Dear film enthusiasts,
This year we begin our production Nom De Plume, a romantic drama short film that discusses themes of lost love and repressed sexuality. We would like to tell our story as not only is it important to us, but represents the stories of many others, and we hope to speak out for everyone. Principal photography will begin in mid-November, and we are in need of your extra support to help bring our story to screen.
Nom de Plume examines a woman’s struggle to redefine her identity at a later stage in life. It tells the story of Julia, a married woman in her late 60s, whose long-held secrets have alienated her from her husband and herself. Filled with regret and deflated by loneliness, she considers reframing her life after an unexpected visit from an old friend, Helen, with whom she has a romantic past.
Our goals include:
- Securing the right locations for the story
- Shooting on a Red camera
- Props and wardrobe (there's a scene that takes place in the 1970s)
- Getting insurance
- Feeding the cast & crew
- Submitting it to film festivals
- Distribution both digitally and physically
- Collaborations with the local queer community of SF
Again, our goal is at least $4,500. We want to make this film extra special because it is about older queer women embracing their identity. Your contributions will help bring this story to life.
Important: We will not receive your donations if we do not reach our minimum goal.
If you are unable to contribute financially, please share our story on any social media site. Be a part of something special. Join us in telling a story of forbidden love, repressed sexuality, and missed opportunities. From the Nom de Plume team to you, thank you for your time!
Lynda Sheridan as Julia
Most of my acting experience has been on stage, rather than film. but recently I was cast in a feature film called Satellite of Love. I play the grandmother role. The story is about a small town where people are getting sick and nobody is sure why. It might be environmental, but then again, it might be something else. It’s kind of a mystery and has a surprise ending. It’s a musical and I have a singing role.
Sally Rudloff as Helen
Last year, I was in a feature film called WePromised (2015) by Golden Eagle Films. The film was based on a real story and was written and directed by Nancy Hamilton Myers who as a caregiver lived this story. I played the lead of Mae, a woman with dementia who's family promised to keep her at home as soon as they could. Our film was entered into many film festivals but the award we are most proud of is TWIFF festival held in San Francisco. Our film won an award for "Most Inspirational Family Journey". We just had the Red Carpet event and private screening at the New People Cinema in Japantown.
John Serafica: I wrote and am directing Nom de Plume as my undergrad thesis film. The thesis class at San Francisco State is in advanced filmmaking and is considered one of the most competitive and prestigious courses that the university has to offer. This film is important because people often underestimate the power that cultural norms and expectations have in directing people’s lives. As a director and someone surrounded in his personal life by strong, influential women, this film for me is just as much about celebrating the perspectives of an older female generation as it is about telling queer stories.
Richard Valencia: I have been a cinematographer for over 5 years and I have shot around 40+ short films.This film is important to me because it's honest. It makes you question love in its current state. It makes me think about all the lost love in this world because of the fact being in love with someone with someone of the same sex wasn't widely accepted.
Kate Yuki: I am excited to work on a project that acknowledges the importance of telling stories from the perspectives of queer women, who I feel are greatly underrepresented in media. As a queer, female filmmaker and a POC, I am dedicated to creating honest portrayals of marginalized peoples, whose stories so rarely make it onto our screens and into our newsfeeds.
Christina-Marie Fernandez: I worked with Andrew Gallegos on a short narrative titled Stay. The story was about a man so consumed with work, he lost out on the final days of his mother’s life. There are scenes set in a home during the late 1950’s, which I designed from a blank canvas.
Granted we are experiencing a change in social norms, taboos have played such a large role in shaping the types of decisions we make regarding love. Trying to change yourself for the sake of society is such a painful outcome. I’m very interested in exploring the ways an individual might preserve their inner self while projecting a different image to others.
Lisa Nguyen: As a co-producer of Nom de Plume, I am very excited to be working with a team full of talented and creative people. I’m originally from Australia, and although we’re open to same-sex relationships I feel like there are not enough films to represent that. I want to be able to show everyone back home how we can convey such an important issue through art and promote more awareness about it.
Tom Besselink: I am an aspiring film Producer and Director. Originally from the Netherlands, I like to bring a hard working, yet friendly and professional attitude to all the projects do. I have worked on many positions on a film set and I enjoy collaborating with creative people to bring stories, like Nom de Plume to life.
Sara González: I'm an aspiring film producer originally from Mexico City. I grew up in conservative society where homosexuality is still a taboo in most places. I believe that stories like Nom de Plume are important because they bring attention to the issue of sexual repression and it affects individuals in a lot of different aspects of theirs lives.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that we face with this project is the short time frame that we have to make this happen. However, our team is formed by very talented and professional people who had work in many projects together. We are confident despite the limitations that we have in terms of time and money we will be able to deliver an amazing final product.
Our goal is ambitious and we have to get there fast, but we all believe in this project and we hope that you will see its artistic and social value.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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