To the best of our knowledge (and after much Googling), what we are doing here has never been done before. Two women, making a feature film, doing EVERYTHING (Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Costumes, Make-up, Props, Coffee, etc). We have heard of a few examples (very few) of a two-person crew making a narrative film. But none of those two primary crew members were ALSO starring in the film. The two of us are literally the only people who touch the equipment. And to the chagrin of one of our other actors, we won’t let him carry or help with anything on set. The purpose of this film is to make it ENTIRELY with our four hands and we won’t stop until this film has been seen by YOU!
The Story (in case you didn't watch the video)
“The Planters” is a dark comedy set in a small, desert town. It’s a lonely place for lonely people like Martha Plant, a young reclusive woman, who spends her days telemarketing and "planting." As a "planter," Martha buries stolen items in the desert and receives donations in return from whoever digs them up - the "receiver." Martha finds her world turned upside down when another woman, Sadie Mayflower, literally runs into her while on one of her "planting" excursions. When she discovers that Sadie is homeless, Martha takes her in. She quickly learns that Sadie has multiple personalities, and the ever solitary Martha begins to find three friends in one. When Martha begins receiving donations along with cryptic, perverted letters from a mystery receiver, she enlists Sadie on a mission to discover who it is. Martha is crushed when she begins to suspect that the mystery receiver is one of her most faithful telemarketing customers, Richard Cox. Having developed feelings for him, she sees this as a betrayal and prepares to take extreme measures to put an end to his time as her receiver.
Where Will The Money Go?
Every wonderful dollar that you donate to our Kickstarter campaign will go on to the screen (not including the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement). Your donation will help cover the costs of: equipment and location rentals, food and travel expenses, and SAG-AFTRA Union payment for the other actors (not us!). This is a bare bones, no frills budget. We have created a five-week intensive schedule to finish production for “The Planters.” If that sounds like a long time, it’s because it takes us a lot longer to shoot scenes in the script with our nonexistent crew!
Can We Exceed the Goal?
Absolutely! That would be the dream of all dreams. The $10,000 budget only accounts for production costs and does not include post-production. If we were to miraculously exceed our Kickstarter goal, all additional funds would go into post-production (editing, music, graphics etc.). And if there were funds left over, we would put them towards marketing and promotion. Can you imagine the amazing things we could do with promotion? Think shovels and ‘I love Jesus' key chains.
Who are the Filmmakers?!
To entertain the third person for a minute... Hannah Leder and Alexandra Kotcheff met at the tender age of 8. Their first venture together was the light bulb project in third grade. While Hannah and Alexandra may or may not remember how to circuit a light bulb, this union was a spiritually lucrative experience and no one was harmed. Their collaboration continued when Hannah directed her first film at 12 years old which starred Alexandra as a suicidal pre-teen. Though dramedy was not their intention, they were well on their way. They have since collaborated on many projects together, honing their skills as a writing/directing team.
We are very grateful for your interest in “The Planters” and we cannot wait for you to see this film. You can follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram @cinemawomyn.
P.S. If for whatever reason you just want to give money to our project and don’t want the perks, let us know when you donate. We won't be offended if you don't want a super fly hoodie.
Risks and challenges
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