Filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer (“The Nine Lives of Marion Barry”) have launched a campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to raise $60,000 to finish their gay gang documentary “Check It.”
The film follows the Check It gang, made up of gay African-American youths, struggling to survive in one of Washington, D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods. The campaign runs through April 4.
Flor and Oppenheimer’s company, Macro Pictures, is producing “Check It” alongside Olive Productions — founded by Wren Arthur, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci — and RadicalMedia (“The Fog of War”) with producers Justin Wilkes and Dave O’Connor.
The film centers on five childhood friends who are the founding members of the gang as they try to move past that life through becoming involved in fashion.
“While a portion of the funds we raise will go towards completing the film — which is currently in the late stages of editing — another portion — 10% — will go directly to the kids themselves — helping to buy sewing machines and fabric for their up-and-coming fashion line,” the filmmakers said.