“Yeah, Kowalski!” was one of my favorite projects that I’ve worked on thus far. The professionalism on set was complimented by a sense of family between all cast and crew. I believe that this was necessary when making a film about the sensitive, underproduced subject matter: teen, gay relationships. In rehearsals, Evan discussed why he had written “Yeah, Kowalski!” I had thought Evan had created this project to exemplify LGBTQ relationships and how they are no different from any other. Evan, however, revealed something along the lines of “I want to make a movie that gays and queer teens can look up to. As a kid, I never had any opportunities to see movies that, as a questioning teen, I could relate to.” I couldn’t agree more because thinking realistically, the only movie that discussed homosexuality that comes to mind is “Brokeback Mountain.” That is not what I want to look up to, I don’t think anyone wants to live like that. I have gone through the same things Shane does in “Yeah, Kowalski!” and obsess over the reality in Shane and Gabe’s budding relationship. I can’t thank Evan enough for writing and directing such a high caliber film and the rest of the team for the unforgettable experience.
- Conor Donnelly, “Shane”