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Close your eyes. Open your heart.

Somewhere in the busy center of São Paulo, Brazil, is a ballet school unlike any other. The young women and men who study here are determined, disciplined and hopeful, like any young artist. 

They are also blind. 

In the incredibly visual world of dance, so often reliant on perfect angles and technique, how can a young blind ballerina achieve her dream of soaring in Swan Lake or commanding the stage in Sleeping Beauty? At the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind, ballet is all about touch, hearing, and the most secret ingredient of all: courage. 

Ballerinas dance "Brasilierinho"
Ballerinas dance "Brasilierinho"

[image description: four visually impaired ballerinas, some of them with eyes closed, lock arms and dance together, while two male ballet dancers spot them on a stage]

The Film

"Looking at the Stars" is a feature-length documentary about the first and only ballet school for the blind in the world, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Shot over a period of three years, the film focuses on Geyza, one of the school's first ballerinas and now one of its instructors; and Thalia, a teenager who dreams of an independent future. 

A Brief History of the Project: "Looking at the Stars" might sound familiar, and that's because the project began as a short film, raising a good part of the budget on this very platform in a successful crowdfunding campaign a few short years ago! Since then, the short film has won a number of grants (including the HBO/NALIP grant), and played a few great festivals, ultimately winning the Gold Medal at the Student Oscars in 2015!

our smiling director Alexandre, surrounded by the LATS family
our smiling director Alexandre, surrounded by the LATS family

[image description 1: a group of young filmmakers, from all over the world, pose for a photo. In the center is director Alexandre Peralta, holding a golden Student Oscar award. Image description 2: Alexandre and his producer/wife Thais stand in front of a big Oscar statue]

But the short film was only the beginning of the story. The unprecedented access the young women at the Bianchini Association granted us, as well as the power and beauty of their dream, demanded more space, more time and many more days of footage. Not to mention life kept happening and our characters hit amazing milestones. We had captured many a magical moment already and, with what we have shot this year, we have put together an amazing 90 minute documentary that is completely edited.

Simply, we need your help. Much like a baby, it really does take a village to raise a movie from the ground up. We are so close, but we need your help to cover the rest of our post-production costs.

If you believe that anything is possible, if you dream while awake, if your heart swells when you see an act of bravery, then we want you to join our village, and help tell this story with us.

What story are we telling (together)? 

This is what we have so far: in the beginning, Fernanda Bianchini, who was 15 at the time, started a ballet program for students at a local Institute for the Blind. At first, nobody thought that ballet could be taught to people who could not see their teacher perform the moves and copy them to perfection. But Fernanda persevered, and now, almost two decades later, the Fernanda Bianchini Association for Ballet and Arts for the Blind has made headlines all over the world, opened for the Danish Royal Ballet, and even garnered the admiration of ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov (this is a big deal!).

Fernanda teaching a student to look at the stars
Fernanda teaching a student to look at the stars

[image description: ballet teacher Fernanda Bianchini instructs a little boy to hold his head up and look towards the stars when he is dancing]

Here is a trailer that gives you a sense of what the film is about, and who the incredible young women are whose voices you will help elevate:

Today, the school is a safe haven for blind and visually impaired youth from across Brazil, who come here to learn who they are and smash the barriers that others have built around them. Here is a quick look at our two main characters, the awe-inspiring ballerinas:

[image description: a ballerina, dressed in a beautiful costume, with her arms open in an inviting pose]

Geyza lost her sight when she was only nine years old, but found ballet soon after. Now, she is a professional ballet dancer and she teaches a new generation of young girls and boys at the Association. But, she is also at a crossroads in her personal life: on the eve of her wedding day, Geyza must learn to balance her burgeoning family life with her career as a ballerina, hanging on to her dreams despite the sometimes disheartening realities of her life off the stage.

