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Film meets fashion in this narrative short imagining a world free of colonization, where one becomes lost in a realm of "what if..."
Film meets fashion in this narrative short imagining a world free of colonization, where one becomes lost in a realm of "what if..."
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THE CLOTHES…

     Undeniably, the way people dress gives you your first inkling as to who they are. What you choose to wear, what you choose not to wear - fashion is a universal language which we all inevitably speak. In this way, fashion has great power. As a form of expression, as a method of storytelling, fashion is history and modernity rolled and cut and stitched into one.

     Amie is inspired by the power, and resulting responsibility, fashion has in our society. And with this in mind, she saw her senior collection as an opportunity to try and create something not just bold and new, but culturally aware. Native Tongue is her attempt to make a respectful homage to the beauty so prevalent in all facets of Native American culture, and to the materials and movement of traditional regalia. Her personal design point of view is modern and avant grade, so in this collection she chose to explore the “what if?” These clothes are Amie’s rendering of what might the current fashion look like had people native to the Americas never been colonized or assimilated. Rather than lifting traditional patterns and textures from the surface of these garments, Amie references the Native American heritage indirectly by combining traditional elements with modern design and technique.

A few shots from the first fitting with models for the Woodbury Fashion Show
A few shots from the first fitting with models for the Woodbury Fashion Show

THE FILM…

     With Native Tongue: The Film we are going to take the energy and philosophy stirring in Amie’s clothing designs and create a narrative for her pieces to come to life.

     This film will show the story of a modern day explorer, Columbus 2.0, who stumbles upon an untouched piece of land in the Americas and finds himself right in the heart of a community of women who are living in harmony with nature, and thriving. Untouched by civilization, as he has come to know it, and yet somehow more adjusted, more self-sufficient, more beautiful than anything he has ever seen in his travels or at home. 

     Are they real? Is it a mirage? Is he just delirious after his 100-day journey? We're not sure, as the women seem to simply disappear into the landscape by the end of the film.

     This project was really difficult to classify into one of kickstarter’s categories. That’s part of what (we hope) makes it so interesting. To break it down as best we can, Native Tongue is a 3-4 minute narrative fashion film that will tell the story of the collection through imagery designed to expand on and enhance its core intention. We want to show the clothes in their natural habitat; a landscape evocative of a neo-native world.

THE LOCATION…

     We are beyond blessed to have been granted access to shoot at Rancho Cienga Del Gabilan, a historic cattle ranch in Northern California. The ranch is over 11,000 acres of rolling hills of tall grass spotted with cattle, huge old oak trees, horses, reflective ponds, crumbling rock formations - all overlooking the creeping fog of the coastline…sheer natural California beauty. When you watch the sun set from the ridgeline at the ranch you can't help but be in awe of what earned us the nickname "the golden state". We cannot thank the Baldocchi, Reeves and Boyle families enough for their kindness and generosity in making this possible!!!

THE EXPENSES….

     Like many people on kickstarter, we’re trying to make a professional quality film on a microbudget. This is a challenge, but it’s one we’re happy to face in order to make this piece something completely original and something we can be proud to have completed on our own. Working with a $5,000 budget forces us to get creative with where we spend our money and who we can bring on location. Despite the fabulous wardrobe we’re working with, this is a no frills production. Our cast and crew are going to be camping out together on the ranch property, rising before the crack of dawn and schlepping gear across 11,000 acres of wild terrain. We are going to be working with professional equipment, professional visual artists, and professional models.

     We have a working team of 16 people, to whom we are already indefinitely grateful for their involvement and dedication to Native Tongue. Even though most are donating their time, with the size of the crew, the distance to the location, and the food to keep them all fueled for three days, before we even get beyond the human element, we’re in need of some serious cash.

Here’s a list of some of our more substantial production expenses:

- Camera package

- Steadicam package

- Photo, Grip and Lighting equipment

- Crew & Talent

- Transportation

- Craft service for cast and crew 

- Hair and Make-up

- Editing

- Color grading

- Visual Effects

- Production Insurance

- Festival submission fees

AFTER THE SHOOT…

     We plan on sleeping. When we wake up, we are going to have hours of footage and thousands of editorial photos to sort through…but we are excited to work with some awesome editors, colorists and visual effects gurus to take the raw footage we capture on the ranch and add some technical fairy dust until we’ve truly brought Native Tongue to life! 

     After sending you guys your rewards, we plan on submitting Native Tongue to fashion film festivals all over the world. There are new film festivals geared towards celebrating and sharing this new genre popping up everywhere across the globe, and we plan on sending them something the judges can’t take their eyes off of. We’d love to see your name up in lights when the credits roll in Berlin or Singapore or London (oh my)!  

In short, with the experience of watching Native Tongue as well as the experience of sending Native Tongue abroad, we want to take our art places and to take you places with our art. 

WHO ARE THESE CHICKS??? 

     Amie and Emma spent eighteen years growing up in adjacent towns and spent the past two years living in Los Angeles together, but it wasn’t until Emma moved across the country that they finally got their act together to collaborate on a piece! ...Better late than never.

     Both Amie and Emma come from the school of thought that it’s cool to engage in a conversation with the world and culture you exist in through whatever means available to you. Apathy is boring. Fashion and film are two of the most versatile ways that human beings engage in a dialogue with one another about what is important, relevant, and exciting to them. There’s a lot of work to be done for two young women artists who want to make a living being un-apathetically cool – help give us a head start.

We both grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, but are currently residing in sunny Los Angeles and hot and sticky Brooklyn.

WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST IN NATIVE TONGUE!!!

Putting our heads together 6 years ago - feels like yesterday...
Putting our heads together 6 years ago - feels like yesterday...

Thinking of donating? Here's a look at what your handmade leather accessories and/or illustration could look like!

Mock up of womens belt design. Final product may vary. In the bottom right you can see the working version of our custom "NT" brand - we are getting a real miniature branding iron made special for these prizes! Stay tuned for more details!
Mock up of womens belt design. Final product may vary. In the bottom right you can see the working version of our custom "NT" brand - we are getting a real miniature branding iron made special for these prizes! Stay tuned for more details!
Inspiration for bracelet design. Will have custom "NT" brand. Final design to be posted soon!
Inspiration for bracelet design. Will have custom "NT" brand. Final design to be posted soon!
Inspiration for mens version of leather belt. Will have custom "NT" brand. Final design to be added soon!
Inspiration for mens version of leather belt. Will have custom "NT" brand. Final design to be added soon!
Illustration of Native Tongue collection. All illustrations by Amie Schow
Illustration of Native Tongue collection. All illustrations by Amie Schow

Risks and challenges

Our main risks for this project involve safety on location, as it can be rough terrain and will be very hot. We have planned accordingly by reserving off road capable transportation vehicles for the shoot for the transport of the cast and crew around the ranch. We also have a trained EMT on staff!

Other general risks include things such as equipment failure, poor weather and conditions, etc.

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