PLEASE SUPPORT MSE FOUNDATION
Help us to support, produce, and award quality and diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender "LGBT" Television and film, creating more positive LGBT role models in Arts & Entertainment. OUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GOAL IS $125,000.....
During this year, generously remember MSE Foundation.
MSEF’s mission is to champion
filmmakers and playwrights of quality and diverse LGBT visual media that embodies
diversity, acceptance, innovation, and non-stereotypical
uniqueness of vision.
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WHY DID WE CREATE MSE Foundation?
Because we believe that
television and film is one of the most powerful tools to affect change and
acceptance. Using this media, the
entertainment community can demonstrate that the LGBT community isn’t just a collection
of stereotypes but also a valuable and robust part of our community, build
strong role models for our youth, and help foster acceptance. As we all strive to socially accept the LGBT
community in sports, military, clergy, and every other facet of society,
MSEF exists to ensure that filmmakers
and playwrights have the financial and logistical support they need to
successfully complete and distribute their productions – Diverse LGBT images
DIVERSITY IS KEY
For many people, visual media is a
major source of knowledge from which they learn and form impressions about different
groups in society. To date, visual media’s depiction of the LGBT community has
primarily been steeped in false stereotypes rather than reality. In addition,
visual media has primarily failed to represent the diversity of the LGBT
community. We are a diverse group.
Try a quick 2-part experiment:
1. Count in your mind
the number of falsely stereotypical LGBT characters you have seen in our mass
media in contrast to those who are truly representative of the whole spectrum
of our population. Answer: too HIGH.
2. Consider the ratio
of truly diverse - in every way - characters in LGBT programming to those you
most commonly see: young gay white men. Answer: too LOW.
Only when this evolves to reflect who
we ALL TRULY ARE will public perception and impression of our community be
accurate. MSEF is THE PIONEER in this change. MSEF is changing LGBT visual
media; as a result, MSEF will help make a positive change in society.
growing, your support will help ensure it continues to thrive.
WHAT HAS MSEF BEEN DOING TO DATE?
Focusing on Infrastructure
To date over 20 volunteers,
consultants, employees, and board members have spent over 2 years building an infrastructure
strong enough to begin supporting producers, writers, and directors of LGBT Television
and film by:
Developing a quality award show that will
recognize the best and brightest in LGBT television and film today. Currently gathering A-list LGBT celebrities
and high-end supporters for a historic, first-of its kind undertaking; think of
it as the “LGBT Oscars”
Building a robust, resourceful, and dynamic website
that continues to grow to become a vital tool for independent producers,
writers, and directors of LGBT Film
Supporting a thriving writer’s room with award
winning screenwriters dedicated to developing the next generation of LGBT
Television and Film (several film and television projects are already in
Sponsoring our first independent short film competition
(currently accepting applicants)
Consulting with over 30 independent filmmakers
and growing to understand their needs for success
Developing connections with many of the largest
and most reputable production companies, networks, and executive producers who
invest in and/or distribute LGBT Television and Film content (TLA Releasing,
Wolfe Entertainment, Sean McManus, Huffington Post, and many more)
Forming a quality group of board members,
volunteers, consultants, and employees dedicated to the Foundation’s mission
Forging relationships with other LGBT
organizations (e.g. Outfest, GBMnews, Fusion, etc)
Producing online LGBT video content: video and
over 30 webisodes (e.g. Interviewing Hollywood) (http://gbmtv.net/2013/02/17/hakeem-kae-kazim/)
YOUR GIFT HELP CONITNUED GROWTH?
In many amazing ways!! Metaphorically, your donation will be the gas that
makes the spectacular car we’ve spent years building continue to speed forward!
If you believe independent LGBT
television and film are critical to our culture and to the future of
entertainment, please donate now.
Donations to MSEF will support a variety
of programs for filmmakers, film industry professionals, and film lovers, as we
1. Provide production
grants to filmmakers of LGBT visual media who are already part of our effort. There are so many independent LGBT filmmakers
who have created amazing projects that need support. Each story different that the last and unlike
anything produced. These are exciting times.
There are endless stories that need to be told. With the Foundation’s
support these filmmakers and many others stand ready to succeed.
2. Produce a
large-scale, high-end quality Academy Awards-type show called the “LGBT
Television and Motion Picture Awards” that will recognize and encourage more
quality and diverse film and television projects;
3. Develop more dynamic
and diverse LGBT visual media content;
4. Activate the
Foundation’s Fellowship program that will allow MSEF to produce LGBT visual
5. Build a robust
online platform/network to distribute quality and diverse LGBT visual media
6. Hire quality
7. Increase our fundraising
and community outreach efforts;
8. Upgrade the
Foundation’s website to become a robust resource for the LGBT entertainment
community and to those who what to see more;
9. Continue to advocate
for more distribution of quality diverse and non-stereotypical LGBT television,
film, webisodes, and theater
All of us at the Foundation are excited
to partner with you to support filmmakers of LGBT visual media that embodies diversity,
acceptance, innovation, and non stereotypical uniqueness of vision.
We invite you and your friends to join us and help us reach
this goal by making a donation or finding others who are willing to
contribute. Together we are strong, and
can make a better world.
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