"She-Devils PGH" Film -- Bicycle Gang + Aliens = Camp Heaven
"She-Devils PGH" Film -- Bicycle Gang + Aliens = Camp Heaven
An all female bicycle gang(She-Devils) find themselves at the center of an alien invasion and work together to thwart impending attack.
An all female bicycle gang(She-Devils) find themselves at the center of an alien invasion and work together to thwart impending attack. Read more
She-Devils PGH is a camp-tastic, genre-defying caper, about an all-female bicycle gang that cruise the streets of PIttsburgh, regulating the safety of their fellow female riders.
This short film begins following a typical day-in-the-life of the group, but takes a strange turn when the ladies witness a rogue car weaving along the road. They soon discover the car is inhabited by alien lifeforms and must band together to stop an impending alien attack.
She-Devils PGH references the camp wonder of She-Devils on Wheels while also imagining how the alien cargo kept in the trunk of the car in Repo Man would have been handled by a group with a very different relationship towards automobiles: cyclists.
Written as an ensemble film, She-Devils PGH was conceived to highlight the broad range of acting talent available in Pittsburgh and to riff on the chemistry of between 5 different personalities (a modest nod to the Breakfast Club).
The Main Players:
Cassie Brehmer plays Nancy, the ring-leader of the group, who oversees her members closely with the protectiveness of a mother and the ferocity of Tura Satana in Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill.
Nicole Beattie plays Angel. She's tough, edgy, and won't back down. She's protective of the other ladies, true to her rank in the gang as Sargent at Arms and is the go-to right-hand woman to the ring-leader of the group, Nancy.
Alexis Cash is Teenie, the sharp-tongued, quipster of the group. Unafraid to say what's on her mind or talk trash, she's one of the newer She-Devils recruits, and ranks as both Enforcer and bike Mechanic.
Angela Trovato plays Sparkle, thus named for her "sparkling disposition." She's caring, friendly and genuinely sweet; The glue that holds that She-Devils together. She ranks as the Secretary and Recruiter of the She-Devils PGH.
Hilary Vetter is Ginger-Lynn, the most recent recruit to the She-Devils PGH, ranking as Tail Gunner. Confident, sultry and unabashed, Ginger-Lynn will teach you a thing or twelve.
Ayne Terceira plays Kat, the fearless HBIC, regional leader and founder of the She-Devils PGH. Kat's so tough, she doesn't need weapons and can level the battleground with a single death-stare.
Rebecca Gruss plays Amanda, the foil, the quintessential "good girl." She is innocent, naive, a bit jumpy and after an accident finds herself under Sparkle's care-- but her luck only worsens as she finds herself embroiled in intergalactic battle with the She-Devils at the fore.
Mark McCreary plays the role Angel's Dad with hilarity. We don't want to give up the surprise but he make both a grand entrance and exit.
Matthew Robison plays the guy on the street who thinks cat-calling women is a good way to get a date. He rethinks this once he crosses paths with the She-Devils.
As you might imagine, we face numerous funding challenges in getting this film made: craft services, costumes, make-up, props, bicycle gear, maintenance, location costs and ya' know... aliens... as well as equipment for an ensemble cast. All of these things rack up the dollar signs rapidly. More than anything, though, we want to offer our actors and hopefully our crew some backpay for all their hard work. We're close to wrapping on She-Devils PGH, but need the funds to cover the astronomical credit card bills we've racked up in the past few weeks, as well as to complete pick-ups, and to put towards special effects.
Your contribution would help make this happen. Please help us finish this film.
Risks and challenges
Risks, challenges and obstacles are something I'm familiar with, having been involved in both film and video production for the past few years. Snags, peccadilloes, to full-blown issues are a part of the production process and it's also, to me, part of the adventure of filmmaking.
Our production has been slowed down by mishaps like inclement weather, locking the keys into our equipment van, and lacking electrical to run our lights-- but our production team is a motley crew, each mad geniuses in their own way-- and we've been able to answer every challenge: Rescheduling and bringing on an amazing 2nd unit for days lost to bad weather, a resourceful key grip that on-the-spot managed to remove the entire back window of the equipment van (without any damage to the rental to get us in!!!), and wrangling every possible battery light and vagabond generator to get us through power outages. I'm incredibly blessed to be working with a phenomenal crew that plows through and produces great work no matter what craziness is thrown their way.
Additionally, I've been blessed with an incredibly inventive, talented, supportive circle of friends and colleagues to help see me through this process.
Sam Gorsuch is our skilled DP. She brings her talent and vision to our project. I've worked many times with Sam and every time it's a joy. She as a wonderful eye for composition, movement and brings an innate understanding of pace and tone to any project she works on. And sometimes vodka shots.
John Guinane is our Camera Assistant who was kind enough to supply rigs, equipment, lighting and two phenomenal cameras, in addition to his editing skill and never-ending positivity, perseverance and "that's what she said," jokes.
Phil Williamson is our wonderful sound/boom operator, who no matter the odds, whether it's a rogue air conditioner or a speedboat blaring Outkast, manages to get us reliably great sound. That and he and our Grip also can sing a pretty mean duet at karaoke.
Dave Madison brings his skill as our ever-resourceful Grip, always impressing us with his "bag of tricks" and his general imperviousness to what others might fear as a shooting delay. Rain? So what!
Ben E-F blessed us with his never-ending "can-do" attitude and ingenius solutions. Our catch-phrase for Ben is "I can fix that!"
Jess Malivuk is our Production Manager, keeping the show running smoothly, our PA's busy bees and our craft services well stocked, all while still finding the time to snap production stills!
Sarah Cotis brings her expertise in make-up, special effects make-up and just being an-all-around lifesaver to our set. Sarah started as a PA and quickly became Assistant to the Director, forming one half of the unsinkable "Sarah's" duo.
Alina Cross literally fell into our lap when we went to grab alien costuming, she's been instrumental in our special effects make-up, alien costuming and keeping our ladies looking their best-- We'd be lost without her help.
Valerie Lute is our PA extraordinaire, working behind the scenes, making sure the details -- details that are often unglamorous but essential to making the whole machine run-- are attended to.
We also owe big ups to our Second Unit, Chris Smalley and Meg Koleck, that got us back on schedule with their help.
With this crew of talented people-- risks and challenges-- truly don't stand a chance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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