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Follow Brianna Cope as she attempts to make the WCT while coming to terms with a physical challenge that has shaped her life.
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FILM SYNOPSIS

Take a quick look at Brianna Cope and you’ll see a girl who has it all: beauty, athleticism, an idyllic life in Hawaii and the chance to be the best in her sport. While all of this is true, there is more to Brianna Cope. Brianna was born with a deformed left hand, an irreversible birth defect that took her parents and doctors by surprise. 

Throughout her life, Brianna has endured teasing, bullying, and has struggled with her self-image. There was only one place where Brianna felt confident – in the ocean. Surfing became Brianna’s method for coping with the endless teasing and insecurities that plagued her school years. 

Brianna has never spoken publicly about her birth defect. When she’s not in the water, her hand is often closed or hidden behind her surfboard. She carefully curates her social media images to avoid showing it. At 23 years old, Brianna is just now starting to accept her physical appearance and feels ready to talk about her hand in public. 

This film gives the audience a very personal look inside Brianna’s life. She opens up about her childhood, her current struggles, and shows us a raw, unedited version of herself. As a professional surfer and role model to a younger generation, Brianna has realized that her personal story has the power to inspire and teach lessons of acceptance. Brianna wants to live by example, feeling proud of who she is and proving that she can rise above her physical and emotional challenges to pursue her dreams of becoming a champion surfer. 

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

We are in the final stages of production and we're so excited to share this film with you! Your support on Kickstarter will help us get this film over the finish line. The funds raised will help pay for our final shoot in Kauai and our post production. 

For our final shoot in Kauai, we are going all in. We will be shooting with a red camera, a drone, an underwater camera and some other goodies that will help us capture Brianna's surfing and life on Kauai in the best possible way. 

Post production costs add up quick so the rest of the money raised through Kickstarter will go to pay for music licensing, editing, sound design and graphic animation. We are so excited to have a multi-Emmy-award-winning editor finishing this film and some awesome tunes to accompany Brianna's surfing!

WHEN CAN YOU SEE THIS FILM?

We will begin post production on this film as soon as the Kickstarter campaign if complete. Post production will take two months. Once the film is finished, we will be submitting it to a number of film festivals around the country and the film will make its festival debut in the Spring, 2018. *psst...check out the gifts; one includes an invite to a film festival screening!! 

After the film makes its festival run, it will air on a popular surf/skate/snow network and be available on iTunes. But don't worry, with a donation, you'll be among the first to see the film with an exclusive link.

ABOUT THE DONOR GIFTS

Brianna played a huge role in determining all the cool gifts we offer! Some of the gifts are hand-made exclusively by her! Check them out, we're stoked on the selection! 

ABOUT US

Katie Walsh, Director & Producer

I have been lucky enough to make my career as a sports producer; traveling the world to cover sporting events while interviewing and filming stories on the athletes competing. I have worked on two Super Bowls, three Olympics and countless other events along the way. It’s an amazing job and I’ve met so many inspiring athletes in the process. Brianna is one of the most down-to-earth athletes I've spent time with. I'm so honored to share her story.

Harris Mendheim, Director of Photography & Editor

Harris shoots, edits, is a colorist and an engineer. He's also a three-time Emmy award winner - including the 2016 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Camera Work. I'm so excited to have Harris as a partner-in-crime on this film! 

Risks and challenges

Producing a film is a long and hard process. Luckily we are much farther along than many films; the majority of our filming is complete and we're heading into post!

I have a solid track record in the industry; with almost two decades of experience in sports television and hundreds of pieces produced. I also have amazing and talented friends who help me every step along the way. I have no doubt that this film will be finished and your help funding the post production will be used wisely and in a timely manner. We've got this!

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    FILM CREDIT PACKAGE

    Support Brianna's mission to share her story and inspire others and we'll include your name in the film's credits!

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    SCREENSAVER PACKAGE

    You'll get two amazing photos of Brianna in beautiful Kauai to use as your computer's screensaver. PLUS your name in the film's credits!

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    FILM DOWNLOAD PACKAGE

    Be among the first to see the film with an exclusive link to the film before it is released. Pop some popcorn, invite your friends over and have a Brianna Cope movie night! PLUS you'll receive two awesome screensavers of Brianna ripping AND your name in the film's credits!

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    SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO

    Get your very own signed, autographed 8x10 photo of Brianna! You can frame it, hang it on your wall or give it to your friend. PLUS you'll receive two screensavers AND your name in the film's credits!

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    PERSONAL INSTAGRAM VIDEO MESSAGE

    Brianna will send you a personalized video message over DM to your instagram account or via email. Post it on social media and share it with your friends. PLUS you'll see your name in the credits and receive two screensavers of Brianna surfing!

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    AUTOGRAPHED MOVIE POSTER PACKAGE

    Not only will you get a credit in the film and an exclusive link to the film before it's released, you'll also receive the official movie poster signed by Brianna herself! PLUS your name in the movie's credits and two rad screensavers.

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    BRIANNA COPE DESIGNS - BRACELET

    Did you know that Brianna has her own jewelry line? She has designed some exclusive bracelets just for her Kickstarter supporters. They are beautiful and there's a limited amount. She's also including a signed note with each bracelet. It's an amazing gift! Check out her work @BriannaCopeDesigns.

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    TALK WITH BRIANNA PACKAGE

    This is your opportunity to talk to Brianna directly over Skype. Ask her all about surfing, her travels, life on Hawaii; whatever you've been dying to know more about! Get to know Brianna better in this exclusive, 20-minute Skype chat. PLUS you'll get a film credit and two beautiful screen savers!

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    FILM FESTIVAL VIP TICKET

    See the film on the big screen at the festival premiere of your choice, meet the filmmakers and possibly Brianna too! The film will be screened at a number of festivals in California, New York and Hawaii. Be a part of a screening and take in the festival atmosphere. PLUS you'll see your name on the big screen and you'll receive two rad screensavers!

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    LUNCH WITH BRIANNA

    Meet Brianna in person and share a delicious meal at one of her favorite spots! Location: Kauai (or anywhere on Brianna's travel schedule subject to her availability). PLUS receive a digital download to the film, an official "Thank You" in credits and two rad screensavers! (valid for one person - please add $250 per person up to four people total in your pledge amount at check out)

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    Autographed Surfboard

    Catch some waves...or hang it on your wall! Brianna will be giving away one of her favorite surfboards, autographed by her! It's an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime gift. PLUS your name in the credits, two amazing screensavers, an advanced copy of the film, a bracelet and a film poster!!

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