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A youth empowerment filmmaking workshop and short film production focused on social change, gender equality, and community engagement.
A youth empowerment filmmaking workshop and short film production focused on social change, gender equality, and community engagement.
204 backers pledged $13,215 to help bring this project to life.

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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.  

Source from mentoring.org
Source from mentoring.org

 

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.

No Nuts Movie Still
No Nuts Movie Still

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.  

Scene 2 of No Nuts
Scene 2 of No Nuts

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.

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Blocking for Scene 5

 

 We’ve assembled some nutty perks to say ‘thank you’ for your donation.  

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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. 

Do you.
Do you.

  

Ascend together.
Ascend together.

 

 

 

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! 

All stars.
All stars.

 

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.

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    Almond: Sticker & Note

    Remember when you used to get letters from summer camp friends and put them in a shoebox and read them every three years? <3

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    Chestnut: Bracelet & Screener

    Handcrafted with Nostalgia and LOVE.

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    Macadamia: Poster

    Look at that spot on your wall. Right over there, next to your Gandalf staff replica. Your wall wants some <3 in a high-quality 11x17 form.

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    Coconut: Camp T-Shirt

    Welcome to your first day of camp! Please wear your T-Shirt all day so counselors can easily identify you. (Choose your size at the end of the campaign.)

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    Hazelnut: Digital Script & Screener

    Read along! Watch a script become a film.

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    Pecan: Fishy Costume

    Straight from the set AND Just in time for Halloween, dress your child (or yourself!) in an o-fish-ial handmade No Nuts fishy costume! Glub or Treat!

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    Cacao: You Know, For Kids

    While on set and at the workshop, campers created original artwork for the Nutty Confession Shack. Support the next Picasso.

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    Soy: Post Prod & Mixed Nuts

    Filmmaking coaching at the level you need, from intro to advanced by Etc. Pictures. Find out what it means to create a third script with a 2 hour post-production workshop.

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    Brazil: Pre-screening Advertisement

    Does your company match one of our 4 Pillars? (Youth Empowerment, CNY Revitalization, Gender Equality, Female Entrepreneurship) Pledge here, and we'll start the conversation to advertise your brand at our screenings.

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    Pistachio: Exec. & Fine Screener

    Ever dream of seeing your name on a single title card? This is your time! Say "YES" to 'No Nuts'.

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