WHAT'S THE STORY?
The storyline that we'll be shooting in Bangladesh revolves around Lucy, a Bangladeshi adoptee taking a "gap year" to work at a non-profit hospital in northern Bangladesh. Because she knows nothing about Bangladeshi culture, she gets caught up in a terrible misunderstanding with an employee in her hotel, and he sprays her with battery acid. The acid burns her face and arms, taking her journey from the streets to the hospital. Although she eventually is air lifted to a hospital in Singapore, she first meets a Bangladeshi nurse who has suffered the same fate, and their shared misfortune forges a deep bond between them.
DOES THIS REALLY HAPPEN?
Although this is a frequent punishment carried out on Bangladeshi women by scorned lovers and malicious relatives, acid burn generally does not happen to westerners. But because Lucy has a Bangladeshi face and Bangladeshi skin, she is treated to the same cruelty that Bangladeshi women all over the country face. Every year, acid burn victims are treated in Bangladeshi hospitals, which range from competent to utterly inadequate. The purpose of this crime is to devalue the victim by leaving her with painful, defacing scars that will make it impossible for her to find another husband and be a constant reminder of her perceived misbehavior and valueless-ness. Although the government has begun to prosecute the perpetrators more harshly, driving this incidence of acid burn down, it is still a fate that affects many women every year.
Transnationals is a feature film that will begin shooting from February of 2012. Because it is an omnibus story, the three storylines will each shoot separately, allowing us time to edit and continue to fund-raise between shoots. By the time the third shoot is finished, we'll have a killer feature film to take to festivals and theaters. The Kickstarter funds will go towards funding the first story, which will shoot in Bangladesh in February. Thanks for your support!
WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?
It takes a lot of elements to bring a film to life, even before shooting begins. Kickstarter funds will be used for pre-production elements such as:
- Casting great Indian and Bengali actors
- Travel to Bangladesh for some of the crew (although we'll be hiring many locally)
- Securing our location, a non-profit hospital to which we'll make a donation
Emily L. Manthei, Writer/Director http://emilymanthei.com
That's me! I've written and directed 12 short films for festival and web distribution, along with a smattering of music videos, short docs and one feature documentary, about my own family's history in Germany and Poland in the 1800s.
Kent Scott and Tajul Islam, Co-Producers http://www.bengalcreativemedia.com
Kent is an American who grew up in Bangladesh and went on to found Bengal Creative Media, a development-minded production company that produces content from film, television, theatre and radio that uplifts and inspires Bangladeshis. Features he has produced have gone on to appear at South Asian festivals and on television.
Tajul is Kent's Banglaeshi counterpart at Bengal Creative Media. He line produces all of BCM's productions, negotiates with in-country talent and crew, and basically makes all of the magic happen. He and Kent share credits on all of BCM's festival and television productions.
Catherine Goldschmidt, Cinematographer http://catherinegoldschmidt.com/
Catherine is a Los-Angeles based cinematographer whose work has earned recognition at Slamdance, First Glance, Tribeca and London Independent Film Festivals. She holds a Master's degree from the prestigious American Film Institute.
Michael Fitzgerald, Production Designer http://michaelsutherlandfitzgerald.net
Michael has designed shorts and features that have gone on to win at Slamdance and the Los Angeles Film Festival. His eye for details and attention to characters' backstory transforms his sets and locations into real screen worlds.
Matthew Lessall, Casting Director http://lessallcasting.com
After working his way to the Director of Feature Film Casting for 20th Century Fox, Matthew became an independent casting director and has gone on to cast award-winning films that have played at Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. He casts out of Los Angeles, New York and London, but has access to talent pools in many film centers world-wide.
Daniel Nuss, Editor http://dangelanuss.com
Daniel has worked in Southeast Asia for the past five years as an editor, cinematographer and director. He shoots and finishes documentary, feature and commercial projects for clients in Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia.
IS THIS THE TOTAL BUDGET OF THE FILM?
No. The Kickstarter funds are part of a $200,000 budget for the Bangladesh segment of the film. Along with the money raised on Kickstarter -- which will only be collected if we reach our funding goal -- we're talking to investors, hosting events and applying for grants to secure the rest of the funding. So once we reach our goal, you can feel free to keep donating, if you so desire!
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Special thanks to Myrmyr, whose music is featured in the video.
Thanks again for your support. We can't wait for you to see the film!!