[image description: a teenager sits on her bed with headphones on, her laptop resting on her lap. She laughs passionately]

Thalia is a 14 year old teenager who, like every other teenager, is met with a set of seemingly unsurmountable challenges. One of Geyza's students, she is a spirited young ballerina who sees ballet as a safe haven: a place where she can be herself, where she is comforted and understood. Outside of the walls of the Association, she is often bullied and left out by the other kids at school. Thalia's greatest challenge is creating and finding independence in her life, as she learns to walk by herself and builds a network of visually impaired friends and artists online.

Help us finish our film! 

How Your Donations will Help

We need help finishing the post-production of our film, which includes paying for:

  • color correction
  • sound designers (who are building an immersive environment that will speak to all audiences, both sighted and visually impaired)
  • original music
  • legal fees (all festivals require films to have rights and clearance insurance, among other things that lawyers are so helpful with) 
  • for our festival applications and deliverables: DVD and Blu-Ray for submissions; DCPs and HDCam for exhibition.
  • translation, transcription, and audio description services that will help us bring this film to all who want to see it, whether they are seeing or blind! 

Are you ready to join our village? 

No contribution is too small (or too big!), and we have some amazing perks to help welcome you to the family, including wonderful works of art and design, courtesy of our talented friends Luiza Bione and Cecilia De Jesus:

In addition to these wonderful perks, you will also make a few indie filmmakers very happy, which will cheer you up, guaranteed! 

Here we are: 

Alejandro, Chao, Corina, Alexandre, and Melissa (with Panda the Dog on Corina's lap)
Alejandro, Chao, Corina, Alexandre, and Melissa (with Panda the Dog on Corina's lap)

[image description: a group of filmmakers pose for a group photo in a front yard in sunny Los Angeles. They are holding  a small dog, named Panda] 

Alexandre Peralta (Director/Producer/Editor) is a Student Academy Award-winning filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil. He recently graduated with his M.F.A in Film and Television Production from the USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Alexandre loves to dance, but only at weddings or when he wants to make his wife laugh. When he was a kid, he would carry his portable cassette player everywhere so he could dance “La Bamba” whenever he wanted. 

Alejandro Ernesto Martinez (Producer / Co-Cinematographer) is a Cinematographer and Producer from Nicaragua. He earned his B.A in Philosophy from McGill University, a Master in International Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and an M.F.A in Film and Television Production from USC. He grew up in Nicaragua, and believes in the therapeutic power of dance, as well as in the possibility that good stories can make the world a better place.

Melissa Rebelo Kerezsi (Producer) is a Brazilian filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She grew up in a São Paulo that was violent and opportunity-scarce. But it was also where she met the extraordinarily strong, happy, and resourceful people that continue to inspire her. Melissa worked as a physics teacher and textbook editor in Sao Paulo, then moved to the US, where she studied Liberal Arts at Columbia University, Post-Production at NYU, and is currently a film production student at USC. Melissa’s goal is to empower voices that are dampened by inequality, and to contribute to the progression of a tolerant society in which diversity is celebrated and desired. Melissa loves to dance and she’s “perfected” a way of dancing that could be described as a combination of samba, belly dance and rock ’n’ roll that flows well with any kind of tune.

Corina Maritescu (Producer) was born in Bucharest, Romania, and grew up in Bucharest and then all over again in New York City. She is a writer and a filmmaker, a first generation immigrant and a queer feminist with an agenda. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Journalism and Gender and Sexuality Studies, then from the University of Southern California with an M.F.A. in Film and T.V. Production, and currently works in T.V. Development. When she finally stops being broke, she’s going to get a tattoo of Pina Bausch’s famous words: “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”

Chao Thao (Producer) is a Hmong-American filmmaker. As a believer that the medium of film is a powerful instrument for social change, Chao is passionate about sharing diverse stories that have been obscured by history. Her philosophy as a filmmaker is to bring forth these different perspectives. Chao received her MFA in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She was a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Princess Grace Award and the USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship. Her recent credits include Associate Producer for The Hunting Ground. Her current guilty pleasure: spicy Korean chicken wings! 

