A narrative short film about a teenage cowgirl, set in rural Oklahoma.
Chute Fighter examines an American family in mourning, set within the backdrop of the rodeo world in rural Oklahoma. After the death of her father, seventeen year-old Jordan Anderson struggles to find a way to keep her family from falling apart.
When her unsympathetic mother sells her father's horse, Jordan will stop at nothing to get back the one last connection she feels she has with him. She fearlessly enters a bucking bronc riding competition to win prize money to buy the horse back. It’s a story I feel that many can relate to, about growing up, dealing with loss, and searching for independence.
This film is a product of years of research I’ve been doing in Oklahoma for a feature I’m writing about a rodeo at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. During my time down there I became fascinated with the world of rodeo in the state, and the people who love it and live by it. Cowboys and cowgirls who have a better shot at broken bones and long roads than at success and fortune, but commit their lives to it anyway.
I was particularly taken with the young women I met on the circuit who devote everything to this perilous and male dominated sport. Very few have used this setting to tell a story about a woman. I wanted to explore this striking, uniquely American culture from their point of view.
Authenticity is a very critical element of this project – capturing the world of rodeo and all of it’s intricacies as realistically as possible is important to the entire team. To achieve this we feel that we must shoot in Oklahoma at a real rodeo, since any sort of re-creation we would conjure up in New York (where we are from) would not do the sport, people, region or culture justice. This is also why we decided on using real cowboys and cowgirls from the region as our cast. These are extremely talented individuals, that will bring an incredible sense of realism and purity to these roles.
We are so thrilled that we have made it this far and can now begin sharing this project with you! We have a terrific story, a super dedicated team and all the confidence in the world that we will produce a beautiful film. All we need is a little bit of help from you beautiful people!
We cannot emphasize how important you are. By backing Chute Fighter, you will literally be making the production of this film a reality. Any sort of contribution you could give would be greatly appreciated by all of us and we would be forever grateful!
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What that means is that if we get enough of our family, friends and fans to each throw what they can into the pot, it will accumulate and grow into a lot, allowing us to reach our goal and produce our film!
Kickstarter is also an ALL OR NOTHING platform. Meaning, if we don't reach our goal, we will lose all other pledged money and end up with zilch. We CAN'T let that happen! So please please donate what you can!
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
There's not a very large market for short films out there. For this reason, finding private investors is quite difficult. This is why we need you. There are a number of elements that need to come together for us to be able to produce this film, and most of them require funds.
Crew – First because it is the most important, you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. We want to be able to treat our crew with respect and have them work realistic hours for reasonable pay.
Equipment – To make a film of the highest quality, certain equipment is required. Including cameras, lights, and sound gear.
Travel – The film needs to be shot around a rodeo in Oklahoma and we live in New York City. The majority of our crew is being hired locally to keep these costs down but our Producers, Director of Photography and myself will need to travel to the Tulsa area. As the core of the project, these fine people have waived any fee for their amazing work. Making them pay to travel would just be cruel.
Locations – Our two major locations are a house and a local Tulsa rodeo. We would like to be able to compensate the amazing family and rodeo that are allowing us the access to film at their home/event.
On Set Expenses– We will be working 12 hour days for four days in a row in order to get this thing in the can. Oklahoma in August/ early September is very hot (like, CRAZY hot). Certain things must be provided on set to make sure everyone is kept safe. Two on set meals a day, drinks, snacks, chairs, tables, pop up tents, coolers and more are needed to make sure things run smoothly day to day.
Post Production– Once we shoot the thing, a whole other can of worms opens. Post production. We will need to edit the film, color correct it, mix the sound and eventually transfer the footage to a DCP so it is ready to be submitted to festivals where you fine people will be able to view it.
WHO ARE WE?
