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A short romantic comedy about a girl who realizes she can finally step out of the sidekick role and become the star of her own life.

Our Stretch Goals!!!

Wow. First off, thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our fundraising goal of $18,000! The love has been insane!

In this final day of our campaign we'd like to focus on our stretch goals. The next $1,000-$1,500 will go toward hiring live musicians for our soundtrack, the recording session for the musicians, and the purchasing of a hard drive for our DCP (the digital file that some film festivals require in order to screen on their fancy projectors).

Concept

I love romantic comedies in all their gooey, gorgeous glamorousness. Nancy Meyers, Nora Ephron, Aline Brosh McKenna... they make “love” look beautiful and scary and funny and very, very real. I’ve seen some of these rom-coms so many times now that my mind begins to wander... and wonder about some of the other supporting characters. Like... the typical sidekick. Where does she come from? Who is she? What is her daily life like when the typical blond heroine is being whisked away on dates? What would it be like if SHE was the star of the film?

And that’s how my husband, Ben, and I came up with the idea for “The Best Friend.”

In our short film, Ellen Swall has been the loyal BFF to All-American girl Kate Sterling since... forever. She’s there when Kate meets the guy, when Kate needs help figuring out whether she should go for the guy and especially when Kate hits rock bottom thinking that true love will never come her way. The rest of the time? Ellen just waits til she’s needed again... But after Ellen’s very existence is called into question following a lonely Chinese meal gone wrong, she needs to decide whether to take the advice she always enthusiastically gives Kate: “If you want it, go for it!” 

Why Am I Doing This? 

Up until now, my background as a director has mainly been in theater. This is the first story I've felt compelled to tell through film.

By deconstructing a romantic comedy and empowering a character – the “best friend” – who normally gets a short shrift, we think we've come up with a fresh take on a story we've all heard a million times.

Additionally, the nature of the genre allowed me to take a colorful approach with the storytelling. I see the world through the eyes of an artist and I believe that the romantic comedy can be the most vibrant of movies. I took full advantage of the tropes to create a world where backyard parties are lit by the warm glow of Edison light bulbs and the mere sight of a rich red bow tie can bring a smile to your face. My goal with this film was to show that comedies can be both funny and beautiful. 

Finally, it was while working on this film that I discovered another issue I never gave much thought to before. You see, I always saw myself as a writer who happens to be female... and a director who happens to be female. But, boy did this experience open my eyes. As I got deeper and deeper into the project, I started realizing how few women hold positions as directors, writers, producers and editors. I am proud to say, on our production not only were all those spots filled by women, but just about every department included women. This is something I will continue to fight for on every set I'm a part of in the future.


Our Cast!

MIMI GIANOPULOS as Ellen (Baby Daddy; What To Expect When You're Expecting; Get a Job)
MIMI GIANOPULOS as Ellen (Baby Daddy; What To Expect When You're Expecting; Get a Job)
KIM SHAW as Kate (I Just Want My Pants Back; She's Out of My League)
KIM SHAW as Kate (I Just Want My Pants Back; She's Out of My League)
Andy Milder (Weeds; Austin & Ally)
Andy Milder (Weeds; Austin & Ally)
JORDAN BLACK as Bruce (The Groundlings; Family Tree)
JORDAN BLACK as Bruce (The Groundlings; Family Tree)
DAVID CADE as Congressman Robert Gregory (Big Time Rush)
DAVID CADE as Congressman Robert Gregory (Big Time Rush)
MARK SULLIVAN as Mark (Pan Am; Kings)
MARK SULLIVAN as Mark (Pan Am; Kings)
KATIE FLYNN as Liz (Perfectly Prudence; The Quitters Show)
KATIE FLYNN as Liz (Perfectly Prudence; The Quitters Show)
BENJAMIN HJELM as Benjamin (Jon Benjamin Has a Van)
BENJAMIN HJELM as Benjamin (Jon Benjamin Has a Van)

Where Are You With The Project And Where Does the Money Go?

With the help of an amazingly talented and dedicated cast and crew, we shot “The Best Friend” over four days earlier in the summer. Now we’re in post-production -- this means editing, sound design, color correction and music (as well as feeding the people who do editing, sound design, color correction and music). This costs money.

There are lots of other production costs that still need to be paid... and we won’t be able to get the film out there until we pay them. Once that’s complete, we plan on submitting the movie to film festivals across the country. This costs money too.

Some Incentives!

Oren's Daily Roast Ceramic Coffee Cup - $15

In all seriousness, and not to overstate anything, but everybody we've ever given one of these mugs to has said it's pretty much the single best coffee mug they've ever used in their entire lives. All of our close friends have one and now so can you!

Vintage Redeux T-Shirt or Sweatshirt - $60 or $90 

Megan Balthazor and Rachel Quiles of Vintage Redeux are great friends of the film. Megan was our set dresser AND not only did they let us put Ellen in one of their amazing Spirit Animal sweatshirts for a scene in the movie, but they've also designed a special limited edition Spirit Animal T-shirt & sweatshirt for our Kickstarter campaign... and here it is: 

Check out their website to see some of the coolness they've come up with in the past!

And Now, A Very Special Video Interlude:

Jordan Black played Bruce, the head cater waiter. An amazing improviser, Jordan gave us too much awesome material. We had no choice but to put it together as a supercut!

Credits

None of what you see on this page could've been accomplished without the help of the following people:

Kickstarter Video Edited by Kathryn Robson

Music By Jonathan Sadoff

B Roll/Interviews shot by Bob Beresh

Bruce Video Edited by Eric Buchman

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The good news is that the hard part is done: pre-production and production.

But now comes the other hard part: post-production and getting eyes on this movie.

You see, everything about indie filmmaking is hard -- the hours, the money, the compromises. That being said, every single person on our team is 100% committed to finishing this movie and making it look absolutely beautiful, genuinely truthful and incredibly funny.

But anything can go wrong at any moment. For instance, what if someone gets a super-cool paying job? That could mean a schedule shift and money lost. However, we have an uniquely talented production team who has nipped every problem we’ve had in the bud and who I’m confident can take on any other unforeseen snafus that may come our way.

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