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A little film about a kid named Lissie, our otherness, and the shadows that come for us all.
A little film about a kid named Lissie, our otherness, and the shadows that come for us all.
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The Film

Page Durkin as Lissie in "Ponytail"
Page Durkin as Lissie in "Ponytail"

 

Cece Comerci, Allie Cotton, and Ella Comerci on set of "Ponytail"
Cece Comerci, Allie Cotton, and Ella Comerci on set of "Ponytail"

 

The short film, Ponytail, is about a young girl named Lissie, her friendships, and her otherness. It's a coming of age story about coming into yourself, and the fears that haunt us all. 

The story of Ponytail is inspired by a dream our writer and director, Kenzie Elizabeth, had as a young kid. Inspired by the struggles of finding yourself, the dream always began with something haunting, something following, just out of sight. Something dark and slow. 

As if, whatever it was, it knew it did not have to run -- because it knew it was going to get you.

The fear that comes with finding yourself, learning to accept yourself as you are, is what we look at in Ponytail. Examining our fear of "otherness", of being on the outside, of being swallowed up by the fear in our differences, is what inspired this little film.  

Director Kenzie Elizabeth with Page Durkin
Director Kenzie Elizabeth with Page Durkin

From the Director:

 "A year ago, a team of Chicago artists, my producer and hero Adam Dittman, twelve or so kids, a drag queen, some supermoms, a dog, and I, got together to film a small story. 

This story took us to some spooky places, some not so spooky places, too much candy, and meeting more wicked artists along the way. We have learned so much, and this small project has become so much more than we could have imagined. And we couldn't be anymore excited about it.

I hope this film empowers people, young and otherwise, to embrace their "otherness". At some point in our lives, we all feel outside of the world, outside of light, outside of ourselves. And that feeling of “otherness”, the truth that makes you different, can haunt us. Follow us. And until we embrace our otherness, face our fears, and walk with them, only then can we conquer it.

In the end, it's your otherness that makes you strong. 

And I hope Ponytail helps you embrace what makes you, you."

Page Durkin as Lissie in "Ponytail"
Page Durkin as Lissie in "Ponytail"

Our Team:

The team that brought you "Ponytail" is an amazing group of people who are dedicated to the art of bringing the best story forward. Thank you, Ponytail Family!

From our Executive Producer, Adam Dittman:

"I couldn't be more excited to embarking on this amazing journey with Ponytail. With over 10 years of event production experience, film was the next great challenge. Big thanks to the cast & crew and of course the wonderful Kenzie Elizabeth!"

Cast and Crew on set of "Ponytail"
Cast and Crew on set of "Ponytail"
  • Writer and Director -- Kenzie Elizabeth
  • Executive Producer -- Adam Dittman
  • Producer -- Chelsea Devantez
  • Cinematographer  --  Elliott Abel 
  • Production Audio -- Jason Culver 
  • Assistant Director -- Abigail Guerra
  • Lights and Grip -- Bailey Cox 
  • Costume Designer -- Sarah Albrecht
  • Editor -- Lindsay Rynne 
Lindsay Rynne editing "Ponytail"
Lindsay Rynne editing "Ponytail"
  • Editor -- Jenny Schaye 
  •  Colorist -- Mikey Pehanich 
  • Audio Engineer -- Zach Scheitlin 
  • Associate Sound Design -- Trevor Seibert 
  • Audio Mixer/Foley Artist -- Zach Stinnett 
  • Graphic Designer -- Tyler Nelson  
  • Music Composed by -- Chris Crowley 
  •  Arrangement and Music Performance -- Eric Lewis-Baker 
  •  Music Engineer -- Brad Kemp
  •  Trailer Editor -- Ariana DeSimone
Mikey Pehanich and the grade for "Ponytail"
Mikey Pehanich and the grade for "Ponytail"

This is where YOU come in!

As of now, we have filmed our little story, sent it through the post-production process, and now we are ready for the next steps. 

Our goal is to now take our film and:

  • Submit to as many film festivals as possible throughout 2018
  • Market the film to get it in the hands of as many people as possible
  • See our baby on the BIG SCREEN!

And for that to happen, we are raising money for:

  • Film Festival Submission Fees (up to $100 per festival-- and we are submitting to as many as possibly can!)
  • Travel Costs to Film Festivals (to get Kenzie and Adam's butts there to rep Ponytail!)
  • Marketing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and IRL marketing!) (up to $80 per month per social media platform for all of 2018)
  • Putting the final touches and investment in the spooky VFX work we had created specifically for Ponytail! (very spooky!)
  • Convert and adjust film to be viewed on screens bigger than your laptop! (Like movie theaters!)
  • Convert and adjust the film's sound and music to be heard and viewed in 5:1 in theaters at festivals. (IT TAKES A VILLAGE, PEOPLE!)

We hope that because making the film was an investment on our part, you'll invest in Ponytail now, so we can get as many people as possible to see this little film! We know this film can give back in a big way, so help us get it in the hands of as many people and theaters as possible!

Rewards Rewards Rewards!

By donating, you are not only becoming a part of the Ponytail family, you will also get to take home a piece of our family! Any reward you see listed, should you donate, directly goes back to the community by spreading awareness about the amazing artists that create content here in Chicago. And you help Ponytail move forward! Teamwork!

***Please expect any rewards, unless otherwise specified in their description, to be delivered/emailed after the end of our Kickstarter campaign. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

We couldn't make this dream possible without you, and we can't wait for you to see what we've worked on. 

Risks and challenges

The process of "Ponytail" has been a true labor of love, with a lovely dash of love of labor. And while we understand being timely with our deadlines and progress, we have also come to understand, through this process, the nature of setbacks.
The process of "Ponytail" consisted quite a bit of setting goals and deadlines, and upon hitting a setback, gallantly regrouping and refocusing our mission.

