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A comedy web show about two sexually progressive NY gals who ditch their down-and-out lives for LA in search of a spiritual awakening.
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Hi! Thanks for checking out our project. We’re two Brooklyn filmmakers awaiting production on our feature films, and in the meantime decided to pursue something together for fun with our community. We wanted to create a show that openly, without judgement or taboo, shows the absurdity and depth of the exploration of sexuality and spirituality, and how these things are changing for our generation. We look to art to reflect our lives but lately feel like there just isn’t anything out there, so we decided to make it ourselves.

Since we starting shooting this series last winter with our friends, our show has blossomed into something much bigger and we would love your help to finish it!

In a sea of media that comments on our generation’s pitfalls and strengths, we feel there is nothing that accurately depicts the world we live in … a world where managing to survive/pay bills/pay for $15 cheeseburgers and $10 kale juices on weirdo freelance schedules is “normal,” while juggling magic and meditation groups and dance parties till 3 AM.  Where dating is more complex than trigonometry and commitment is scarce. Where people choose their personal pronouns, girls look like boys, boys look like girls, sexuality is fluid, sex is complicated, and laughter is abundant.

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SAM (Alexandra Roxo) and NINA (Natalia Leite) make their livings in New York City as a dating consultant and drug delivery gal, respectively, barely scraping by. Though Sam consults with guys about their dating skills, her own aren’t so hot. Nina delivers prescription pills to a slew of wealthy,  eccentric clients, refusing to commit to anything in life, whether to a lease on an apartment or a girlfriend. The two become friends after an awkward  night and become even closer when both their lives independently start to fall apart. When Nina tells Sam about her plans to meet a highly recommended guru-shaman in Los Angeles, Sam desperately piggybacks on it in the hopes of also inspiring transformation for herself. But in Los Angeles the two are faced with a tug-of-war between their old selves, partying it up and sleeping with girls-boys-trans-queers, and the new spiritual circle they partake of. They undergo spiritual bootcamp, have their first plant medicine ceremony, and are forever changed and faced with a different future than they’d ever dreamed of.

We’ve shot the series so far with our own resources and are looking for funds to edit and finish shooting, and eventually pitch the show to a television network.

RY RUSSO-YOUNG  (Dir. of Nobody Walks, You Won’t Miss Me), KARLEY SCIORTINO (from the VICE TV show Slutever), ADAM FRUCCI (UCB, Splitsider), LUIZA SA (CSS), ADAM CARPENTER (Comedy Central), CHRISTINA JEFFS (Wolf of Wall Street, Two Broke Girls), MOLLY LLOYD (My Best Day, UCB Show Airwolf), and ROCCO “KATASTROPHE” (Musician, founder of Original Plumbing magazine), DANIELLA RABBANI (Skirts and Ladders), VICTORIA HAYNES (Rachel Getting Married), RISA SARACHAN (Risa and Christina).

Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite are two crazy Brazilian-American gals who met mid-Saturn return and decided to team up and work together as they navigated the changes caused by planetary shifts and those inherent in the film world.  

Alexandra loves raw vegan "cooking" and feels like she must have been an islander in her last life ’cause she loves Caribbean music and dance so much. She spent one week living under a tarp in the Oregon forest for a free-activist/witch camp in her early 20s and has been practicing magic ever since.  Her work has evolved since climbing into trees naked in Italy for self-portraits to making a feature film, Mary Marie, that’s now on Netflix and was featured in Variety, New York magazine, and Wall Street Journal, among others. Her latest script, Brooklyn Flee, was featured in IFP’s film week at Lincoln Center. Her fashion films have screened at Fashion Week and Miami Art Basel. She speaks five languages, loves karaoke rap, hates elevators, and wants to own a snake one day.

Natalia was raised among monkeys, techno ravers, and lawyers in the chaotic city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  She’s always loved making art, from nude drawings, to knitting, to performance photography, and for the past eight years has dedicated her creative mind to the medium of film.  She loves 90% dark chocolate, bitter gin drinks, and singing. Even though she’s Brazilian, she hates being tan.  She’s currently working on her first feature film, BARE, which is being produced by Derrick Tseng (Prince Avalanche, Party Monster) and Dahlia Heyman. She’s a two-time Sundance Screenwriters Lab Finalist and a recipient of the Kodak Grant Award. Her films have screened in numerous festivals internationally.

Writer and editor Liz Armstrong’s essays and features about love, self-activation, radical possibility, glamour, sexuality, and larger-than-life characters have shown up regularly in VICE, Nylon, Rookie, Bullett, The Fader, xoJane, and the Chicago Reader. She gives advice with the toughest and deepest love, trying not to freak out when someone delivers to her the same. A Chicago native, she’s moved back and forth across the country a couple times, and in 2011 she expanded VICE’s editorial department to Los Angeles, where she now lives. In the dozen years of her career she’s written and edited all over the place, breaking format for page and screen. www.lizzyarmstrong.com

Dagmar Weaver-Madsen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area taking pictures of her family. As a young child, she began shooting short "films" for her sister, a hobby that grew into a passion for cinema and photography. This love was nurtured in the cinematography masters program at UCLA. Dagmar now works in New York and Los Angeles shooting films, music videos, and commercials. She endeavors to make visually striking projects that compliment great stories and brands. Dagmar has shot and worked on many films, and is especially proud of her work on Alex DeMille's The Absence for which she won the prestigious American Society of Cinematographer's William A. Fraker ASC Heritage Award. http://www.dagmarwm.com

Filmmaker Sarah Tricker moved from Brooklyn to Vermont in 2010 and has never looked back. She’s directed two music videos for artist Rocco Katastrophe, which were called “a doozy!” by OUT.com. She’s also produced videos for clients such as Brooklyn magazine, The L magazine, OP magazine, Bib + Tuck, Parade magazine, Bushmills, and The Fader. Her work is most recently featuring in Frameline and Milan LGBT film festivals. www.sarahtricker.com

Risks and challenges

We understand that there’s the possibility this show could get lost among the thousands of other online videos out there. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can so that it doesn’t disappear. We want this show to be accessible to a large audience because we think it’s not only entertaining, but more importantly has a strong message. The challenge is finding the right platform for the show, so that it gets the widest reach. We would ideally like to find digital network distribution and also continue with our grassroots outreach to keep the word out there.

The other, more obvious challenge, is raising enough funds to finish the show. If the quality of our trailer is any testament to what we are able to do with no money, then imagine what we can do with a little bit! With this money we plan to hire a really awesome editor to work full time so that we can start releasing weekly episodes and finish shooting the show. We really think the time is now to put this show out into the world, so please help us make that happen!

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