Bicycles, check. Bandanas, check. The Ovarian Psycos gear up and ride out into the night, fanning out in pairs of two, four, and six. In constant motion, cruising up and down the storied streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and Lincoln Heights, they call out to new riders to join them in a journey through the neighborhood. “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Based in the heart of East Los Angeles, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.
This feature length documentary is a labor of love, currently in the development stage. We are thrilled to share our film at such a crucial junction, and with your help we hope to raise the necessary funds to support and sustain the transition into full production in 2013.
We are a small, scrappy crew of three. Kate (co-director/co-producer) lives in L.A., where our story takes place, and Joanna (co-producer/co-director) and our cinematographer Michael Raines, live in San Francisco. We are honored and grateful to have Academy-Award Nominated Documentary Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña as our story consultant.
We have been filming over the last few months, taking time off from work, traveling and funding pre-production ourselves. After building an incredible relationship with the Ova's, we are humbled and anxious to continue to film their incredible story and important work.
On the heels of recent development support and encouragement from the Independent Television Service's (ITVS) Diversity Development Fund, we are building momentum – and now we turn to our friends, family, colleagues and community to help raise the funds necessary to launch and sustain full production on what we know is a crucial story to tell.
We believe there is currently a gap in programming that appeals to and represents the stories of young women of color, and our goal with this film is to showcase an alternative portrait of today’s women’s movement by profiling urban feminist activism – on the ground, as it is becoming.
Your contribution will directly support our launch into full production for the feature and broadcast version of the film, supplementing the cost of travel from San Francisco to L.A., the hiring of additional crew and equipment, archival research, food, gas, parking, hard drives, archival research, transcription, media logging, and a full time editor. Our production budget extends beyond the $10,000, but we want to set a reasonable goal to ensure success, knowing (and hoping) that we are always able to raise more than our requested goal.
We hope our first trailer - edited by our very own cinematographer Michael Raines - leaves you as moved and motivated by the story of the Ovarian Psycos as we are. We also invite you to join us in sharing this story and following our journey on our Facebook Page.
Thank you for contributing to and supporting this important documentary film.
With great excitement and gratitude,
Joanna & Kate
The Ovarian Psycos (working title) is directed and produced by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle. The film is in development with support from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) Diversity Development Fund, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
LINKS to our FILM & CAMPAIGN COLLABORATORS:
The Ovarian Psyco Documentary Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheOvarianPsycosDocumentary
Michael Raines (Cinematographer): http://mhraines.com
Cihuatl-Ce (M.C. and Ovarian Pscyo): http://www.myspace.com/cihuatl1
27 Notch (Equipment Rental Boutique): www.27notch.com
*Note to donors: PBS requires transparent funding for all broadcasted films. No anonymous donations are allowed. Please include your full name and address when donating, as it is a PBS requirement. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
Making a documentary film is hard work. We are confronted with unique challenges everyday. Our style of filmmaking employs a verité style - which is to say, we believe the story of the Ova's can't be told through traditional sit-down interviews, but by following action, and capturing the story as it is happening. In order to do this, and to do it right, it consumes a tremendous amount of time - and money. Like many documentary features, we anticipate filming over the course of the next two years, with another eight months dedicated to editing and post-production.
We know the road ahead will present many challenges. Currently, our biggest hurdle is raising the funds to launch into full production. We know we won't be able to raise our entire film budget with this one campaign, but achieving our Kickstarter goal will be foundational--allowing us to film the bulk of the story. We will supplement our Kickstarter earnings with grants and funding opportunities made available to independent documentary filmmakers and have already had initial success from ITVS for development support.
Though there are many bumps in the road ahead, we are confident: we have an incredible story, inspiring characters, supportive mentors and advisors, and a talented and crafty team. Up until now, we have been funding this project on our own. But now its time to reach out to our friends, family, colleagues, supporters and the community to kick-start this project to the next stage. We have witnessed the Ova’s work tirelessly, and we want to be right by their side. We are chock-full of dedication, and after a successful crowd funding campaign, we will have the necessary financing to begin documenting their work, personal stories, triumphs, and struggles.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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