'Witness Uganda' Composers Support Students Impacted By Homophobia With 'Invisible Thread' Video

The creators of the New York-bound musical "Witness Uganda" are the stars of a poignant music video that aims to support Ugandan students who may be affected by their country's notorious anti-gay laws.

"Invisible Thread" recalls "Witness Uganda" composers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' experiences as aid workers in Africa and is featured in the musical. The video clip for the song, which is directed by Broadway actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger, takes a different approach, showing the real-life couple going about their daily lives in New York.

The aim of the video, Gould and Matthews said in a statement, is to celebrate "people all over the world who are fighting for their right to love whom they choose" while raising funds for the educational advocacy group Uganda Project.

"We believe that education is the greatest deterrent to intolerance and hatred," they added. "With your help, we can send four of our students through their final semester of college and help them to become the next generation of enlightened leaders in Uganda."

At the time this story was first published, the composers had raised over $5,000 for Uganda Project, with an ultimate goal of $10,000. Head here to check out the fundraising efforts.

Keenan-Bolger, who is also the co-creator of the theater-centric web series "Submissions Only," told The Huffington Post in an email that he felt the message of the clip resonated with him personally "as a millennial and especially an artist."

"As a gay man I’m drawn to, and feel a responsibility to tell, stories that depict our community in an honest way," Keenan-Bolger, currently starring in "Tuck Everlasting" at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff, said. "We came up with the idea of showing a long distance relationship told through the simple and banal tasks that remind and connect you with the person you love."

He then added, "I chose images that alone might not mean much but when viewed next to each other in split screen could be powerful and poetic."

For more on Gould and Matthews' fundraising efforts, head here. Check out The Huffington Post's take on "Witness Uganda" here.



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