Big Bad Wolves tells the story of 4 teenage girls in Brooklyn whose transformation from BFFs 4EVA to violent vigilante gang is set in motion by a violent encounter at the end of a pier in Coney Island one humid July evening. Zoya and her friends, Cleo, Ronnie, and Hen are ready for the best summer ever. Strutting their stuff in unison through grimy subway underpasses and housing project hallways -- these selfie queens are fierce, fabulous and undeterred by their less than glamorous catwalk. Likes and retweets abound.
But when Cleo’s on-again off-again boyfriend, Taylor, crosses the line of abuse, the girls make a pact to protect Cleo and keep her from harm’s way. A run in with Taylor at a Coney Island dance party tests the lengths to which they'll go keep that pact. Revenge fantasy becomes vivid reality. As the sun comes up, the girls jump off the pier into the ocean, cleansing themselves of the bloody evidence on their hands and clothes and forever sealing their fate.
A recent incident of a friend's sexual assault and it's aftermath brought the seed of Big Bad Wolves to life. When she confided in me, my reaction was immediate and clear- “let’s get a baseball bat, and go after the fucker”. A reaction so instinctive, so furious, that it inspired something in me. A thing that every woman, regardless of age, race, or social status can likely recognize.
I personally know very few women who DON’T have an assault story. I also know that my reaction to my friend's story is one I’ve had many times over, and one that many people in my audience have had too.
That’s how the Big Bad Wolves were born. The idea of the oppressed fighting back and becoming oppressors. A violence born of hopelessness, naïveté, and frustration.
Big Bad Wolves is a celebration of female friendship, a love letter to youthful idealism, and most of all, an appreciation for the badass teenage girls of New York City.
We are shooting in Brooklyn, NYC this summer in late August and early September with the help of local NYC indie filmmakers and our network of collaborators from Columbia University. Because this will also be a Columbia University MFA thesis film, it is guaranteed to be completed by May 2018. "Big Bad Wolves" is also guaranteed a premiere at Lincoln Center as well as the support and in kind services that the university provides.
Big Bad Wolves is a short film adapted from a feature film of the same name by our Writer/ Director, Rachel James. The short is a prologue of sorts to a larger epic crime film that chronicles both the rise and the fall of The Big Bad Wolves gang. The short film will serve as "proof of concept" for the feature, grow our audience, and give momentum to the production of the feature film.
We have big plans for our She-Wolves and the short film is just the beginning of an exciting journey.
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Risks and challenges
As anyone who has ever made a movie knows, it is not an easy thing to do -- Big Bad Wolves has some of its own unique challenges, and our team is ready to tackle them:
Casting is hugely important, and so we've started the process much earlier than is traditionally necessary. We're already actively on the hunt for Zoya, Ronnie, Cleo, and Hen -- just in case the search for realistic, fierce, New York teens takes much longer than we anticipated.
The main challenge (an exciting one!) is the fight scene in the film. It is an incredibly significant scene and shows the four leads transforming from four Brooklyn girls into warriors. Choreographing and blocking the scene from many points of view will be difficult and time consuming -- we will be hiring a seasoned stunt coordinator, and dedicate a full "day" of shooting to properly executing this scene.
Lastly, post-production is always the place where film projects can get lost in the ether -- you need either a lot of time, or money, to execute a fully finished product. That's why we're here today! We want to head into production with most of our post production budget in place. We are also fortunate enough to have the resources of Columbia's MFA film program to help us out with post production (and deadlines) along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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