About this project
NANCY, is a suspenseful, psychological drama about a woman who lives at home with her dysfunctional mother. Desperate for connection, she creates a blog posing as a woman whose unborn child has a terminal illness and catfishes a lover, Jeb.
Soon after she is exposed and hits rock bottom, Nancy convinces herself she may be the missing daughter of an older couple. As Nancy’s lies begin to unravel, she becomes closer and closer to the family and risks losing her entire identity and the only unconditional love she's ever had.
Within hours of launching we've been picked as a Kickstarter STAFF PICK, and featured on Sundance, Film Independent, Filmmaker Magazine, Vimeo, IFP, New Orleans Film Society Columbia University & Film Fatales !
WHY MAKE THIS FILM?
I am really excited to make my first feature. From experimental films to short docs and narrative films, getting my MFA in film at Columbia University, and countless odd jobs, I've been preparing and dreaming about this moment for almost a decade.
But truly, I became a filmmaker because I believe that cinema is a powerful tool for empathy, especially when telling stories about outsiders.
Though the landscape of TV and cinema is full of male anti-hero characters that are beloved and entertaining, it is still rare to find female anti-hero characters. I believe the time is ripe for a compelling, complex, morally ambiguous female version of Travis Bickle, Walter White, Tony Soprano, etc.
As many of us already know, female filmmakers are still a minority and as a result, there are fewer female protagonists on screen. For female filmmakers of color the statistics are even more dismal.
BUT I REALLY BELIEVE WE ARE AT A WATERSHED MOMENT. The tide is turning and together we can change this!!!! Making a film starring a female anti hero character who is flawed and complex, IS part of the change.
With your help we can make a provocative and bold film with a type of female character we rarely get to see. It's a start.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION?
From the literary hoax of JT Leroy, to Fredreic Bourdin (The Imposter documentary), to Clark Rockeller and more recently the gay Syrian blogger and the case of football star Manti Te’o, I’ve always been fascinated by people who were willing to live a lie so deep that they blur the line between performance and real life.
I've always found these stories entertaining until it happened to me. Recently I found out that one of my favorite professors was a fraud. He was someone that I revered and respected. He taught us to "write what breaks your heart, because what breaks your heart will mend your heart". When it came out that his whole career and life was a lie, I was shocked. Who was this person? What part of him was real, if my experience felt authentic? Was he still a brilliant teacher, if he inspired me profoundly? How is it possible to feel such deep intimacy with an imposter?
These are the kind of questions I wanted to explore with NANCY.
The FEMALE DIRECTOR tote bag series. Choose one or get the WHOLE SET!!!! These are filmmakers that I admire and want to celebrate.
an actual North Korean POSTCARD sent from our main character NANCY!!! (Nancy will tell you something about her adventures, which connects to a plotline in the film).
NEW REWARD for $12!!!! 2 Special Edition AGNES VARDA STICKERS
WHAT YOUR FUNDS GO TOWARDS
NANCY, is a performance driven film with minimal locations and a lean budget, BUT it's important to make this film as cinematic as possible. Your funds will go towards getting our film in the can.
From PRE-PRODUCTION (casting, location scouts, creative preparation) securing crew (art department, location manager, AD, etc.) and into PRODUCTION (the actual shooting of the film), EVERY SINGLE DONATION COUNTS!!!!
Most importantly, your donations will prove to the world, that there is an audience and desire to see more diverse voices in front and behind the screen.
WITH SUPPORT FROM
This film and producing team has already received support from the following film organizations and labs.
(**Actors workshopping the scenes for Film Independent Director's Lab, are the talented Kristin Slaysman, Micah Hauptman, and Betsy Baker Newell, DP Ben Kasulke).
OUR CREATIVE TEAM
CHRISTINA CHOE - Writer/Director
Christina Choe is an award winning filmmaker. She has received funding from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Jerome Foundation, and Canada Arts Council for the Arts. Her short films, THE QUEEN, FLOW and I AM JOHN WAYNE, have screened at film festivals around the world, including: Telluride, SXSW, Slamdance (Grand Jury Prize), Los Angeles Film Festival, Aspen Shorts Fest, and Rooftop Film Festival. Her films have been featured on VICE, Hammer to Nail and Vimeo Staff Picks.
In 2012, she was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus and The MacDowell Colony. In 2013, she was selected as one of two fellows for the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship, shadowing directors on GIRLS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and LOOKING.
She received an M.F.A from Columbia University for writing/directing and is currently in development for her first feature, NANCY, which was selected for Emerging Storytellers at IFP Project Forum, Venice Biennale College Cinema Program, the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab, Film Independent’s Fast Track & Directing Lab. In 2015 she received the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Filmmaker at the Spirit Awards.
OUR PRODUCERS HAVE AN AWESOME TRACK RECORD!!! 4 of their films in the past 3 years have premiered at Sundance.
Gerry Kim & Mayuran Tiruchelvam – PRODUCERS
Gerry and Mayuran formed Dodgeville Films to produce humanistic narrative and documentary films. Their feature documentary, TO BE TAKEI, a witty and poignant profile of Star Trek icon George Takei, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Starz Digital. Their romantic drama, ACROSS THE SEA, won the Audience Award at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.
Gerry produced the documentary THE HOUSE OF SUH, which premiered at the 2010 Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on MSNBC in 2011. Mayuran’s screenwriting and producing debut, THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, was executive produced by Spike Lee and released by eOne in 2015. They are in post-production with an ITVS/LPB funded feature documentary FAREWELL, FERRIS WHEEL, and the narrative feature MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, a coming-of-age thriller.
Gerry and Mayuran received MFAs from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. Their work has been supported by Tribeca All Access, Film Independent Documentary Lab and Fast Track Fellowship. They are 2014 Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellows.
Kelly Williams & Jonathan Duffy – PRODUCERS
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, graduates of the film program at the University of Texas at Austin, first met while working at the Austin Film Festival in 2004. They later formed a partnership to produce Yen Tan’s feature PIT STOP that premiered at Sundance 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award. They produced Kat Candler’s Sundance 2014 selection HELLION starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, distributed by IFC Films.
Recently, they produced Brad Besser’s Sundance 2015 documentary BEAVER TRILOGY PART IV as well as the narrative feature 6 YEARS directed by Hannah Fidell and executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. 6 YEARS made its world premiere at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and was sold to Netflix. Duffy, who is based in the Bay Area, is currently participating in SFFS/KRF’s inaugural Producer Fellowship based at FilmHouse. Based in Austin, Williams is a 2012 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow.
Lauren Grey – CASTING DIRECTOR
Lauren Grey is a LA based Casting Director with over a decade working in film and television. Past projects include the critically acclaimed series BOSS, from director Gus Van Sant starring Kelsey Grammer, and the half-hour comedy BEFORE WE MADE IT from creators Louis CK and Spike Feresten.
Recently, she cast the film HELLION, starring Aaron Paul & Juliette Lewis, in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the feature THINGS PEOPLE DO, executive produced by Terrence Malick & Doug Liman, which premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.
This year will also see the release of back-to-back Terrence Malick films, KNIGHT OF CUPS and the as-yet untitled Fall Project, as well as the Ben Stiller-produced series WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD, FL for Comedy Central.
Risks and challenges
As with any other independent film, there are financial risks involved. It is impossible to predict if the film will make money in distribution. For this reason, we have kept the budget low and garnered support from institutions like Film Independent, IFP, Rooftop Films, Venice Biennale College Cinema, Hamptons Film Festival and Sundance.
We are also working with a dedicated team of professionals who have produced 8 feature films between them and have experience making films at this budget and scale-- we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to make this a financially viable venture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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