Sabrina Chammas (Producer) is a Lebanese Canadian independent film producer and entrepreneur. After graduating from Northeastern University in 2010 with a B.A in Communications and a minor in Business Administration, she attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts where she obtained her MFA in Film Production and met Looking at the Stars director Alexandre Peralta. Sabrina had worked on numerous projects with Alexandre before joining the Looking at the Stars team in September 2013. Sabrina also worked along side director Jehane Noujaim on Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning documentary film The Square, which further increased her knowledge and experience with documentary film producing and distribution. Sabrina currently lives in Vancouver, Canada where she has started her own business and continues working on documentary films. 

Guan Xi (Co-cinematographer) is a native of Beijing China. She received her B.A. in Critical studies and her first M.F.A. in Documentary Film Production at Beijing Normal University. Before attending USC, she published a photography book, Illusion, which features photos taken in India, Cambodia, Nepal and China. She is a recipient of The Best Young Photographer award from The Pingyao International Photography Festival.

Kim Patrick (Supervising Sound Editor) is a sound editor and foley artist for film and television. In 2009, after graduating with a BA in Music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she moved to the west coast to study film sound at the University of Southern California. She received her MFA in Film and Television Production from USC in May 2012. Post-graduation, Kim worked as a freelance sound editor and production sound mixer in Los Angeles until December 2012 when she was hired as an intern at Skywalker Sound. She has since permanently relocated to the bay area and is honored to continue working at Skywalker with industry-leading sound editors, sound designers, and re-recording mixers, as well as, filmmakers from all over the world.

Alexis Marsh and Samuel Jones (Original Music) began collaborating as music producers and film composers in 2010. Sharing a background in jazz, pop, and avant-garde music as well as a passion for cinematic storytelling, the two multi-instrumentalists teamed up to form a studio that has since contributed scores and songs to features, short films, documentaries, art installations, games, and advertising campaigns.

Alexis & Sam's film work has been heard at major festivals around the world including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Slamdance, Edinburgh Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Fest, and the Champs Ellysees Film Festival. As collaborators with Los Angeles visual artists such as Alex Israel and Morrisa Maltz, their music has been featured in gallery exhibitions worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, Peres Projects in Berlin, and Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York City. In the television realm, Alexis & Sam's credits include commissions by HBO's Sesame Street and Nickelodeon's Ninja Turtles franchise.

We look forward to sharing our film with you! 

Whether or not you are able to contribute to our campaign, we would love to hear from you via our Facebook, Email or Website!

Keep your heart open, and remember to look at the stars!

And if you have any questions, find us below: 

lookingatthestarsmovie@gmail.com 

 http://www.starsdoc.com 

https://www.facebook.com/starsdoc/ 

https://twitter.com/balletstarmovie

Olhando pras Estrelas - Um documentário longa-metragem

Feche seus olhos. Abra seu coração.

Em algum lugar na movimentada cidade de São Paulo, Brasil, há uma escola de balé como nenhuma outra no mundo. Os jovens que estudam lá, como todo jovem artista, são determinados, esforçados e cheios de esperança. 

Eles também são pessoas com deficiência visual. 

[descrição da imagem: 6 bailarinas e um bailarino se apresentam. Eles têm a mão direita cobrindo os olhos e a esquerda estendida em direção ao público.]

Nesse mundo tão visual da dança, muitas vezes tão restrito à técnica e ângulos perfeitos, como pode uma jovem bailarina cega realizar seu sonho de voar em Lago dos Cisnes ou comandar o palco em A Bela Adormecida? Na Associação de Ballet para cegos Fernanda Bianchini, o balé é todo ensinado através do tato, audição e o ingrediente mais importante de todos: coragem.

"Olhando pras Estrelas" é um documentário longa-metragem sobre a primeira e única escola de balé para cegos no mundo, localizado em São Paulo. Filmado durante um período de três anos, o filme tem como foco principal, Geyza, uma das primeiras bailarinas da escola e agora também professora e Thalia, uma adolescente que sonha em conquistar sua autonomia e independência.

