About this project
SURVIVING ME is a completed feature film that tells the story of Sophie, a college student on a journey of self-discovery through her own experience of Dante's Inferno. It is the story of a complex, intelligent and flawed young woman's coming-of-age. Watch the trailer here:
SURVIVING ME (105 min) written & directed by Leah Yananton, stars Mira Furlan (Lost), Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), Fredric Lehne (Lost), and Christine Ryndak as "Sophie." The movie successfully completed its festival run, and now we are embarking on a college tour in the fall of 2017 to screen our film and hold discussions that will empower college students around issues they are facing. As a result of this tour, the film will finally be able to connect with the college women for whom it was made. The tour is our final undertaking before the film's digital release.
The project was conceived while Leah Yananton was a student in college and felt that there weren't enough conversations in college about healthy relationships and boundaries. "On the contrary, I felt that college culture often encouraged personal exploitation. SURVIVING ME is my vehicle to talk about consumer culture at a personal level."
We are also partnering with the non-profit MORE THAN ME, which provides education and healthcare for girls in Liberia. Partnering gives us both an opportunity to amplify our voices to uplift young women. We feel that MORE THAN ME is the perfect example of what comes after SURVIVING ME on the metaphorical journey. Founder Katie Meyler has also offered to speak with Leah Yananton for an event on the college tour.
Katie Meyler’s story is very inspiring. She is a TIME Person of the Year, recognized for her work on the front lines of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Katie grew up on government assistance in the USA and thought she was poor. Traveling abroad to a developing country for the first time, she realized she was one of the world’s wealthiest people. It all started when Katie met an 11 year old girl, and learned that she was selling herself for clean drinking water, when all she really wanted was to go to school. Katie knew she had to do something. More Than Me was founded because no person should have to sell themselves to meet their basic needs.
Learn more by visiting www.morethanme.org
Cost for Campaign:
- $2,000 Music licenses - cost to renew licenses for music in film
-$1,000 Intern stipends - a budgeted amount needed to pay interns
-$4,000 Deliverables for projection - cost to hire a Post Supervisor, DCP creation, closed captioning, formatting, DVD creation & duplication, and shipping for the tour.
-$5,000 Travel costs - travel required for these screenings, room & board
-$2,000 Public Relations & Advertising - costs required to promote this tour
-$2,000 Special Events - costs associated with space rental and fees
-$14,000 Producer of Marketing and Distribution - costs to hire a PMD to manage tour and digital release
Thank you for joining us on this journey and becoming part of our community-- we can't do this without you! Please consider donating or sharing this campaign. You have our deepest gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for supporting our vision to give voice to college women!
Risks and challenges
Our film’s content can be considered controversial since it deals with sexuality and female empowerment. We've reached out to over 250 universities so far, and young women are eager for this type of story to be screened and used as a way to bring college women together in dialogue. We've even had a university officially refuse to screen the film because of the sexual content, but student groups have mobilized to seek ways to screen it off campus. This exemplifies the fact that dynamic portrayals of women, including their sexuality, are still not the norm, and emphasizes why it is so important for this film to reach college women. We believe that empowered women are more likely to advocate for themselves, and we will use the screenings as a platform to discuss various themes related to the film, including: sexual identity, financial literacy, sexual assault, gender based violence, college accessibility, healthy boundaries, etc. Since college culture does not always prioritize women's safety and health, we see immense value in using these screenings to create safe spaces for women on campus to share their experiences and voice their concerns.
We also want to ensure that we will successfully connect with our intended audience, and are inclusive of any students that can benefit from the film’s message. We don’t want our conversations to take place in a vacuum. To meet this challenge, we will shape our discussions and discussion guides alongside a variety of host organizations on campus that will ensure our screenings are relevant and useful to each unique campus. These organizations will range from Women's Studies departments to LGBTQ groups to film clubs and campus religious organizations.
Kickstarter makes it clear that the IRS prohibits crowd funding from being donated to nonprofits, so we plan to donate to MORE THAN ME separate from this campaign with a portion of our film's earnings from licensing fees.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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