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This short film explores the sexual and emotional relationships of a woman with vaginismus.
This short film explores the sexual and emotional relationships of a woman with vaginismus.
26 backers pledged $2,110 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks for checking out our project! We truly can not do it without your help. If everyone pledges at least $5 we can have it funded in no time! If you pledge and share it would make all the difference. Nothing is too little of a help! Thanks!! 

Gracias por visitar nuestro proyecto! No podremos lograrlo sin tu ayuda. Si todos prometen por lo menos $5 llegamos a la meta pronto. Todo ayuda! 

The short film Sexless is a 10 minutes fictional love story between Melanie and Chris. Melanie suffers from vaginismus. The film will let us see how it affects the relationship with herself, her boyfriend and the journey she embarks on to find healing. 

El cortometraje Sexless es una historia de amor ficticia entre Melanie y Chris. Melanie tiene vaginismo. El cortometraje mostrará como se ha afectado la relación entre ellos pero sobretodo la relación consigo misma. 

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Story Board Scene 1 Excerpt
Story Board Scene 1 Excerpt

I bet you have never heard about vaginismus, yet 5 in every 1000 women have it. During intercourse the muscles surrounding the vagina spasm, making penetration painful and impossible. 

Cinco de cada mil mujeres tienen vaginismo. Durante el coito los músculos alrededor de la vagina sufren un espasmo haciendo la penetración dolorosa e imposible. 

More information can be found here: www.vagnismus.com 

We've built a visually beautiful film we want to bring light to this subject and hope. This film is a little bit spiritual and a little bit sexy and a bit funny wrapped up in the seriousness of this condition, just like life is. We are influenced by the filmmaking of Catherine Breillat, Michael Mohan and Sam Boyd. 

Este film es un poquito espiritual y un poco sexy y gracioso en la seriedad de esta condición. Nos influencia el cine de Catherine Breillat, Michael Mohan y Sam Boyd. 

Where are we at? / ¿Dónde estamos?

We are set to film in mid August. Because we will be filming at the producer's home, our filming expenses are relatively small and easily covered. The bulk of the expenses are related to post production. We need your help for that phase of the process. After post-production we would like to submit to festivals and to have a premiere party, where backers, cast and crew can meet and watch the film. Follow us on twitter @sexlessfilm 

Comenzamos a filmar en Agosto. Estaremos filmando en la casa de la productora lo cual reduce los gastos. La mayor parte de los gastos estarán relacionados a post-producción y someter a festivales. También nos gustaría hacer una fiesta para que los patrocinadores el cast y el crew se puedan conocer y ver el film. Síguenos en twitter @sexlessfilm 

Peach picture by: https://apocalypsebakery.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/peach-and-raspberry-cobbler/
Peach picture by: https://apocalypsebakery.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/peach-and-raspberry-cobbler/

We are going for imagery that reflects the colors of the woman body. Elements that represent sexuality will also be included in the color palette like peach, pomegranates and pink, very romantic pink. In these images we share our inspiration. 

Las imágenes que hemos escogido reflejan los colores del cuerpo de la mujer. Elementos de sexualidad también serán incluidos en la carta de colores, por ejemplo melocotón, pomegrante y rosa muy romántico. Aquí nuestra inspiración. 

Images: 1. Jo Ann Callis  2. Cosmopolitan & MOMMYISH.COM 3. Kelsey Szerlip / Katelyn Birdwell  4.Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev 5.Ramona Zordini 6. pinterest
Images: 1. Jo Ann Callis 2. Cosmopolitan & MOMMYISH.COM 3. Kelsey Szerlip / Katelyn Birdwell 4.Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev 5.Ramona Zordini 6. pinterest

 

Images: 1.Voxtrot  2.Still from "Abus de Faiblesse" Catherine Breillat 3. Vanina Kovalsky 4.Still from "Romance" Catherine Breillat 5.Still from "Ekstase" Gustav Machatý 6.Still from "Dirty Like an Angel" Catherine Breillat  7. jc_atienza photobucket
Images: 1.Voxtrot 2.Still from "Abus de Faiblesse" Catherine Breillat 3. Vanina Kovalsky 4.Still from "Romance" Catherine Breillat 5.Still from "Ekstase" Gustav Machatý 6.Still from "Dirty Like an Angel" Catherine Breillat 7. jc_atienza photobucket

 

Casting for the roles of Chris and Kerry is still underway, we will keep you updated. Here are the main staples: 