Uma breve introdução a história do projeto: "Olhando pras Estrelas" pode soar familiar, e isso é porque esse projeto começou como um curta-metragem que conseguiu arrecadar maior parte de seus fundos fazendo uma campanha aqui mesmo no Kickstarter há poucos anos. Desde então, o curta-metragem ganhou vários prêmios, incluindo o prêmio de melhor documentário da HBO / NALIP (Associação de produtores Latinos). Participou também de grandes festivais e em 2015 ganhou a medalha de ouro na categoria documentário no Oscar Estudantil!

Mas um curta-metragem não foi suficiente para contar essa linda história. O acesso sem precedentes que tivemos às histórias dessas jovens na Associação de Ballet pra Cegos Fernanda Bianchini, assim como o poder e a beleza de seus sonhos, exigiu mais espaço e tempo. Além disso, marcos importantes na vida de nossas personagens, nos fizeram sentir que precisávamos continuar gravando. Já tínhamos um longo material filmado, e com o que filmamos esse ano , conseguimos fazer um filme de 90 minutos emocionante que já está quase pronto.

Mas, precisamos de sua ajuda novamente. Para se fazer um filme, precisa de muita gente e muito trabalho. Estamos tão perto de terminar nosso filme, mas precisamos da sua ajuda para cobrir o resto dos nossos custos de pós-produção, que incluem o pagamento de nossos editores de som incríveis (que estão construindo um ambiente ainda mais intimista, que irá incluir todos os públicos, inclusive pessoas com deficiência visual), nossos especialistas em correção de cor e nossos compositores sensacionais. Se você acredita que tudo é possível, se você sonha todos os dias, e se emociona ao ver um ato de bravura, nós queremos pedir que você se junte à nossa família e nos ajude a contar esta história.

Qual é a história que estamos contando (juntos)?

No início, Fernanda Bianchini, que tinha apenas 15 anos de idade, começou a dar aulas de ballet para meninas com deficiência visual em uma escola localizada em São Paulo, chamada Instituto de Cegos Padre Chico. No começo, ninguém acreditou que o balé pudesse ser ensinado para essas meninas, uma vez que elas não poderiam ver o professor executar os movimentos e copiá-los com perfeição. Mas Fernanda perseverou, e agora, quase 20 anos depois, a Associação Fernanda Bianchini de Ballet e Artes para Cegos já apareceu na mídia no mundo todo, fizeram diversas apresentações, incluindo uma performance de abertura para o Ballet Real da Dinamarca, e conquistaram inclusive a admiração do lendário bailarino Mikhail Baryshnikov (não é pouca coisa não!).

[descrição da imagem: Fernanda ensina um movimento de braços para Geyza, segurando suas mãos.]

Aqui está um trailer que vai poder te ajudar a entender um pouco melhor essa historia e conhecer quem são essas jovens tão incríveis, por quem nós nos apaixonamos e temos certeza de que você também irá:

Atualmente, a escola acaba sendo um espaço seguro para esses jovens poderem se expressar e quebrar as barreiras que foram construídas a sua volta. Conheça as nossas duas personagens principais: 

[descrição da imagem: Geyza e Thalia dão uma gargalhada juntas em um parque.] 

Geyza perdeu a visão quando tinha apenas nove anos de idade, e logo encontrou o balé. Agora, além de bailarina profissional, ela ensina toda uma nova geração de jovens meninas e meninos na associação. Mas, ela também está em uma encruzilhada em sua vida pessoal: as vésperas de seu casamento, Geyza tem que aprender a balancear essa nova etapa de sua vida pessoal com sua carreira como bailarina. Ela terá que se agarrar aos seus sonhos, apesar dos desafios que aparecem em sua vida fora do palco. 