Laurel Parmet - Writer/ Director
Laurel Parmet is a writer/director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her cinematographer father and costume designer mother raised her on film sets and instilled in her a love for filmmaking and the arts. She studied screenwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, directing at the Film and TV School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and cinematography under her father Phil Parmet. Her music videos have been featured on Pitchfork, Spin and MTV Buzzworthy, and her short films have screened at film festivals all over the world, including Slamdance, Woodstock, Seattle True Independent, New FilmmakersLA, Nepal Cine Symposium and Mecal Shorts Festival. She is currently working on her feature script "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo" about a rodeo at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. When not working, Laurel can be found swimming laps, eating yogurt and playing banjo.
Natasha Giliberti - Producer
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Natasha is a producer based in New York City. Born of a Jewish-American mother from New York, and a French-Italian father from Marseille by way of Tunisia, Natasha was brought up with several different cultures and has been able to fully embrace each one. She has dual French/American citizenship and is 100% bi-lingual in both French and English.
In 2010, Natasha worked under veteren producer Margaret Menegoz, who recently won the Palm D'Or and an Academy Award for Michael Haneke's Amour. Natasha has produced a number of short form projects. Natasha has extensive experience working within tight budgetary constraints, and believes that monetary obstacles can benefit a film, as they inspire creativity to overcome. Natasha’s life long goal is to produce the work of directors she passionately believes in, and for the films that she produces to inspire and reach the broadest possible audiences. She is currently developing several narrative projects in collaboration with a few talented-up-and coming directors, with whom she’s formed close working relationships.
Jason Ludman - Producer
Jason Ludman is a filmmaker and businessman from New York City. His work as a producer has been seen in such places as Style.com, Pitchfork and The Santa Barbara International Film Festival where his film Blumenthal premiered.
In addition to producing, Jason is also the president and co-founder of Brooklyn Film Co. A multi-use production space and film expendables vendor located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Recent clientele include Celebrity Apprentice 13, The Leftovers and the motion picture Delivery Man.
Jason's company Lowland Pictures is the production company behind Chute Fighter.
Kelly Kerr - Co-Producer/Expert Rodeo Shooter
Kelly Kerr was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma. He discovered his passion for photography as a student in Oklahoma State University, practicing his skills at the school newspaper, the Daily O'Collegian. Kerr joined the the photography staff of the Tulsa World in 1994 and remained there until December 2007, when he became a faculty member at OSU Institute of Technology teaching photography and film. In 2008, Kerr discovered a passion for video and forged a career in cinema. His work has appeared in several commercials, documentaries and two No. 1 music videos. He spend February of 2012 in Guatemala shooting a documentary about the country's overwhelming poverty. Kerr has been named the Oklahoma Press Association's Photographer of the Year as well as two-time Associated Press Sweepstakes Award Winner. In 2007, the Tulsa World published a 300-page book of his worked titled, "Oklahoma Revisited". In 2012, OSU Edmond Low library celebrated Kerr's twenty-year contribution to photography in Oklahoma. He and Gene Ann Kerr are the parents of twins, Julia and John.
Spooky Robinson - Editor
Spooky Robinson is an award-winning writer, director, producer and cinematographer who co-founded Calavera (calavera.us) in 2010. His first short film, The God Phone, won Best World Short at the 2012 Little Rock Film Festival. His work has screened internationally at festivals and aggregated on MTV and Pitchfork.
Most recently he edited Andrew Renzi's Karaoke, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and co-produced Burma, which won the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. He's also right behind you.
REWARDS - PHIL PARMET'S PHOTOGRAPHY
Some of Phil Parmet's beautiful 35mm black & white photography byeye.com
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Shooting at a live rodeo definitely poses some challenges. We won't have a lot of control over the action (other than the scenes we're staging) or over the spectators. But we'll be shooting on 4-5 cameras, to capture as much action as possible from as many angles as possible.
Working with animals can be difficult as well. But we'll be surrounded by professional riders, wranglers and ropers who know these animals and will help to ensure we'll get all the coverage we need, and that we'll be as safe as possible.
Ultimately, safety and authenticity will come from working closely with advisors, authorities, cast and crew who are local to the area.
Cinematography: Kelly Kerr, Laurel Parmet, Karli Kopp
Editor: Ethan Donnelly
Sound Mix: Andy Stein
Music: Wink Burcham, Alex Steinberg
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