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A young couple's journey through love braving the presence of a terminal illness.
A young couple's journey through love braving the presence of a terminal illness.
155 backers pledged $7,601 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal: $7000

We love working together and want to continue making movies as a team, the opportunity to purchase our equipment instead of renting is ideal. This money will serve as a long-term investment in our careers! The additional funds will allow us to hire a professional make-up artist, production sound mixer and sound designer (they’re pricey!)

Every little bit helps us towards our dream of making Her Story the best it can be. We are so grateful for your support. LET’S DO THIS.

About Her Story:

This poignant piece of perseverance and love highlights the gifts of moments when youth is tested and life is uprooted. Our film looks to explore the juxtaposition between an innocent, youthful love and the imminent shadow of tragedy. 

The focus: to understand the beauty in this complexity. Her Story peers into snapshots of the 2.5-year relationship between Rae (carefree, artistic, charismatic) and Carter (intelligent, witty, structured) through Rae’s perspective.

The story, near and dear to so many of us who have lost someone too soon comes from our writer’s experience losing her sister to cancer. We look to shed light on the reality of life experienced through the diagnosis and battle against terminal illness at a young age. It is our hope that our story brings truth to experience and encourages the sharing of stories to ease the struggle and fuel the fight against disease.

As part of our project, we will be giving those who are coping with or have come out of a similar struggle a platform to communicate their experience. We hope to document their courageousness and provide a space to speak out and own their story. We will be conducting interviews throughout the process and uploading these Survivor Stories during our campaign.

Survivor Story #1 Lara & Jose

Survivor Story #2 Angela & Ryan

Cast/Crew:

Haley Alea Erickson (Writer/Actress) is a budding Screenwriter, Actress, Musician and Comedian. A recent grad of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Television, Radio and Film, Haley has her sights set on all aspects of storytelling. Her experience in TV and Film development and script coverage at The Combine and Detour Filmproduction has led to her deep interest in the art of the narrative. Through years of performance, conservatory education, and countless stage productions Haley has and continues to explore the human condition. She's got a passion for people and is quite the kook. 

Brian Folsom (Actor) is a born and bred Austinite, complete with that sweet Texas twang. Known around town for his dazzling smile and adorable dimples, Brian has been involved in Austin theatre for years. Haley met Brian at a mixer and invited him to audition simply because of his cute face and nice arms. It was all too perfect when he proved to be a captivating actor with incredible charisma. Currently a student of Laurel Vouvray, Brian continues to explore the art of character development and truth. Not without variety, our lovable Brian writes original music too. And come on…those dimples though.

Chris Thompson (Director) is an award-winning Director, Cinematographer and Editor. Since 2002, he has been in charge of film management at AMFM Studios LLC where he has done commercial work for Volkswagen, Swim Outlet, Gold Medal Media, and Demand Media. Chris has always loved film, how they make him feel and seeing their potential to inspire and move others. He wants to tell the stories that make people feel alive.

Brian Diggs (Cinematographer) is a visual recorder of light and memory for over 20 years. He likes to imagine the world in images. Trained as photojournalist, Brian’s still photography has appeared in Life Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other publications. He has travelled to Cuba, Honduras, Spain and Poland on personal photographic journeys. He made the switch to creating moving images 3 years and is now lifelong student of the craft of cinematography.

Beca Rodriguez (Producer) is... just IS. During her Daily Texan years as a videographer, her short doc Coming Out of the Shadows received first place in the 2013 Associated Collegiate Press Multimedia Feature of the Year. Since graduating last May, she's been working at the Austin Film Society, where she produced the amazing Texas Film Awards. Now she's interning at Detour Filmproduction, so please ask her about Boyhood, her favorite movie of all time now. She's seen it 3 times already and even got to serve as a script assistant. You'll find her on snapchat or drinking an inappropriate amount of caffeine.

Lauren Ramón-Saldaña (Marketing) is an aspiring moneymaker who spends her time redefining the term "millennial" and learning all she can about film. She's particularly interested in the ever changing possibilities crowdfunding presents, and how to turn lemons into lemonade. She's worked with both Austin Film Society and Detour Filmproduction in the past, assisting with the Boyhood script and other projects. When she's not doing these things she works at the Drafthouse (free movies!) and as a freelance production assistant.

Where is the money going to?

  • Camera/lighting equipment rentals
  • Film festival submissions
  • Feed our amazing cast/crew (we will be working 12-hour days!)
  • Color grading
  • Set design/props

Risks and challenges

The story relies on the realistic progression of a terminal illness which requires a team of artists to truthfully portray the intensity of the disease. Without proper lighting equipment, make up, set design (which features a medical facility), our story would suffer authenticity.

We are extremely ambitious to make use of all our possible resources, however, without fully reaching our goal we will not receive any of the donations pledged on our behalf as is Kickstarter's policy.

The nature of independent filmmaking is complex even after production, acceptance into film festivals and effectively reaching a wide audience included. It is our hope that we might showcase our story and the ones of the many unique and inspiring survivors contributing to our cause.

If you want to keep up with us, follow us on Facebook/Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/HerStoryFilm
https://twitter.com/HerStoryFilm

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    It's getting serious, ohh ohh so we will give you a HER STORY SIGNED SCRIPT, CAST/CREW PHOTO and also a SPECIAL THANKS on the film. You will also get a private link to our BEHIND THE SCENES/OUTTAKES video. (And the additional goodies provided above)

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