Who We Are:
Three independent filmmakers trying to bring to life stories that resonate with us in artistic and innovative way - teamed up with Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, world-renowned choreographers. Check out the film's website.
Jaselle Martino (director/producer) - originally from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jaselle had a passion for filmmaking even as a teenager. She has written and directed the short Bike Tales, which was nominated for the Young Artists Awards in Hollywood. Jaselle is looking forward to making more projects like this.
Abigail Raney (writer/producer) - a screenwriter who sometimes dabbles in other parts of film production. Abigail earned a liberal arts degree with a concentration in film from the University of Pennsylvania, and then studied film aesthetics at the University of Oxford.
Julie Tondreau (producer) - Julie received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of San Diego before studying Cinematography and Film Production in New York. She has worked as a production coordinator and freelance producer in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. She is currently in NYC working on an educational documentary.
What We're Doing:
Making a short film that draws on traditions of film noir and dance to tell the story of a young girl caught in the middle of a dangerous mystery.
Why You Might Like to Help:
- If you support independent film:
Which is to say, if you support the idea that artists and storytellers shouldn't wait for a paycheck from a giant corporation to make something that they're passionate about, but rather, just make it happen.
- If you support women in the arts:
Not only are the three key creatives (writer, director, producer) on this project all women, but we have strong female representation in our crew, including a female director of photography, a female cam op, and a female production designer.
- If you love a good tango:
We're not kidding. Our choreographers are Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, and they're kind of a big deal. Not only are they amazing dancers in their own right, but they're internationally known choreographers who have choreographed for shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars.
- If you need a little noir in your life:
Our story is a modern narrative, but with a dark, deadly style. There's nothing quite like the shadows and secrets of a film noir, and we know it's the way to go for the story we've got to tell.
- If you're just a really nice person with $2 to spare:
Seriously. Two bucks isn't a lot to one person, but a lot of people giving two bucks adds up quickly. Think of it as your way of saying, "I believe in my ability to take just five minutes and give just two dollars, and still change the world by helping someone make good art."
Risks and challenges
There are always risks in film - but we are already hard at work getting things into place for Closed Position. Our plan is to shoot this June. We have an amazing cast and some absolutely fantastic choreographers. We've secured a location. Our crew is almost entirely in place already. And we are committed to this film - in fact, the biggest risk for us is that we don't make our goal, because we've put a lot of wheels in motion on the faith that our funding will come through.
As far as risks to you, our backers, you may have noticed nearly all our rewards are directly related to the production of our film. That does mean if we hit a delay in production or post-production, some of those rewards may be delayed. But we will do our best to be sure that doesn't happen, and if it does happen, you'll know about it right away, with full explanation.
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