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​SYNOPSIS: A burnt-out party boy has his queer city life turned upside down when his estranged small-town best friend shows up at his door, pregnant and desperate for him to pretend to be the father to satisfy her scarily religious mother. A coming of age comedy about the length millennials will go to keep up appearances and start ‘adulting’ as thirty quickly approaches.
 

Created By: Cody Ray

Producer: Charlie David, Heidi Lynch

Writer: Mark Keller

Casting Director: Jesse Griffiths

Casting Assistant: Izad Etemadi

Start Date(s): Summer 2020

Shoot Location: Toronto

Rate: Paid, Non-Union – $300.00/day

ROLES

[PATRICK] Male, 30s, any ethnicity. The love interest/romantic lead. Blind or partially sighted actor. After closing his heart in the past, Patrick is ready to start dating again and has taken interest in Mark after meeting at a Lamaze class. A nursing student, he is book smart with a heart of gold. In recovery. Comedic chops required. Actively seeking members from the LGBTQ+ community but open to all submissions.


[MARY] Female, 30s, any ethnicity. Small town, pregnant with a very religious mother. Terrified of never moving forward in life, Mary convinces her ex-best friend Mark to pretend to be her baby daddy. Coming up with a set of rules for Mark to follow, she is determined to get what she is owed while escaping the clutches of her religious Mother and small-town stagnation. Comedic chops required.

[DOROTHY] Female, 50s – 60s, any ethnicity. Mary’s mother. Ultra-religious, born-again Christian. In AA. Ashamed of the neglect toward Mary as a child, Dorothy is enthralled for her second chance to be motherly when Mary reveals she is pregnant. Overbearing and over-opinionated, she’s launched herself fully into the role of Grandmother. Nothing will come between her and the eternal soul of her grandchild. Comedic chops required.​

[MARK] Male, 25-35, any ethnicity. An avid party-goer lost in the thumpa thumpa of the Toronto queer bar scene, and growing weary of it fast. His razor-sharp wit and sass covers his disdain for his current situation: Nearly 30, with nothing to show for it and stuck in a dead-end job. When his ex-best friend Mary offers a chance at grounding himself, he takes it. Comedic timing required. Actively seeking members from the LGBTQ+ community, but open to all submissions.


[KYLE] Male, 25-35, any ethnicity. Mark’s best friend in the city, Kyle lives life to the fullest. He’s impervious to hangovers and doesn’t want to waste a minute of his gay existence in the city. The life of the party, he is brash, unapologetic and fiercely loyal in his friendships.

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Transgender – Protecting Human Rights

A woman plays pool.

Transgender or gender non-conforming people are one of the most at-risk and disadvantaged groups in society.  Alarmingly, most Transgender people have experienced discrimination, harassment and even violence because their gender identity or gender expression is different from their birth-assigned sex.

Danica Rain, woman, mother, yoga enthusiast, transgender rights advocate.
Danica Rain – woman, mother, yoga enthusiast and Transgender rights advocate. 

Danica Rain is by far the emotional heart of our documentary Balls.  She was so courageous to share her life journey with us; everything from the separation from her wife and daughter, to living homeless, to being drug addicted and to all the mental and physical abuse she has had to endure while transitioning gender.  

Woman with daughter in park sit on a yoga mat.
Danica sits with her daughter in a park. 

There was many a time during our interview with her that the “fourth wall” of the “subjective” camera was broken.  We cried with Danica as she revealed and relived her most violent and heart wrenching memories. Though Danica has suffered a lot of pain and heartache, her story ends on a very positive note.  Like a fairytale princess, she is in a committed relationship with a devoted man that has swept her off her feet.  Not only has she reconnected with her daughter but she has also fully transitioned.    


At the time of filming, Danica was researching and preparing to have her confirmation surgery realized.  Though we were not able to document it, that dream finally came true late last year in Bangkok, Thailand.  


Danica is warm and beautiful person who not only transitioned her gender but also evolved her sexuality.  Once a heterosexual man, she is now a straight identified woman.  The transgender experience, in all its fluidity, continues to show us that love, life, sex and sexuality are not rigid and inflexible truths.  There is hope for humanity yet.  Thank you Danica.

A nurse performs a testicular test on a man on the street. 


As much as the Balls documentary was a testicular “tell-all”, everything from testicular cancer to testicular art and everything in between, this doc was also an exploration of masculinity and it’s ever-changing face.  The new masculinity for this new millennium is a softer beast that has a vulnerable side and is not afraid to show it.  Whether you have two, one or no testicles at all, “having balls is just being sure about yourself and also being kind and generous to the people in your path and the people in your life”. (Carey Gray)

Explore more stories of Gender Confirmation with Farra N. Hyte and Angel from our series Drag Heals.  

Sperm Banking

banking sperm

Peter Bovolaneas chose to look into sperm banking on the advice of his doctors.  As a two-time testicular cancer survivor who knew he wanted a family from a young age, he was thankful the option of sperm banking was available and offered to him before his treatment.  

Peter Bovolaneas sperm banking

Peter has also been a spokesperson for Testicular Cancer Canada and is currently a mentor and spokesperson for Young Adults Cancer Canada.  Peter feels compelled to share his survivor story publicly in order to help bring awareness to the disease and to encourage early detection. He is determined to show young people that even though cancer may “suck”, you should always live your life to its fullest, no matter what your medical history or prognosis might look like. Peter’s enthusiasm and zest for life is unparalleled.  

Watch Peter’s story in our documentary series Balls.
 
Testicular cancer is a very treatable disease if caught early.  And it doesn’t mean that someone who wants to be a father can’t have that option if they are able to bank sperm prior to treatment.

Egg storage for IVF
Egg storage for IVF

Early diagnoses is particularly challenging when it comes to this particular cancer because it mostly effects male teenagers and young men, who are typically very guarded when it comes to talking about health and their private parts.  To help trigger this conversation, as we have done in our documentary Balls, Testicular Cancer Canada uses comedy to address the disease and to create a healthy dialogue for men.  Young men tend to respond to humor.
 
Check out these hilarious and attention “grabbing” (pun intended) public service announcements from Testicular Cancer Canada:

I can’t stress enough how important it is to target young men and to get them to check their testicles for irregularities on a regular basis, like most women do for breast exams.  Men need to take ownership of their testicular health.  Just check ‘em, cause nobody else will; not a cop, nor a mechanic and certainly not your mom.  The PSAs above really drive the point home.  They make you giggle, but they also make you think.
 
It should be noted that chemotherapy, radiation therapy and subsequent cancer surgeries can effect sperm production and sperm health. That said, if you have any inkling that you might want to have children, you should consider sperm banking ASAP.

Because Peter wants to have kids, he decided to bank his sperm before each orchiectomy (the surgical removal of one or both testicles).  Peter and Adolfo (his fiancé) will be getting married this fall and hope to be fathers in the very near future.  Their wedding is going to be a “Big Fat Greek/ Italian Wedding” with a huge guest list and a food menu what will go on for days!  Peter’s only sadness around the approaching wedding date is that his father recently passed away from cancer and will not be there.  Cancer sucks.

Adolfo and Peter sperm banking
For more information about testicular cancer, check out the Testicular Cancer Canada website, and remember to check ‘em, especially if you are young man between the ages of 15-35.

Learn how to do a self-check with Johnny Rapid in this video.