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"A Prayer" is the story of a young Jewish woman struggling to find her place in life as she discovers her sexuality within her marriage
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Synopsis 

In present day New York, a Jewish woman named Maya marries the first man she's ever dated. One day, her ideals and identity as a Jewish wife are shattered by a feeling of attraction to a woman she meets at synagogue. These attractions force her to examine herself and make a decision that will forever change her and the lives of those who love her.

Dear fabulous funders,

This project is something I've had in the works for well over a year now. I am SO extremely passionate about this film and for the opportunity to deliver it to all of you!

Growing up and dealing with my own queer identity was a struggle, and a huge part of my childhood. I heard many stories throughout my life of people choosing to hide from their identities; people who didn't want to confront their gender and sexuality and ended up suffering and sacrificing a great deal of themselves. This scenario was something that moved me, because I knew that if I had been brought up differently, or grown up in another time or part of the world, I could've easily ended up falling victim to a life that wasn't true to who I am. This is where the character I created, Maya, comes in. Exploring the situation of a person stuck in a marriage, not quite yet knowing the full scope of their identity, was something I was curious to explore in the writing of my screenplay.

Maya represents someone who is very much underrepresented in our society. She comes from a Jewish community lacking representation of LGBT identified people and struggles to find herself, in part, because of this. The amount of individuals who go about their lives hiding out of shame and fear of their sexuality today, is astounding and continues to surprise me. At best, I want this film to inspire people in (and outside of) the LGBT community, who come from families and backgrounds that are less accepting, to know that they can and should live their lives honestly and openly. 

This film is important because there aren't many that deal with the complex emotional situation Maya is in, as a result of her Jewish and queer identity. An individual who marries someone of the opposite sex and then realizes their queer identity afterwards, happens more often than people seem to acknowledge, and this needs to be brought to our attention. 

The crew and I have high hopes for this short film and believe that with the proper exposure, it has the potential to be picked up to be made into a feature length film. PLEASE spread the campaign through your facebook/instagram/twitter accounts- If you are interested in supporting this project, the most important step is to share, and speak about it with people you think will also be interested!

The funds will help facilitate the costs for the film including- 

  • Transportation 
  • Location 
  • Lighting, Sound, camera, and various additional equipment 
  • Set Design & Wardrobe 
  • Post-Production

If funding is successful, we will also be using these contributions to pay for several film festival submissions which will help expand the films reach.

Thank you all so much for your support. I'm sincerely looking forward to creating the best film we possibly can for you all to enjoy!

All my love & gratitude,

-Alon

Cast & Crew

Writer/Director-

Alon Borten: Raised in Queens, New York and born to two Israeli parents, Alon received a BFA degree in photography & video at the School of Visual Arts, graduating in 2015. He has interned for photography industry staples such as Francesco Carrozzini, Harper's Bazaar, and Milk Studios. He's had his work featured in The New York Times, 17 Magazine, Musee Magazine, and Teen Magazine among others. He is the writer and director of "A Prayer" and is very excited to be working on his first narrative film.

W: www.alonborten.com E: alonborten@gmail.com

First Assistant-

Ken Lavey: Lens-based artist and freelance photographer/technician in New York City. 

W: www.kenlavey.com

Lead Actress (Maya)-

Elana Gantman: Received her BFA in Acting Performance from the University of Michigan in 2015. Some of her favorite theater credits include Janine in Scorched, Pascuala in Fuente Ovejuna, Desdemona in Othello, and Wendla in Spring Awakening. Elana took part in Start South, a program that brought theatre and arts workshops to children in Sderot, Israel who suffered from PTSD after the 2014 war with Gaza. Elana is honored to work on "A Prayer" and portray a strong willed, courageous, Jewish woman, who must make the most crucial decision of her life. 

Fashion Stylist-

Marrisa Wilson: Womenswear designer, textile artist, and Creative Director of Marrisa Wilson NY. First generation Guyanese-American, Marrisa Wilson was born and raised in Monmouth Country, New Jersey. She graduated cum laude from Marist College in 2015 and received her BFA in Fashion Design with a double minor in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development. Wilson also studied in Paris during the fall of 2013 at both the Paris College of Art and Mod'Spe International School of Merchandising. She has developed her aesthetic and skills at major New York fashion houses such as J. Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, rag & bone, and Calvin Klein.

Follow Marrisa Wilson NY on Instagram @marrisawilsonny

W: www.marrisawilsonny.com E: info@marrisawilsonny.com

Social Media Manager-

Jackii Sovern: Received a BFA degree in photography & video at the School of Visual Arts in 2015. She specializes in social media and has worked social and photographed for brands and social stars like Absolut Elyx, NYFW, NYonAir, Misshattan, and more! 

See her work & social CV at www.jaclynsovern.com.

Kickstarter video credits:

Directed/Filmed/Edited: Alon Borten

First Assistant: Natalie Borten

Music: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 no. 1 by Frédéric Chopin, Composed by Eduardo Viñuela

Risks and challenges

*There is always the possibility of the cast and crew changing as pre-production closes in, however we are prepared to overcome and reevaluate for any possible issue that may come up. We will continue to update you on the progress of the film and keep up to date on any unforeseen delays that may arise as we go through this process.

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