Inspired by the stories of some pretty amazing Deaf women in Missouri, this narrative short fiction film follows a young woman named June. She has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, is beginning a process of a surgery, and attending a support group. Her care, and her support meetings, are facilitated by an interpreter. What this creates is a unique communication dynamic, and is the platform from which we will explore the concept of communication itself.
While June's circumstances seem a natural place for language barrier and cultural misunderstanding, the story does not stop there. Through her relationship with her brother, with a friend, what she learns about other members in the group, and ultimately what she learns about herself, we come to realize that understanding one another is less about shared literal language, and more about shared experience and empathy.
We are lucky to have some seriously TALENTED people on board with this film, and beautiful conceptualizers. The picture we are ready to capture requires consideration, and funds to make it happen.
Funds for what??
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! A story like this deserves top-notch care, accuracy and respect, and we want to make it as real as possible; this means not sneaking around with a camera to catch good locations, or trying to dress my cheap apartment up to look like a hospital, but rather getting permitting so we can get quality shots.
EQUIPMENT. Lights, and a more professional camera for picture quality. And sound gear for effects and dialogue.
PRODUCTION CREW/ACTORS. We've got some skilled and awesome friends who work in the industry. We want to wrangle a couple of them to help make the production process efficient, and professional. It's important to note that this project is unique in it's use of two languages; we will have Deaf consultant/ASL coaches working with us on the translation process. Our actor friends, too, are similarly hard, hard workers who will no doubt throw in their very best.
FOOD. We want to feed our people, to keep those creative juices flowing a-plenty.
FESTIVAL FEES. We want to submit to a variety festivals to keep the art-dialogue happening.
We know that production value is important, especially for those who back our project and become affiliated. We don't take for granted your belief in us, or your dollars, so we want to bring the best. We have been fortunate to have worked on several projects with our artistic family-- we want that family to grow and grow, and each project is a step towards bringing more worlds together.
Risks and challenges
Being a small group of independent filmmakers with some serious location-related dreams, a possible challenge will be in the paperwork side of shooting. We don't have a long chain of executive producers, line producers, unit production managers, a first AD, a second AD, and a second second. We will all have to pick up a lot of slack to work out a million easily-overlooked details.
What we do have on our side is the knowledge, and acceptance (and actually, some excitement) that we will have about 6 people doing the work of 20. And if we stumble, each of us has someone who has been where we are now, to whom we can look and go "Oh, *%&#, now what?" On the smoothest of days, or the bumpiest of days, we are committed to staying in touch with our backers about the progress of our film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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