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Painter Riva Lehrer draws portrait of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel.
Painter Riva Lehrer draws portrait of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel.
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THE PAPER MIRROR: DRAWING ALISON BECHDEL

A BRIGHT IDEA...
Back in the early winter of 2010, artist Riva Lehrer told me that she was drawing a portrait of cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel.  I emailed Riva and told her that filming Riva drawing Alison’s portrait would make an interesting short film. Riva and Alison soon agreed to let me film them talking and working on the portrait. 

I got the chance to talk with Alison about the process of writing Are You My Mother? At that time she was in the midst of writing and drawing her graphic novel. Over the course of the next year I would pop in and out of Riva's art studio documenting the ups and downs of creating the portrait of Alison.  

The Paper Mirror
(Running Time: 34 minutes)
captures a pivotal collaboration between these two influential artists. It also offers a peek into a time when both artists are trying out new and unexpected artistic terrain. Riva and Alison are both funny, poignant, extremely talented artists who graciously allowed me to document these intriguing and intimate moments in their lives. 

PROJECT DETAILS - There is no film like this one -- this intimate inside look into the collaboration between two amazing artists.

We need your help to finish the film! Your contribution will help us complete the following:

  • Animation by Shelley Dodson
  • Music by Laurie Lee Moses and Ney Alliey
  • Produce a professional sound mix by Lou Mallozzi
  • Create postcards designed by Chicago artist Jess Weida
  • Edit an official film trailer and send the film to festivals around the country. 
  • Website design

Currently, animator Shelley Long is working on the animated sequences and we are about to have a sound mix created.

In case you do not know anything about Kickstarter, if we do not raise the complete amount by the certain given date, you will not be charged and the project will not be funded. 

WITH YOUR HELP, we can finish paying for post production, successfully begin our outreach and complete the movie, and release the film this summer 2012. 
Check out the unique incentives. We are offering autographed catalogues of Riva Lehrer's work and autographed copies of Alison Bechdel's new novel.

Many thanks!


Cheers,

Charissa


Director/Producer of The Paper Mirror

Check us out on http://thepapermirrorfilm.blogspot.com/

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    Autographed "Riva Lehrer: Circle Stories, a catalogue of the 2004 exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, “THE PAPER MIRROR” DVD, postcard and a personal thank you note from the director.
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    2 tickets to the premiere of “THE PAPER MIRROR” in Chicago or a screening in your city when available, (lodging and travel not included), Autographed copy of the novel "Are You My Mother?" by Alison Bechdel, an autographed Riva Lehrer: Circle Stories catalogue, DVD of the film, a postcard and a thank you on our facebook page.

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    A Credit as Supporting Producer in the film’s credits, 2 tickets to a festival screening (lodging and travel not included), Autographed Riva Lehrer “Circle Stories” Catalogue, Autographed copy of Alison Bechdel’s novel “Are You My Mother?”, plus a signed DVD, postcard and all of the rewards listed above.

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    A credit as Associate Producer on the film’s credits, a DVD copy of Charissa King-O’Brien’s film “In My Father’s Church”, 2 tickets to a festival screening (lodging and travel not included), Autographed Riva Lehrer “Circle Stories” Catalogue, Autographed copy of Alison Bechdel’s novel “Are You My Mother?”, plus a signed DVD of “The Paper Mirror”, postcard and all of the rewards listed above.

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