This project explores the relationship between pageants and girlhood dreams by documenting my journey through the NAM competition.
My first documentary explores how pageantry relates to defining, fulfilling, and dashing girlhood dreams. Pageants claim to "empower young women" and "increase confidence" with "future life skills". This project will capture my journey into the world of tiaras, sashes, jeweled gown, sass, and pushy parents--through a curious and analytical lens.
I also aim to capture the financial, emotional, and social costs of participating in a pageant vs. the promised benefits to girl, family, and community.
I will film every step into the pageantry process, using commentary from participants, myself, and experts. Filming will progress through late May, and editing and producing "The Pageant Project" will occur through the summer.
My Video Experience:
I have watched videos all my life, first falling in love with a National Geographic piece about dolphins as a very young child, followed by hundreds of documentaries of every genre. In seventh grade, I learned how to edit and cut videos, and began making music videos to covers and original songs with my two younger sisters. I also wrote, directed, filmed, and produced my first autobiographical project about why I knit.
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The major risk I have with this project, is the probability that I may not proceed from state to national pageantry. If I do win, I will have to seek further funding to make the trip to California. In the occasion that I do not win, I will have enough footage from the state pageant to complete "The Pageant Project".
The money raised through this project will be used towards the filming and editing of the project, as well as the whole exploration of filming behind the scenes in general.