Welcome to the home page for a daring book, and possibly drama and movie project.
The files in this directory are a copy of doaskdotell.com. That URL is being migrated to and consolidated with ...com(obsolte).
Temporarily, some references in this copy may not work yet.
The most up-do-date movie proposal is discused at >Movie Progress Report
Some of this new proposal material is proprietary and cannot yet be published. The proposals here are older, but contain some material in the current proposal
Later I will publish the treatment of the latest proposal, the screenplay, and some visual materials for Quicktime or SMIL
ANNOUNCEMENT 1/10/2002. (link obsolete)
Fast link to progress
Note: This site (and the DADT book described) has no current business connection with any other entity (including any publishing or media entity) that may be publicly using the phrase "do ask do tell" (presently, in the past, or in the future), including any entity operating a web site with similar domain name (even with a different TLD). This phrase has a subtle social and political meaning and probably does not lend itself to transaction-oriented branding. For business info. see my INFO link and my OBTAIN link.
Well, maybe the phrase should be
"Don't Ask but Do Tell" - that would invoke both privacy and expression.
"Do Ask, Do Tell" has become a generic term associated with honesty and coming out. The term also, to me, connotes the dissolution of old-fashioned hypocrisy, adversarialism and political correctness and replacement with a focused individualism. It suggests a certain contempt for allowing people to remain comfortable with cultural ignorance, and perhaps it suggests a certain arrogance. So be it! With a slightly different bent, one could propose the phrase, "Don't Ask, Do Tell," but that would sound chicken! A mainstream implementation of this "do ask do tell" motto would be, "Put everything on the table." Any other use of the phrase along these cultural lines could fit into the film.
For other uses of the "do ask do tell" phrase visit this link..
WILL THERE BE A DO ASK, DO TELL Movie? Here is the original proposal, early 1999:
LINK TO 9-2002 PROGRESS REPORT (Obsolete)
For the time being, other material at this site is left alone. Please view the proposals given at this link as the latest.
Mini-film and mini budget
I have completed a draft screenplay based on this concept now.
I am looking into economically viable ways to produce it locally in the Twin Cities (Jan. 2002).
There is a video of my speech at Hamline University (St. Paul, Mn.) of February 25, 1998 (on crutches, from an acetabular fracture!) The speech was broadcast on the Liberty Program on Twin Cities Public Access cable, and was sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. Some of the material on the video is usable, but this is just a "beginning."
Intermediate independent film
Large independent film
I am also developing a "audience character hook" fiction plot treatment, which would demonstrate all of the concepts (for larger budget proposals). Details are not yet ready for publication. (5/2002)
I am also planning to publish a short sequel to the "Do Ask Do Tell" book. It would be called Do Ask, Do Tell: When Liberty Is Challenged. Details are at this link. Expect availability in September 2002.
email me at JBoushka@aol.com
Click here for STATEMENT OF CONCEPT
also, STATEMENT OF CONCEPT AS AMENDED IN NOV. 2000
(Note: links will be expanded for the following)
It's pretty obvious that "Do Ask, Do Tell" sounds like a snazzy title for a movie, maybe a silly comedy. Presumably, the public associates the phrase with homosexuals in the military, and one wonders how readily that topic lends itself to goofball, sitcom-style, "movie genre" comedy.
In my Do Ask, Do Tell book, I instantiated a much broader interpretation of the concept. One a political level, DADT implies that citizens may need to strengthen the firewall between themselves and government interference with their personal lives. Hence, we get to the "Bill of Rights 2" proposal. On a moral level, there are many tensions in present day society over the way people set personal priorities, particularly with regard to "family values" and the distribution of wealth. On a historical level, the post World War II era ¾ the last half-century of this millennium ¾ has been marked by the rise of individualism as a major ideological influence upon public policy (as opposed to the usual politics of nationalities, races, religions, and other "groups"), and the mixed public credibility of the homosexual community and "lifestyle," as (at least by appearances) compared to the psychological automatically of the "nuclear family" strikes me as a central development marking the growth of this individualism. The 1990's debate over gays in the military characterizes sudden change in public attitudes towards homosexuality and gender roles, and also brings up the question of self-ownership when viewed in comparison to conscription thirty years earlier.
Indeed, the last half of the twentieth century is simply an incredible time to have lived in, and it probably was the first time that an ordinary person could make his own expression important with relatively little bureaucratic approval. This has been a time when, finally, a basic paradox of human civilization is finally recognized. To wit, men and women must use their rational faculties to transcend their own immediate adaptive existences, even (in the long run) to survive at all; yet men and women need focus in making and keeping personal commitments (as with "family values") essential in a fair, just, and "reasonably" free society built on "ordered liberty."
It should be possible to show all of this with a compelling narrative film. The ascent of individualism has been covered in, say, Ayn Rand: The Sense of Life, and the gay community has been chronicled in a number of films, such as After Stonewall; but no film or, for that matter, cable miniseries has put these two together. Furthermore, most sweeping historical films (even the best ones, such as the PBS series by Ken Burns on several topics) tend to focus on short clips and interviews or readings rather than upon continuous drama and character interaction (although Winds of War does an excellent job of the latter). I think that an effective technique would include putting a lot of characters in one room and having them interact in a My Dinner with Andre format, perhaps in Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern, where they contemplate a Bill of Rights 2. Then their many stories could be interleaved in a flashback Dr. Zhivago style unfolding.
The "Do Tell" epigram refers to a person's pride in following his own purposes (closely related to "being himself" or saying "I am proud of who I am"). The "Do Ask" component refers to a moral duty to be open to answering for his motives, as to whether they really adequately address the needs of others in an evenhanded way.