39 ½ mixes drama laced with irony, documentary, and animation to follow a single filmmaker approaching 40 determined to have a kid Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 31, 2014.
About this project
39 ½ mixes drama laced with irony, documentary, and animation to follow a single filmmaker approaching 40 who is determined to have a kid. Kara, a filmmaker and the protagonist in my autobiographical documentary Bachelorette, 34 (2009), is still unmarried at the outset of 39 1/2. Still living on the fringes, as her mother puts it, Kara wants a baby before time runs out. In 39 1/2, however, autobiographical elements are transformed into a scripted narrative with actors. The mother, also a central figure in Bachelorette, 34, has plenty to say. She comments on Kara's life choices and is liberal with pointed advice. But advice comes from many sources -- her filmmaking partner, who is alarmed at her decision; a close friend and fellow filmmaker, who makes a similar decision with striking success; a psychic; a spiritual acupuncturist; a fertility doctor; and her sisters, who seem to "have it all" but in more traditional circumstances. The story's considerable humor derives from Kara's earnest yet unconventional route to getting pregnant, her reflective commentary, and responses from supporting characters. But the humor is balanced with a serious investigative thread to the story, asking what it is like to go outside of mainstream methods for getting pregnant, and how one stays buoyed emotionally while those around them are looking askance. The supporting characters represent many different approaches to partnership, parenting, and creating family, from that of her long-married mother to that of a gay dad of 6 children he fathered through donating sperm. Overall, the work is intended to be both entertaining and deeply thought-provoking. I am currently in production, and am actively fundraising to complete both production and post-production.
A successful $20,000 Kickstarter Campaign will enable me to shoot the following scenes: [Below is a partial transcript. Attached video clips of auditions!]
- 1. Mom and Dad advise Kara’s dating life while on a road trip across the U.S.
- SAMPLE: https://vimeo.com/98986289
MOM: Why don’t you put an ad in the paper? Svelte single seeks smart scholar in San Francisco. The alliteration might attract a smart English professor.
KARA: Okay. But it has to be on my terms. How about iconoclastic, inspired, independent filmmaker
MOM: Too un-INVITING! Dad and I will write it for you.
- 2. First Visit to Sperm Bank and Sister Kelly’s Sperm Donor Advice.
- SAMPLE: https://vimeo.com/98990698
KARA : Donor 2230 donates sperm because it gives him sense of power. Donor #830's favorite TV show is Star Trek. How am I supposed to choose? They're all cute. Hitler was probably cute as a baby. What if I choose a mass murderer?
KELLY: Don’t overthink it! Just think of it like a one-night-stand, where you got really wasted and picked up some guy in a bar, but can’t really remember him.
AUGUST SHOOT SCENES
- 1. Visit to the Acupuncturist
ACUPUNCTURIST: You must visualize your future. Where will you and the child live?
KARA: Iowa maybe? Just for the first year. My family will help.
ACUPUNCTURIST: Iowa?! In your visualization, you can live wherever you like. What about Marin?
- 2 A trip to the Fertility Doctor
FERTILITY DOCTOR: A young person’s ovary looks like a chocolate chip cookie. Full of follicles. Yours (beat) is a sugar cookie.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges: My Kickstarter Campaign is seeking to raise $20,000, and I’m actively fundraising in other ways as well. But my 39 ½ budget is $100,000. So, it might take longer for you to receive your copy of the finished film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Our undying gratitude. And a digital viewing of either "Grrlyshow" or "Bachelorette, 34" (your choice).Estimated delivery:
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Your very own downloaded stream version of “39 ½” and a personal thank you note signed by the director.Estimated delivery:
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A DVD version of 391/2 and a personal thank you note signed by the director.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A custom “39 ½” t-shirt, featuring a depiction of sperm drawn by the famous artist Manuel Samaniego and labeled “I Donated.” + 39 1/2 Download and thank you note.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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$75 – A personalized outgoing voice message for your phone from Alice Herold, dating and career advice expert. 39 1/2 Download and thank you note. Alice Herold is an expert in dating and career advice.Estimated delivery:
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Your very own astrocartography report for 3 cities of your choosing. You send us your birth date, birth time, birth city, and the three geographic locations you are curious about, and we will send you a pdf file indicating the energies available to you in those three geographic locations. 39 1/2 download and thank you note.Estimated delivery:
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Download or DVD copies of three of my films. "Grrlyshow," "Bachelorette, 34" and "39 1/2." We will thank you personally in the acknowledgements section of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Your name in the credits. We will thank you personally in the acknowledgements section of the film. + "39 1/2" Download (or DVD) and thank you note.Estimated delivery:
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A role as an extra in "39 ½" (travel and accommodations not included). Your name in the credits. "39 ½" download. Thank you note.Estimated delivery:
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$500 – Advice from Alice. Two 30 min. phone conversations with Alice Herold, mother of the writer, producer, and director of the film. She also claims to have written many of the scenes in the film. Receive pragmatic, witty, and acerbic advice on a topic of your choosing. + A box set of all three of my films ("Grrlyshow," "Bachelorette, 34" and "39 1/2"), and thank you note.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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VIP visit for two to the 39 ½ set. Private party and screening with cast and crew. Your name in the credits. A box set of Kara Herold’s films, including grrlyshow, Bachelorette, 34, and 39 ½. Thank you note.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Supporting Producer listed credit. Private party and screening with cast and crew. A box set of Kara Herold’s films, including "Grrlyshow," "Bachelorette, 34," and "39 ½." Thank you note.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Kara’s body!* Full Producer listed credit. Private party and screening with cast and crew.
Kara Herold’s films, including "Grrlyshow," "Bachelorette, 34," and "39 ½." Thank you note.
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