***Thank you for your help and support, everyone! Any extra funds will be used to help facilitate a fireside series. At these firesides, we will use the film as the centerpiece to discuss women and our sacred roles in the Gospel plan.***
In October of last year, nine female Brigham Young University (BYU) students began a creative journey with only three words: Women. Of. Faith. We had no script. We had no theme. We had no concept. But we knew that we wanted to perform women whose stories had been largely forgotten.
We researched LDS women and wrote about the stories that stuck with us. And in that six week process, we all received answers, in many different forms. We discovered that a woman of faith isn’t a state of being; it’s a choice made every day—a choice to move forward with hope through dark times and trials.
It is easy to get lost in the sea of questions that surround being woman and being LDS. Our cast had a lot of these kinds of questions at the beginning of our journey with Women of Faith. Who are we in God’s eyes? What is our role in the Plan of Salvation? What gifts and propensities are ours as women, and how do we use those talents to move the work of God forward? Should I marry, or work towards a meaningful career? How do I move forward with faith, despite my damaged past?
While Women of Faith does not seek to answer these questions outright, it does create a community for asking them. We want to add to the dialogue already happening about this very sacred and relevant topic.
As we performed our thirty minute play at BYU we had the repeated experience of our audience members asking us to continue sharing Women of Faith. They told us that it had affected them, that it had changed their outlook in positive ways. We were honored to be a part of that process, and we knew that our Women of Faith was a vehicle for that kind of change because we had felt it ourselves.
The secret behind Women of Faith is the stories themselves. We felt strength and support as we interacted with the lives of our foremothers. If they could do it, so can we.
And now we want to share our discoveries—but most especially these stories—with you! Theatre, while a powerful medium, is not the most effective way to share stories on a large level. That’s why we’re adapting it into a short film. Ultimately, we will post the video online, so that anyone who’d like to can view it for free. We’d also like to create a series of firesides that use the film as a center-point for a discussion on women and the Gospel.
We are currently assembling a cast and crew of dedicated volunteers, adapting the script to a screenplay, gathering equipment and permissions, and doing it!
Shooting will take place in early June and Women of Faith will be launched in the fall of 2013.
We appreciate any kind of support you’d like to give to our project.
Facebook Page: Women of Faith Film
Website: Women of Faith Play
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges:
We feel confident that Women of Faith will keep moving forward, but there are always setbacks that have the potential to make the process take longer than it needs to.
Here are some challenges we anticipate might occur, and our plan for tackling them:
Challenge: Let's be straight-up. Not getting enough money.
Tackle: Cut and sell our hair, give plasma, work with not-so-hot equipment... and pray.
Challenge: Unexpected scheduling conflicts.
(Explanation: It can be really difficult to coordinate the schedules of a volunteer crew. Women of Faith is a completely non-profit endeavor. We all have jobs, or we’re students! Already we have danced the intricate waltz of schedule coordinating. If one person can’t make it, we have to reschedule everything.)
Tackle: Pray hard. Find babysitters. Make everyone down Vitamin C. If all else fails, push the production schedule back and figure out new times that will work for everyone.
Challenge: Not getting the permission to tell the stories we want to.
Tackle: Prayerfully find new stories. (Yup. I don't think we ever stop praying.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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