UPDATED GOAL: $10,000
We're fully funded!
We know it’s ambitious, but we’re stretching our original goal to $10,000. With these additional funds, we will:
- Execute a more robust festival submission strategy
- Further compensate our cast & crew so that they’re not only compensated fairly, but paid what they deserve
- And of course, the story doesn’t end with Some of Her Parts. This short film is a small piece of a much larger story, which is itself one of the many stories we at Radical Rhinoceros want to tell. Any additional funds are a direct investment in the expansion of this short into a feature film, as well as a contribution towards all of our future work.
Thank you so much to all the people who've donated, shared the page, lent advice, and given encouragement! We're deeply grateful for all of your support, and can't wait to share the finished film with you all.
Some of Her Parts is a short film set in the near future, when medicine will allow people to survive long past the human body's shelf life.
In the movie, a young woman named Vanessa visits the hospital to celebrate the 173rd birthday of her grandmother Miriam, who is now a box. Unfortunately, Miriam isn't doing so well. Vanessa is forced to make a decision that could dramatically alter what remains of her grandmother's life....
Why It's Important
This is a cautionary tale about a medical system much like ours, which too often treats us as things rather than people. When technology and medicine advance and allow us to reshape our bodies, how will we preserve our humanity? How will our relationship to illness, aging, and death change?
If we hope to prevent the dehumanizing aspects of modern healthcare from becoming far more literal, we need to promote empathy as a primary value in medicine. After all, we are more than just our bodies.
Radical Rhinoceros Pictures was co-founded by Abie, Felix, and their friend Lizz. Since they became friends at Stuyvesant High School during a production of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Abie and Felix have shared a belief in the transformational power of good stories.
Abie Sidell is the co-writer and director of Some of Her Parts. He works as a freelance filmmaker in New York making educational films for Columbia University and marketing videos for Marvel Entertainment. He moonlights as a personal chef to his roommates.
Felix Handte is the co-writer and cinematographer of Some of Her Parts. Felix works during the day as a software engineer at Facebook, and during the night as a software engineer at Facebook. Somehow he also finds the time to make movies.
Trevor Wallace is the assistant director and co-editor of Some of Her Parts. Trevor is a freelance editor from the Small Potato (Boise, Idaho) now living and working in the Big Apple (New York City).
Molly Grund is the production designer for Some Of Her Parts. Molly spends the rest of her time binding books, graphic designing, and taking on whatever other projects might float her way.
And our Cast!
Jessica Lara Bentley (Vanessa) is an Australian actress who lives and works between Australia and New York. She is a recent graduate from the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York and since being a wee lass has dedicated her life to the creative world.
Rolando Chusan (Nurse Miranda) Rolando Chusan is a New York based actor who has performed throughout the city in film, commercials, and on stage. He is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Hunter College, and most recently the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Rolando has recently worked as a guest artist for NYU, Yale University, and the Dramatist Guild Foundation.
Where We're At
We completed production on the film in February, 2018. We were fortunate enough to drive up through the snow to the beautiful Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.
With a small cast and crew everyone took on many responsibilities. The passion and dedication on our two day shoot was inspiring.
The best part of making a film this small is how quickly a crew can become family. It's a little like going to film camp with your friends!
We are currently in post-production, which means we are editing, color-grading, collaborating with a composer on the score, and finishing visual effects. Then it's on to film festivals with the hopes of bringing Some of Her Parts to as wide an audience as possible!
Where Your Donation Will Go
To get us through to the end, we need your support!
In the true spirit of indie moviemaking, we try to do everything we can ourselves. This entire movie has been self-financed and produced. But film is a collaborative art form and we can't do it all alone. We need the help of skilled artists who deserve to be paid for their work. We need to compensate the talented members of our team who have been so generous with their time and effort. We need the resources to submit to wide-ranging film festivals.
Every dollar we raise will go toward making Some of Her Parts better; a more elaborate score, more detailed visual effects, and the ability to share our hard work with a larger audience.
Renting professional film equipment allowed us to execute shots that we couldn't have otherwise.
Cast & Crew
Our team tried to pay their rent with exposure, but their landlords refused to accept it. Let's pay artists!
Beautiful music is as much a part of good storytelling as writing and cinematography. With a budget for score, we'll be able to elevate the narrative with the help of a talented composer. We've been very lucky to begin that process with John Thayer!
John is a New York based musician, composer and audio engineer. Thayer explores the intersection of acoustic and electronic music, using tape manipulations and experimental recording techniques, to produce instrumental music in a wide spectrum ranging from exploratory group improvisation to solo ethereal soundscapes. You can check out his stuff at https://www.johnthayersound.com/
It's the little details that bring a world to life, particularly when that world is different from our own. Props, costumes, posters, makeup, and especially our lead character, were all crafted to transport you into the story.
Unfortunately it's not possible to fabricate every piece of a future world. Visual effects allow us to imagine technologies that don't exist.
Color is one of the most powerful tools to express emotion in cinema, and great colorists are some of the most unsung heroes of filmmaking. Do you respond more to this?
If we hope to make more movies in the future, our work needs to be seen. Festivals celebrate and bring together diverse groups of moviemakers who can support each other in a challenging industry. We hope to showcase the talents of everyone who helped make Some of Her Parts to the audience we feel it deserves.
Risks and challenges
Science fiction on a small budget means a lot of compromise. Where a larger film might build its world with a big CG set-piece, we have to make do with a line of dialogue. But that challenge has forced us to make a movie that exists within its world rather than a movie about its world. Some of Her Parts of is an intimate story, and just as we hope for more empathy in medicine, it's similarly important that science-fiction narratives can be about people.
Making any movie is risky. This is a deeply personal story, and pushing ourselves to tell it as powerfully and honestly as we can is a constant challenge. It's also why we're doing it.
We can't guarantee that you'll like the movie, but we hope that you'll be challenged by it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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