ABOUT THE FILM
Two gay ex-Mormon missionaries travel across the United States to confront their past and explore their futures while discussing with other gay Mormons about the rejection, oppression and the reality of a growing number of LGBT suicides within the LDS community.
Jonathon Levi Powell, celebrity hair and makeup stylist from Lifetime's 'American Beauty Star', and Terry Blas, comic book artist and illustrator, both grew up in the LDS Church. While on a roadtrip journey of discovery, they’ll meet with former and current members of the LDS community including Utah State Senator Jim Debakis, Neon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn, and Real World: Go Big or Go Home's Ammo.
With the current rise of suicides in the gay LDS community, they address the issue through stories from survivors and families that have lost children, family members and friends to this devastating epidemic and try to find solutions and outreach to end the suffering through interviews with politicians, activists and experts in this subject matter
Director/Executive Producer - Brandon Deyette
Executive Producer - Edwin Scharlau
Executive Producer/Creator - Jonathon Levi Powell
Creator - Terry Blas
BRANDON DEYETTE - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Writer, producer, and director Brandon Deyette holds a BA in Theatre and BBA in Business Management from the University of Georgia and an MA in Film from Georgia State University. He has produced, written, and directed video, photography, and television for The Home Depot, Ebony Magazine, TLC, Kohl’s, Target, JC Penney, InStyle Magazine, Sephora, Steve Madden, L’Oreal, Alex + Ani, Johnston & Murphy, Popsugar, H&M, SkinnyGirl, Michael Strahan, Anthropologie, and Showtime.
His first feature film, “Proxy,” was screened at multiple film festivals and premiered as the Spotlight Feature at Miami Outshine Film Festival. It won numerous awards including Audience Award Best First-Time Director (QFlix Philadelphia), Audience Award Runner-Up Best Feature (QFlix Philadelphia), Runner-Up Jury Award Best Feature (Springfield LGBT Film Festival) and Festival Favorite (Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival) as well as nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Widescreen Film Festival). The film was picked up by Revry, PlutoTV, and currently available on Amazon and iTunes.
EDWIN SCHARLAU - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A graduate of Miami University’s School of Business, Edwin Scharlau began his career in entertainment on the talent side of the business as an agent and later agency director. In 2004, he opened Route 7 Productions, a full service production company and content creation agency based in Miami. Route 7 has provided production services on several feature films for notable companies including Italian International Film, Medusa Film and Mari Film, as well as television shows BRITAIN’S NEXT TOP MODEL, TLC’s JODIE MARSH ON…, and BENELUX’ NEXT TOP MODEL. Route 7 has produced advertising creative for such clients as Kohls, Target, Budweiser, Steve Madden, Eddie Bauer, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, and The Home Depot.
In addition to his role as Executive in Charge of Production on several feature films, Edwin produced the short film NEVER WINTER that premiered at the Miami International Film Festival and went on to win several awards including Best Screenplay (Los Angeles Movie Awards), Best Actress (European Independent Film Festival) and Audience Award (Hollyshorts). He produced and directed the award winning documentary UNFIT: WARD VS. WARD which premiered at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival where it won the prestigious HBO Jury Award for Best Documentary. The film was an official selection at fifty festivals around the globe, racking up numerous awards and accolades along the way including Jury Award Best Social Justice Documentary (Kansas International Film Festival), Best Documentary Feature Winner (CNKY Scene LGBT Film Festival), First Place Documentary Feature (Athens International Film+Video Festival), and was a nominee for the distinguished Che Prize at BFI London. Edwin produced the feature PROXY, which premiered at the MiFo Film Festival and went on to receive such accolades as Festival Favorite (Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs), Jury Award Best Feature Runner Up (Springfield LGBT Film Festival), and Audience Award Best Feature Runner Up (QFlix Philadelphia). He is currently Co-Executive Producer on Madeleine Olnek’s new film WILD NIGHT WITH EMILY featuring Molly Shannon as poet Emily Dickinson (SXSW 2018 Premiere).
Along with producing partner Margaret Lake, Edwin is launching a new set of companies to fund and produce original content that champions the voices of women, minorities, and other marginalized, underserved populations – both in front of and behind the camera. Through their production shingle MarWin Films they are currently developing a slate of projects that span a range of genres for a variety of multi-media platforms.
JONATHON LEVI POWELL - PRODUCER/CREATOR
Jonathon Powell was raised in Seattle, WA. His upbringing was of a blended family and his mother joined the Mormon church when he was 5 years old. As the oldest of the five children in the house Jonathon tried to set an example of the church's standard and focused on his mission just months after high school. He never completed the task due to his coming out of the closet.
Jonathon set out on a path in the hair and makeup industry a few years after his mission. Having opportunities to work with Melinda Gates, Sandra Oh and a few other celebrities Jonathon made the decision to move across country to Miami, Florida and pursue a career as a freelance and editorial artist. He is now a frontrunner in the industry working with celebrities including Robin Thicke, Katy B and Olivia Culpo. With huge goals and a desire to help the future generations of the LGBT community he set out to create this movie. He is also featured as a Beauty Expert on Lifetime's new show "American Beauty Star."
TERRY BLAS - CREATOR
Terry Blas is the writer and illustrator behind the ongoing web series Briar Hollow and the mini comics, Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino. He illustrated "Mama Tits Saves the World" which was published by Northwest Press. His cover work includes: Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and Rick and Morty. His debut graphic novel will be published by Oni Press and is a murder mystery set in a fat camp, entitled "Dead Weight: Murder At Camp Bloom". He grew up in Boise Idaho, and several places in Mexico, including Ixtapa Zijuatanejo, Queretaro and Amecameca. He is Mexican and was raised Mormon, serving a mission for the LDS church from 1999-2001 in New York City, specifically The Bronx and Sleepy Hollow, New York. He no longer considers himself Mormon in any way.
He currently draws an obscene amount of Drag Queens and writes and draws comic books out of Helioscope Studio, the largest collective comic book studio in the United States. He lives with his partner Scott and their dog Audrey in Portland, Oregon where they all watch more British TV than is humanly possible.
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