Thalia é uma adolescente de 14 anos que, como qualquer outra adolescente, tem diversos desafios que podem parecer impossíveis para uma menina da sua idade. Uma das alunas de Geyza, ela é uma bailarina jovem espirituosa que vê o ballet como um refúgio seguro: um lugar onde ela pode ser ela mesma, onde é compreendida e encorajada a dar o seu melhor. Fora da Associação, ela muitas vezes acaba sendo deixada de lado pelos outros alunos de sua escola. O maior desafio de Thalia é se tornar mais independente e autônoma. Para isso, ela começará a aprender a andar sozinha, e conhecerá novos amigos, também com deficiência visual. 

Ajude-nos a terminar o filme! 

Além de pagar nossos técnicos de cor, editores de som e compositores, também precisamos de fundos para todos os gastos legais e para as nossas aplicações para festivais , DVD e Blu-Ray. Além de serviços de tradução e transcrição que irão nos ajudar a aproximar este filme para todos os públicos, possam eles enxergar ou não. 

Você está pronto para se juntar à nossa família? Então é só clicar em uma das opções na coluna da direita, e selecionar o seu nível de contribuição! Nenhuma contribuição é muito pequena (ou grande demais!). Tentamos pensar com muito carinho em recompensas que você pudesse gostar. 

Além disso, você também irá fazer um grupo de cineastas independentes muito felizes! 

Alexandre Peralta (Diretor / Produtor / Editor) é um cineasta de São Paulo, ganhador do Student Academy Award (Oscar Estudantil) na categoria de documentário. Ele recentemente se formou no seu mestrado em Cinema e Televisão pela Escola de Artes Cinematográficas da USC (Universidade do Sul da Califórnia). Alexandre adora dançar, mas só em casamentos ou quando ele quer fazer sua esposa rir. Quando ele era criança, ele levava seu primeiro gradiente pra todo lugar, para que ele pudesse dançar "La Bamba" quando quisesse. 

Alejandro Ernesto Martinez B (Produtor / Diretor de Fotografia) é um cineasta da Nicarágua;. Ele acredita no poder terapêutico da dança, na riqueza nutricional do abacate e na possibilidade de que boas histórias podem tornar o mundo um lugar melhor. Ele tem um B.A em Filosofia pela Universidade McGill, um mestrado em Direito Internacional pela Universidad Complutense de Madrid, e um mestrado em Cinema e Televisão pela USC (Universidade do Sul da Califórnia). 

Melissa Rebelo Kerezsi (Produtora) é uma cineasta brasileira vivendo em Los Angeles. Ela cresceu em uma São Paulo violenta, e de oportunidades escassas. Mas foi onde também encontrou pessoas extraordinariamente fortes, felizes, e inegavelmente criativas que continuam a inspirá-la. Melissa trabalhou como professora de física e editora de livros em São Paulo, em seguida, mudou-se para os EUA, onde estudou Artes Liberais na Universidade de Columbia, Pós-Produção na NYU (Universidade de Nova Iorque), e é atualmente uma estudante de produção cinematográfica na USC (Universidade do Sul da Califórnia). O objetivo de Melissa é empoderar vozes que por vezes são silenciadas pela desigualdade ou preconceito, e contribuir para o desenvolvimento de uma sociedade tolerante na qual a diversidade é celebrada e desejada. Melissa adora dançar, mas você nunca poderia dizer que tipo de música que ela está ouvindo apenas por ver seus movimentos. Ela "aperfeiçoou" uma forma de dança que poderia ser descrita como uma combinação de samba, dança do ventre e rock 'n' roll e flui bem com qualquer tipo de música. 

Corina Maritescu (Produtora) nasceu em Bucareste, na Romênia, e cresceu em Bucareste e continuou em Nova York. Ela é uma roteirista e cineasta, primeira geração de imigrantes e uma feminista queer com um objetivo claro. Ela se formou pela Universidade de Nova York com um Bacharel em Jornalismo e Estudos de Gênero e Sexualidade, e em seguida, pela USC (Universidade do Sul da California) com um mestrado em Cinema e Televisão. Atualmente trabalha em uma produtora desenvolvendo programas de T.V.. Quando finalmente não estiver mais “quebrada” financeiramente, ela vai fazer uma tatuagem com as famosas palavras de Pina Bausch: "Dance, dance, caso contrário estaremos perdidos." 

