There’s no question that dating can be difficult. But dangerous? In gay West Hollywood? That’s a question explored in a script by Los Angeles screenwriter David Michael Barrett that he and director Casper Andreas hope to turn into a movie set in West Hollywood, which most agree is the gay capital of the United States, if not the world.
The two currently are running a campaign on Kickstarter to raise the money they need to produce “Kiss Me Kill Me,” a film whose title takes a leaf from the tagline in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1945 classic “Spellbound” with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck (Will he kiss me, or will he kill me? was the question there).
Andreas, who is based in New York City, and Barrett, explain in their Kickstarter video that major studios aren’t interested in funding films targeted at gay audiences. Thus their effort to raise $100,000 from the folks who would likely sit in their audience. As of this writing, they are a third of the way toward that goal, with 21 days left in the campaign.
“Kiss Me Kill Me” tells the story of a attractive gay couple in West Hollywood who have a serious argument about infidelity, during which one member of the pair passes out. He awakes to find his partner dead. And there begins the “who dunnit.” Was the murderer the best friend? the therapist? the other lover? one of the lesbian galpals? the femme-fatale drag queen or the boyfriend himself?
The only way you’ll know is by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign.
Andreas and Barrett have assembled an impressive cast for the film. It includes Gale Harold, star of “Queer As Folk,” Van Hansis of “As the World Turns” and “Eastsiders,” Matthew Ludwinski of “Going Down in LA-LA Land,” Craig Robert Young, who has appeared in “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Hawaii 5-0,” William from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Brianna Brown, whose credits include “Homeland” and “Devious Maids,” Yolanda Ross from “Treme,” Tom Lenk of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Cabin in the Woods,” Kit Williamson of “Mad Men,” Jonathan Lisecki of “Big Gay Love,” comedian Jackie Monahan, Michael Maize of “True Blood,” Alison Lane of “Going Down in LA-LA Land” and YouTube celebs Will and R.J.
By the way, a donation of $2,500 or more gets a speaking part in the film.
We knew dating in West Hollywood could be difficult. But dangerous?