Filmmaker David Greer Talks the Making of "Burning Blue"

"Burning Blue" tells story of two Navy pilots in a forbidden relationship
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I didn't plan this kind. -- -- -- -- -- -- An entire school. For the solution. -- the it's like they had a secret life that didn't include you. -- guy who's always been there. -- over. I'm not hiding anymore. That is a scene from burning blue it's a powerful new film set to be released in select theaters June 6. And today we are happy to have the playwright and filmmaker David -- with us -- studio today thanks for being with us today. Thank you for having tell me a little bit about the inspiration behind burning -- this is a very powerful -- Well it's it's very personal film I guess very personal -- -- -- the inspiration behind it. Really came from from the loss -- very very close friend. Who at -- since I was a kid really and we were we were in the military together we we grew up in the military. And and after his death -- kind of have this sudden. Revelation. That that I had been in love with this guy for -- these years and which was kind of odd because it it. If it just had not occurred to me before. I guess part of a whole metamorphosis and in this and greater understanding of who I was and what I was about. And and so in in I think is dealing with the the loss of this person and the grief. Mind you I eventually decided that I had to do something about -- just kind of from my own sanity. And and so -- -- And at the time I was. I was at I was studying to be an actor and numb I was in doing so great -- that but I was but I was good I think -- reading plays for from for. For playwrights the wanted to hear their work. Spoken and so I knew better I thought I knew how to -- place and that's that's why -- -- about it. It's this it's incredibly -- -- to -- to share personal love story in such a very public way and this but it but to obviously is set during the time of Don't Ask Don't Tell. About these two navy pilots -- fall in love. The play obviously was wooten. It was shown around the world in London and South Africa -- from the reception from audiences. -- is it a matter of people saying how could -- something like this even realistically happen in the US military. Well I think half. I mean certainly it did happen. And has happened. Many thousands of times over. -- I just you. But it was something that was really -- really an outspoken about -- I mean it's it's certainly came into the forefront of of people's minds when when Clinton was making his effort to. To end discrimination. Period in in the military and when he was when he was elected. So there was a lot of talk about doing that and then they came up with a compromise which was Don't Ask Don't Tell. Don't harass don't pursue where the where the other parts of that that that. It's been abbreviated to the Don't Ask Don't Tell. But. It's about there was a lot of controversy here around -- when it happened the night I think it was instituted the policy was instituted. In 94. Before that homosexuality. Bisexuality whatever in the in the services was just outright ban. Although there was a provision. In the UC MJ which is the uniform code of military justice that. That a person could have had it. A or could have a sexual experience with someone of the same gender as long as it was. An isolated incident and identified as such. So. So that the so that did the service member we really didn't identify. As LGB. Mean. So that was kind of an interesting thing to me it was really about. If it was like I think about. The military's. Inability to consider the idea of -- a romantic love between people of the same gender. Still win Don't Ask Don't Tell had ended in September of 2011 was that the inspiration meant to take it from play two. The big screen. Actually was before that when it when I wrote the play I actually. Saw this as a film and I guess people that have seen the play. Who would say that -- probably it probably. Is very -- in his presentation. And there are many many scenes it moves back and forth between. Present and past. And and and so it feels much much like a film. It's but I didn't really think that I knew how to write a film and so was then many years later that. That when the -- was kind of on on on -- the down side. And my partner and I had a little bit of a little bit more free time we just decided hey let's let's make the film of us have been attempts before. To do this the Hollywood way and and those didn't work out so we said let's make it on our own and and and I I got my close friend pulling cabala who's an actor and -- an amazing writer she was actually in the play in London. And we we took the play and we wrote a really spare. Screenplay that. And some as some of the reviews some of the bloggers have have to compare this almost to a matchup between Brokeback Mountain and top gun. That's incredibly flattering to have those iconic movies. You know being used as as labels and your film. But I am interested to know. How have audiences -- it differently from when it was -- played during Don't Ask Don't Tell and the prevalence about policy and -- -- we are three years after the positives like it's been decades since right. You -- what will we can say could you imagine something like that happening but has there been a fan reaction that's been different. I'm not sure that there has it seems to me like the reaction has been quite similar because. Because the play although there is certainly the political. Component to it. That is about don't ask don't talon and and the unjust way that that so many men and women -- treated for so many years. It really I think I'd like to think that this story is kind of -- A timeless just love love story and it's it's a story about about love regardless of gender or sexual orientation and it's a story about. About some you know -- against against all odds. Trying to become the person that you are and and having the courage to do that itself. And it -- this this is not your full time -- image makes another powerful as emotional as if this is not your full time you know. For pursued a do you plan on additional -- additional films in the future I do I do actually I had another player produced in London fuse and a few years after burning blue. Was there. A play called Alice Virginia which is a play about women mothers and daughters basically -- that was. Very heavily inspired by my own mother and her mother and my sister and my mother. And -- the laces in New York was was the lead in that she was really wonderful and my partner my husband Andrew whistles and -- Halladay was in in that place so. I'd love to I'd love to see that produced again actually. And and I've written a couple of -- scripts screenplays I just. Have written the screenplay with -- -- cabala mind my co writer and it's a romantic comedy set in New York City and Dublin. And -- lead to female in burning blue Tammy Blanchard you may know if she's a Broadway fixture relate. Amazing actor she'll she's going to be -- that I'm shooting that later later this year will be looking forward to that but in the meantime bring loose coming out of -- theaters June 6 and on demand as well David -- thank you so much and continued success rate thanks so much and I appreciate it.

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