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A comedic short about a woman torn between the various ways she can enjoy some intimate "me time."
A comedic short about a woman torn between the various ways she can enjoy some intimate "me time."
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ME TIME is an earnest, feminist comedy about a black woman named Deborah, who is super wound up after a hectic work day and is thinking about how to decompress. One part of her psyche, Sexy Deb, appears and tries to bully her into going out to a bar for a hook-up. Soulful Deb comes in, lights some incense, and suggests Deb try some self care stroking. But then Scaredy Deb shows up and whines that she just wants Deb to eat cereal and watch Gilmore Girls.

Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd
Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd

After some debate, all the aspects of Deborah’s psyche finally rally together to get-it-on solo. Things seem to be going well until Scaredy Deb questions aloud if they've ever truly had an orgasm, which undermines every aspect of the Debs and threatens to derail their whole plan

Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd
Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd

Through comical self examination, cringeworthy raunchiness, and empowering sisterhood, ME TIME examines women’s sexuality, the richness of our inner lives, and the complexity of our relationships with pleasure and fear, with control and letting go.  

Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd
Storyboards by Dawn Williams Boyd

WHY THIS PROJECT? 

As a writer and director, I like to make films that stem from emotional spaces that we don’t often talk about, but are widely identifiablemeaningful, and usually very funny.

ME TIME comes from a genuine, tender place in my life experience. I’m making this film because we rarely get to see how women engage with their own sexuality on screen, and when we do, it’s always about our relationship to a man, or it comes from the male gaze, or it focuses on a woman’s sexual viability or prowess. In real life, women have all kinds of relationships with their sexual selves - all the way from complacency to worship - so I wanted to expand the representation of these realities with this film.

Photos from Nubian Skin Lingerie (www.nubianskin.com)
Photos from Nubian Skin Lingerie (www.nubianskin.com)

Also, I’ve always been fascinated by movies that put their lead character’s internal lives front and center, which is a storytelling technique that we rarely get to see with female characters, and never with women characters of color. It’s time! So in addition to wanting to discuss women’s sexuality, ME TIME sprang from the desire to engage with all the little voices inside our heads and explore the richness of women’s interiority. 

TONE, LOOK, SPECIAL EFFECTS

Me Time's comedic style mixes an earnest coming-of-age humor and a feminist brashness. The Deborahs - who will all be played by ONE special actress - are in turn sexy, awkward, over the top, and deep, reflecting the complexity of how women engage with challenging but ultimately hilarious issues in our lives. 

The camera work and pacing will be a bit cheeky, playing up the comedy of the script and performances. We’ll use single shots to carve out a space for each Deb to express themselves, while also whipping between them to engender a bouncy conversation. As the film progresses and the characters collide with each other, we’ll expand into two-shots and ensemble arrangements, amplifying their connection with each other as they become more of a team. To accomplish this, we’ll use clever camera framing and blocking, strategic use of cutaways and inserts in the edit, and we'll be creative with spot-on body doubles to help us populate the room with Debs.

We also have an incredible VFX team already on board called Studio X who will use cutting edge technology to enable all the Debs to be on screen together! Staying away from flashy, obvious effects, our VFX will blend the Debs’ interactions as naturally as possible using compositing, keying, rotoscoping, and match-moving. The VFX will start simply at the outset, then build throughout the film in a way that supports the emotional storytelling and underlines the humor

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please Back us on Kickstarter by THURSDAY, JULY 12TH, 7:00PM EST.

 Kickstarter is a way to fund creative projects like this one, brought to life through the direct support of people like you - family, friends, fans, and strangers. It has been a huge asset for my creative career - this is the third time I’ve used this platform to make films (Sun Belt Express;Forever, Ally), so it’s a resource I very much trust and encourage you to be a part of. 

Funding short films is very hard, so THANKS very much in advance for your consideration and support!

REWARDS

To join the ME TIME team and help us make this unique film, please “back” us on Kickstarter! You can choose one of our fun Rewards on the right-hand column or click the big green "Back This Project" button at the top right of this page to send some support. 

The Rewards include elements from the film like the storyboards, a digital download, an outtakes real, and tickets to screenings. Iyabo has also created a Sexy Time Music Mix for your listening pleasure, the Debs have curated a Me Time Home Kit, and we have organized a number of fun, sexy trips to Babeland and The Museum of Sex with Iyabo for an interactive experience. Uhhh, sounds like a hilarious good time to me!

