I Have Something To Tell You

In I Have Something to Tell You, Adrain, who is a fine art photographer, employs his craft to heal his anxieties about sharing his sexuality and diagnosis with his loved ones. In the process, he creates a beautiful series of portraits of his friends and family’s reactions.

This film showcases how art can help us examine life-altering moments and help us heal.

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Meet the Filmmaker

Dumaine Babcock and Ben Joyner found themselves at a unique advantage because of Babcock’s relationship with Chesser, who just so happens to be his godfather. With such a personal connection to a film’s subject, it’s no wonder that I Have Something To Tell You is so compelling to watch.

Joyner is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer and director. He is currently shooting two documentary feature films. In addition to working professionally as a director of photography, he also has a passion for directing narrative. His latest short film, ABDUCTED, was a 2018 SC Indie Grant recipient and is in post-production. Ben is currently in pre-production on his next short film, to be shot in the summer of 2019.

Babcock is working as an ICG Local 600 camera assistant in Atlanta, while also shooting smaller indie projects. He is currently assisting on an episodic television series.

Join the Conversation

How does the film change your perspective on what addiction can look like? When nothing outwardly seems wrong, how can we check-in with friends and family to make sure they’re coping and have someone to confide in?

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  1. Anonymous

    So sad

  2. Anonymous

    I’m fearful we have made little progress to resolve these challenges….acceptance is truly needed.

  3. Anonymous

    It’s important to take time for self reflection and come to your understanding of situations or circumstances in life. We have the power to live life on our own term.

  4. Lynne Pratt

    I feel sad for him. I think the world needs to be more accepting of differences.

  5. Asei Tendle

    Yes. However I feel happy for him that he found a way to talk about a difficult thing through his art. And that is beautiful to see him overcome his issue in coming out

  6. Martha

    Being “who you are” deep within isn’t or shouldn’t be dependent on how others feel about it. Sharing your feelings is important. NEVER should a relationship break because of a illness. This makes me feel sad. People are judgmental of others and especially of themselves. Find what brings you peace and go with it.

  7. Sandy Beckvall

    The world needs to learn not to judge but to Love all people.

  8. Anonymous

    Be you regardless of what other people think, someone will always have something negative to say. Love yourself.

  9. Anonymous

    Accepting someone for who they are is very important but love yourself and try not to let what others think and say bring you down.

  10. Anonymous

    That was so moving! I remember when my brother came out to me. He was so filled with shame. It was heart breaking.

  11. Debb Stanton

    I would like to thank the person on this film for teaching us so well in this project. I support you. When I had a cancer diagnosis, I couldn’t believe the “helpful” things people would say to me–actually very unhelpful. I wait for the day when people are accepting of all others even if they don’t agree. Like it or not, we are all meant to help and love others every single day.

  12. Anonymous

    Thankful for the willingness to share this difficult and heartbreaking story. Reminds me that every time I go towards any kind of judgement to anyone to stop and connect to the humanity. I had a close coworker who died of Aids but I remember when he told us that I jumped up to hug him and he burst into tears because no one would touch him. I’ve never forgotten him and all that he taught everyone. I miss him still.

  13. Anita

    It is sad, but it is very real

  14. M

    I am a heterosexual, but I have had friends who are members of the LGBT community of the country I came from. Though they are different in their choice of sexual partners. I still treat them with respect. Their sexual orientation should never be a negative against them. After all, they are human beings too.

  15. Anonymous

    What an amazing story and images! I pray that his mom is able to come to terms and love her son. I hope and pray he gets support from all of his loved ones. I just love this and his creativity of catching peoples images- they tell a story all by themselves!

  16. T

    This was very hard, I do not understand why any one person’s love is different than another persons. To hear words from those closest to your heart that produce shame and guilt because of love must be intensely painful. His method of dealing with abandonment is love in itself.

  17. Heidi

    That was a great story. Everyone deserves acceptance!

  18. Anonymous

    Great story! I hope one day the world accepts people for who they are, no one should have to feel shame for who they are.

  19. Anonymous

    And I have listened and will always listen

  20. Regina Mhiripiri

    This story of the struggle to be accepted just as you are is powerful. The courage and creativity of the story teller to depict his relationships through photography will have a long-lasting impact!

  21. Anonymous

    I found his line towards the end of the film, “using the tools I have to deal with this” to be very powerful and insightful.

  22. Anonymous

    Excellent story about self acceptance leading to public acceptance and forgiveness. Thank you.


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