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Leaving Romania for a better life in the US. True dream or illusion? A story of a young Eastern European woman.
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Our new stretch GOAL is $4K! 

'Flags Cut in the Middle' is now PROJECT OF THE WEEK on Us vs Film!

http://usvsfilm.com/?p=1922 You can hear my interview on Us vs Film part of the 'Meet the Filmmakers' interviews on Tuesday, 07/15 at 12pm PST and 3pm EST on www.usvsfilm.com

We reached our minimum goal of $2,2K in 3 1/2 weeks. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us! We would like to mention that our $2,2 K was the minimum amount we needed to make this project happen. Now that our movie is under a SAG AFTRA agreement, we need to ensure that our actors get health and pension while working on the set. We are raising another $1,800 to make that happen and also for the 5% Kickstarter fee plus 5% for the Amazon fee. The filmmakers pay all these fees at the end of their fundraising campaign. So 10% from what we are making here will be deducted. 

The more donations we get for 'Flags Cut in the Middle', the better. Every donation in indie filmmaking is huge! Please continue to donate so we can reach $4K! We are shooting in August and we are so happy that you are part of this project. We couldn't have done it without you!

THE STORY

“Flags Cut in the Middle” means a lot to me because it speaks directly to a part of my life during Romania’s communist era. The Romanian Revolution took place in 1989, when I was 7 years old. Though still a child, the event impacted the country and myself greatly. Twenty-three years later, I find myself needing to share that story in “Flags Cut in the Middle”. 

THE CHARACTER'S WORLD

The main protagonist, Natalia Georgescu leaves Romania after the revolution in search of a better life and immigrates illegally to the United States. Her parents died in the Revolution so she is left alone with nothing to hold on to. 

THE SCRIPT SHOWS A POLITICAL AND HUMANITARIAN ISSUE

The script shows both a humanitarian side, as well as a political side. The humanitarian side is the lead character herself, Natalia Georgescu, through her actions. The political side illustrates that in 2014 people are still restricted by a visa and passport to travel and live in a different country than the one they were born in. We believe that we are free but we are not. Natalia is not free. Her dream is to be free and live in a free country. In my script I want to explore the idea of why so many immigrants want to live the “American dream” to the point where they leave behind their own lives, families, and friends. That is how “Flags Cut in the Middle” came to life. The script shows the exploration of the idea of freedom and search for personal truth and validation in a challenging political and economic environment.

THE BACKGROUND

The film is called “Flags Cut in the Middle” because during the Revolution, Romanians were symbolically asking the government for democracy by cutting the communist coat of arms out of the flags. Therefore, all the flags being waved by a sea of people had this hole in the middle. It felt as if the people were cutting out the flags’ hearts, cutting out communism’s heart.

WRITER'S NOTE

I can only write truthfully about my own life experience, about true stories that I have seen and lived. "Flags Cut in the Middle" is a true story. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants would find themselves in Natalia's story. 

#RANDOM UPDATE#

"FLAGS CUT IN THE MIDDLE" IS 'STAFF PICKS' ON KICKSTARTER!! 

Because my project is featured as 'Staff Picks' I decided to DANCE FOR IT and when I say DANCE I mean really DANCE FOR IT!! Check it out  'DANCING WITH NO STARS' Ondina Undercover 

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THE TEAM 

ONDINA FRATE (ACTRESS, FILMMAKER, PRODUCER) 

Originally from Romania, Ondina moved to New York to pursue a career in acting and filmmaking. She is the CEO and founder of World Independent Films, who aims to produce new independent movies from various international screenwriters and filmmakers. She studied at the American Film Institute in LA through the SAG Conservatory and is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School in NYC, where Ondina was offered a scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Romania and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture and Design from Germany and Romania. 

While in Los Angeles, Ondina took a short film lab workshop at the Sundance Institute, where she learned from the best filmmakers on how to direct and produce her own movie. Ondina worked in theatre and film in Romania (Studio Theatre), Germany (Theater im Depot), New York City (NBC, MTV, Discovery Channel, Dream America Pictures, Surla Films, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, The Living Theatre, where she worked with Judith Malina, Drama League, Abingdon Theatre, LAPAC, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, she did voice over for Microsoft, SAP and Verizon, was named the face of Origins Cosmetics Mega Bright in 2012) and Los Angeles (Archway Productions, American Film Institute, Leonie Thoene Productions, played Anya in The Cherry Orchard directed by Peter Robinson). Ondina writes and produces new original screenplays. "Hell Fire" screened at New York International Film Festival in LA and won the Audience Choice Award, "Game Over" won at the Surgo International Film Festival, and was screened at the Manhattan Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival. "The Instant Messenger" had its premiere at Cinema Village in NYC. World Independent Films is currently producing "Flags Cut in the Middle", written and directed by Ondina.

