As you know in Alabama, the state has had a rough history when it comes to people who are different. Back in the 1960’s, it was people who were black. A few years ago, it was people who were Hispanic. And more recently, its people who are transgender. Now, a local filmmaker wants to explore life in Alabama for people who are transgender or LGBTQ. Eric Wayne Key is working on a film called Ineffable: LGBTO in Alabama.
American Folk announced that it is presently filming and seeking funding for a documentary by local filmmaker, Eric Wayne Key. Ineffable: LGBTQ in Alabama is a look into what it is like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the heart of Dixie. The film is a frank, honest and open dais for the people who are living that life or love someone who has. However, it also offers the opportunity for those with opposing views to share their side.
Alabama has a dark past of taking a dim view of those in the minority and the different, like trying to hold on to segregation. Ineffable hopes to be a that shows some of the unfortunate similarities that Alabama’s LGBTQ community faces. American Folk is raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign to complete the project. The company has set out to raise $38,500.
The film will explore life from 1858 when Benton County was unanimously renamed after staunch racist John C. Calhoun because Benton went soft on slavery, to 1961’s Greyhound Bus burning and the beating of the Freedom Riders in Anniston, up to the present day when Oxford, Alabama City Council approved a horrific and unprecedented anti-transgender law. This is a story of the times and of a movement to prevent a repeat of this area’s past.
Producing a documentary takes a huge amount of time, energy and money. There are close to 130 hours in the six-minute trailer, not to mention the equipment and location rentals, etc. They will produce this video even if there is no funding, however, it would be a lot easier if some of their volunteers could be paid something for the time and energy they spend on the project. Funding will go towards production and post-production, outreach, travel costs, and more.
You can visit their site at gofundme.com/ineffable. You can also find out more about the documentary by going to American Folk’s Facebook page or americanfolk.org.
To be a part of this project visit gofundme.com/ineffable.