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We follow the life of pro female athlete Irena Ossola. How long will gender inequality stand within professional sports?
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Poster art by: Ashley Sabatino
Poster art by: Ashley Sabatino

We follow Irena Ossola, a professional women's cyclist, to show the life of a pro female athlete. 

In the world of sports, the landscape is heavily slanted toward male-only  participation and media promotion. This slant reinforces a long standing gender bias and keeps women from reaching the spotlight. This decreases the chance for females to sustain themselves while training at such a high level while their male equivelents recieve base wages, much higher prize winnings, and sponsorship opportunities. 

We'll be telling this story in a new way and from a new perspective. With the use of aerial cinematography drones and a new floating camera system mounted directly to a road bike, we'll be better able to put ourselves in Irena's race shoes. Using these new techniques, we'll be blurring the line between a documentary and cinema by putting a Sony Cinealta high-speed camera closer to a rider than anyone has been able to before. Some of these equipment rigs must be fabricated and that's why we need your help!

It's our hope to reach a male audience with this project as well as females!  We'll be interviewing males thoroughly involved with sports to hear their views on female participation. 

The documentary will focus on a true portrait of Irena and will follow her at her day job(s) and training grounds, ending with a race in LA. 

Irena representing her team in a male race.
Irena representing her team in a male race.

From Irena-  "I don't do this sport hoping to become famous, and I don't push harder for the aspiration of becoming rich, because those possibilities don't exist in the world of female cycling. I, along with every other woman in the peleton do it for the passion of pushing to the point of not being able to go any further, and then realizing "not any further" was miles ago. My father has always said, "a true cyclist knows how to suffer, a champion cyclist loves to suffer and makes it their own." We choose our path. Mine could have been a big time job out of college with a comfortable/big income, climbing the corporate ladder, and racing for a fat 401k. Instead, I chose a big time challenge to support/sustain myself, with the ability to climb mountains and race for a jersey."

We'll be running Irena through a Vo2 Max test. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete's cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. We're going to find out just how different a female body is in comparison to a male's by the results. 

We also have interviews with two time national champion Noemi Cantele, two time world champion Girogia Bronzini, and president of the WCA, Robin Farina!

  • Our base budget is $4500.00 and with this we can cover camera equipment rental, insurance, transport, lodging, and food for our crew in LA and AZ. 

If we can make more than our base budget, our production can increase exponentially! 

Please support us however you can. Share the project on Facebook or give us a like even if you can't donate. Everything helps to make this documentary something special. 

  • $5000.00 - We can afford a professional sound technician for the duration of the shoot. We can afford a better rental for our collaborator second unit DP in Italy to shoot the world and national champions' interviews. 
  • $6000.00+ We can add a second camera operator, which will give us new options for coverage, and our post sound design and music options open up greatly. 

Risks and challenges

We have a very tight schedule to work with and we have only 15 days to reach our goal before we need to begin principal photography. As long as we can reach our base goal, our team will turn out an amazing documentary. If we can reach more then this goal it would take some serious strain off our crew by being able to add a member and cover the additional expenses.

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