A documentary on girls with natural red hair that includes animation, interviews, music videos, short films and more...
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Images from Jessica Rabbit to iconic stars Julianne Moore, Katherine Hepburn and Lucille Ball and historic figures Joan of Arc, Lilith and even Eve have set the tone as to what we perceive about women with red hair. It is believed that redheads are the most passionate lovers, evil ladies, or tenacious fighters, but we can all agree that redheads are one of life's great curiosities. What is the secret lives of redheaded girls? An investigative report, but fun, on this recessive genetic characteristic and what it means to be different, as after all, only 2% of the population has red hair.
A freckle-faced "ginger" herself, filmmaker Alexia Anastasio will be interviewing and photographing 500 girls with natural red hair around the world to sum up a conclusion about their trials and tribulations of love, youth and successes. A new feature documentary about growing up as a Ginger Girl, empowering the term. We ask the question: Is there something that we all have that sets us apart from the pack?
Redheads are proud.
Poet Emily Dickinson said: "I am small, like the wren, and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur, and my eyes like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves."
Alexia Anastasio is a ginger girl filmmaker from New York. She is currently supporting her directorial debut “Adventures in Plymptoons!” about Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton at film festivals worldwide. Growing up as redhead wasn’t easy for her, she was teased and bullied as a child in school. The stigmas and stereotypes never helped in creating relationships it usually scared people away from her. Using her experience she is collecting stories from girls with red hair of all ages and their opinion and general consensus of being a favorite minority in a majority. The redhead gene is recessive which means it takes both parents to produce a redheaded child. This also means that it can skip a generation and reappear when two parents carry the gene. There are some studies that state that by the year 2060 there might not be any redheads left. There are approximately 4% of nearly 6.4 billion people in the world who carry this recessive gene which makes redheads rare. This film is an anthropological study of how females with red hair think and feel about the topic and take a stand and show off who they really are. Is it in the genes and how is it different. Maybe its redheads who have more fun!
Some examples of the questions that will be asked:
- “Do you feel different or special?”
- “Does being a redhead effect how you make decisions?”
- “What do you think the stereotype of a redhead is?”
- “Were you teased as a redhead?”
- “Has being a redhead started or ended a relationship?”
In the animated opening of the film, “Ginger Girls” we will start out in a three minute animation segment about a red fox who is being hunted, we follow the fox through the forest through her many adventures as the tail gets caught in a pink ribbon it turns into a young girl’s pig tail and the character is now going to school where she has to deal with bullies and being ridiculed into a positive turn where she uses her red hair to get attention and stand out in crowd back to the fox having fun in the forest.
Storyboard for opening animation segment
This is a trans-media project which includes the documentary film with animated segments, interviews, original songs about being a redhead, animation/live action historical re-enactments, a photo book with testimonial quotes and an art show with photo collage paintings by Alexia. There will also be a blog by Alexia with her experience on the tour at film festivals, cinemas and art shows. You can join the team of Ginger Girls in costume and perform improvised theater and publicity stunts with us.
Director's Statement by Alexia Anastasio
As a redhead I have had an interesting time growing up. I was made fun of, people developed crushes on me without even talking to me. Basically I was the most noticeable person in the room and sometime still am, yet I’ve always got most of the attention from my hair. Strangers would compliment me and ask where I got my beautiful hair. I would say my parents as it took two of them in my case. My mother’s hair turned brown when she got older and my father’s hair went from red to white. When I see other redheads I don’t say “Redheads Unite.” At least not until I started this project. Before this project I didn’t even address it. Usually redheads rarely talk to other redheads about being a redhead. Which I thought was odd since there are many issues at stake from fair skin, freckling, looking younger than you actually are to even being a female to stereotypes and what that means to you and the people around you. I have always been an observer but as a redhead I feel that is where the actress part of me comes out from that wild and wacky side which was excused since I was a redhead. I feel that redheads can be as quirky, feisty and passionate as the stereotype suggests. In this project I will investigate what other redhead girls have to say about their experiences and how they think and feel about being a Ginger Girl.
Development History of the Project
Ginger Girls is a multi-platform project. So far, Alexia has interviewed and taken photographs of 46 girls with natural red hair. She has started working with animation producer Mina Sanwald to complete a three minute animated opening segment to the documentary and has put together a pitch trailer.
Alexia Anastasio, Director/Producer
Alexia is an artist, actress and filmmaker who has starred, co-directed and co-produced many independent film productions. Alexia draws, paints, enjoys doing collage work and photography. As an actress she was recently featured in feature film Supernaturalz, HBO's Bored to Death, VH1 “If you like...” commerical and Vetiver "Everyday" music video. Alexia started experimenting in film about 12 years ago while she was attending SUNY Purchase. She made many short films some experimental narratives and documentaries, started her own art, music and film festival, CAMP Festival. She has worked for many directors, festivals, distribution companies and even an independent cinema. After working behind the scenes on many independent shorts and features, she edited a feature documentary, Vampira: The Movie, associate produced, The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels, produced and starred in mockumentary, 7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult and helped promote and sell the movies at horror and comic book conventions. Not to mention that she also sold her short films. That is where she discovered that their was a profound connection between fan and filmmaker. Her current film, Adventures in Plymptoons!,is a feature documentary which has been playing all of the world at film festivals including Annecy International Animation Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Bend Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival and Flip Animation Film Festival. She has also recently mentored a young filmmaker, Dana Farley with her first documentary film, Beyond the Noise, My Transcendental Meditation Journey where Dana interviews and is interviewed by filmmaker David Lynch.
Mina Sanwald, Animation Producer
Mina Sanwald is an American Illustrator and Animator. She grew up on Long Island, New York with her Mother, Father and younger sister. Mina is an avid fan of video games and comics. More specifically Mass Effect and Catwoman.
