In less than 3 weeks, the Winter Olympics will begin in Sochi, Russia. For ages, the Olympics have stood as a symbol of unity and peace, but in recent months the Russian government has twisted those principles with anti-gay and anti-free-speech laws. It is against the law to speak publicly about LGBT issues there.

The hostile climate created by these laws has created a growing epidemic of anti-gay violence in Russia. Despite this situation flying in the face of the Olympics’ principles of human rights and freedom, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has continually refused to demand change.

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The Olympic Committee and the Russian government will be seeking to minimize protests during the Games and have banned any overtly political demonstrations. But Principle 6 gear uses the Olympic Charter’s own language of inclusion to make a statement that athletes, coaches and fans can deliver right to the heart of the Games. It’s time to show the Russian government that we are all proud of human diversity and we will uphold the spirit of the Olympics no matter what. Now is our moment to tell the Russian government and the IOC that the world is watching and we demand equality. Proceeds from the Principle 6 merchandise will be donated to organizations working to protect LGBT people in Russia.


Don’t Ask Me Why Credits

CREATED BY Alex K. Colby
PRODUCED BY Ticking Clock Productions, LLC.

Adam Neumann
Douglas McGinness II and Liz McGinness
Double Hugh Productions 
Karen Gil
Rick Stamberger

CAST (in order of appearance)
Meliki Hurd
Daniel Weiner
Joseph Weiner
Sallome Hralima
Kylie McVey
Hannah Sloat
Brandon Sharp
Ben Coleman
Stefan Illiescu
David Vainchenker
Timbo Shriver
Corey Camperchioli
Michael Knowles
Elizabeth Trieu
Erin Weems
Sean Kleier
Fenton Li
Natsuko Aoike

Director/Writer/Editor Alex K. Colby
Director/Writer Douglas McGinness
Producer M.J. Geier
Director of Photography/Writer Cohlie Brocato
Casting Director Kimberly Graham
Editor/DIT Joey Diconcetto
Production Manager Karen Gil

Assistant Director Sean Ireland
2nd Assistant Director Jesse Pliska
3rd Assistant Director Lukas Fauset

Production Designer Hannah Rothfield
Art Director Fil Medina
Supervising Art Director Melanie Merrill

Costume Designer Julie Mollo
Costume Supervisor Macy Smith

Chief Hairstylist Sam Brocato
Key Makeup Artist Talysha Monee
Hairstylist Kimalisa Medici

Assistant Camera Nolan Maloney
Steadicam Operator Michael Klein
2nd Assistant Camera Kate Montgomery

Gaffer Mario Paniagua
Key Grip Joe Astarita
Grip Mike DiLorenzo

Script Supervisor Dave Panfile
Stills Photographer/BTS Videographer Luke Delahanty
Fight Choreographer Alexander Shifman

Colorists James Casteel, Sascha Haber

Transportation Liz Geier, Carlos Rodriguez

Craft Services Coordinators Adam Glaser, Sean Andrew

Key PA Chris Johnson
Production Assistants: Erinn Basu, Ali Birnbaum, Zac Nutman, Daniel Peck, Mary Sobran, Kristi Palmer

Great Caesar is:
Adam Glaser
John-Michael Parker
Mike Farrell
Sean Andrew
Stephen Chen
Tom Sikes

Don’t Ask Me Why
PRODUCED BY Griffin Rodriguez

Becca Ryskalcyzk
Perrin Cloutier
Micah Lewis

Recorded at:
Seaside Lounge Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY
Vacation Island Recording Studio, Brooklyn NY

Taryn Miller-Stevens 

Nancy, Neal and Brett Glaser, Michael and Clara Parker, Donna and Tom Farrell, Peter and Andrea Sikes, Nancy and Geoff Andrew, the Geier Family, and the Brocato Family

First Congregational Church of Madison, Laurie Satterwhite and Walter Stone
Daniel Hand High School, Dan Zittoun and Lars Allanson
Bushy Hill Nature Center, Jen Malaguti and Carrie Grote
The Future Project
Arlene’s Grocery
Meredith Crawford and Shore Publishing, LLC

Brendon Ayanbadejo, Wade Davis II, David Vainchenker, and the National Gay Football League

Jerri Chou, Justin Stanwix, Bonnie Calvin, and The Feast 

Samuel Edandison, Bradley Milam, Richard, Megan, Tom, and Jane O’Sullivan, Marina Keegan, Richard Demato, Jim Bertini, Karen Gil, Sallome Hralima, Kanya Balakrishna, Andrew Mangino, Laura Winnick, Analisse Nunez, Gizem Metioglu, Mitzy Solorzano, Jeremy Dominguez, Bruce Cohen, Gabe Catone, Michael Skolnik, Jason Rzepka, Ryan Shadrick Wilson, Stephen Sasson, Scott Barry Kaufman, Alex Kain, Mickey Dobbs, Moses Soyoola, John Block, Donna and Christopher Seaton, Caitlin and Tony Spinnato, John and Debbie Farrell, Diana & Dave Grossman, Keyen Farrell, Matthew Seaton, Rachel Copel, Becca Ryskalcyzk, Eric Sandler, Nicolette Borzillo, Kevin Duggan Michael Caserta, Nicole Yancey, Nancy Lyall, Karen Suppies, David Saracino, Jason Desiderio, & the rest of Noise Collective, Pat Raymond, Andrew Benson, Burgess Speed, Swill Team, Heather Shaw, Megan Dodds, Libby Ashton, Roni Bahar, Miguel McKelvey, Chris Hill, Adam Amar, Trista Kempa, Thomas Jones, Jonathan Block, Ted Wallach, Karolina Forsland, Chris Frank, Nina Cochran, Milly Derbyshire, Camellia Hartman and the Hartman family, and JAG

Jack Driscoll, Thomas O’Sullivan, Richard O’Sullivan, Jordan Bellis, Addy Bellis, Kayleigh Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Claire Bauman, Ishak Drammeh, Walter Geier, Joan Geier, Sofia Geier, Ted Geier, Taryn Miller-Stevens, Michael Caserta, Katherine Santos, Tyler Holmes, Tammy Valentin, Johnny Wilson, Gerald Conyers, Edwin Gil, Anina Denove, Amie Dukaray, Liliana Kearson, Hadley Hoselmann, Miranda Lachman, Lena Jacobs, Tanaya Crockett, Paola Reyes, Tim Gore, Mitzy Solorzono, Bryan Stromer, Analisse Nunez, Christopher Ramirez, Gizem Metioglu, Jennifer Chiao, Keyla Marte, Brett Glaser, Christina Panullo, Erik Becker, Nina Donoghue, Jennifer Aguzzi, Grace Gowanlock, Mikaela Bosch, Mary Sobran, Emily Hurley, Mckenzie Boling, Liam McCarthy, Clay Lenahan, Erin Sagnelli, Stephen Hansen, Melissa Busea, Christina Quora, Tommy Durkin, John Morgan, Meggie Stewart, Sam Katz, Scott Sweitzer, Naomi Burkett, Erica Burkett, Casey Tarrett, Tommy Wilson, Hayden Atwater, Elise Hildebrant, Annika Hildebrandt, Amanda Karpe.

Finally, we’d like to give a very special thank you to Nguyen P. Nguyen for his audacity and inspiration.