotherfilm.com 

And finally, an editor will have to be hired to put together my personal footage along with footage made to a paid camera crew when deemed necessary, any additional technology needed to facilitate in the production of the film, and to any other assistants or professionals who will help with the overall production including sound, lighting), and those who may aid in acquiring possible distribution rights.

*I also pledge in donating a nominal portion to each non-profit who agrees to sit down with us for any assistance in acquiring the most up to date facts, stats, etc, which I'm pushing to be in a face-to-face on camera interviews.*



Now some of you know due to the California Wildfires last year that swept my hometown of Santa Rosa, California (Sonoma County), I lost not only my residence, but also a laptop, a netbook, two hard drives, and an iPad. Now that doesn’t even begin to describe everything else that burned; including photos, books, journals, family videos, furniture, collectables, and SO many other personal mementos and collectible artwork.

Needless to say- these factors have set us back a bit. 



Also, unexpectedly, my part time marketing job and multiple audition opportunities are taking me to NYC in October for an undetermined amount of time, which is amazing AND scary at the same time. However many of the interviews will be held in Utah (and around the world) where I am coming across stories that I think might ultimately help others by being included in #LoveOneAnotherFillm.

I believe in this project and am excited to meet the many people this year who will also become a part of #LoveOneAnother Family.

Which brings me to credits:

*anyone who donates any amount will be listed in the final credits of the film.*

This also includes individuals who have tipped us off with a great story, reference, or resource.*

Some you know that I am no stranger to the film and television industry.  My full bio of screen credits can be found here IMDb 
Before I entered the world of film and television I was a professional chorus boy based in NYC, working  for whoever would pay me to sing and dance!

My mother Keli (who has also appeared in 13 Reasons Why with me, and other film projects) has agreed to come on board with me as a co-producer and we are currently calling ourselves Hanson Family Productions. She attended both Rick’s College (now BYU-Idaho) and BYU in Provo, Utah and will be our admin and financial leader. She is, after all, married to a Financial Advisor, while I will continue with the creative side and conduct most of the interviews.

Keli Lyn Hanson  is also extremely active in the LDS faith. My father was recently called to be a Bishop in the area most affected by last years fires. 

My parents are incredible leaders and living examples of how to turn tragedy into triumph. They lost our family home of 30 years when the fires mentioned above swept through Northern California. If they can survive all of that, I can certainly get this film produced!


Updates and progress will of course be posted as they happens, mostly in picture and video form. After all, people like to see what they are giving to. But I will mostly likely be posting those to our official website and officially facebook page.

Thank you in advance for any consideration in helping me spread some LOVE where there is so much hate in the world.
#LoveOneAnotherFilm

 I am so looking forward to being on the other side of the stage and camera for a while. Who knows, maybe I’ll be the next Ellen or Oprah?! (Me and my big dreams...) What I do know is that I want to HELP people and I think this is the perfect platform for just that.

*Please google us, facebook us, look at our website, check out my IMDb page, follow us personally on social media and of course #LoveOneAnother on Instagram is @loveoneanotherfilm

#LoveOneAnother
A Candid Documentary about the Mormon Faith, the LGBTQ community, and a deeper look at Suicide Prevention.
*A Hanson Family Production*



 Watch us in action on YouTube.   

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Happy New Year, Friends & Donors!

We here at #LoveOneAnotherFilm hope that you are having a fabulous 2019 so far!
We thank you so much for the support, donations, and #LOVE since we first began our fundraising campaign last year.

I wanted to update you on the latest as we have been off the radar with our fundraising efforts since I moved to NYC in October (2018).

First of all: The project is still moving forward!
That being said , what I thought would take just ONE year to produce a full length documentary could actually take up to TWO years to make a professional, polished, and informative film.

As many of you know I began booking work in front of the camera just two days after arriving in NYC...(An actors dream come true!)
Needless to say between casting submissions, auditions, and shoot dates, it has been an extremely busy (almost) four months now.
I so badly want to announce what projects and roles I have been working on, but contractually I am not at liberty to list these at this time; however as air dates and film releases approach, my personal IMDb page will be updated by those productions.

The upside to this is that I have been able to organically network (as we must do in this industry) and the universe has sent some very special and knowledgeable people in my path who have given me a little more information on self producing our documentary. We have even have TWO offers from composers who want to score the film based on the subject matter alone.

The first item of business that I have had to accept and announce (after multiple suggestions from other film makers) is that GoFundMe, while beneficial to many fundraisers, is NOT the proper platform for crowdfunding a film of this particular subject and caliber, in what what could end up being a $100,000+ film.

That being said, beginning in February we will be switching to a new crowdfunding site that will both benefit the production AND its patrons.
Official announcement about that coming SOON...

In the meantime, we will keep this GoFundMe page open until our new crowdfunding page is up and running.

*Suicide is real. Just look at the many celebrities we lost just last year alone. Our focus, of course, is to bring the stories forward that do not get the press that they deserve, especially in the LDS community regarding LGBTQ related suicides. Unfortunately, it's a subject that many LDS families and communities are in complete denial about, which is both sad and also true.*

Since moving back to NYC, I have been fortunate enough to be welcome wholeheartedly in the church by both the Manhattan Single Adult Ward (where I am finally NOT the only openly gay member of the LDS church), and also my "family" ward; the Astoria Woodside Ward, where I have been recently called to the position of a teacher in the Elders Quorum.

SO, YES- it is quite possible to identify as LGBTQ and be an upstanding member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I have had the opportunity to work closely with the missionaries, participate in #LightTheWorld 2018, and I now even attend Institute and of course, ARP (the church's Addiction Recovery Program) on a weekly basis ALL facilitated by the church at no cost.

I realize this update has included A LOT of information, but since it has been so long since I have touched base, I wanted you all to know what was happening and where we are in the process of producing #LoveOneAnotherFilm.
With the new year, we have decided to present #LoveOneAnotherFilm from a slightly different angle.

I will leave you with a few photos of what I have been up to here in NYC over the past few months.

Wishing you all the best for a prosperous 2019!

Most gratefully,
Jake & Keli
#LoveOneAnotherFilm: A Hanson Family Production
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The first $2,500 is going specifically to become an LLC in California ($800), and to hire a grant writer so that we don’t need to continue with crowdfunding.
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For the 2nd week in a row we are offering anyone who contributes $100 or more a complimentary #LoveOneAnotherFilm piece of stylish apparel...
This offer runs through September 28th!
(A week from today)
And of course, anyone who contributes ANY amount will automatically be in the crowdfunding portion of the end credits.
www.loveoneanotherfilm.com
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#TuneInTuedays (#LoveOneAnotherFilm)
Our first week of "thank you's" and "shoutouts"!!!
Let's keep the momentum going; we still have a long way to go but I know that if word gets sround we will get all the support necessary to produce this lifesaving film. We are so appreciative of ANY and ALL donations. So please share, post, re-post. I would LOVE this to go viral! Ellen DeGeneres anyone!?
Very Gratefully,
Jake & Keli
Hanson Family Productions
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