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.
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."
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!"
- 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
- 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
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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