“I can always come back…,” says Julie. “No!” responds May, a little surprised by her own scolding. Julie smiles faintly.
NO MORE is a short film about a young Danish woman named Julie, who lives with her abusive boyfriend in New York City. After being left alone following an evening of terror, she calls her new friend May to ask for help. Over the next 24 hours, we follow Julie as she fights to find clarity of mind. With 2000 miles to what you call home, where do you go? How do you decide what to share? Does going back to him ultimately feel like the only option?
THEMES, STATISTICS, & REACH
Through this film we hope to help inform, and thereby make our audience acknowledge and recognize, how hard it is to leave an abusive relationship. We want to bring the audience into the mind of the recently abused woman, while simultaneously giving victims strength, courage, and hope.
It is estimated that women attempt to leave their abuser seven to ten times before they succeed. While the first episode of violence might not be avoidable, women must be encouraged to find the strength to stand up for themselves, trust their instincts, and be empowered to say “no more” much sooner.
Domestic violence statistics continue to show annual increases, making NO MORE’s story more relevant than ever. As children experience this behavior in the home, they internalize the values and actions of their role models, often causing the violence to carry from generation to generation. We need to enter the minds of the people living in these isolated households. Abusive circumstances generally suffocate any hope of freedom for the victim. The manipulation these individuals suffer further reduces their hold on reality. We want to reach them with this film.
This film is autobiographical, yet dramatized. Now that I have had the time to put my experience in perspective, I want to share it with the world. While domestic violence is felt around the world by women, men, and children, the catalyst for this story is my own fight. This story is for the women living with men who feel the need to express physical control. It feels surreal to say that I am a survivor of domestic violence. I am. I feared for my life almost daily. I am thrilled to say that the fear is gone.
To live at an elevated level of anxiety for any length of time can leave any victim with life-long mental health issues. The Center for Disease Control has declared domestic violence an epidemic. Statistics on the impact on health, the national economy and our children are staggering. We have two options to end the cycle of male/female domestic violence: 1. With a unanimous voice, give abused women the strength to say “No, this is not how I deserve to be treated.” 2. Make the men who abuse them understand that we, as a society, do not accept this sort of behavior.
Every dollar we raise for this film will go to support various aspects of the production and post-production. More specifically equipment rental such as camera (Alexa), lights sound, wages, craft services, editing, sound mixing, festival submissions, possible distribution deals, etc. We have already received $12,000 from private donors who believe in this project and wholeheartedly support it’s message. We need at least another $17,000 to make it happen! We are asking for $10,000 here on Kickstarter and we will raise the balance through local events and grants.
Additionally, a critical part of our distribution plan will include partnering with shelters and domestic violence awareness/help organizations. We will work with them to find ways to use this film, both with victims and with volunteers and responders, to support their efforts to stop domestic violence. We are committed to ensuring that your support of this film will materially impact the lives of women affected by the domestic violence epidemic.
The film is set in present day New York City with all its intense color, noise, and energy. Longer frames and a more subdued color palate will contrast with the busy city by giving a quiet, intimate look into the mind of a young woman. We will present a film from the perspective of the victim and shy away from exploiting violence on screen. We will primarily use available light, rendering a raw reality, and inviting our audience to have a more visceral experience.
View test/promotional footage shot in February 2014.
THE ORIGINAL TITLE SONG composed by Jeanine B. Frost and performed by the lovely Allison Goodwin as you hear it in the campaign video, will be used to minimally score the film.
OUR AMAZING TEAM
No More Productions LLC
Written & Directed by: Jeanine B. Frost
Cinematography by: Michael Belcher
We are so grateful that you have taken the time to consider supporting our film. We are creating a simple, beautiful and powerful story that will capture one of life's most private and pivotal moments. We can't build this story without you. Let’s all get together in the fight against domestic violence and say “NO MORE."
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CONTACT: If you are interested in partnering up, investing or supporting the film in any other way please contact writer/director Jeanine B. Frost: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
No More Productions LLC has been formed to support the making of this film. All funds will go to directly to this production company, whose sole purpose is to realize this project.
All cast and crew are active in the theatre and film community around the world. If, for some reason, we must forgo the opportunity to film in December 2014, we will immediately re-schedue the shoot.
Challenges come in all forms, particularly with the extremely collaborative medium of film, but I am 100% committed to the making of this movie. It is a story I must tell.
I thank you deeply for wanting to tell it with me.
Jeanine B. Frost
Writer & Director of NO MORE
- (30 days)