Any Day Now Tackles Gay Adoption in the 70′s

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This month’s One Cool Thing was brought to our attention by Henry of DADSquared, who recently hosted an interview with Emmy-winning screenwriter George Arthur Bloom about his new film, Any Day Now.

Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, Any Day Now is an interesting look into the legal and social hurdles a gay couple could face trying to adopt, and may even touch a nerve for those gay couples trying to adopt today.

In Henry’s interview, screenwriter Bloom describes the extraordinary story behind getting the movie made:

The screenplay for Any Day Now was inspired by a true story – not based on a true story. I wrote the original script 30 years ago. A friend of mine in NY introduced me to a gay man named Rudy. Rudy lived on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn. At that time, Atlantic Ave was pretty rundown. It has been gentrified since then. Rudy lived in a tiny apartment and had very little money. He befriended a 12-year old boy who lived a few blocks away. The boy had been abandoned by his druggie/prostitute mother, and lived with his grandmother. The grandmother didn’t do much to provide for the boy, who didn’t speak. I’m guessing he was Autistic, but there was no money to do anything about it. Rudy would bring the boy to his apartment, see to it that he was properly clothed and fed, and he did what he could to get him into school. He practically raised him. That is where reality ended and my writer’s imagination took over. After spending time with Rudy and the boy, I got to wondering what would happen if Rudy decided to adopt him. I did my research and spoke to a number of people about the problems a gay man would have adopting a boy. Remember, this was 1980. The times were a lot different then, although we still have a long way to go. Several months later I had a screenplay.

Despite having a compelling story, Bloom would have to wait 32 years to actually see the movie made. He explains:

My son, PJ, is one of the top Music Supervisors in LA, as well as a record producer and publisher. Among other shows, PJ is the Music Supervisor on GLEE. Travis Fine, the director of Any Day Now, made another independent movie 3 years ago called THE SPACE BETWEEN. Travis and PJ were friends in high school. When Travis needed help with the music on his movie he contacted PJ. When the movie was done, Travis told PJ he was looking for another movie to do, something small, with heart, and about something important. PJ, who has known about my script his entire adult life, told Travis the story. Travis loved it, and asked that I send him the screenplay. I did, and he said he wanted to make it, with the caveat that he could do some rewriting. We discussed that, and I agreed. Travis did his rewrite, raised the money, hired the actors, and made the movie. If you discount the first 30 years of trying to get the movie made, the last couple have gone by quickly. I love everything Travis did to the script, and he’s made a marvelous movie. He changed the boy who didn’t speak to a boy with Down Syndrome, and cast a extraordinary Down Syndrome actor to play the part. Travis made several other significant changes, but the heart and soul of my screenplay remain as the anchor to the movie.

Any Day Now is now playing in select theaters. Read Henry’s entire interview with screenwriter George Arthur (fun fact: He also created the My Little Ponies series!) on the DADSquared Blog. For more information on the film, visit: http://AnyDayNowMovie.com.

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