Chao Thao (Produtora) é uma cineasta Hmong-americana. que acredita que o filme é um poderoso instrumento para a mudança social, Chao é apaixonada por compartilhar diversas histórias que foram ignoradas pela história, sua filosofia como cineasta é a trazer a tona essas diferentes perspectivas. Chao recebeu seu mestrado em Cinema e Televisão pela USC (Universidade do Sul da California). Em 2012 recebeu o prestigiado Princess Grace Award e o USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship. Seus créditos recentes incluem ser produtora associada do The Hunting Ground. Seu atual pecado da gula são: asas de frango koreanas picantes! 

Kimberly Patrick (supervisora e editora de som) é editora de som e artista de foley para cinema e televisão. Em 2009, após graduar-se com um Bacharelado em Música pela Universidade de Maryland, condado de Baltimore, ela se mudou para a costa oeste para estudar som em cinema na USC (Universidade do Sul da Califórnia). Ela recebeu seu mestrado pela USC em Maio de 2012. Como pós-graduação, Kim trabalhou como editora de som freelance e técnica de produção de som em Los Angeles até dezembro de 2012 quando foi contratada como estagiária na Skywalker. Desde que se mudou permanentemente para a área de São Francisco, tem tido a honra de continuar trabalhando na Skywalker com os editores líderes do setor de som, engenheiros de som e mixadores, bem como, cineastas de todo o mundo. 

Alexis Marsh e Samuel Jones (música original) começaram a colaborar como produtores de música e compositores de cinema em 2010. Compartilhando uma formação em jazz, pop e música de vanguarda, bem como uma paixão pela narrativa cinematográfica, os dois multi-instrumentistas uniram-se para formar um estúdio e desde então, contribuíram para dezenas de canções para recursos, curtas-metragens, documentários, instalações de arte, jogos e campanhas publicitárias. 

O trabalho de Alexis & Sam já foi ouvido em grandes festivais ao redor do mundo, incluindo Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Slamdance, Edinburgh Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Festival AFI, Champs Ellysees Film Festival. Já tiveram experiência também como colaboradores de artistas visuais de Los Angeles tais como, Alex Israel e Morrisa Maltz, onde sua música foi destaque em exposições em galerias por todo o mundo, incluindo o Museu de Arte Contemporânea, em Santa Barbara, Projeto Peres, em Berlim, e Reena Spaulings Fine Art, em Nova York. Na área de televisão, os créditos de Alexis & Sam incluem passagens por Vila Sésamo, da HBO e Tartarugas Ninjas da Nickelodeon. 

Estamos ansiosos para compartilhar o nosso filme com você! 

Podendo ou não contribuir com a nossa campanha, adoraríamos ouvir de você através do nosso Facebook, e-mail ou site! 

lookingatthestarsmovie@gmail.com

http://www.starsdoc.com

https://www.facebook.com/starsdoc/

https://twitter.com/balletstarmovie

Mantenha seu coração aberto, e lembre-se de olhar sempre para as estrelas!

[descrição da Imagem: Geyza se alonga com roupa de bailarina no Viaduto Santa Efigênia, em São Paulo] 

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Our biggest challenge is making this film accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences, but with our team of professional sound designers and dubbers on board, we are confident we will make that happen, bringing our film to all who wish to watch it. Thank you for helping us do that!

Making a film is a difficult and risky process, from getting rained out on set, to having an actor or character take another job last minute or change their mind - but thankfully we already have our footage "in the can!" Your donation here carries much less risk than one for a film in pre-production. If we raise these funds, we will be able to complete the film and deliver it to your inbox shortly after!

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    So here’s a stylish tote bag to help you carry your...books? Pointe shoes? CD player? Do they even make CD players anymore? The tote features a special design by artist and friend Luiza Bione. Check out the design on our campaign page!

