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Watch two new mothers whose bodies have turned against them struggle against all odds to keep their sanity intact.
141 backers pledged $15,125 to help bring this project to life.

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What is Out of the Box?

Out of the Box is the brain baby of artists Kristin Malko and Rose Rossi, college friends who reconnected over pregnancy, childbirth, and the chaos that disrupts every. single. thing. Sometimes raunchy, sometimes brutal, always honest, Out of the Box takes an edgy and hilarious look at the darker side of motherhood as Annie and Gretal fight against the elements, their bodies, and sometimes each other, all in the name of sanity.

The World Needs Out of the Box

One of the biggest misconceptions about becoming a mom is that you can be "ready." As time went on and their babies grew, Kristin and Rose both realized that the lack of transparency in media contributed to the feeling of complete unpreparedness. There are no TV shows or films out there that clue modern women into what motherhood is really like: good, bad, and ugly. There're the changes to your body, to your social circle, to your sex life, but also to your confidence. No matter what you do, you feel like you're doing it wrong. 

Wine = Sanity
Wine = Sanity

There needs to be something out there that shows how impossible it is to live up to the superwoman status celebrated in Lifetime movies, network television, and mini-van commercials... and that it's totally okay! It takes humor and grace to get through each day, and this is what Out of the Box explores in 2-3 minute episodes so you can watch them in the bathroom, while breastfeeding, while pumping... Anytime you need to relate to another mom trying to break out of the same mommy box you're in, Out of the Box is there for you.

If only babysitters were always there for you...
If only babysitters were always there for you...

What is your money going toward?

Your contributions will help cover all expenses necessary for a 4-day shoot, as well as any post-production: 

  • Camera Department
  • Equipment rentals
  • Location fees
  • Sound Production
  • Craft Services (to feed everyone)
  • Editor
  • Post-Production Sound
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Childcare
  • Production Design

Rewards!

We want to make sure that all of your generosity is appreciated, and what better way of doing that than with some truly Out of the Box rewards!

  • $10 - we will give you the most heartfelt of thanks. You are the foundation and the MOMentum we need to keep our campaign going!
  • $25 - You will receive the link to our super secret website with all of our behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and more! Stay updated with the project in real-time!
  • $50 - There is a famous window box/display in Los Angeles where artists display fantastic and unique works of heart at one of the busiest intersections in the city! For this level of donation, your name will be included in the exhibit running Fall of 2016! Check it out! http://www.laweekly.com/arts/5-artsy-things-to-do-in-la-this-week-mike-kelley-performance-opens-his-exhibit-at-moca-4529046

Two rewards are available at the $100 level:

  • Option 1: One-of-a-kind artwork created by the babies of our mommas! Living in such creative environments yields a TON of beautiful scribbles by the little ones. We will email you a high-res copy of your very own piece of toddler art!
The trick is getting her to paint on paper...
The trick is getting her to paint on paper...
  • Option 2: Once we shoot the series and finish with all of our post production, we will throw a super fun party at the Art House in Los Angeles to premiere the show! You will receive an invitation to the most exclulsive mom party of the year! Come meet the cast, crew, and fellow backers while screening the fruit of your contributions!

At the $500 level:

Ever wanted to have one of your parenthood stories turned into a scene from a television show, complete with professional actors, directing, lighting, sound, and editing!? Now you can! Submit your parenthood story and we will translate it into a one-take scene that we shoot as bonus material! We will then email the completed video directly to you!

At the $1000 level:

Not only will you receive an invitation to the exclusive Out of the Box premiere party, you and a guest will be able to stay at the Los Angeles Art House Loft for the weekend of the festivities! You'll also receive a day tour of Old Hollywood in a 1958 Lincoln culminating in dinner with the cast at the infamous Dresden!

Team OotB

Kristin Malko - Annie/writer/producer 

Kristin is a writer, actor, and painter originally hailing from New Jersey - and with all the sass to prove it! After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005 with a focus in theatre and philosophy, Kristin moved to Austin, Texas where she jumpstarted her acting career with recurring roles in Prison Break and Friday Night Lights. In 2008, she moved to California and worked on ABC’s Happy Endings and a Lifetime pilot called, “Secret Lives of Wives.” Mostly you’ve seen Kristin in a bazillion commercials. While nine months pregnant, Kristin wrote, produced, directed, and acted in her debut short film, “Your Baby." Kristin has trained extensively with Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings, and world-renowned acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck.

Rose Rossi - Gretal/writer/producer 

Rose loves to write, sing, and act. Born and raised in Los Angeles to actor parents, a 9 to 5'er was always out of the question. After living abroad in Italy and graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005, Rose moved back to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. She has kept her trusty journal with her through life - "it's become more important than my wallet" - and her writing is a true extension of her life experiences. As a playwright, her plays have been produced in both New York and LA. As an actress, she has trained at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, the Richard Lawson Studios and at Upright Citizens Brigade, going on to appear on screen and stage  As a musician, she's signed with Indie record label, Brodsky Entertainment, and released her debut album, 'Hello to You'.

Sammi Cohen - Director 

Sammi is a Director/Editor born and raised in LA, now living in Venice, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Film and Media Studies during which time she began working in the film industry. Working first as a TV, commercial, and music video editor she quickly moved on to a successful career in Directing. She has worked with Partizan, Collegehumor, Funny or Die, Youtube, and UMG among others. She co-directed and helped develop the web series, 7p10e, which was later adapted by CBS, "My Time Your Time”. She co-founded and ran the LivePrudeGirls Youtube channel (99,517 subscribers) and has most recently directed for Youtube as a part of the Youtube Women’s Initiative. She directs sketch comedy, commercials, music videos, and is currently in production on her third short film.

Matt Kelly - Director of Photography 

Matt hails from southeastern VA where he became interested in photography & filmmaking at an early age. After moving to Los Angeles, he quickly worked his way up through the camera department on feature films, commercials, music videos, shorts, and network TV. As a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, he's worked with Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, VEVO and is currently on DisneyXD's "Kirby Buckets."

Aaron Hallaway - Producer 

Aaron is a man of many hats, collected over his migration across the US. He has worked in sales and marketing for major corporations such Apple, AT&T, and GoDaddy. As an actor, you've probably seen him advertising various fast food establishments. He has worked as a producer on multiple stage and film productions, including the series Bobbington.

 

Risks and challenges

We believe strongly in the importance of community, especially when it comes to new moms, dads, and guardians who find themselves solely responsible for a tiny person's future and well-being. While we know others feel the same way, it's also a reality that countless other projects exist on the Internet, all vying for prominence in the digital landscape... and quality is the deciding factor.

With your contributions, we will be able to secure talent, skill, and connections that aren't currently in our friend circles, giving us the chance to elevate the project as a whole and reach every parent out there who wants to relate, escape, and just laugh once in a while.

Every donation will go toward making Out of the Box the best, honest, high-quality series about motherhood to ever exist... we just need to make sure we raise the money to pay everyone and rent everything.

So we enthusiastically ask you to share, comment, donate, and help us create some damn funny comedy that helps moms everywhere break Out of the Box!

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