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A scripted short film about a young woman's experience with rape culture, through a survivor's eyes.
A scripted short film about a young woman's experience with rape culture, through a survivor's eyes.
A scripted short film about a young woman's experience with rape culture, through a survivor's eyes.
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Disfluency is a short film that follows a young woman through her daily life, from her passive usage of the phrase "I'm sorry," to her being raped and the emotional aftermath. All the while, this habit of apologizing eerily stays with her throughout, begging the question: have we let rape become a cultural disfluency—an expected, almost unnoticeable interruption—in our culture?

We're seeking funding to aid in all areas of production for this 10-minute, scripted, dramatic film. This funding will include equipment rentals, location fees, insurance, wardrobe, set dress, props and meals to feed the cast and crew.

All US donations to this fundraising campaign are tax deductible

Rape culture is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence. 

Speech Disfluencies (Non-stuttering) are interruptions in the smooth flow of speech. Normal speech disfluencies occur in our everyday language and include hesitations, revisions, repetition of phrases and interjections (um, like, well, huh, sorry)

 

Potential Donors, 

I'm here in hopes of telling a deeply important story that reflects on so many women's experiences with rape culture—including my own.

As a survivor of sexual assault, I'm intimately familiar with the micro-aggressions that pervade rape culture. I want to take this perspective to the screen, and show the world through a post-survivor lens in a 10-minute narrative short film called Disfluency. Having recently graduated from the University of Michigan's film program, I have the skills, experience and vision to help tell this story.

The film follows a young woman’s experience with sexism—from the seemingly minuscule but chronic usage of the word “sorry” to the crime of rape itself, including the aftermath that is rarely depicted. It will be a scripted narrative with abstract elements. It'll make you feel uncomfortable, and think it'll make you think. We're striving for awareness and understanding.

We are a young, female-led filmmaking team. Laura Holliday, our director, is thoughtful and commanding—an artistic force to be reckoned with. The talent involved in this production is outstanding and includes many brilliant graduates of the University of Michigan's Screen Arts & Cultures program. 

I'm thrilled and humbled to share their work with you.

Any donations, contributions of services, shares or support of any kind will be greatly appreciated. You're the real MVPs, donors—let's make this happen!

Much Love,

Anna
Writer/Producer

 

Laura Holliday, Director
Laura Holliday, Director

  

Anna Baumgarten, Writer/Producer
Anna Baumgarten, Writer/Producer

 

 

 

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We are young, smart, resilient, and broke. Like so many artists in Los Angeles we are battling for resources. Your monetary donations will give us the keys to the Hollywood castle (or at least the keys to the tool shed), and every other kind of support -- from sharing our Kickstarter to service donations -- will be put to good use. You're an important part of our team!

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