We're funded! We are relieved, proud, and so honored that you brought us this huge win. Thank you to everyone who gave money, told a friend, shared us on Facebook - to everybody who cares about kids in central New York, wants to see diversity and gender equality on film sets, and believes in the power of female entrepreneurs. Thank you.
We won’t stop here. Next destination - stretch goals!
Stretch goals are our delicious way of giving back to everyone who has helped us out, while still pushing to do more. If we reach these new goals, we will send lovely digital gifts to ALL our backers.
Let the pledges flow! Thank you again x1,000,000. Stay nutty.
‘No Nuts’ is a short film featuring kids from Central New York, made by four young women in charge of two up-and-coming indie production companies. It’s a romantic comedy, it’s a character development workshop for CNY youth, it’s a dream in our hearts, coming to your screen.
With your help, we can cover production costs for our CNY cast and crew. The movie’s in the can and being edited this very minute.
Kids need mentors.
A film set poses a unique opportunity for kids to learn leadership skills. We expose these bright-eyed, talented children to the craft of troubleshooting and storytelling, and show them new paths for mindfulness, attitude control, and problem solving skills.
Our system is a weekend full of workshops, followed by five days on set. The kids perform as actors in front of the camera, and get paired with a mentor from our professional crew.
And it’s fun! The kids work hard and get life skills, then ask us “IS THIS HAPPENING NEXT YEAR?”
We have planted our company firmly in Syracuse to help revitalize Central New York. We believe that community-based filmmaking advances local economic growth and community engagement, and starting with youth, mobilizes sustainable change.
The short is a romantic comedy about two counselors at a summer camp for kids with nut allergies. The counselors, played by Zandra Starks and Josué Muñoz, learn to accept love into their lives...from mysterious apparitions of their younger selves, played by Navaeh Farmer and Lucas Centanni. Meanwhile, Camp No Nuts is in financial peril, so the campers and staff film a commercial to raise funds.
In the commercial-within-a-movie, the kids played the roles of their mentors. For example, Marlasia, who played the Production Assistant in the camp commercial, filmed producer Erin Miller with Codie Yan's vlogging camera.
The money from this Kickstarter will go towards our production costs. As you can see in the trailer, we aren’t messing around! Considering the scale of production and our years worked in the industry, these costs reflect our vision and the crew's resourcefulness and ingenuity. And our professional film crew and cast deserve honest pay for honest hard work.
Etc. Pictures' and Out There Productions' female founders joined forces to create the Etc. Project: Getting Out There by using their collective knowledge of storytelling, media, and marketing from the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Youth Empowerment - We believe mentorship and learning to tell your own story are two key paths to growing young leaders.
CNY Revitalization - We support the economic and cultural growth of Syracuse and the rest of Central and Upstate New York. Check out all our local sponsors below!
Gender Equality - We believe in equal representation in the workforce, including our film set and crew.
Female Entrepreneurship - We are women, and we mean business. We believe in the power of women to transform film and culture.
Thanks to Ben Tupper and George Rogers for your individual sponsorships!
We’re using Kickstarter because we believe our local community and good-hearted people we’ve never met will embrace this project and our small businesses. You might be reading this because you raised us as infants, or maybe you just love indie film. Either way, we hope you’ll virtually join our local CNY community and enjoy our film!
Risks and challenges
This is an ambitious project. We've already shot the short film and successfully run the youth workshop, so our risks are very low. The only thing holding us back is money to pay our crew and cast so we can all live being young filmmakers following our dreams. Editing and post-production are labor intensive, but we’re experienced and ready to work. We believe in learning by doing by putting our passion for filmmaking, social change, and education into action starting in Central NY. Join us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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