Los Angeles -- March 7, 2013 – Better Half, the second feature film effort by Broad Humor Film Festival alum Michelle Clay, has begun production on locations in and around Los Angeles, it was announced today by Maryland based production company Better Half LLC.
Better Half is a Justabrowngirl Company production. Written and directed by Michelle Clay, the urban drama is the story of Tony & Leo are a young gay couple who enjoy a harmonious couplehood until the appearance of an orphaned infant threats to complicate things. With their relationship having always been predicated on one day starting a family, Leo (Jaimie Fauth) must make good on that long-suffering promise to Tony (Grant Landry) or risk losing him altogether.
Michelle Clay (The Road to Sundance, 2009) reteams with her Maryland based producing partner Kelly Pierce to produce Better Half which takes place in Washington DC. The film stars Jaimie Fauth, Grant Landry, Avie Weber, Nic Few, Malika Williams, Kevin Held, Steve Hasley, Brian Nolan, Daniel Rhyder, Elizabeth Pan, Nick Ryan, I. Elijah Baughman and Scott Lowell (attached) to name a few.
The director of photography is Matthew Espenshade, the casting director is Raul Staggs and the editor is Michelle Clay.
Jaimie Fauth can be seen on a recent episode of “The Newsroom,” as well as the 2010 Dennis Hensley short Rubdown and I Do directed by Glenn Gaylord. Grant Landry graduates from his work on Here! TV’s “The Lair” to roles in the upcoming features Violence of the Mind, directed by Alex Pucci, Real Heroes from director Keith Hartman and “Fortune’s Fool” one in a series of vignettes from Robert Rollins’ “Twilight Zone”-inspired anthology feature Dream Country. Better Half will be the lead man debut for both Fauth and Landry. Seven-month-old co-star Avie Weber makes her second screen appearance in her blossoming film career, having made her debut in the sci-fi horror film Neron (2014).
The production enlists a number of web series favorites to round out this ambitious movie's enormous cast. Co-stars include Nic Few (“The Chadwick Journals”, 2011) Brian Nolan (Role/Play, Groom’s Cake), Kevin Held (Longhorns, 2011), Nick Ryan (Change, 2011), “Queer as Folk” alum Scott Lowell and two of Grant Landry’s former co-stars from the popular web series “The Cavanaughs,” Daniel Rhyder & Emily Sandack.
Better Half is something of a Cinderella production in waiting for a fairy godmother. With the clock winding down fast, Better Half has kicked off its second Indiegogo in hopes of acquiring the funding to finish filming scene with the 7-month old co-start Avie Weber.
With tacet endorsements from Gay Parenting Magazine and the Family Equality Council, the script has been heralded as timely, provocative and “a great story that is rarely told in this way.” As an independent film production, filming has begun with a handful of determined storytellers and fingers crossed that when funding real has to happen, funding will come.
If you support one LGBT film this year, consider Better Half. Checkout their Indiegogo Campaign and support stories about inclusion and hope.
Better Half’s Campaign “Operation Finish Filming Avie!!” ends March 27th!