About this project
It's amazing what we accomplished together during our 36-day Kickstarter campaign, and we salute you with awestruck gratitude.
You are now part of the team and we look forward to continuing our dialogue and sharing our adventure with you throughout the process of making the movie.
We can’t wait to get started on confirming your rewards and sharing more of the Sisterhood world with you.
And now, introducing The Sisterhood Girls + Some Special Teen Photographers:
The Photography featured in this video (edited by Director Caryn Waechter) is by teens who’ve submitted to our art contest for Wanna Know a Secret? one of our initiatives to fuel creative energy into the movie. These are all photography submissions that may be featured in the movie!
Hi, and welcome to our Sisterhood page! With your support, we'll have the $$ to start production on The Sisterhood of Night, a feature film and creative entry point into the world of the average (or not-so-average) teenager.
Sisterhood is a modern version of the Salem witch trials, adapted from a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser (Martin Dressler, "Eisenheim the Illusionist"). The heart of the story is about how teens connect with each other through art, friendship, and the power of secrets. We also promise to do what every movie should—entertain you and take you for a ride. Sisterhood is a provocative and inspiring story that builds a network of creativity for teens to share ideas and visions. You can be one of them.
WHAT'S THE MOVIE ABOUT?
Our story is inspired by the infamous New England witch hunt and today's Internet culture that plays on gossip. Fairview High School ninth grader Emily Parris accuses a network of girls called The Sisterhood of unspeakable acts in the woods. The mystery deepens when each of the accused refuses to explain herself or what The Sisterhood is, and soon everyone in their suburban town and beyond has an opinion.
Three girls in The Sisterhood are especially suspicious: Mary Warren, Catherine Huang, and Lavinia Hall. The investigation turns ugly, but the accused hold their vow of silence alongside Mary, even as more victims come forward and band with Emily. In the end, the girls are put on trial where their darkest secrets are revealed. One member of the Sisterhood becomes a target of cyberbullying. You’ll be the judge: who is innocent and who is guilty?
WHAT WILL YOUR FUNDS GO TOWARDS?
Your funds will go towards getting our film in the can—pre-production (casting, location scouts, creative preparation) through production (the actual shooting of the film).
To date: We’ve found our projected core creative team (cinematographer, production designer, and costume designer) who we’ll be introducing to you in the weeks to come, and scouted the major locations (an all-boys Catholic school in Staten Island, New York turns out to be our favorite high school for the Sisterhood girls!). These are all things we will need to secure with the money raised from this campaign so that we can get the cameras rolling.
WHY SHOULD YOU BELIEVE IN OUR MOVIE?
The hope is always that a film will find its audience when it hits the theaters, but there's no sure way to tell. Instead of leaving that to chance, we're finding our audience before we even shoot and involving them in the creation of the film through a community-based teen art contest called Wanna Know a Secret? We're also developing a Sisterhood book app that keeps building on this creative network.
Now is the time for a movie that can speak to the next generation of creative superstars. We think The Sisterhood of Night is that movie. Join the hype. Celebrate art. Contribute.
MEET THE SISTERHOOD TEAM
Caryn (director) and Marilyn (screenwriter) first met at Columbia University’s film program. Caryn’s thesis film, “God is Good,” won a lot of awards and led to a collaboration with Marilyn on The Sisterhood of Night. Soon after, Marilyn was honored with the Tribeca Film Fest’s Creative Promise Award for the Sisterhood script. This came on the heels of being a William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship recipient.
Earlier last year, Caryn was a primary contributor to Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald's YouTube doc, LIFE IN A DAY, released theatrically by National Geographic Films. She is also a photographer and editor, and loves raves and roller skating. Marilyn is a writer/reporter for LIFE Books, a member of the National Board of Review, and loves coffee and road trips.
Say hello to the amazing team of producers on Sisterhood—Lydia Pilcher and Elizabeth Cuthrell and our executive producers David Urrutia and Courtney Lee Mitchell—along with the great Steven Millhauser here:
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