By Ryan McPherson
Numerous professions have found greater understanding from the general public after being portrayed on film. Although we may never understand what drives people toward the occupation they find themselves in, seeing them humanized onscreen can end misconceptions and aide in acceptance.
Director Rob Levy set out to examine the work of CamGirls and the effect it has on those around them. Levy doesn’t appear to be making a statement in regards to his own feelings on the profession, simply a desire to bring more conversation to the topic. With the power of the internet and it’s ability to make even the most unique interests accessible, for better or worse, more stigmas get diminished everyday. Could “camming” be next?
Levy’s original tale of love and acceptance, examines relationships and the choices we make for those we care most about.
Where did the idea for the story of a CamGirl falling in love come from?
I wanted to do a film that was very character based and in order to do so while trying to compete with all higher budgeted movies, it needed to be something that hasn’t been shown in film before. In addition, I’ve seen “Camming” grow as a profession over the last couple of years but is still surrounded by a serious stigma so that was something personally I wanted to address. It was a great opportunity to tell a story about something people know little about, but in a way that is relatable to everyone.
Was part of your goal to fight the stigma placed on women who choose “camming” as a profession?
Not to fight the stigma but just to spark some conversations about them.
Do you know any CamGirls or did you meet any to do research? What was that experience like?
I have spoken with a few CamGirls throughout the experience and all that I’ve spoken to have been incredibly kind and helpful. They felt eager to share with me their stories and experiences in hope that I could make a film that properly portrays them, which they don’t feel like as been done yet.
Other than the obvious occupation of one of your leads, what sets this story apart from other love stories?
The film centers around a relationship more so then it does either one character, which I think will separate it from other films that are similar in genre. At times you’ll see a story about a guy who dates a CamGirl and has trouble coping with that, then you’ll see it’s also about what it’s like to fall for someone who can’t accept you for who your are. Between these 2 very relatable emotions, but given this new situation that is becoming more and more common, we can guarantee you’ve never seen a movie like this.
The lead roles in this film appear to have a lot of depth to their characters. Tell us about the actors you cast and why they were chosen?
Thank you so much! Both of our lead actors, Elena Rusconi & Matthew Tarricone have tremendous talent and have been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. The casting was extremely difficult because we knew not only how important each individual role was to the film, but how crucial their chemistry together would be as well. In total we auditioned somewhere close to 100 people for the 2 roles and we couldn’t be happier with our results. A fun fact about Lily, the CamGirl, was that she was not initially written to be European. Because she’s such an incredible talent, once she was cast, we ended up doing some rewrites to add that into the film.
You’re currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo to finish the film. Where are you at in the process and what do you have left to complete?
We’ve been running a crowdfunding campaign for 4 weeks and currently have only 3 weeks remaining. Thanks to our a lot of amazing people who’ve supported LiveLove we have 52 contributions which amount to $2,500 out of our $10,000 goal. To find out more about why we’re running the campaign and exactly what we need the funds for you can visit our campaign page and watch the pitch video there! igg.me/at/livelovethemovie
This might be giving away the ending to the film, but do you believe it is possible to overcome the challenges your film’s premise presents?
After having similar conversations with others, I truly believe it’s something that in time, will be less interesting. Like internet dating used to be a stigma, this will be proved to be a similar case. Though how I feel about the future is irrelevant to this film.