‘Credence’ – The First #LGBT #SciFi Film



‘We’re all made of stars’


The short film is the story of an LGBT family 2 gay fathers and the ultimate sacrifice they make to save their daughter during the evacuation of planet earth as it is made uninhabitable by catastrophic storms.

The film challenges and redefines the portrayal of LGBT in film. In particular, it pushes SciFi Film, in an encouraging, more progressive direction.

In a press release Credence’s Director said

“Credence has a universal message that in any kind of tragedy it’s important that couples come together and support one another,”



Checkout the trailer >



This universal message, for me, is what makes it such a powerful film. In my opinion, homophobia, racism and hatred in general arise from a lack of understanding of commonality. People, despite social media and social lives move in close circles that they determine based on family and social influences. Attitudes and misconceptions develop towards others they don’t understand or experience regularly. By portraying a Gay family the straight world can see that Gay people often want to have children, they love and nurture in the same way as straight people. They are strong and courageous in defense of their family. Why is this? Because we are all Human. Love is Love. Homophobia seems to focus on perceptions of physical acts rather than the underlying principle of love. This film is the kind of bridge building we need to happen in a world introduced to the relatively new concept of Gay marriage. Ok, enough of me from my LGBT activist soapbox, back to the film.





‘Credence’ was a great example of an Indie film that utilised Crowdfunding well. The campaign was launched on Indiegogo in July 2014 and its goal was £6,000. The campaign was hugely successful, attracting the attention of  607 donors, getting 120,000 page views and raised £23,000, over four times the initial goal.



Credence has attracted a great deal of attention in the media check out links to the articles Huffington Post, The Independent on Sunday, Wired (1 & 2) , Upworthy, Gay Times, Towleroad (1 & 2), Advocate, Pink News  and JoeMyGod.


The Talent

 Alex Hammond – Scott


Has performed in Theatre and Musical Theatre for several years all over the UK ( see link above) Is a musician and Triathlete.



Anthony Topham – John

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Has been a stage, TV, film and musical actor since the 90’s. Check out the link above for his extensive CV and great website. In addition to performing he also teaches Acting and Camera techniques


Tia Kenny as  Ellie


Is 8 years old and has already appeared in a feature film and several shorts as well as TV and modelling appearances.


Director Mike Buonaiuto.



Mike Buonaiuto is an award winning Director. His credits include ‘Love always wins’,



and Invisible parents

Aside from Mike’s film making talent, Mike has spent a decade working with Organisations and charities such as the United Nations Human Rights Office, Help For Heroes, HeForShe, ILGA Europe, Nespresso CSR, UN Women, Anthony Nolan Blood Cancer, Stonewall, Out4Marriage, European Network Against Racism, The Syria Campaign, Terrence Higgins Trust, StopAids and AllOut.org

In response to feedback during the creation of Credence,  Mike founded and now runs Shape History   a Creative Agency for Social Change with a membership of over 1000. Its goal is to link Creatives with the causes that they are passionate about.

Mike can be found at

Twitter: @Videographer88

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buonaiuto

Credence: www.facebook.com/CredenceFilm





Jamie Thompson


Jamie aside from being writer of Credence is also and Actor, Director and Drama teacher.




Tobi Coventry


Currently a freelance Assistant Producer at Dog Eared Films and Film Scout. Check his LinkedIn page above for more details.


Director of Photography

Leighton Cox


Check out his portfolio






‘Credence’ premiered at Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West end theater district in May 2015


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The film became available online Nov 2  2015  on Vimeo (link) for $5.99 check out the trailer for the film  >

 Here’s the “First Look” Trailer



Behind the scenes look at ‘Credence’ with Mike and his talented team

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What’s next?

Credence will be promoted on the film festival circuit, and in particular at New Fest, Out Fest, Flare, Sundance and Raindance.

There are hopes that this short film will be  just the start of this story.

I hope so too.

Help this great film by purchasing the it on >Vimeo <

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#whoisburningblackchurches ? Blogpost , Map, Timeframe etc

I was a Firefighter for 10 years in the UK. In that time for half of that time I performed as an Officer in charge of a Fire truck. This involves filling out preliminary reports of fires which involves determining a cause. Also, after gaining the statutory qualifications for ALL Officer ranks I gained a Graduateship qualification with the Institution of Fire Engineers. One of the papers I passed with the IFE was Fire Investigation.

