Independent production company Borken Creative is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded Concept Definition funding from Ontario Creates. This grant will allow Borken Creative to produce the pilot episode for STARGAZE, a campy queer sci-fi comedy shortform series.
STARGAZE follows the adventures of two begrudging ‘elderqueers’ who are forced to chaperone a ragtag group of bickering queer youths on their hero’s journey as they travel the far-flung regions of space in search of the ‘Unity Crystal,’ a legendary weapon that will aid in the struggle against the cosmic forces of oppression and conformity.
The dreamchild of Canadian transmedia pioneer Carrie Cutforth, STARGAZE was conceived as a love letter to the LGBTQIA+ communities. “It might be news to hear but a lot of us queers don’t get along. Shocking, I know!” she comments. “After witnessing one Twitter queer flamewar too many, I became seized with the idea of launching all of our queer infighting into space. This was the kernel of the idea for what would become STARGAZE.” The show will examine our communities’ foibles and tensions through a satirical lens but with plenty of love and camp. Think THE FACTS OF LIFE meets John Waters’s POLYESTER in space.
TV veteran writer and digital series pioneer Jill Golick (creator of the award winning series RUBY SKYE P.I.) has come on board to co-showrun the potential series. She comments “I am beyond thrilled to support Carrie in bringing her hilarious, inclusive sci-fi epic to life and grateful to Ontario Creates for supporting this truly original project.”
Rounding out the team: Regan Latimer, creator of one of Canada’s first lesbian web series, BJ FLETCHER: PRIVATE EYE, has been enlisted to direct and edit the pilot episode. Nyree MacPherson, who is deeply embedded in Toronto’s queer theatrical performance sector, will come on board as Production Supervisor. Storyteller and Comedy Performer Erin Rodgers joins the team as a writer for the development package. Dean Dorval, Borken Creative’s Vice President and Director of Content & Branding, will be heading up the content marketing and digital strategy for STARGAZE.
Borken Creative’s productions are driven by emotionally powerful storytelling from a diverse chorus of voices. Stories that can be raunchy, loud, sad, queer, neurodiverse, etc.—with an emphasis on authentic narratives created and written by members of traditionally underrepresented communities.
STARGAZE will be Borken Creative’s flagship production while several other original screen content productions are in development.
The pilot episode for STARGAZE is slated to shoot the summer of 2021.
The production of the pilot episode of STARGAZE is made possible with the support of Ontario Creates. Borken Creative and the entire STARGAZE team is incredibly grateful for Ontario Creates’ support.