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Short Film - Inspired by the Singkil dance of the Philippines. Dedicated to the fearless imagination of children everywhere!
Short Film - Inspired by the Singkil dance of the Philippines. Dedicated to the fearless imagination of children everywhere!
Short Film - Inspired by the Singkil dance of the Philippines. Dedicated to the fearless imagination of children everywhere!
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"Prinsesa" - The Boy Who Dreamed of Being a Princess

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A father reacts to the gender-identity questions of his child. Inspired by the Singkil dance of the Philippines . (An original story, developed into a children's book and now a short film)

Lucas Javier as "JoJo"
Lucas Javier as "JoJo"

The Story

During a beer-drinking, sports watching get-together with his macho pals, a young Filipino-American father is conflicted when his boy daydreams of becoming the princess in a Philippine folk dance story. What does the father do? How should he react? Should he “straighten out” the boy to save face in front of his buddies?

The cast and crew of "Prinsesa" at world-famous 32Ten Studios
The cast and crew of "Prinsesa" at world-famous 32Ten Studios

 WHO WE ARE:

This is a unique collaboration of community VOLUNTEERS:

  • Filmmakers from Scary Cow Productions - a non-commercial filmmaking co-op
  • Writers and actors from Bindlestiff Studio - a Filipino-American performing arts group 
  • Dancers and musicians from Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble - internationally-renowned dance group 

Drew Stephens (IMDB -  RDM Studios) has won numerous awards for his films and has had his writing published internationally.   His last short film ("Viewer Discretion Advised - Tape 96") based on the stage play by Emmanuel Romero, was the winner of an Outstanding Film award in San Francisco, won Best Short Film in Saint Louis, and was a Best Short Film award nominee in Barcelona, among many other screenings around the world. The film was contracted for distribution by Frameline Films.  A previous short film, "Slightly Super" won an Audience Favorite award in San Francisco, and was featured in a Disneyland-hosted film festival. 

STATUS:

The footage has been completely shot and the film has been edited. Visual FX are 95% complete, We are nearing "picture lock," and focusing now on music, sound and color grading.

With dancers from LIKHA Pilipino Dance Ensemble
With dancers from LIKHA Pilipino Dance Ensemble

TECHNOLOGY & ART:

Shot completely on multiple RED digital cameras, at a minimum of 4k resolution. Mastered at 2k. 

VISUAL FX:  Half of this film takes place within the children's imagination, as they daydream of a magical forest in the Philippines. Singkil dancers were filmed in a 60-foot green screen studio (the same studio where effects for Star Wars and Pacific Rim were shot), and then "cartooned" into the colorful fantasy forest - drawn by the award-winning illustrator, Marconi Calindas. 

Featuring artwork by Marconi Calindas
Featuring artwork by Marconi Calindas

 WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Our film has been invited to screen in San Francisco in March 2014, but we need some funds for completion - and we need them by Feb 14 or we lose that spot. Drew and Mano have maxed out their credit cards, but only need to raise a small portion more to share this story with others. Specifically, we need this $3,500 for:

  • MUSIC SCORE - We have an Emmy-award winning composer (Mitchell Covington) and amazing kulintang musicians from Likha standing by, ready to record the music for our film. But we need money to rent the studio space and gear.
  • COLOR GRADING - at the moment, we do not have a colorist who will volunteer their time to grade the film for final screening. 
  • FILM FESTIVAL FEES - This is the big expense. We hope that our film will be good enough to get into festivals, get "discovered" and then shared with larger audiences. Once we screen in public, we only have about one year to submit to festivals - and the acceptance rate is painfully small. So most filmmakers will submit to dozens of festivals.  But did you know that the fees charged for review average about $50 per festival?  Thus, if we submit to 60 festivals, the cost would be around $3,000. Ouch. 

SPECIAL LIMITED REWARD:

For backers at the $50 level and above, we present our beautiful and touching 30-page children's storybook, signed by the author, artist or story creator. Limited to only 50 copies. 

FINAL DAYS - NEW GIFTS AND REWARDS!

Thanks to you, we have met our original goal (roughly 1/3 of our actual expenses). So we would like to reward our backers with some new gifts. They won't bring in much money to the project (after manufacturing costs, taxes, shipping and fees), but every little bit helps! Besides, they are kind of fun, aren't they?

 Please contact me if you have any questions, okay? Shipping is only in the USA, but contact me for international options. THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

- This film has been shot! It is "in the can" as they say -

The $7,500 production costs have already been paid by Drew & Mano, and were completely self-financed.Over 40 people have donated their time and skills to this project. That was a HUGE challenge that has already been met!

You WILL see this film completed. But when? If we meet this Feb 14 fundraising goal, it will allow us to begin screening on March 1st, and begin the festival circuit for the year after. If not, the project will be shelved until we are able to finance completion.

Maraming salamat. Thank you so much for your support!

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    BE "CUTE AS A BUTTON" - 1.25-inch diameter pin-backed button, with our "Princess Dinosaur" film logo and the word "Prinsesa." Contact me for International options. Delivery date estimated, based on manufacturer estimates.

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    “PRINSESA PRIDE FILM FEST ON MAUI!”
    • Two admission tickets to one screening of the Maui Pride Film Festival in late Sept/ early Oct, (actual date and program pending)
    • 3 NIGHTS HOTEL accommodation in an ocean view standard room at the MAUI SUNSEEKER LGBT Resort (Valid for one year from issuance date, except blackout dates Dec 15 through March 31st)
    • DVD or Blu-ray copy of “Prinsesa”
    • Autographed copy of our illustrated children’s book, “Prinsesa: The Boy Who Dreamed of Being a Princess”
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    • Room donated by www.MauiSunSeeker.com in Kihei
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit - True professional film credit, (on the Internet Movie Database, and on screen)
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