Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls follows Erin Hallard, a spunky, headstrong twelve year-old girl in her attempt to woo the coolest girl in school, Sydni Hunter. Erin’s plan is to ask Sydni to the annual spring fling with the help of her best friend and partner in crime, Liz Johnson. However, as Erin becomes wrapped up in her mission to get Sydni to go to the dance with her, it starts to put a strain on her friendship with Liz as Liz begins to feel less important in Erin's life.
Making a film is very expensive, and we want to do Erin's story justice. We're so close to bringing this story to the big screen but we need one final push to help us pay for our post-production fees. We are asking for $5000 with a stretch goal of $6000 to help fund the rest of the film. The more money we receive the better the end result will be! And you can be sure every cent is going towards the production.
Generous donors like you can make our dream into a reality. Anything you can spare, be it $5 or $100, will help bring this story to life and give a voice to the thousands of kids like Erin who are exploring their identities for the the first time. Here is what your contributions are going towards:
Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls is a LGBTQ+ story that doesn’t focus on coming out, or being ashamed of being queer. Instead, Erin is completely unapologetic and confident in her feelings towards other girls, which is not often seen in stories centred on queer youth. Our hope is that in normalizing Erin’s attraction to girls, other kids, especially queer kids, will feel more comfortable being as unapologetically themselves as Erin is. The key crew of this film is almost entirely queer, making this a queer film by queer folk for queer youth. Erin’s Guide is a relatable and refreshing take on the importance of friendship, authenticity and acceptance. Although our main focus and target audience will be LGBTQ+ youth, this is a film that will speak to many different demographics and carries a universal message about being true to yourself and your feelings. This will be a very fun and important film, and we feel very strongly about bringing it to life in the right way and doing Erin's story justice.
We also have experience with running successful crowd-funding campaigns in the past with our previous film, Earth To Avery. The film also went on to win various awards and be shown at multiple festivals including TIFF Kids, Montreal World Film Festival, The National Screen Institute and Toronto Short Fest. You can watch it here:
Erin Hallard / Kyria Ossa
Erin is a spunky, headstrong sixth grader who often says exactly what's on her mind, loves coming up with new schemes, and treats everything like an adventure. Her best friend friend and partner in crime is Liz Johnson. Erin's current goal is to ask the coolest girl in school, Sydni Hunter, to the spring fling.
Liz Johnson / Mila Tupy
A bit reserved, Liz might protest a bit when Erin drags her into her schemes but she still loves a good adventure. She’s passionate about comic books, especially anything Wonder Woman or Black Canary related. Recently, she's been feeling less important in Erin's life and a bit insecure about their friendship. Liz often wishes she could be more vocal about her thoughts and feelings, especially when it come to Erin.
Sydni Hunter / Belle Lemieux-Chan
Sydni is considered the queen bee of her junior high. She's a no-nonsense straight-shooter who can usually be found in the after school anger management classes. She doesn't like talking about her feelings or anything too personal and although she won't admit it, she enjoys her status as the "cool girl" in school.
Julianna Notten is a queer, award-winning filmmaker born and based in Toronto. Her work often deals with everyday dilemmas and the impact of human relationships. She has made it her mission to create stories with well-rounded female protagonists, wanting to challenge the lack of diverse representation in mainstream media. Her short, Earth To Avery (2015) was featured in The Montreal World Film Festival, National Screen Institute and TIFF Kids amongst others and won various awards. Erin's Guide To Kissing Girls is her latest film.
Madeline Lemire is a Toronto based English major turned film producer, with a history of getting involved with storytelling that is female focused and innovative. Beginning with story editing screenplays she grew into the roles of production assistant and social media coordinator for the web series Gay Mean Girls. Growing a strong following while spearheading a successful IndieGoGo campaign, she raised $5000 to help develop the film into a cult web series.
Claire Allore recently graduated from Film Studies at Ryerson University, her second degree after receiving her BA in English from U of C. She is a multi-talented film producer, with a focus on anti-oppressive storytelling. A jack-of-all-trades, she moves between producing, casting, editing, writing, and directing.
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Risks and challenges
With any film, there are always going to be risks and challenges. For us the main risk is not meeting our goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform! That being said, we feel confident in our ability to run a successful campaign. We've done this before. Our previous crowd-funding campaign surpassed its original goal and went on to become a very successful film, thanks to our wonderful backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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