It started, as so many independent film efforts these days do, on Kickstarter. In the case of Brooklyn journalist David Thorpe, he was able this spring to raise a very impressive total of $120,523.
The other remarkable thing about Thorpe’s feature documentary Do I Sound Gay? is how quickly it has progressed from the May 30 campaign close to a world premiere. The film will be unveiled Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. From the synopsis:
After a break-up with his boyfriend, Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people — both gay and straight — often wish for a different voice.
After undergoing hilariously taxing voice-changing exercises with linguists and speech therapists, Thorpe turns to family and friends to better understand when and how his voice changed. He gains frank and funny perspectives from public figures such as comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, fashion guru Tim Gunn and writer David Sedaris.
This has Toronto breakout hit written all over it. Both Thorpe and Savage will be there for the Sunday “Mavericks” screening sidebar unveiling & Q&A. Should be a hoot.