A note from the director
My dear Garden Party Massacre family—
The incident in Orlando on June 12th, 2016 affected me deeply.
I know I'm not alone in my frustration at those who have fought against reasonable gun control and the homophobia perpetuated in legislation and religious dogma--or in my despair for the lives lost in another shooting.
But I also have been dealing with my own, unique struggle. With this and so many other real life massacres happening, how could I possibly put out a film about a massacre at this time? Or ever? The word alone has a new meaning for me.
I considered scrapping the film. Or shelving it for a while. Or changing the name...
After lengthy agonizing and, then, more calmly evaluating things, I have decided the following. For those of us who survived this tragedy, life goes on. And if there’s one thing we desperately need, it’s to laugh—because laughter is infectious, communal and makes us feel good. Psychology Today* has said “Laughter establishes—or restores—a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection” and I agree. And since "Garden Party Massacre" is a comedy that provides buckets of laughs, I think it is exactly the kind of thing we need, now and always.
So I am moving forward with the film. With one major change.
Life does not go on for those who lost their lives that night in Orlando. So, to honor them, the film now and forever will be dedicated to them with a tribute in the end credits. There is so much more we need to do. Things that will take time. But this dedication is something I can do right now.
I hope you will join me in honoring those we have lost by sharing your voice in the call for liberty and justice—and safety—for all. Let us love and care for one another—actively.
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*The Benefits of Laughter, by Hara Estroff Marano