March 8, 2012 International Women's Day: Appropriate day to begin this campaign
Rationale for our Kickstarter
Mixed martial arts has been
controversial since its conception. If you’re a fan you know it’s certainly
a growth sport. But as with many sports, women are finding it difficult to be
recognized as professional athletes. Female fighters do compete as
individuals in the cage and there is a strong sense of community among
them. They fight for a common cause - equality in sports, which also translates
into equality in society.
However, opportunities for
women MMA fighters have been few and far between and when the major promotion Strikeforce
was recently bought by the UFC even those opportunities were
diminished. But then two women decided to change that with a historic all-woman
fight card to be held in April 2012 in Kansas City, KS.
Our documentary A Cage of
their Own is the story behind this event. It will look at the lives and
ambitions of the promoters as well as those of some of the twenty-four
professional female fighters. Each will have a unique story to tell. Women of
all weight categories will fight in this unique promotion. But each shares a
passion for fighting as well as female empowerment. And that’s what this film
will ultimately be about.
As for the promoters, they’re
offering a unique card but will it be a one shot deal? Invicta Fighting
Championships hopes not. They’re offering free live streaming video of the event
from their website in the hope that it will increase international
interest in women’s MMA .
Financial goal for this
We've set a minimum goal of
$10,000 to cover the costs of traveling to Kansas City in April and to various
cities in order to film the women fighters featured in the film. Anything
beyond the minimum goal will go toward special post-production services, such
as audio mixes, color correction, music acquisition, etc.
How we plan to use the raised
The Ceze Films team plans to
be there to document this historic occasion in a film titled A Cage of their
Own. But to tell the whole story in the most engaging manner will involve
shooting on other locations as well. We need to be able to show and not just
tell. That’s why we’re asking for your help. We want to show you the fighters
in their own environment, in addition to showing them before and after their
Who we are and our connection
to women’s MMA
Claudine Jordan and Tom
Klodin taught film on the college level for many years. Their films have been
distributed nationally as well as screened internationally at various film
festivals. They are not newcomers to the world of MMA. In their
feature-length documentary Fight for It (www.FightForItMovie.com) they followed MMA
fighter Leslie Smith for two years as she developed from a fledgling fighter to
becoming a major contender. Leslie Smith will face Kaitlin Young at the April Invicta
Fighting Championships One fight card. Several other key players in Fight
for It will be featured in the new film as well. See the fight card at http://www.mmarising.com/news/2012/02/20/invicta-fighting-championships-1-main-card-bouts-revealed/
Why you may want to sponsor
So why should you help
sponsor this film? If you’re an MMA fan or a feminist, or if you simply like
upbeat positive documentaries you’ll probably want to see this film. We believe
that there is a great and timely story here to share and, with your help, that is
what we intend to do.
Kickstarter funding rules and
how it affects this project
Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. Your credit card or debit card will not be charged unless the campaign is successful.
How you can help
1. Pledge the amount with which you feel comfortable
2. Forward this Kickstarter page to the friends and family members whom you think would like to sponsor us
3. "Like" our Ceze Films Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ceze-Films/166623926698582
And consider this:
We’re trying to tell a story
about people who, after hearing “no” so many times, decided to do something
positive for change and for equality. By supporting us you’ll be supporting
that message as well.
As filmmakers we are
committed to our craft and this project. Working on Fight For It opened
our eyes to a world we certainly didn’t expect. We met some of the kindest, most respectful and educated people around. It’s the surprises that make this
story so exciting – plus, of course, the visceral action that takes place inside
Thank you for looking at our page, for supporting women in sports, and women's MMA specifically!
Casewrap image of the Fight For It movie you will receive with a pledge of $50 or more.