We understand the power of flexibility and the beauty of a learning process that is constantly changing, but we never wavered on our mission to see this film come to life.

The same goes for this mission here on Kickstarter. We are dedicated to making sure this campaign is a successful adventure into crowdsourcing the next steps of this film's journey. We are prepared to regroup and refocus, should a setback in funding, a deadline is missed, or a reward fall through, but we will not waver in making sure that, in the end, the job is done.

We like to think of ourselves as those who face the scary, haunting, and daunting fears before us. Cuz if we weren't, well, there'd be no "Ponytail" at all.

We look forward to this ride with YOU!

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    Thank You Video from Cast or Crew!

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    PDF of Artwork By Kaitlin Martin

    For $10.00, we will send you a PDF for you to print. This is just ONE part of a three part commissioned work by the wonderfully talented Chicago artist, Kaitlin Martin.

    Based on the true story that "Ponytail" is inspired by, and commissioned specifically for us, Kaitlin's work is haunting, playful, and beautiful. Check out more of her work on her Instagram @coolcatkmart, and get this piece for yourself!

    You can see the piece specifically on our instagram @ponytailshortfilm!

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    A Scrunchie for your "Ponytail"!

    Join the cast and crew with your "Ponytail" swag -- an old skool, very rufus, scrunchie -- styled circa 1998! The "Ponytail" family's got one, and so could you! Only 10 available!

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    PDF of Artwork by Allie Shapiro!

    Allie Shapiro is a Chicago based freelance illustrator and artist, who's work is full of whimsy and exceptional detail. For $10 or more, we will send you a PDF of Allie's work, commissioned specifically for "Ponytail"!

    We are so honored to have Allie as a part of our Ponytail family, so please check out her work on Instagram at @allieshapiro

    You can see the piece specifically on our instagram @ponytailshortfilm!

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    Spyro Sketches is a Chicago based freelance illustrator and artist, who's work is completely unique and a jelly donut full of joy. For $10 or more, we will send you a PDF of Spyro's work, commissioned specifically for "Ponytail"!

    Spyro is a dream and great pal and we are so happy to have him as a part of our Ponytail family, so please check out his work on his website at www.spyrosketches.com

    You can see the piece specifically on our instagram @ponytailshortfilm!

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    We are grateful for these artists and their insane talent, and you can have a piece of them to take home with you!

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    Want to know what it was like on set with all of us crazy kids? Now's your time! We have bloopers and candid moments, plenty of laughs, and GREAT Halloween costumes.
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    Kaitlin Martin's Three Part Ghost Series

    As people, we are more similar than we are different. And sometimes, fear is what bonds us further together.

    Kaitlin Martin, a terrific Chicago artist, created a three part series, based on the true story that "Ponytail" was created from.

    Kaitlin created a whimsical and haunting series that chronicles the inception of this film, and was uniquely designed off of nothing more than a few sentences.

    And, oddly and hauntingly enough, the images Kailtin has created for this series, are accurate and precise to the down to the most minute details.

    The power of storytelling and the universal feeling fear gives us, is portrayed in this amazing series.

    And can be yours too, printed and shipped right to you.
    If you dare.

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    Brunch with Director Kenzie Elizabeth!

    Kenzie's day job, when she's not making spooky short films, is a brunch server in Chicago.
    So, Kenzie KNOWS brunch.
    She KNOWS the best places to brunch in Chicago.
    And she'd LOVE to take YOU to brunch!

    Let's brunch it up!
    BRUNCH BRUNCH BRUNCH!

    You donate, and Kenzie will take care of the rest.
    Bloody mary's anyone?

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    From the Vault: Director's First Film

    Pulled from the vault: Kenzie Elizabeth’s first film experience— "Heaven Can't Wait"

    Made on the VERY FIRST VERSION OF iMovie EVER, it was written and directed by 7th grader Hayley Notter, and stars 7th grade Kenzie Elizabeth and all their closest friends from 7th grade — made on a HUGE camcorder, edited the day the summer they filmed it, and Kenzie definitely serves up a whole concert of lip syncing to Kelly Clarkson.

    A few of us had also just got back from summer Bible Camp -- AND IT SHOWS.

    YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS.

    A digital link that will expire -- get yours and all the laughs.

    This is what happens when movie making gets into the hands of fiesty and bored kids.

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    Homemade Pasta Dinner

    Kenzie Elizabeth studied pasta making with Slow Food Movement chefs when she lived in Florence, Italy — she will make you handmade pasta, a whole dinner, SEVERAL COURSES PEOPLE, for you a few chosen friends!
    Hear about her crazy travels, studying food with Italians, and how she ended up back in her hometown of Chicago.

    Only for those in the city of Chicago!

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    Drag Queen Date with Director

    Kenzie loves drag. Occasionally performs drag.
    But above all, Kenzie loves Aurora Gozmic, our beautiful and stunning alien queen, the talented Chicago drag queen who has been featured in Chicago Magazine, who also stars in "Ponytail".

    And for this donation, Kenzie will paint you into the stunning drag queen you are inside, and take you to see Aurora Gozmic perform at one of the many acclaimed drag venues in the city.

    Drag is a beautiful art form that makes us all examine ourselves deeper.
    Gender is just a drag, so let's celebrate!

    Only for those in the city of Chicago!

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    Make a Movie in a Day!

    Does your kid like to make movies? Your niece? Nephew? Your favorite young person?
    Our director Kenzie Elizabeth will spend the day making a short 5 minute film that your young person writes, they will star in, and edit — all in one day!
    It’s like day camp!
    For the future Spielbergs out there!

    Only for those in the city of Chicago!

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