In The Moment: Pilot Episode "So Many Choices"
An HIV prevention campaign of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and City of West Hollywood.
IN THE MOMENT is an online web series that follows the lives of a group of gay guys living in the same apartment complex in West Hollywood, California. Like most of us, they're faced with a huge range of decisions about sex, and the decisions they make impact their lives and the lives of people around them. IN THE MOMENT is also about starting an open, honest conversation among gay guys in the Los Angeles area about these types of decisions.
As young gay men participate less and less in “the scene” of gay bars, bookstores, coffee houses and community events many of us considered an integral part of our coming out, the internet is becoming the predominant place in which they connect for dating, sex and information about what it means to be a gay man. Consequently, we needed to look for ways of engaging an incredibly critical, media-savvy audience in a new way that captures their attention and creates opportunities to connect with them to create meaningful dialogue.
“Traditional methods of HIV prevention, like condom distribution, remain incredibly important,” says independent filmmaker Dave OʼBrien, 33, who wrote, directed and co-developed IN THE MOMENT, “Whatʼs missing among a younger generation of gay guys is any real discussion about HIV and safer sex. IN THE MOMENT is a sexy and entertaining way to capture their attention and stimulate dialogue regarding real-world sexual situations many gay men face today.”
IN THE MOMENT starts with an authentic, sexy and sometimes humorous web soap opera that explores the full range of factors that come into play in sexual decision making among young gay men. Issues like self-esteem, dating, relationships, age, body image, addiction and others are addressed as key factors in the lives of the characters. The episodes are broken into 3-5 minute “webisodes” that are easily accessible on most computers. The webisodes are a starting-place for discussion. Users create their own IN THE MOMENT profile on the site and use it to communicate on message boards and with other members.
Check out the first webisode below!