The story of a beautiful peasant girl who leaves THE OLD COUNTRY & heads for AMERICA to compete in the MISS ELLIS ISLAND BEAUTY PAGEANT
The idea for “Miss Ellis Island” came to me just over a year ago. Last September, my best friend and I spent one of our last and precious summer days, just before school struck, on an adventure to Ellis Island. I wanted more than anything to visit; to delve deep into my Jewish Ancestry and my American Heritage.
As we waited for our ferry to Ellis Island, I looked out on the Statue of Liberty. Through the sepia color of my sunglasses, she embodied a timelessly fey quality. Gazing out at her, I felt as though I was seeing this symbol of America, Beauty and Liberty through the same sepia tinted eyes of every immigrant that passed under her bright torch into America before me. I was charged with a feeling of uncontainable excitement and hope – I felt in that moment as if the whole world unfolded its arms to me for the taking. Our ferry docked and I noticed the name printed on the side of the boat. Written in a quintessential Americana type, the ferry screamed her name out at me – MISS ELLIS ISLAND! In that moment, I was struck with inspiration for this film!
The Miss Ellis Island Beauty Pageant! The film follows the story of FREDA, a young, beautiful peasant girl who leaves her parents in THE OLD COUNTRY and ventures to AMERICA to compete in the annual MISS ELLIS ISLAND beauty pageant in the hopes of winning a wealthy American husband and gaining acceptance in the golden land of opportunity. With her entire livelihood on the line, Freda will do anything to win! It's the essence of the American dream, told through the eyes of a young immigrant.
And HOW will we do it you might ask?
I estimate a proposed budget of $3,500; including the costs of shooting, props, costumes, location and food on set for the crew and actors. Shot with the Cannon Mark 5D camera, I hope to keep production costs lower (than that of shooting on 16mm film). Although not shot on film, the style will imitate the black and white documentary footage from the turn of the century.
The project was created by:
With the invaluable help of:
Produced by Izak Rappaport.
Kickstarter Video created by Rachel Wenitsky, featuring Zach Webber
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