A feature length documentary about one dance company's struggle to change minds and prove that pole dancing can be artistic.
"They [Jagged] were venturing where no pole dancer had gone before; the challenge of explaining to a whole nation on national TV, that pole dance is not solely a sensual dance form, but also a display of strength, athleticism, and above all an art form!" -- PoleSpin Magazine covering Jagged's appearance on America's Best Dance Crew.
Thanks for visiting the Kickstarter campaign for OFF THE FLOOR: The Rise of Contemporary Pole Dance, a feature-length documentary about the visionary dance company JAGGED. When we first started filming back in November of 2010 we had no idea where this journey would take us. All we knew was these were incredible dancers with a story that deserved to be told.
As we got to know the members of Jagged, we quickly realized this was not a film about pole dancing, but about passionate, driven young women struggling to do what they love.
We have been blessed to witness (with cameras in hand!) their mission to bring contemporary pole dance, a fusion of modern dance and pole techniques, to the mainstream. Whether rehearsing a new piece until 4:30am, loading their monstrous 5-pole set into theater venues, or gracefully accepting defeat on national television, the ladies of Jagged never cease to amaze us.
We 100% believe they will amaze you too, and that’s why we are asking for your support.You have the power to get this film to the finish line!
Together, we can make sure audiences everywhere have a chance to see the story of JAGGED and how they are taking pole dance to new heights.
OFF THE FLOOR: The Rise of Contemporary Pole Dance is the story of JAGGED, a contemporary pole dance company founded in Los Angeles, California. By combining pole work with traditional dance techniques, Jagged challenges audiences to shed their preconceived notions of pole dance and embrace the artistic potential of this emerging art form. Lead by the innovative Jessica Anderson-Gwin and tenacious Sarah Mann, the troop evolves from a ragtag group of novices to aerial artists in little under a year. From the trials and tribulations of self-producing full-length dance shows on a shoe-string budget, to the exhilaration of getting onto national television, the girls of Jagged never cease to be anything but strong, graceful, and visionary. Join them as they elevate pole dance Off The Floor.
As experienced filmmakers, we’ve been able to make a compelling and heartfelt documentary that will inspire and touch viewers. Our plan is to showcase the finished film at festivals and through that find wider distribution either through a traditional theatrical release or on television. We have the industry connections to make this happen, but first we have to finish the film. That's where you come in.
Your pledges will fund the final crucial stages of the project we simply cannot do on our own including:
- Shooting an Opening Title Sequence - People will walk into this film with a lot of prejudice about what pole dancing is and we want to show them up front Jagged's unique artistic style. We have already lined up key-crew for the shoot, including our talented cinematographer Brandon Alperin who has graciously offered to shoot it on his RED Epic, but still need to raise money for equipment, stage rental, etc.
- Color Correction
- Sound Design/Mixing
- Musical Score for the Film
Above all our goal with this project is for audiences to experience contemporary pole dance the way we have, but we need your help to make that happen. Please check out our rewards, make a pledge, and share this campaign. This project has been a passion of ours, and we hope it will become a passion of yours too.
For more on the film:
- Twitter @poledanceisart
Be it a pledge or sharing this page with others, we are so thankful for all of your support. Thank you so much!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Firefly -- You make us want to spin for joy! We’re going to send you a wonderful exclusive e-card full of our thanks and gratitude. Also, we’ll give you access to exclusive project updates and behind the scenes content. Now that’s pretty pole-tastic!Estimated delivery:
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Sundial -- For those of you new to this game, you get everything we already listed above (yay!!!) and we’re also going to give you a digital download of JAGGED’s first show, When the Curtain Falls, that explored the consequences of Love, Money and Death through modern dance and pole techniques.Estimated delivery:
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Magician’s Assistant -- We like you, we really like you! You get not only all of the above, but a copy of the documentary on DVD or digital download so you can experience Jagged’s journey in the comfort and privacy of your own home any time you feel like it.Estimated delivery:
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Pole Cat -- You’re super sweet, so we’re going to give you some super sweet wall candy. Along with everything above, you’ll also receive a limited edition piece of art we’re designing specially for our Kickstarter backers featuring the beautiful graceful ladies of Jagged. Oh and did we mention it’s signed by the filmmakers? Because it is.Estimated delivery:
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Jade Split -- You’re going out on a limb for us, and we want to give you the credit you deserve. That’s why not only will you get all of the previous rewards, but we’re going to put your name in the credits of the film. The ultimate bragging rights.Estimated delivery:
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Butterfly -- You are a real patron of the arts and we want to thank you in person! You get all of the above plus coffee with the filmmakers at the world famous Urth Cafe in Los Angeles. It’'s your chance to get the behind the scenes story of the documentary and find out what it’s like to be a bright-eyed bushy-tailed independent filmmaker. Not in the Los Angeles area? We’ll ship you a bag of our favorite hand-roasted coffee and arrange for a video chat where you can see our smiley faces through the magic of the Internet. Or if you don’t want to see our smiley faces we can call you too. You decide!Estimated delivery:
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Handspring -- Want the moves like Jagged? They’re going to be yours! Along with everything above, you get a private 1 hour pole lesson with a member of Jagged. (Lesson is in the Los Angeles or Nashville area. Travel/lodging not included)Estimated delivery:
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Brass Monkey -- Lights, camera, action! Get ready to experience the documentary film process up close and personal, because along with everything above, you and a guest are personally invited to the set of our opening title sequence shoot. Writer/producer Katie Celia will be your personal on-set docent, ready to decipher film jargon like the ever tricky C47 *hint it’s a clothespin* and fetch you fresh coffee at a moments notice. (Shoot is in Los Angeles. Travel/lodging not included)Estimated delivery:
- (45 days)