01/15/2014 03:09 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

'Arvind,' Evan Roberts Film, Featured In Kickstarter Campaign

Award-winning filmmaker Evan Roberts is back with a new film, "Arvind," that chronicles the experiences of a teenage boy as he embarks on a journey to document the story of his life.

Arvind Hathaway, the subject of Roberts' film, was 3 years old when his parents were going through a divorce. During the trial, Hathaway's mother attempted to poison both him and his brother, resulting in her incarceration and being served with a lifetime restraining order by her children.

Roberts asked Hathaway if he could document his life throughout the course of his own personal creative endeavor, and Hathaway decided to write a play about the story of his life that features his mother as the main character. Hathaway's play will run from Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the University of Texas Laboratory Theater.

"LGBT youth, and specifically LGBT youth of color, aren't represented often in film and media," Roberts told The Huffington Post. "This lack of representation in the media can make someone feel invisible to the rest of society. I think it's important that minorities groups, such as queer youth, are depicted in ways that are affirming and aspirational but also authentic and complex. I also want to tell a universal story that many people can find an entry point into, and where sexuality is part of a character's development, not a defining characteristic. I hope audiences will relate to Arvind and connect with him through his experience of bringing his story to the world -- and perhaps be inspired to do the same."

If you're interested in learning more about this film project head here to check out the Kickstarter.



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