Aquí las biografías de las personas que componen este cortometraje

Samantha Shada grew up in the mountains of Colorado and the plains of Nebraska. After moving east and completing her degree in film production at Emerson College, Sam landed in California where she worked across the industry with notable companies such as the William Morris Agency, the United Talent Agency, Universal Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Studios. Sam’s music videos have screened at festivals in Boston, Los Angeles and beautiful Idyllwild, CA. She directs and produces theatre while sitting on the board of local incubator Brimmer St. Theatre Co. Currently in post production on a new narrative short film through her company, Globe Entertainment LLC, she is also developing a film adaptation of Willa Cather’s ‘Song of the Lark’. Sam programs a monthly screening series at the American Cinematheque titled Seeking our Story, which features influential films directed by women. Join us in Los Angeles for once-a-month screenings highlighting historic films directed by women. https://samanthashada.com @samanthashada

Melissa is very happy to be producing this film and dedicates it to her friends and all women building and supporting other women. She thinks actors can learn a lot from singer/songwriters in the way they come up with their own stories to tell. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2758938/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1   @melissasenorita @sexlessfilm 

Melissa launched a campaign for her Webseries "RagDolls" but it was unsuccessful. She candidly admits that "I had no idea WTF I was doing". However she decided to finish the project. In October 2013 she was invited to Elizabeth Espinosa's CNN Latino talk show on the subject "Latinos in New Media." She was featured in several news papers in her natal San Juan, Puerto Rico and in the states by the online publications LatinaLista and NALIP.  An anonymous benefactor contacted her through journalist Rosalina Marrero who ran the news and the project was successfully finished. In 2014 "RagDolls" was an official selection of the "LAWebFest" gathering a Best Actress award for Kira Hesser. 

Watch RagDolls here: https://youtu.be/y2q3NOCGhXI?list=PLo1_erMnju2y_t1pvpOMuT3iMXGo-b4Ta

This new project shows Melissa's growth as an artist, writer and producer. Even the kickstarter campaign is different (1000% BETTER!) and the community surrounding this project is fantastic.  She has decided to try again with all the new knowledge and wonderful people around her.  

Alberto De Coste Calla was born in La Paz, Bolivia and later moved to the United states with his family. In his home state of Rhode Island he earned his bachelor's degree in Actuarial Mathematics. After a few years in Boston, working in IT, he decided to follow his passion for filmmaking. He moved to Orange, CA and enrolled at Chapman University Cinematography program from where he recently graduated. He has shot several short films including one in South Korea and two documentaries in Laos and Thailand.

Carrie Mikuls, dancer, choreographer, teacher and actress, earned a BA in Dance from the University of California, Riverside. Carrie has choreographed and danced for Hindsight Collab since 2009. She choreographed the hip hop theatre play Dreamscape, which continues to tour nationally and internationally. She danced with the Los Angeles based Stretch Dance Company from 2013-2014. In 2015, she joined The Industry, in the unprecedented mobile opera Hopscotch. In 2016, Carrie performed in DEBUSSY: Pelleas et Melisande, with the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She is currently choreographing the feature film, My Name is Myeisha, based on the stage play, Dreamscape. She strongly believes that art can be used to push boundaries beyond our wildest imaginations.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi http://www.carriemikuls.com/

Wonderful Collaborators - Colaboradores

Nikki Dalmau - Casting Director, Jonathan Derovan - Producer, Ben Zecker - Composer,  Mar Cerdà-Illustrator, Evita Castine-Script consulting 

La imagen que utilizaremos en las tazas, bolsos, y camisas es una edición limitada de la maravillosa artista catalana Mar Cerdá. Es una sensual representación visual femenina. www.marillustrations.com @marillustrations

By funding our project you also get the opportunity to be part of the message of this film and give hope and strength to every woman and couple with this condition.

Al colaborar con este proyecto también ayudas a distribuir este mensaje y dar esperanza y fortaleza a cada pareja y mujer con esta condición. 

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Risks and challenges

A film is something that is rarely done entirely by one person. There's different people, different areas and phases of a project. The challenge is to finish a project that is full of meaning but that is also well made.

Our focus is on Post-production:
We particularly want post-production not to lack anything of what can make this project aesthetically amazing. So, most of the money is for the editor. We also need mastering and coloring. We need to make DVD copies for backers and festival submissions. Also a viewing party/premiere is on the books.

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