ALEX GOLDBLUM (FILMMAKER, PRODUCER, EDITOR)

Alex Michael Goldblum is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He first started using non-linear digital video editing software at fifteen in his studies at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. In his early studies at Taylor Allderdice High School he learned photography, filmmaking, journalism, screenwriting, and digital video. In August of 2003, Alex moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend Temple University, where he majored in Film and Media Arts. During his time at Temple he engaged in the Academic exploration of experimental, critical, political, and educational applications of Film,Video, and Multimedia.

An avid traveler, Alex attended the Universal Forum of the Cultures in Barcelona and studied Spanish Cinema at the University of Oviedo in Asturias. In May 2005, he attended the Cannes Film Festival in France as an intern for the American Pavilion. In 2005 he spent six weeks abroad in India where he wrote an interactive web-log and produced numerous short videos. Most notably, he produced two short documentaries on his experience in rural Gujarat, which are currently being distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, The Snake Charmer and Goldblum in Gujarat. In November 2005, Alex traveled to China where he screened the high-definition video I Love You So Much at the Beijing Film Academy's 4th International Student Film and Video Festival. From 2008 to 2011 he worked as a technical director with The Living Theatre, America’s oldest experimental theatre, under the tutelage of actress and director Judith Malina. In 2012 he completed his Master of Arts at The School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement. During his time at The New School, Alex developed a series of short video projects about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in collaboration with Fellow Temple alum and New Schooler Daniel Cherrin.

ALEXANDER AGUIRRE (CINEMATOGRAPHER, WRITER, DIRECTOR)

Alexander Aguirre grew up in South Central Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California. While at USC, he started making short films in conjunction with the School of Cinema and the Roski School of Art. Upon graduation, Alex worked at the Mayor's office department of gang reduction and youth development where he started a creative writing and digital film program to help young people. Alex left the position at the Mayor's office to found his own film production company in January 2010 called Anatomica Films. Since then Alex has worked on over 200 projects as a DP, Director or writer/producer at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Showtime, Microsoft, and USC. Currently Alex is writing, directing and producing various personal projects. 

"FLAGS CUT IN THE MIDDLE" IS HOT IN PRESS RIGHT NOW
#1 Us vs. Film picked our movie as Project of the Week!
http://usvsfilm.com/?p=1922
Thank you Us vs Film! Starting Tuesday, 07/15 you can hear my interview on their website as part of the 'Meet the Filmmakers' interviews.

#2 Film Industry Network
"Flags Cut in the Middle" was featured in Film Industry Network! This is such a great opportunity to show our project to a wider group of filmmakers!
http://bit.ly/1pWDp6d

#2 Film Courage 
"Leaving home for a better life in the US. True dream or illusion?"
http://bit.ly/filmcourageondinaf

#3 Ziarul de Cluj, Romania

Ziarul de Cluj interviewed me about World Independent Films and "Flags Cut in the Middle". If you can read Romanian, here is the interview:
http://bit.ly/romaniannewspaper

#4 Crowdfundingpr
"Flags Cut in the Middle" is every immigrant story!
http://bit.ly/crwodfundingprpress

YOUR CONTRIBUTION

Our plan is to make the best film possible with your help! You are a crucial part of our team! Your contribution will go directly to the following:

  • Cast 
  • Crew 
  • Locations 
  • Equipment 
  • Food 
  • Transportation 
  • Editing 
  • Sound Design 
  • Festival Submission Fees 

We want to make it a fun journey, we'll keep you involved and updated so you can be a part of the process along the way until the film is done and out in the world. Join us - let's make a movie!

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Risks and challenges

The main challenge in terms of production is procuring the footage from the National TV archive in Romania so I can use actual Revolution images from 1989. I have friends who work there in Romania and I'm hoping to get some rough footage about the revolution. Like any other short film, this project can face over the budget expenses, difficulties with location, inclement weather during our shoot, or other last-minute crises. So many factors go into making a film, and we always have to plan for the worst while hoping for the best. Our team has a lot of experience making films, and we have faced these problems before and managed to overcome them.

What I enjoy most about the creative process is the constant challenge. You know where you would like to be, but it is about the journey to get there. Creativity thrives where there are challenges. I can look up to the Women in Film who worked through the challenges and were successful in producing and directing their dreams. I will be one of them.

Please don't stop donating once we reach our goal. This is the minimum budget that we need in order to produce this film but it also means cutting out some important scenes from the script. Help us raise even more than our $2,177 goal and hopefully we can get to $4,000! Spread the word!

On behalf of World Independent Films, I want to thank you!

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