After 25 years of homelessness, 88-year-old Mimi gets her own apartment. A documentary featuring Mimi, Zach Galifianakis and friends. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 23, 2013.
About this project
Oscar Wilde said "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." For Queen Mimi, this quote represents her truest reality.
Homeless for 25 years, Mimi's life turned around thanks to the quiet generosity of one of the world's best known comic actors, Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover," "Between Two Ferns", "Due Date") as well as the unexpected friendship of Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger ("Jerry Maguire," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Chicago").
This is the fascinating and moving story of one incredibly strong woman's survival against all odds. Defying an adulterous husband at age 55, Mimi sought a better life, and ended up on the streets of Los Angeles. Scrapping her way through life, at age 70 Mimi found her way to a Santa Monica laundromat, where she has now worked - and slept - 7-days-a-week, for 18 years.
Mimi's charm and quick wit made her many friends over the years and the affectionate moniker of "Queen of Montana Avenue". A young barista called Yaniv who walked to work each day at 5:00 a.m. caught her eye, and became a fast friend. As Yaniv learned more about Mimi's life of struggle, strength and survival, he felt compelled to share her story with the world. In Queen Mimi, we follow her journey from the street to the Hollywood stars who now help provide a better, safer life for her, providing a symbol of great hope and genuine altruism.
Queen Mimi will move you and will prove to you that hope, positivity and caring for others outweigh suffering and regret. Should you decide to have this experience accompanied by Mimi's favorite indulgence, a lemon-drop martini with extra sugar, well, Mimi would be honored.
Queen Mimi's message is that, if you are able to continue to give love to others, even when it has been taken from you, and can maintain a determination to enjoy the pleasures of life despite the place where you lay your head each night, it is never too late to turn your life around.
Our goal is to make sure that Queen Mimi's story inspires as many people as possible and we need your help to complete this tribute to her, so please pledge as much as you can. Thank you in advance! Big hug from Queen Mimi and Yaniv.
Director: Yaniv Rokah
After attending the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, Yaniv moved to Los Angeles, and has appeared on shows like 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'The Beast,' Jon Avnet's series 'Kendra' and in several national commercials, including a SuperBowl spot for Verizon. Yaniv has a supporting role in Marc Forster's 2013 summer blockbuster "World War Z" starring Brad Pitt.
Producer: Elliot V. Kotek
The current Editor-in-Chief of both Beyond Cinema magazine and Celebs.com, as well as an Entertainment Correspondent for ABC Radio. Elliot has served on film festival juries from Palm Springs to Abu Dhabi, and has produced, starred in and written indie films that have been selected in dozens of festivals, received Craft Awards and a nomination for the Directors Guild of Canada's best short film of 2011.
Co-Producer and Camera: Andrew Fox
After graduating from NYU with his BFA in Film and Television Production, Andrew has worked in many different positions both on set and in the post house. He has written, produced and directed short films and music videos, as well as holding many positions in live concert video production, commercial production, and advertising for video games.
Artwork Designer: Eli Zigdon
Award-winning, Connecticut-based Creative Director and Graphic Designer, specializing in the entertainment business. Known for designing exceptionally high-end Key-Arts for films and advertising campaigns. From concept to completion, designs are approached by blending art with strategy, creativity with technology, traditions with trends, image and typography - to bring together a complete, exceptional piece of art.
Photography: Gina Conte
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, the filming phase of Queen Mimi has already been completed. The next challenge we face is the time that it will take to turn 75 hours of footage into a polished documentary that does justice to Mimi's story. To make this happen, we need to obtain the funds to hire an editor, post-production sound team, color correction professional, and composer. The main risks with hiring this team are costs, availability and timing. Because the story of Queen Mimi is so powerful, this project has already attracted a crew of qualified professionals who are ready to help out at a friendly rate as soon as the Kickstarter campaign has successfully achieved its goal. Although we are aware that setbacks may always occur in any creative process, we therefore feel confident that, once fully funded, Queen Mimi will be the inspiring film that our backers will be proud to call their own.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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BUBBLY DETERGENT: Good Karma and a personalized Thank You message on our Facebook page from the film's directorEstimated delivery:
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VIRTUAL LAUNDRY: A DIGITAL LINK to the full-length documentary and a personalized Thank You message on our Facebook page from the film's directorEstimated delivery:
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LAUNDRY: A DVD of "Queen Mimi" signed by the DirectorEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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SPECIAL LAUNDRY: A DVD of "Queen Mimi" signed by the Director AND MIMI!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DELICATES: The film's OFFICIAL POSTER plus a Digital Link to the full-length documentaryEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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COLORS & COFFEE: The film's OFFICIAL POSTER plus a "QUEEN MIMI" DVD, both signed by the Director AND MIMI! PLUS a 12oz pack of freshly roasted Caffe Luxxe Coffee Beans!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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COFFEE-WHILE-U-WAIT: The director will personally prepare a complimentary Caffe Luxxe coffee (or tea) beverage for you in Santa Monica. Named by the LA Times as the Reader's Choice Best Coffeehouse in LA, as "Killer Coffee" by Los Angeles Magazine and by ABC Channel 7 as the "Best coffee in LA!" You will be able to ask the director about the film as he acts as your personal barista. [Given its personal nature, this prize must be redeemed while the director remains in the employ of Caffe Luxxe!]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE PROFESSIONAL: A DVD of the film signed by the director and Mimi, PLUS A "THANK YOU" CREDIT FOR YOU (OR YOUR BUSINESS) IN THE CREDITS OF THE FILM & ON IMDB!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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ART-OF-THE-STARCH: The Professional Package (including Thank You credit) PLUS ONE OF JUST TWENTY specially printed & artist-signed "THE QUEEN OF MONTANA AVENUE" prints showing Mimi and Zach Galfiniakis. This was the original poster artwork bearing the previous working title of our documentary! (Print measures 9" x 11.5")Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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FLUFF AND FOLD: The Professional Package (including Thank You credit) PLUS the film's poster (signed by the director and Mimi) PLUS HANG OUT WITH MIMI WHILE SHE PERSONALLY TAKES CARE OF ONE LOAD OF YOUR LAUNDRY AT HER FAVORITE LAUNDROMAT!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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CHAT & CHEW: A personal phone or skype call with Mimi PLUS DINNER WITH THE DIRECTOR. Though travel is not provided, the Director will take you to dinner in or around Santa Monica, or, time permitting, prepare an organic dinner for you where you'll be able to find out about all things Mimi and ask the Director about his experiences as a barista/ working actor in Los Angeles. [PLUS THE PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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LOOKIN' SHARP: The signed DVD & Poster PLUS your name listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the film's credits and on IMDb!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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PURE LINEN: THE LOOKIN' SHARP package PLUS a personal invitation for two people to the first public screening of Queen Mimi, including pre-or-post-screening dinner with the Director and Mimi at which you'll be treated to Mimi's favorite alcoholic beverage (if over 21, of course)! Transport and accommodation not provided.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THREE PIECE SUIT: You've hit the big-time! The signed DVD and Poster PLUS an invitation for two to the premiere screening of the documentary (including reasonable accommodation for two for 1 night) PLUS the right to walk the red carpet PLUS AN EXECUTIVE-PRODUCER CREDIT on the film!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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