When I saw the recent spate of Black church fires, so close to the brutal murders at Emanuel AME,  I couldn’t help but be highly skeptical when I saw tweets on my timeline fobbing off so many of these fires as lightning etc.

This being said, I am adult enough to be able to accept evidence in front of my eyes. I’m not on a witch hunt just trying to get to the bottom of something that seems very dubious.

I started this post to try and lay out as much info on the fires as possible so I can make more sense of them. It it is only in its infancy but I will add to it as I find out anything new.

So, I started with making a Google map of the fire locations

One of my issues with these incidents is that we the public are expected to just accept the Fire Investigation reports as is, without ever seeing them. I’m sorry, but I’ve been losing my faith in the powers for many years. I think many people have. However, I believe that due to the freedom of information act we should be able to gain access to the reports. However, this requires applying to multiple county jurisdictions for the reports paying fees etc. This doesn’t sound too FREE to me. With advances in technology I think the FOIA is due for a makeover. The public has come to expect instant news through social media. Governmental transparency must be much more rapid and infinitely more accessible.

One interesting thing I found out was just how many Church fires their are every year. The National Fire Prevention Association has been quoted with these statistics from it’s 2013 report U.S. Structure Fires in Religious and Funeral Properties, This states that between 2007-2001 , 1780 church fires occurred annually, with 16% being intentional.

In researching various news reports one thing that comes across is the variety of agencies being quoted for determinations of cause of fire. Sometimes it’s Fire Departments and in other news stories the ATF or FBI. Whether this is because the local fire departments made the determination of the cause of fire before turning it over to the ATF, as required, or whether it was just reporters quoting the agency that was available at the time, is unclear.

‘Under the 1996 Church Arson Prevention Act, the ATF is tasked with investigating the origin and cause of all fires or bomb attacks that occur at houses of worship throughout the United States.’  (attr. http://my.gvtc.com/news/read/article/afp-no_racial_motivation_seen_in_us_church_fires_atf-afp)

Next, I’m laying out all the fires chronologically with as much info and links as possible.

Here are the fires laid out chronologically with various links

1. June 21 – 9:47 p.m- College Hill Seventh-day Adventist — Knoxville, TN   ARSON

Knoxville Fire Department found bales of straw burning up against the doors of the church. A church vehicle had also been set on fire.  Church Pastor Cleveland Hobdy III believes this is a work of arson and from the burn patterns in the video, evidence and testimonies of firefighters I would have to say I would agree with the conclusion of Arson as the cause of fire .

However the authorities are calling it vandalism and not a hate crime. With the timing of this first fire being just 4 days after the brutal shootings at Mother Emanuel Church, I have to disagree. I imagine that a definite determination of intent needs to be proven before authorities can categorize this fire as a hate crime.

Please check out the links. The first one is more extensive and includes video.



2. June 23- 4.30am- God’s Power Church of Christ , Macon, Georgia- ARSON


3. June 23- 8.30pm  – Fruitland Presbytarian Church, Gibson County, Tennessee- Lightning

Investigators are saying that lightning struck the steeple at around 8.30pm  but fire wasn’t seen until approximately 2 hrs later

Fire Chief Bryan Cathey said that a neighbor reported multiple lightning strikes in the area?

Neighbor Hazel Moss due to life experiences attributed the fire to a lightning strike  according to her life experiences

“I know lightning hit it. I mean I’m almost eighty years old and I know when lightning hits something. And it scared me,” said Moss.

She said she’ll never forget how quickly the church went up in flames. (attr. WREG)

From my point of view this seems reasonable. One thing seems conflicting though, Investigators said that the lightning struck the church at 8.30pm but flames weren’t noticed til 2hrs later (http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Cause-of-GibsonCo-church-fire-determined-311085301.html) then Hazel Moss

“At first I thought it hit my house, but it struck the church across the street,” said Hazel Moss, 79, a neighbor who witnessed the fire. “I got up, noticed my window was glowing red, and thought ‘what in the world is going on’, and then I saw the fire.” ( http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/01/us-usa-churches-fires-idUSKCN0PB6AQ20150701 )

That sounds instantaneous unless she was misquoted and certainly not 2 hrs later.