UPDATE: 

I’m ridiculously excited to share that Good Vibrations, and sister company Babeland, have now officially partnered with Me Time for this campaign and the production itself!! They'll both provide products from their huge library of self pleasure toys for the Debs to interact with the film, and have upgraded our Rewards at the $75, $150, and $250 levels. Check out my latest update for details, but here's that *very special* book we're offering as the Sexy Reading Material that our wonderful partners are now providing: “Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving” by Betty Dodson. I can't recommend it enough.

Finally, Iyabo's super talented and awesomely sex positive artist mother Dawn Williams Boyd (www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com) has created two original art pieces (pen on paper, just for Me Time Backers, and has donated one original piece from her oeuvre of work from 1977 (!!!) for one special Backer. All the art is TOO HOT FOR KICKSTARTER, but see sneak peeks of the art below!

Title: Ying Yang, 10 1/4 h x 9 w inches, ink on paper, 2018. Title: Auto, 11 1/4 h x 9 w inches, ink on paper, 2018, by Dawn Williams Boyd
Title: Ying Yang, 10 1/4 h x 9 w inches, ink on paper, 2018. Title: Auto, 11 1/4 h x 9 w inches, ink on paper, 2018, by Dawn Williams Boyd
Untitled, 14.5 h x 23.5 w inches, colored pencil on cardboard, by Dawn Williams Boyd
Untitled, 14.5 h x 23.5 w inches, colored pencil on cardboard, by Dawn Williams Boyd

There's something for everyone! Please take a look to the right column all of the Rewards, or feel free to just donate! Looking forward to celebrating the film with you all! 

OUR TEAM

IYABO BOYD- Director, Writer, Producer 

Iyabo Boyd is an independent film producer, writer, and director working in documentary and fiction. She was a 2018 Sundance Screenwriting Intensive participant for a fiction script in development, as well as a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and a 2016 Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow. Iyabo produced the feature documentary For Ahkeem which had its international premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, and its US premiere at the 2017 Tribeca International Film Festival. She also produced the fiction comedy feature Sun Belt Express which had its international premiere in Paris at the Champs-Elysée Film Festival in 2014. She co-wrote and directed the short fiction film Forever Ally, which premiered at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2015. Iyabo is the founder of Feedback Loop, a documentary consulting firm, and started the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a collective for women filmmakers of color working in documentary, which has over 1,700 members globally. Originally from Denver, she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BA in Film & Television, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Clockwise: Producer Shruti Ganguly, Exec. Producer Lisa Cortés, Assoc. Producer Rachel Kessler, and Cinematographer Autumn Eakin
Clockwise: Producer Shruti Ganguly, Exec. Producer Lisa Cortés, Assoc. Producer Rachel Kessler, and Cinematographer Autumn Eakin

SHRUTI GANGULY - Producer 

Shruti Ganguly is an award-winning filmmaker and recovering media executive based in New York City. She has made several feature films and VR that have gone to Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Telluride and AFI, including H. (Sundance // Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan), THROUGH YOU (Sundance, VR // Amari Cheatom, Joanna Kotze) THE COLOR OF TIME (Rome Intl Film Fest // Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis), YOSEMITE (Slamdance // James Franco), BLACK DOG RED DOG (Olivia Wilde, Logan Marshall Green), BLOOD SURF, and so on. Shruti has directed music videos and shorts that premiered on MTV, NYLON, Paper Magazine, Conde Nast, and crafted the #MySentence series on prison reform for the Obama Administration, featuring Tim Robbins, Pusha T and Gabourey Sidibe. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own production company, honto88, which focuses on scripted film and television, narrative features and videos and VR, with strong (often underrepresented) voices and through a socially responsible lens. Shruti just wrapped production on a feature with Keanu Reeves called GREEN DOLPHIN, and is developing several other scripted films and TV series, including THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK, with Killer Films, and GIRLY with Refinery29 and Rashida Jones. In 2014, Shruti produced BIRD SHIT with James Franco and Marina Abramovic, which premiered at MoMA PS1.

LISA CORTÉS - Executive Producer

Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories. Her productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations, including the Academy Award®, the Golden Globe, the Berlinale Golden Bear, and the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Prior to her film career, Cortés worked with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to launch the iconic Def Jam brand. Since launching her production company, Cortés Films she has collaborated with directors including Ernest Dickerson and Gabourey Sidibe, producing innovative features, documentaries and short films that assert the centrality of diverse and untold stories while delighting audiences. She is currently working with Academy Award Award®-winning director, Roger Ross Williams, on a feature-length documentary about the legendary Apollo Theater and producing and co-directing the documentary, THE REMIX: HIP X FASHION.

