We generally avoid promoting KickStarter drives—there are just too many good projects out there to give them all fair due—but a new campaign from I Think I Do director Brian Sloan caught our eye. His new film, Best Summer Ever, is an adaptation of Sloan’s own teen-lit novel Tale of Two Summers, which explores the unique friendship between two high-school friends, one gay and one straight.
“I was inspired to write this story by my continued friendship with my best friend from high school who’s straight,” Sloan tells Queerty. “We’ve stayed close friends for more than 20 years. He was very accepting and supportive when I came out and we’ve always been able to talk very frankly about our relationships with other people too. I think these sorts of friendships are crucial for teens today, especially when so many LGBT youth are isolated. When you’re in high school, there are probably not going to be a lot of other gay people around, so young people need to realize that ‘the straights’ can be can be incredibly supportive, even more so now than when I was growing up.”