"The Boy" is a film project that follows the experiences of an African-American family who will go to extreme lengths to save their son who they believe is possessed by demons -- because he is gay.
Described by producer James Peoples and director Cayman Grant as a horror/thriller, the film chronicles the events that unfold when a boy's family calls on a local tribal healer to heal their son of his gay "demon." Peoples told The Huffington Post that the project aims to be an honest portrayal of the extreme lengths some families will go to in order to "exorcise" same-sex attraction out of their children.
"The Boy is an important film on many levels," Peoples and Grant said in a joint statement to The Huffington Post. "As storytellers, we have a responsibility to educate and inform. As filmmakers, we get to do that in the form of entertainment. This 'horror' genre film brings to light the atrocities that are happening to our gay youth here at home and abroad. In recent months, this specific subject matter has become a hot topic with the deaths and abuse of countless children and young adults."
They added: "Our hope is to make people understand… to inform them that this is really happening worldwide… and even in our own backyard."
"The Boy" is currently engaged in an Indiegogo campaign in order to fund the project. Head here for more information.