Fundraising for feature June, Adrift: Three women in their 20s impulsively flee dispiriting lives to build a sailboat in rural Maryland
Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page. We are Crafty Shoddmanship Productions, an all-female production company raising funds for our first feature film June, Adrift. Check us out at http://www.craftyshoddmanship.com
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three women in their 20s impulsively flee dispiriting lives to build a sailboat in rural Maryland.
Emma Turner is an aspiring sound designer who is currently only able to get paid gigs doing Foley Art for porn films such as Half Mast 3: Taking it in the Aft. Emma hates that the rest of the world perceives her as an eternal child, the epitome of her "boomerang generation". She is constantly faced with unequivocal evidence that the people in her life are anticipating her inevitable failure in the sound industry. Her family tries to be supportive, but their support manifests in the most demeaning ways and they frequently remind her they have not yet packed up her room at home. Emma realizes that older generations view her as a loser, oaf, and loafer who cannot accomplish anything difficult. She is determined to prove them wrong.
Liesl Schonauer is a first generation Austrian-American living with her grandmother and her parents, who worked their entire lives so Liesl could get a prestigious American education. All of them believed a PhD would open the door to the American Dream. A year after receiving her doctorate, however, Liesl rises every morning to pretend, for the benefit of her family, to go to a university job, while in fact she drives straight to a hardware store parking lot and changes into her apron to spend her day mixing paint. Liesl realizes in today’s economy the market is oversaturated with qualified PhD candidates. Incensed that her hard work did not pay off, she now finds herself trapped in a web of lies trying to hold it together.
Rachel Spencer is a first grade teacher who is actually successfully working in her desired field but whose life feels stagnant from Friday at 3 PM through Monday at 7 AM. Her summer calendar is entirely empty, and she has completed her lesson plan and restocked her supplies for the next school year before the summer even begins. She is the consummate nurturer, unable to recognize that she needs to take care of herself instead of taking care of everyone around her.
After a series of humiliating encounters with members of her parents' generation, Emma makes the impulsive decision to return to her parents' house, vacant while they are traveling for the summer, in order to complete a boat kit given to her by an uncle fifteen years ago. As her enthusiasm for the project snowballs, she accidentally collects two traveling companions in Liesl and Rachel. Liesl joins Emma because she senses a kindred spirit who knows what it is to be pulled down by demeaning human interaction. Rachel joins the girls because she feels the need to look out for her best friend Emma who does not seem to have a plan, or even enough gas money to get across the country. The three women set out for a cottage by the Chesapeake Bay to prove that they can complete a challenge, hoping to regain their self-respect. Once there, they encounter two locals, Deputy Dusty, a small town hero who peaked too early, and Roy, the curmudgeonly old man next door. Dusty and Roy end up helping the girls both with their boat building and with their journeys toward personal growth.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have put together a team of capable people who are very used to rolling with the punches, and we have written a script with our limitations in mind. We know the script we wrote is achievable to film. The last two acts of the film take place in Chesapeake City, MD and we already have access to the locations we need there: primarily a house, a boat-building garage, a dock, and the bay. All of these places are found in and around a home which has been secured as a location. Our biggest location challenge will be filming the interior of a hardware store, but we have some leads and we are confident we will have an agreement shortly. Every day we are moved by the enthusiasm we hear from those around us, and many people have come through to make this project a reality.
Having said that, no project is without risks. Lack of money is the biggest one. Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowd-funding platform. June, Adrift only receives your pledges if we reach our goal. If the goal is not achieved, your pledge will not be processed. We are already planning to start production in June, and without your support of this campaign, we run the risk of not having adequate resources to bring this story to life.
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