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Set in the American South, 13 Pieces follows a girl as she struggles to come into her own and captures the little moments in between.
Set in the American South, 13 Pieces follows a girl as she struggles to come into her own and captures the little moments in between.
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TARA SHEFFER NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

WHO IS THIS LADY?

Tara Sheffer is a Southern filmmaker and current film and literature double major at Bard college. She was born in Pensacola, Florida, lived in Jackson, Mississippi for six years, and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She now resides in both New York City with her mother and in Nashville, Tennessee with her father.

WHAT'S THE STORY?

13 Pieces of the Universe is a narrative about a young girl, Sara, and her coming of age in the rural South. It is based on the poem Elsewhere in the Universe by Jamey Jones. The film draws its structure, rather than plot, from the poem by utilizing the original artwork’s form (the literal alliteration, repetition, stanza structure, page number, ect.) to become the source of the narrative. 13 Pieces of the Universe draws heavily from my point of view. It is me. It is my voice. It is my daring. It expresses my internalized sense of place in the world. It captures the delicate balance of the little moments in life.

The film asks the big question about what it means to become a person and navigate relationships. It explores how Sara attempts to develop an identity within and without her family. How she works through the growth of growing up, experiencing the tragedy of grief and grace, and all the little moments in between.

(PS my film advisor/professor, Marie Regan, at Bard told me that my piece is "sensual, atmospheric, and anchored in my particular eye.")(BLUSH).

WHAT IS TARA'S POINT OF VIEW?

Here is a link to Tara's Artist Statement and Cultural Position. 

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?

It is SO important to me that this project gets funded. Not only is this film going to be my senior project at Bard College, but it is a project that I am sincerely passionate about. I'm going to (have already...) put all of myself into this project. Your collaboration will help provide:

  • Travel/Transportation
  • Equipment Rental 
  • Craft Services
  • Production Design
  • Costumes
  • Canoe Rental
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Location Permits
  • Publicity Materials

and SO MUCH MORE. You are not only collaborating with me for my senior project at Bard (helllloooo graduation) but you are funding a super passionate lady who wants to make movies. It's a collaboration. Let's collaborate.

WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE LOOKING LIKE?

Shooting will start in late August. In late July I am going to drive down South for location scouting, casting, and final preparation. So far it is narrowed down to the Nashville Area in Tennessee or Gillett, Arkansas. I am working on the final draft of the script now as well as storyboards. I have three people who have agreed to crew for the shoot as of now. EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER!! I just need the collaboration of the wonderful people of Kickstarter and the internet to help me fund my film.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! TELL YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR DOG, YOUR CAT. TUMBLE, TWEET, FACEBOOK, GCHAT, ICHAT, AIM, TEXT, CALL, WRITE A LETTER, OR SEND A CARRIER PIGION ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

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