From an early age Mina showed a keen interest in the arts. In 2006 she was accepted to The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University with a scholarship. While there she learned a great number of skills under the tutelage of such masters as Jim Hoston and the late Robert Kaufman. Mina applied what she learned about comics to her animation and developed a drawing style that was uniquely her own. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors degree in Animation and Illustration in May 2010.
She is credited in two up and coming animated shorts from Bill Plympton’s Studio, Weird Al’s latest Music Video “TMZ”, and the restored version of Winsor McCay’s “Flying House”. Currently she works for Hound Comics as an Animator and Illustrator. She looks forward to the future with much excitement and can't wait to begin her next big project as animation producer on “Ginger Girls”.
Alexia Anastasio’s Filmography
- Adventures in Plymptoons! - Documentary (Director & Producer)
- Beyond the Noise: My Transcendental Meditation Journey (Co-Producer)
- Supernaturalz: The Movie - Sci-Fi/Horror (Co-Producer & Lead Actor)
- 7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult - Mockumentary (Producer & Lead Actor)
- Monkey Movie
- Happy Cow Buys the Farm music video - Contest Winner
- Beatrice Valentine Amrhein - Documentary
- Relationship Drama Documentary
- Wandering Girl
- Candy Land
- Otakon - Documentary
- Super NoFriendo From Pace to Purchase - Documentary
Festival’s that have shown Alexia’s films:
ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS! A documentary on Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton
- St. Louis International Film Festival, MO
- Flip Animation Film Festival, Wolverhampton, UK
- SoDak Animation Film Festival, South Dakota
- Flyway Film Festival, Pepin, WI
- San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, CA
- Bend Film Festival, Bend, Oregon
- Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, NY, NY
- Puchon International Student Animation Festival, South Korea
- Indie-Anifest, Soeul, South Korea
- George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
- Woodstock Film Festival, NY
- Burbank International Film Festival, CA
- Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
- Museum of Moving Image, Astoria, NY
SALOME (short film) An all female version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome
- International Women Festival in Seoul & Seoul LGBT Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea
- New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, NYC
- Oddball Film, San Francisco, CA
- Central Kino, Berlin, Germany
- Miami Underground Film Festival, Miami, FL
- Entzaubert Radical Non-Commercial Queer Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
- Homegrown Film Festival, Ripe Art Gallery, Greenlawn, NY
- I-CON 27, Stony Brook, NY
- Washougal International Film Festival, Washougal, WA
- Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
What others say about Alexia?
“Very Modern.” (regarding Anastasio’s style of shooting)- David Lynch, Artist/Filmmaker
"A+ Excellent work Alexia" (regarding Anastasio's artwork)- Miranda July, Artist/Filmmaker
“Reeks of DIY gone right. Determination, conviction and a little humor goes a long way ... Alexia Anastasio has all that and more.” - Joanne, Obsession Collection
“Alexia is a creative, imaginative filmmaker as well as a leader and dynamite organizer” - Joan Sekler, Filmmaker
“She works tirelessly, utilizing her many talents, and remains steadfast until her task is accomplished, whether it be in front of or behind the camera.” - Ted V. Mikels, Director/Producer
“Alexia is one of the most hard-working, over-achieving people I have ever met. She has done nothing but impress me with how much heart she puts into every project, and how much she gets done.” - John Bryan, Art Director/Musician
“Alexia is a creative, hard working, exceptional performing artist.” - Barbara Toy, Producer
“Alexia is a determined, creative, flexible partner. She worked with us organizing events for the outreach of our documentary The Education of Shelby Knox. She is an independent worker who is very good at handling whatever comes up and seeing things through.” - Rose Rosenblatt, Director/Producer
“Alexia is an excellent film producer. She incorporates her experiences, and the film's individual production needs, as well as taste and asthetics. A true team player way beyond the call of duty (or fun!).” - Matt Kohn, Director/Producer
“Alexia is a fantastic networker and a great talent. With an eye for great collaborators, she has a ready supply of film industry professionals whose work is excellent and demeanor is professional and like-minded. Her effusive spirit comes through in all her projects, adding sparkle and charm to everything she is connected to.” - Caitlin Burns, Story Developer/Transmedia Producer
Where does the money that we raise go towards?
Equipment and tapes, animation, studio Time for Interviews, sound, transfers to BluRay, HDcam, BetaSP, DigiBeta, DVD, original soundtrack, printing of Ginger Girls book, marketing assistant, festival fees, postcards and posters for festivals, website, postage and office supplies, publicist, DVD’s for festivals and marketing at conventions.
The $5,000 goal is just to get started. We would like to finish the project within one year.
CASTING - NOMINATE A GIRL WITH RED HAIR
We are casting ginger girls for the project worldwide, so if you are a girl with natural red hair or know of someone with red hair please send a picture, location and contact info to gingergirlsmovie [at] gmail [dot] com
We have lots of fun ways to be involved including being part of the street team, marketing, publicity, content research, casting and booking.
If you want to set up a session for us in a town that we are coming to we will give you credit as a segment producer.
Contact: gingergirlsmovie [at] gmail [dot] com
DONATE IN KIND ITEMS
We always need Sony mini DV tapes, printing, studio space in different cities to shoot interviews, address labels, blank DVD's, costumes of famous ginger characters, external hard drives, USB flash hard drives for festivals, MacBook Pro laptop, frequent flier miles and/or plane tickets.
Contact: gingergirlsmovie [at] gmail [dot] com
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SPREAD THE WORD
We really appreciate any re-posts of this link, recommendations of galleries to show the artwork, cinemas and museum to show the film when it's finished.
We will re-post any press or links on our website and give shout outs on our twitter.
Yes, please email us where you live, a photo and a story to gingergirlsmovie [at] gmail [dot] com
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