Initially designed as a web series with multiple episodes, this project was turned into a documentary feature debut, centered on the life of Quentin Lee, a queer director who built an independent film career for himself. The man wanted to have a child since the age of twelve and, after years of feeling guilty, undecided or scared to take the plunge, he finally decides to become a single parent. With the kindness of a surrogate mother and an egg donor, Quentin’s biological son, Junyi Casper Lee, is born on 6th June 2016. The director takes time off from his profession in order to be there for his baby. He comes up with the idea of offering his child a unique birthday present: a web series all about him and how he came into this world.
Casper is born with the help of Crystal, a woman from Parkersburg who loves horses and has become very close to Quentin. The latter is forced to reconsider many of his day-to-day choices and completely turns his life around after his son is finally born. He is also faced with the challenge of acquainting Casper with his conservative family. Moreover, Quentin must now adapt his busy schedule and chaotic career obligations to fit his child’s needs, bringing Casper along to most of his on-set endeavors, including the premiere of his latest indie flick, Unbidden.
“From divas to diapers, we get the breadth of what Lee has on his plate now, although he doesn’t have to handle the typical diva.”
— The M Report
“A magical surprise, the documentary Gay Hollywood Dad traces about a year in the life of Director and Producer Quinten Lee as he invents himself once more this time as a parent.”
Did You Know?
Gay Hollywood Dad came about from Quentin Lee’s desire to eliminate the stigma surrounding single parenthood, particularly in relation to the LGBTQ community. The director wants to attempt a Boyhood-type chronicle and he plans on documenting Casper’s growth and development over the next few years. The feature film was originally a web series and the pilot episode is also available for free on YouTube. Review our Gay Themed Films Here