AUTMN EAKIN - Cinematographer 

Autumn Eakin turned her years of working under Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler, Velvet Goldmine, Creed) and Vanja Cernjul (30 Rock, Orange Is The New Black) into an artful resourcefulness she uses in her narrative and documentary filmmaking, including Mavis!, Hard-Hatted Woman and Peabody Award Winning No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone). She has shot for acclaimed directors Liz Garbus, Jessica Edwards, Elizabeth Chai, Amy Berg, and Alex Gibney. Presently she has wrapped Netflix's Someone Great starring Gina Rodriguez. The HBO pilot Lenny (Orgasmic Meditation) premiered at Sundance 2018 and will air this summer. The feature The Light of the Moon with Jessica Thompson had its World Premiere in Narrative Competition at SXSW 2017 to rave reviews and was the winner of the Audience Award. The Tribeca's Through Her Lens project Wig Shop with Kat Coiro premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival, We Win with Michael Stahl-David premiered at SXSW 2018, and Like Salt with Darine Hotait will open the 2018 Marfa Film Festival. ​Autumn is also the forming member of the site Cinematographers XX, a respected hiring resource of experienced female identified DPs.

RACHEL KESSLER - Associate Producer

Rachel Kessler is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and an associate producer at honto88. She began her film career in 2014 when she directed 20 BAHT, a short documentary about child trafficking in Bangkok. She has since directed and produced a number of short films and music videos. Her most recent music video, “Sermon Sippin”, was shortlisted for a Shiny Award. Rachel comes from a background in lighting and has been described by some as a gearhead.

STUDIO X - Visual Effects

StudioX is a collaborative learning environment to further the skills of advanced students with treal world training. This in turn would help students transition into the industry as seamlessly as possible. Cathrine Tate, in collaboration with Sasha Korellis, established this collaborative class in 2006 at AAU which has produced visual effects students to filmmakers to create a more real world experience in the classroom. StudioXʼs most recent work includes Beasts of the Southern Wild which was nominated for four Acedemy Awards including best picture, 2013 Sundance and Festival de Cannes winner Fruitvale Station, and the feature, Bluebird that opened the 2013 Tribeca film festival. StudioX also worked on the features Advantageous, Chuch Hank and the San Diego Twins, Oscar nominated Theeb, AWOL and The Architect with Parker Posey.

Special THANKS to Rachel Kessler for shooting the Kickstarter video, to Mohamed Elsafty for editing it, and to Neon Brown for lending us his song "Royal Scam!"

Risks and challenges

Making movies can be challenging, so there are risks involved. Maybe our actress or cinematographer will get offered the next Star Wars movie and have to step away? It's possible, but everyone we are working with is a professional and will help us find the next perfect person to fill their slot. As long as we have our script and stay true to the meaning behind ME TIME, it will be okay! Thanks for going on this crazy but very doable journey with us- your faith and confidence is much appreciated.

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    More liquid courage and then Iyabo will take you to the Museum of Sex in Manhattan. She's never been so you can experience the place that "presents the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality" together for the first time! We'll laugh, we'll learn, we'll embarrass ourselves. Travel/ housing/ purchases not included. (Plus all the rewards above EXCEPT Toy Shopping Trip.)

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    Me Time Home Kit + Two More Tix

    A sexy ME TIME home kit curated by The Debs with everything you need for a little "me time" including: Soulful Deb's Black Love scent incense, a small toy Sexy Deb likes, Deborah's Nutella, and Scaredy Deb's water based lube. UPDATE: These fun treats from Sexy Deb and Scaredy Deb will be provided by our partners at Babeland!!

    Plus two more tickets to the premier or a screening near you (four total)! We'll also give you a Special Thanks credit on the film, woo hoo!

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    Iyabo has consulted on hundreds of films in her many years in the industry, and will use her sharp feedback skills to help you improve your grant application or visual sample! You get a 90 minute window for her to look at your work and discuss anything you'd like in terms of producing or developing your film. Note that you must claim this Reward at least 3 weeks prior to any deadline you're preparing for. Reward expires October 2019.

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    Bringing sexy back since 1977, get this provocative original piece from Iyabo's very talented, very sex positive mom Dawn Williams Boyd: Untitled (14.5 h x 23.5 w inches, colored pencil on cardboard). Dug up from the archives, this old school piece is a true gem that's, yes TOO HOT FOR KICKSTARTER. Check it out on the left below.

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