4. June 24- 1am- Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, Charlotte , N. Carolina- ARSON




If you have any information about the case, call Crime Stoppers at 704-344-1600.

5. June 26-3:30 a.m –  Glover Grove Baptist Church, Warrenville, S. Carolina- UNDETERMINED, under investigation





Without more information I really cannot comment on this one.

6. June 26 -5.15am- Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church,   Tallahassee, Florida–Accidental, Electrical

This is being reported as Accidental, Electrical due to a tree limb falling on Electrical Power lines and causing a short. I haven’t found any witness statements for this one. The video shows a downed power line as stated ( http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/TFD-Responding-to-Structure-Fire-near-Wakulla-Campbell-Streets-310032681.html)


7. 6/27 – 7.15am- College Heights Baptist Church, Elyria, OH – Under investigation


8.  6/29- 6:30 p.m -Disciples of Christ Ministries, Jackson, Mississippi- Ruled Accidental, Electrical



Fire officials said some work was being done on an electrical box, which sparked the fire. It has been ruled accidental.

This was confirmed by the Pastor, who was there when fire broke out. > (http://www.jacksonadvocateonline.com/the-disciples-of-christ-ministries/)

9. 6/30 – 9pm- Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal,  Greeleyville, S.C- Lightning

Lightning was deemed the cause of this fire. This was backed up by debris analysis, weather conditions and witness statements. I haven’t seen any evidence yet and no names were quoted as witnesses so I cannot say one way or another .  This church was previously burned down by the KKK




I’d like to be able to call BS and racism on all these fires but with over a 100 church fires a month in the US I really can’t at this stage.  If I get to see some evidence maybe I can decide otherwise.

I will give more info as soon as I find out anything. Rather than create a new post, I will update this one. I hope that this is of some use . Researching it was useful for me personally as I wasn’t aware there were quite so many church fires (1780 per year which seems amazingly high. The NFPA attributes the fires to cooking and accidental mainly with roughly 19% being arson. A contributing factor also is that the buildings tend to be older structures that due to ‘ Grandfather rights’ are not required to adhere to all the most recent fire regulations and consequently more fires occur. It was also useful for me to be able to see where the churches were and the times that the fires occurred.

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Will Indiegogo do the right thing, remove #WalterScott s Murderer’s fundraisers and end #BoycottIndieGogo ?

Breaking: Indiegogo has removed ALL active campaigns for the murderer of Walter Scott (as of 3pm est 4/10/15) of course this doesn’t stop more going up, so keep watching .


I guess we expected it. There have been controversial fundraisers recently for Darren Wilson for example. But the fundraiser for the murderer of Walter Scott hit me even harder. I’ve used Indiegogo for fundraising, had conversations with them on Twitter. I appreciated them for helping my filmmaking son get a start.

I guess I mistook their intent! I believed they supported creatives and were all round good guys. I see know that they have no moral compass, they just want your money. This saddens me , I promote film projects on Indiegogo all the time, I’ve developed friendships with them. They deserve better. We all do. I’m not out to destroy Indiegogo. I like the concept very much. How they operate just needs some work. Over time major corporations have succeeded by doing ‘ the right thing’ , by showing that they care about PEOPLE. You CAN make large amounts of money and still exercise good moral judgement. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Yesterday I threw myself into #BoycottIndiegogo with a passion. I wrote to them to ask them to see sense. Replies everyone received were the same.>

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They didn’t see a problem.

I think they WILL see a problem. I assume at this stage they believe that the outraged people probably don’t use them anyway. They are wrong. More and more Indiefilm makers , producers and other creatives are also making it known that they disapprove of the campaigns and Indiegogo’s reluctance to remove a fundraiser for a murderer.

BoycottIndiana showed one interesting thing it was that company’s exert power. When Company’s started withdrawing support the Politicians had to take notice. The next stage , for me, would seem to be, contacting the investors in Indiegogo, asking if they think this is acceptable practice and what tey are prepared to do about it.

I’ll be pasting a selection of screenshots from  #BoycottIndieGogo on Twitter. I’ll remove names/logos where possible to prevent backlash from trolls.



