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Inspired by a true story, “Rag Doll” is an edgy, thought-provoking short film about a woman who's married to a gay man.
Inspired by a true story, “Rag Doll” is an edgy, thought-provoking short film about a woman who's married to a gay man.
153 backers pledged $7,541 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT "RAG DOLL": “Rag Doll” is an edgy, thought-provoking short film about a woman who desperately wants to experience and believe in the redemptive healing power of love, and so stays married to a husband who, with equal desperation, uses her love to deny his same sex attraction. In the destructive chaotic process, she loses herself as she aches for her husband's masculine love and his validation of her feminine worth and beauty. And yet, she tries fiercely to convince herself, and others, that this is real love – to know another’s damage, deny yourself, and love them anyway.

The story is dark, but it needs to be told. Why? Because we live in a world where everyone celebrates the bravery of those who eventually embrace their true natures. But I want to give a voice to those who've been damaged in the wake of another person's self-discovery. I want to explore the lies that we tell ourselves because of our own frail humanity. 

FUNDING: “Rag Doll” already has $5000 in cash funding, plus free access to some otherwise extremely expensive film equipment. This includes the use of a Red Camera, and some lighting and other equipment all generously being provided. Further, every one of our talented, professional crewmembers has agreed to work for a radically reduced rate, an estimated combined total savings somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000. 

Nevertheless, we still need $5000 to be able to tell this story right. The money will go to equipment, crew compensation, post-production costs, permitting fees, and all the other things needed to produce a high quality film product. With just $10,000 total, we believe we can create an award winning short film for festivals everywhere. And if we're lucky enough to overshoot our goal, the additional monies will be used to submit to film festivals, send DVD's to all of our contributors, and provide better food to our hard working crew!

A NOTE ABOUT MONEY: While the Producers of “Rag Doll” understand the high cost of quality film production, we also value the contributions of our investors and attempt to utilize our established film industry contacts accordingly. In other words, we negotiate lower rates or look for in-kind trading opportunities whenever possible, endeavoring always to be good stewards of the finances entrusted to us. We will utilize whatever monies we are given with the utmost integrity and humility.

Risks and challenges

Our shoot dates have already been set (August 23, 24, and 25, 2014), and most, if not all, of our crew members are locked in. So this short film will be shot this summer for certain. The real challenge of follow through will be with post-production, especially since our talented editor and sound designer, Brent McCorkle, works out of Nashville, and the Director lives in Bozeman. Further, in my experience, post-production is the hardest part of the process, because it's here that the film gets shaped and colored and created. Fortunately, the production team has completed many short projects over the years and knows how to navigate the various difficulties that inevitably arise. Thus, I have no doubt that our project will be completed and ready to submit to film festivals by the end of 2014.

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