Yet in the last five to six years, that's exactly what has happened. True, we can debate that this is all owed to the advent of DSLR cameras, advancements in filming technics and the inter-connectability of the internet that have allowed micro-budgeted films to shine. Whatever the reason, we the audience have reapped the benefits.
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What does all this have to do with the film we have on spotlight this week, Liberty's Secret: The 100% All-American Musical? Well, knowing the difficulty in making a successful independent film in the LGBTQ genre, imagine making a LGBTQ film that was a musical. To be specific, a lesbian musical. Actually to be more direct, a lesbian, political, comedy, drama, musical with religious overtones!
Impossible you say! Well this week we talk to the man who has made it his 7-year mission to bring his film to life, Andy Kirshner. Already an accomplished composer, performer, writer, playwright and media artist and the Assistant Professor of Art, Design & Music at the University of Michigan, he can now add filmmaker to his resume.
*Editor's Note* "I would like to thank Andy for his patience in the face of numerous delays and technical mishaps in producing this interview."
Liberty Smith is the perfect running mate. She's American as apple pie, sings like an angel, and is the daughter of a prominent "family values" preacher - exactly what a floundering presidential campaign needs to energize its conservative base and rally the faithful. But when political novice Liberty falls for her (female) spin doctor, it's a cable news catastrophe. Now Liberty must choose between the life she's known, and the love she's dreamed of. And all of America is watching.