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We genuinely couldn't do this without your help, and we're so grateful for each of you. We hope you'll love THE FEELS even more knowing that you're an integral part of the team!
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The Feels is an improvised comedy about a group of girlfriends (and one dude) on a lesbian bachelorette weekend in wine country. Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with their closest friends. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted, and Lu admits to everyone that she’s never had an orgasm. This admission comes as a complete surprise to Andi and derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways. It causes everyone to reflect on trust, love, and their journeys to experiencing their first orgasm.
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So, The Feels is an improvised comedy about the female orgasm. I'm excited about this subject matter (LOL) because the female orgasm is something that is relatively taboo, and rarely discussed in our culture. And while the film’s concept could have been executed in a very broad, and predictable way, we’ve taken a grounded, improvised approach that explores the underlying dynamics that allowed this “orgasm deception” to take place.
I chose to make this an improvised film because I wanted to capture the funny, weird things that arise naturally among girlfriends. And I wanted to create a story where they talk about their sexuality in a way that feels real, and true, and particular. In order to achieve this, we cast a mixture of comedic actresses (Constance Wu and Angela Trimbur), stand up comedians (Ever Mainard and Josh Fadem) and my real life best friends (recording artist, KARYYN, and my co-writer, Lauren Parks).
I think that because of this approach, we’ve created a naturalistic comedic tone that is particular to The Feels, and I think that the amazing women in the film have something truly unique to say about female relationships and sexuality.
Thank you again for your support, and we can't wait to share this film with you!
Jenée LaMarque (Co-Writer / Director)
P.S. Looking at the statistics on representation of women in film and television can be really discouraging. But it is my intention in my career to “be the change” that I want to see in the world. And that is why our movie was purposefully engineered to create opportunities for women, POC and the LGBTQ community. We are proud to say that we have an 80% female cast and a 68% female crew.
We are so close to finishing! And we really need your help! While we have an amazing edit of the movie, we need help to cover color correction, post production sound, festival costs, and other expenses to help bring this movie to the world. We have found incredible collaborators, but need to compensate them. Please help us in adding that final layer of polish!
Jenée LaMarque (Co-Writer / Director)
Jenée graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis in poetry, and has an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute. Her screenplay for The Pretty One was part of the 2011 Black List and her short film, “Spoonful” (her directorial debut) played at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature, The Pretty One, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was sold to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions. It won Best Narrative Feature and Jenée won Best Director at the Savannah Film Festival. Her second feature The Feels, starring Constance Wu and Angela Trimbur, will premiere at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.
Jenée is a member of the screenwriting faculty at AFI and represented by Carolyn Sivitz at the United Talent Agency, and Emily Rose at Mosaic. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, composer, Julian Wass, and their two daughters.
Steven Berger (Producer)
Steven is a Hawaiian-born filmmaker with an M.F.A. in Producing from the American Film Institute. In 2012, he founded Provenance Pictures, a Los Angeles based development and production company. Steven is currently the Producer in Residence at Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization that champions the independent filmmaker. He most recently produced the films Inheritance and Slash, both selections of the SXSW Film Festival. Additional producing credits include The Pretty One, starring Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson, the Dallas Film Festival Grand Jury Award winning Echoes of War, starring James Badge Dale and Maika Monroe, and “Spoonful”, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He began working in the industry in post-production, working on over two dozen films and television shows over 10 years, including Spiderman 2, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Incredibles.
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This is the poster you'll receive as a high res digital download, or choose the signed poster reward and receive a theatrical quality print signed by our cast!
Risks and challenges
The Feels is picture locked but we currently need to finish our color correction and sound mix, as we prep for our upcoming premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival!
We plan to use the funds from the Kickstarter to help pay for the color correction and sound mix, as well as help us cover the cost of music licensing and a publicist for our festival run.
It's a challenge to complete a feature film, no doubt, but our team has done all of this before. We are almost finished and with your generous help we hope to see you at film festivals throughout the summer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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