From  a Producer and a filmmaker

” We will no longer support ANY projects on

“I will never use again and will tell everyone I know not to visit, donate and support them. ”  – A Filmmaker

“Don’t support a company that allows crowdfunding to support alleged murderers & any other criminals!” – Author

“I will no longer donate a cent to any campaign on . ” – Writer

“I love what does for creative people but they need a moral compass right now ” -Father of Young Filmmaker

“So refuses to do anything about the Slager funding. The only answer is a full on Never getting any of my money.”- Musician

Michael Slager fundraising pages up to $555 now; congratulations. Proud of raising money for a murderer?

“Shame on for aligning themselves with those who support murder..I suggest using ” -Radio Show Host

Your support of Michael T. Slager’s fund page is insensitive, repugnant, and horrible. Anything for a buck, I guess.”

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The firefighter letter.

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#BulliesAndFriends will save lives worldwide!…But only if you help

If you are able please support financially or by sharing>  bulliesandfriends.com This is an  anti-bullying documentary film that already has won multiple awards including from the UN.  But, despite having highly accomplished directors and producers it doesnt have the backing of a studio to get it the worldwide distribution it has been to opportunity to have. In the National screenings at schools it has positively impacted the student to such an extent that some approached the filmmakers saying that the film gave them the hope they needed to stop them from committing suicide.  My words can’t do it justice, please checkout the website.  I watched the promotional  video and it brought me to tears remembering years of being bullied at school, and thinking how beneficial this can be in saving lives.  If you want to throw it a buck or two it could save a kids life. A child in this country, on the other side of the world,  or maybe in your own home

Please go to the site, watch the video.  If you can donate please do. Or buy a gift. Many TV stars authors,  etc have generously donated special personalised items that can be purchased on the site.   If you own a company there are many sponsorship offers that you can sign up that benefit the movie and your company.  Please checkout this film.  It is already made it just needs to be seen but it may not  without YOUR help

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26 min video from ‘End Police Brutality ‘ Rally Orlando 12/10

I joined all my livestreamed clips together and posted them to youtube here it is , it’s very raw but I didn’t really edit, it was on a cellphone and at night so please bear with me. It certainly captures the emotion of the night

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Lamar Hawkins Vigil 9/12 : Blogpost with Bullying and Suicide support links

My wife and I  attended the Vigil for the young man from Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, Florida who committed suicide because of bullying. We didn’t know him we went as both parents and community activists. Suicide is such a tragedy and one that is largely preventable if people to more time to talk and listen to others. More about that later. I’ve included some resources at the bottom of the page on Bullying and Suicide, I will be adding more but I wanted to get this information out quickly to those who may need it.

Here are a few videos I took at the vigil.


Here are some local news stations coverage

Local 6

Orlando Sentinel

Fox 35



I didn’t know Lamar, I went because I have school age children and felt compelled to show solidarity and compassion at a time when the community was hurting.  The vigil happening a day after the young man died and I was glad to see hundreds of people turn out. The event started with everyone holding hands and praying. Considering I had no connection to this young man I was surprised to find myself crying several times at the vigil. Many of students spoke about Lamar in front of media cameras. Community leaders spoke to the students on the tragedy emphasizing the absolute necessity to speak up each and every time that bullying is encountered reinforcing that if they don’t get help from teachers to go to THEIR bosses. They also spoke to parents about how crucial it is to know if their kids are bullying or being bullied. Bullying is NEVER acceptable.  The attendees also sang uplifting songs (see videos) There was some tension apparently causing a splintering of the vigil which seemed uncalled for at a time where everyone should be pulling together friends and well wishers alike. In hindsight, with longer planning time, this could have been avoided.

At the end of the roadside part of the vigil, students released balloons into the evening sky. The vigil largely disbanded at this point, a with the exception of maybe 60 or more of the students holding a separate candlelight vigil beside the school itself.

