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A short film that follows a young queer woman as she discovers and re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper.
A short film that follows a young queer woman as she discovers and re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper.
103 backers pledged $12,745 to help bring this project to life.

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We are the fierce all-female/gender nonconforming crew of Leaving Charlie. We are from many different backgrounds and are skilled in many disciplines.

We’re making a short film! Well, we have a script. We need your help to make the film. The story follows a young queer woman as she discovers an re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper. We’ve captured a slice of her life in hopes that one day we can make the whole pie. We’re on a one-slice budget now, and that’s okay.

We’re shooting in Atlanta, GA - the greatest production hub of the south. We have lots of local cast & crew, and a few transplants. Our project will be completed in part by the generous spirit of the staff at Babe’s Cabaret, Atlanta.  Drop by sometimes if you’d like to see where the film was shot.

Well, it’s coming up fast - faster than we anticipated. We’re shooting in just a few short weeks which means not only do we need your help sharing this campaign with your friends and loved ones as soon as possible, but we are also able to provide cool perks like real time access to our private behind-the-scenes instagram account during the fundraising!

There are a lot of reasons this film needs to be made, like: 

 1. It’s time to end the negative stigma against sex workers. My body, my choice. Why is this still an issue? 

2. We’d like to spark a dialogue about consent. Sex workers have, as all people have, the right to say no. They also have the right to legal recourse in the case of harassment - a right that most sex workers are afraid to exercise or pursue. Why? See #1. 

 3. There are a lot of movies about strippers, but not many (if any) written by, directed by, and acted in by a former stripper. We have an authentic voice. 

4. We have privilege, but many people don't. We are fortunate to have many privileges afforded to us in this life that allow us to be able to make this film. We’d like to use our privilege to shed some light on the stories of those who don’t or can’t share their on. 

 5. It’s a good script! Professional script readers at BlueCat Screenplay Competition and the Slamdance Film Festival said so.  And they should know. 

6. Women make Movies!  But are highly underrepresented in Hollywood. Only 2% of the films coming out of Hollywood are directed by women.    Women make up only 23% of crew members on the 2,000 highest grossing films of the past 20 years. Of all the departments, the Camera and Electrical department is the most male, with only 5% women.  There has been no improvement in the last 20 years. The percentage of female crew members has decreased between 1994 (22.7%) and 2013 (21.8%).

We are a bunch of strong women dedicated to changing these stats.  Show us your support!  

It’s all you, buddy. Well, not the singular “you” but the collective “you”. We can’t make this project without you. And in case you are wondering where the money is going, let us tell you: 

Our actually budget is more than double our ask - but we are forging ahead with deferred pay for cast/crew and a bunch of broken piggie banks. We will be shooting November 15 - 19th and will send live updates showing exactly where your money goes. 

CREW - Again - we are so fortunate to have passionate and talented women on board who want to make this happen and are working at bare minimum rates, but it's a 5 day shoot.  Our crew cost is $12,500.00 for 5 days.  Crazy low.  

CAST - Our hugely talent cast is working for ultra low budget rates but we have a pretty big collection of actors playing in the strip club.  We'll be spending around $10,000.00 to pay, travel, and house our cast.  

GEAR - Gear rental is another big chunk of change. We are lucky enough to own, beg and borrow keeping our costs lower - but we still need a substantial amount of camera, grip and lighting gear to make this look great. Another $8,000.00 is going toward gear.   

To wrap it up, we need help TODAY. Anything we raise above and beyond will go towards these expenses and into Post-Production.  Feel free to follow us on Twitter & Facebook. 

Any questions you have about the project can be directed to leavingcharlie@gmail.com, where you will reach one of our producers.

Thank you kindly. Every dollar is important.

Getting a film made is not an easy process. Jump a hurdle - and you often land in a ditch - but we have a talented and dedicated crew with some serious professional chops and the determination to make this happen.

Our Core Creative Team:

Director/ Amanda Brooke Avery - Writer, Actor, Stunt-Woman, Crazy Cat Lady, Yoga Instructor and sometimes...your private dancer. Amanda worked professionally as an actor on shows including: American Horror Story, Halt and Catch Fire, and Sons of Anarchy. This film is her directorial debut.

Co-Director/1st AD/ Diane Calhoun - A veteran Assistant Director for film & television. Diane's credits include: Grace and Frankie, Halt and Catch Fire, Heroes, Sons of Anarchy, The GladesReno 911,...the list goes on. She is going to help us run this production like a well oiled machine.

Director of Photography/ Zoe Van Brunt - based in LA, Zoe has been DP on a number of short film projects and works professionally as an IATSE Local 600 member in the Camera Department on features and television including: Transparent, Grace and Frankie, Wilfred, The Crazy Ones, and many more.

Producer/ Phoebe Brown - an Atlanta grown Producer, Phoebe recently produced her first feature documentary project, The Founders. She has worked as an Associate Producer for Documentary and Reality programming for the last 8 years. Also a proud IATSE Local 479 member and on-set dresser for Rectify, The Originals, Tyler Perry Productions, among others. Phoebe is currently Producer/Development Director at Mighty Fine Pictures and a passionate advocate for independent film in Atlanta.

And the CAST! Our Cast is amazing. We are excited to showcase these incredible performers - most from here in Atlanta.  And a big huge shout out to Houghton Talent - who gave us casting support.  

Risks and challenges

We will make this film! It's happening! And when we do we will hit you with those rewards as fast as we can. Since it's a short we should be able to deliver copies in advance of our Festival run. We've made other projects and run other crowd funded campaigns and always deliver.

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