Love that runs deep doesn't operate by degree. When it's pure there's no greater force for good in the world, but if it's corrupted by fear, jealousy, or tragedy- there's nothing more destructive. Needlepoint explores this idea and pushes it to its limits, its characters forced into performing unspeakable acts in the name of love.
The short film takes place primarily in the nursing home where a young woman's catatonic mother resides, as the young woman struggles to come to terms with a recent family tragedy.
I began writing Needlepoint early this year, and with the help of some trusted friends and associates iterated upon that script until we got something razor sharp, lean, and utterly horrifying.
I'm a Milwaukee-based filmmaker. I graduated from UW Milwaukee with a degree in Film Production in 2011, and since then have been knocking about making films like Geoffrey Broughe Handles Confrontation Poorly, Arrowhead [currently just the trailer, since we are still on the festival circuit!], and 32 Radians, as well as assisting on a number of other local projects.
I am disgustingly, madly in love with filmmaking and relish the opportunity to make stuff. If you don't believe me, ask anyone I know- they'll be happy to tell you about one of the many times I have bored them to tears jabbering happily away for hours about film theory and prospective projects, completely ignoring social cues like them staring at a wall or verbally saying "Please can we change the subject." So if nothing else, you know I'll be passionate about this project!
(This list is just the core team working to get Needlepoint made- expect updates as the campaign develops, showing off the whole crew!)
Producer JESSICA FARRELL
Jessica Farrell is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film and Photography. Jessica is currently a full-time producer at a Milwaukee advertising agency. She produces commercials, films, and music videos, along with directing and editing her own films.
Producer KRISTIN PETERSON
Kristin Peterson is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies with a concentration in documentary film production. She is now a professional media coordinator and location scout based in Milwaukee. Kristin has produced and directed a number of short films herself over the years.
Cinematographer QUINN HESTER
Quinn Hester is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film. He currently freelances as a cinematographer for commercials, narrative films, documentaries, and music videos.
Through an inspired bout of scheduling (by the inimitable Jessica Farrell), we were able to get the number of Needlepoint's shooting days down to only two. We will be filming in late October of this year, which will allow us to take the time to find the right cast for the parts! (We will be utilizing other funds to pay for talent, which is why it's not included in the budget breakdown below.)
The budget similarly doesn't take into account the many incredibly generous people who have offered their time and equipment for free. There are too many of them to list here, but if they're reading this, know that you are the absolute best type of people and your names will someday be shouted into the blazing heavens by a seven headed stag as trumpets play and the seas boil with the applause and hi-5s of a billion, billion fish. (That's a good thing.)
Without further ado:
Production Equipment: $1200
Art Department: $500
Kickstarter fees: $300
Thank you all so much for anything you can give! We absolutely couldn't make films without support from people like you, and are wildly jazzed about being able to show you the final product. After all, sure, creation is inherently a selfish process and we make movies for ourselves, but maybe even moreso we make them for you. You're great! And I'm not just saying that because I want your money.
Seriously. I think you're great.
Risks and challenges
Any project faces potential risks and unpredictable challenges- however, we have enough professional experience scrabbling around solving seemingly insurmountable problems that I have complete assurance in our ability to swat down any unseen roadblock that may loom in our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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