My thoughts


To the ADULTS:

I really hate bullying. I hated it as a kid growing up and I hate it even more now, as a parent. I can’t bear to think of my kids having to go through what I went through. What troubles me even more about kids being bullied now is how much it has changed since I was a kid, but the educators are still approaching bullying as it was in the 1970’s. BULLYING HAS CHANGED. Bullying is no longer JUST getting into fights are calling names, it is so much more. Social media is a HUGE part of the problem, some might say the biggest part. Fights are invented PURELY to be posted to YouTube. The name calling and rumors that spread when parent were kids are taken to epic proportions when they are started and spread by Facebook or texts or one of a myriad of other social media applications. From my own experiences with my high school aged child the viciousness of the words used by fellow students is appalling, they seem to be bolstered by an apparent sense of anonymity (which is ridiculous considering the kids name or at least ip address appears in the posts) We as parents often have little knowledge of this kind of pressure our youngsters face daily. BUT WE HAVE TO. As I said before Bullying has changed. We have to be more involved in our children’s lives to keep them safe. CDC figures have stated that 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it LINK Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2010 CDC WISQARS) Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12


If it seems like an intrusion, if the kids don’t like it, oh well, isn’t that better than a DEAD KID?

The incidence of suicide amongst males is much higher than those of females. Girls/women generally talk more about how they feel to their friends etc, so please talk to your male children. Is talking to your son not manly? Is going to their funeral manly?

Don’t let your child be 1 in 5,400, 1 in 12 or 1 in 6


The bullying game has changed and how it is tackled HAS to change for Parents and Educators and Kids alike.  Parents, aside from REALLY communicating , often, with you children asking about them and their friends, getting involved with them you need to take action EVERY time your child mentions BULLYING, whether it is your child or another parents child.  We have a responsibility to talk to teachers, demand action is taken. THEY WORK FOR US. WE PAY THEIR WAGES. If you don’t get action from Teachers go to the principal or guidance counselors, if they do nothing go to the school board.

In your Community why not host a meeting to discuss bullying you could screen the documentary BULLY too details here




To Young People:

You are loved, you are valued and there are people who have your back!

It may not seem like it some times but there are people you can talk to on the phone, online or face to face. I’ve included a bunch of links to people you can turn to both locally in the Central Florida area, and Nationally

I’m sure you have heard the bullying talks at school. What did you think? If you

have experienced bullying or witnessed it what did you do about it and why? If you did nothing, then maybe that Bullying talk was ineffective.

BE THE CHANGE. If you feel strongly enough about bullying, start or join a support group. Take some like minded friends and talk to your teachers about what needs to be added to Bullying training.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before but with CDC figures stating that 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it this cannot be ignored. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2010 CDC WISQARS) Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12


Be more than a bystander


SPEAK UP for your friends, SPEAK UP for strangers and SPEAK UP for YOU.  Talk to your Teachers, Guidance counselors,Parents, Guardians, relations, Pastors, Police officers, and friends. Bullying is DEADLY serious. If you came to this page as a friend of Lamar Hawkins I want to say how sorry I am for the loss of your friend and fellow student. It is personal for you. You are suffering, please make use of the resources of the school to talk about how you feel. It isn’t doesn’t make you any weaker for doing this and is important for your mental health. Mental health is often overlooked but is just as important as physical health. Talk to your parents abut how this incident has affected you. DO NOT keep it inside of you. Guys, this especially applies to you. The incidence of suicide amongst males is much higher than those of females. Girls/women generally talk more about how they feel to their friends etc. Whilst you may not feel comfortable talking to your friends about bullying or suicide at least seek out a support group or a helpful adult. Links to local and National support groups are at the bottom of the page.





Support groups




Speakout Central Florida’s Anonymous Helpline for reporting Bullying of students

The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Line: Get Help with Bullying

Are you being or have you been bullied or cyberbullied?
Are you going through a rough time because of it?

You are not alone! We’re here to help!

The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Line is a confidential online chat that helps youth ages 13-24 with issues around bullying and cyberbullying; we also provide support to youth who may be at risk of suicide.



Support & Information

Bullying and Cyberbullying – http://www.stompoutbullying.org

Reporting Cyberbullying







If you or someone you know is on the verge of suicide PLEASE call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at:   1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or go to the nearest hospital emergency room IMMEDIATELY so you can get help!


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –   1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the GLBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)



Trevor Helpline / Trevor Project
Hotline: 866-488-7386
Suicide hotline for youth dealing with sexual identity.



‘American Foundation For Suicide Prevention’  database of support groups for those coping with the loss of a loved one  –  http://www.afsp.org/coping-with-suicide-loss/find-support/find-a-support-group



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