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    BALLET STYLE
    T-SHIRT + SHORT FILM
    You’ve got great style, we can tell! To say thank you for your donation, we’re sending you a stylish “Looking at the Stars” T-shirt (choose between our two options), and a link to the short film version of our documentary.

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    FIRST POSITION
    T-SHIRT + FEATURE FILM
    For this level of contribution, we’re sending you a T-shirt (choose between our two options) AND a digital download of our feature film! Get cozy in our design and enjoy the movie!

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    YOU'RE OUR BEST FRIEND!
    T-SHIRT + FEATURE FILM + EXCLUSIVE PRINT
    You’ve mastered the art of Kickstarter donations, and you’ve done us a big favor! Thank you, friend! Here is a T-shirt (choose between our two options), a digital download of our film, and a special print of one of Luiza’s amazing designs.

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    BALLET STYLE PART DEUX
    TWO T-SHIRTS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Do you want two T-shirts (one for your BFF/daughter/sister/brother)? Here you go! Choose between our two designs, get two of the same design or one of each! Plus, you get a digital download of our film!

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    DON'T BE BLU!
    SiGNED BLU-RAY/DVD + TOTE + THANK YOU IN CREDITS
    Cheer up, we’re sending you a Blu-Ray of the film! And a tote to carry your Blu-Ray! And we’re going to thank you in the credits and put your name on the big screen! You’re the best!

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    TOTAL KNOCKOUT COMBO
    T-SHIRT + TOTE + PRINT
    You've got a great eye for design! So here are our T-Shirt (choose between two options), an exclusive tote bag and a special print of your choice.

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    WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL!
    FILM + T-SHIRT + BLU-RAY + PRINT + TOTE
    You’ve contributed a lot, you deserve it all! We’re sending you a digital download of the film, a Blu-Ray of the film, a T-shirt (choose between our two options), a special print of Luiza’s amazing designs AND we’re thanking you in our credits!

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    ADVANCE SCREENING AND Q&A + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS!
    You’ll get an advance link to watch the film after our first festival premiere, and an invitation to a virtual hangout and Q&A with one of the filmmakers and/or characters, depending on availability! Ask all the questions you want! Tell us what you really thought of the film! Meet the people who worked behind the scenes. Plus a thank you in the credits.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    COMMUNITY / EDUCATIONAL SCREENING
    This one is for the teachers, panelists, librarians and group facilitators! We will send you a copy of the film on Blu-Ray or DVD to play for your classroom, study group, film students or other interested parties! Then, we will schedule a Q&A session with the director either in person or over Skype, depending on availability, and have a short lecture on a topic your community is interested in! (For anyone booking through a school or an organization, contact us with any questions and we will sign any necessary paperwork and provide a short description of this session for departmental approval, if necessary.)

    Fiscal sponsorship: For contributions over $500, tax-deductible status is available via our fiscal sponsor. Contact us for more info!

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    YOU’RE A PREMIER FRIEND!
    TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE + SPECIAL THANKS + ADVANCE LINK TO THE FILM + BLU-RAY + T-SHIRT + TOTE + PRINT
    So come to our premiere! You will receive two tickets to either the film’s WORLD PREMIERE or to a screening at a festival near you! You will also receive a link to a private screening of the film before anyone else has seen it, and a special thanks in the credits! *transportation and lodging not included.

    Bonus: we'll include everything we've got: T-shirt, Blu-Ray, Tote and Print!

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    OFFICIALLY PART OF OUR FILM!
    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + EVERYTHING ELSE
    You’ve earned it. At this point, you’re not even our BBBFF (Best Best Best Friend Forever) - you’re our Associate Producer! You will get everything from the $1000 contribution level, a T-shirt, a Blu-Ray, a tote, a special print by Luiza, and an Associate Producer Credit on the film.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
    This is it. The big kahuna. You’ll get an Executive Producer credit, as well as our everlasting gratitude, one of our firstborns (just kidding), and everything from the $5000 level. You mean everything to us. We mean it.

    Fiscal sponsorship: Tax-deductible status is available via our fiscal sponsor. Contact us for more info!

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