"Freyja" is a project that is intended to speak to each of us. On the surface, this film showcases the life of a Cabaret Dancer. A life of excitement, passion and love. But this is about the decisions we make through our lives and coming to terms with the ones we regret.
This project is for you. We want to inspire you to live a life free of judgement. To live a life so fulfilling that at its end, we can look back and smile at. We go through life looking for reassurance. Constantly looking for approval from those around, but forget to look inwards. Sometimes the reassurance we crave, comes from within.
This project addresses empowerment, especially female empowerment. It's a story dominated by strong women who have embraced themselves and those around them.
We live a life full of judgement, constantly analyzing everything we do and trying to make right from wrong. We want to make this film for you, to inspire you to live free of judgement and accept the outcomes of the decisions you've made.
We've spent a long time developing this film for you and now we need your help to make it happen.
In Norse mythology, Freyja is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death. She is the wife of the god Óðr who is frequently absent. In his absence, Freyja was said to have cried tears of red gold and search for him under assumed names. The mythology shows her to be dependent on her man, her husband. In this story, we take the same name and associate her with love, sexuality and beauty but we took away the dependency on her man. She neither does she need to shed tears of 'red gold' for her man nor does she need to look for him out of insecurity.
'Freyja' is more than a character. 'Freyja' is a choice we all have to make, a choice to conquer ourselves and be a version of ourselves we didn't know we could.
This is a story about acceptance.
We begin our journey with Iris, wandering the empty abandoned hallways of her home. Aged and frail, Iris has lived her life to its extreme and now passes her days alone awaiting her death to come. In this solitude, she finds herself looking for fragments of her past. Her static life of solitude is disrupted by a vision of her younger self. The two set off reminiscing through the life they once lived. The life of a Cabaret dancer, the first true and the betrayal that forged Iris to be Freyja.
The film travels between the present and the past as Iris and Freyja relive their life together to find closure with the choices that changed Iris, a shy young girl with an uncorrupted outlook of life into Freyja, a woman who learns to empower herself after being betrayed the one man she truly loved.
Iris- Barbara Pergament
Iris is our protagonist. This is her journey to find peace with the life she lived and decisions she lived.
Barbara Pergament is known for her work on Boynton Beach Club (2005), The Devil's in the Details (2013) and Tie the Knot (2016).
Freyja- Stephanie Pearson
(The cast is subject to change .We are working on finding actors that best fit these characters. We want to serve the picture the best we can)
Odin- Drew Leighty
Odin plays the romantic interest in this story. He bring young Iris out of her world of innocence and introduces her to a more savage and uncouth life. He isn't the catalyst is the transformation of FREYJA.
Andrhea is the owner of the Cabaret club named "GAEA" that Iris called home. She is strong, independent woman who knows what she wants and what she needs to do to get it. She belongs with the original feminists.
The Seven Girls!
"GAEA" served as home to Seven strong and powerful women. They were Helen, Salome, Kali, Medea, Delilah, Jezebel and Freyja. These characters are created taking inspiration from some of the most bad-ass women from different cultures and mythologies, incorporated with a glorification of the seven sins. Together they breakthrough the conceptualization of women in the 1960's.
Director- Shivin R Grover
Producer- Nicole Flax Tatlock
Director of Photography- Brandon Lattman
Gaffer- Gabriele Fabbro
Key Grip- Jimmy Chen
Original Soundtrack Composers- Mukund Ambarish
OST Songwriter- Nikita Mehta
Original Score- Brandon Lattman & Gabriele Fabbro
Sound- Hala AbouChakra
Production Design - Felipe Herrera
Make-up- Willow Snyder
Hair- Erica Dane P
Senior Stylist at Carlton Hair, Los Angeles
Wardrobe- Naikea Cherri Ward
We want to go 'old school Hollywood' with this project, and we want to go all the way.
The story is split up into two sections, the present and the past. We want to play with the difference by shooting the past on the RED Scarlet and the present on SUPER 16mm FILM. Freyja's life belongs in the past, so the choice of using the RED Scarlet gives this essence of sharp, clear and pristine image. While the Super 16mm film gives us a more organic look, like the life that Iris leads.
A large chunk of our budget goes towards acquiring the Club. It serves as a location where a lot of the film takes place. The rest of the locations are tricky, but luckily not expensive.
Equipment- We all know film is expensive, but worth it. We are lucky to receive a Intermediate kit from New York Film Academy but need your help to make the rest happen.
1960's were a glorious era, but with glory comes expenses. We're going for a very Avant-garde approach for the production design and the costumes, hair and make up.
This is an homage to the visionary Bob Fosse. This is our way to show our respect for the man who revolutionized Jazz as a dance form. We are taking inspiration from Directors like Baz Luhrmann, Joe Wright, David Fincher and Blake Edwards for the style of the film.
The priority is to tell the story. Style is just a tool used to do that.
The goal of this film is to serve you. We want to make a film that leaves an impact on you. It moves deeper than just entertainment. We want you to take home an idea of acceptance. To accept who you truly are, the decisions you make and the life you live.
Life is meant to be lived, so let's live it to the fullest. No judgement, no regrets, a journey to finding closure with all the choices we've made down this beautiful road.
We want to join all those fighting for female empowerment and give cinema another badass female dominated film. We want to take this film along way, spread it around the world and make a bold statement.
'Tilted Squares Films' is a group of filmmakers who believe in collaborative filmmaking. Films are made by teams, and the idea of Tilted Squares is to help assemble a team that can best serve the film. We want to encourage artists to explore the extremities in their departments and come together in order to be the best version of ourselves.
Risks and challenges
We are blessed to have a strong crew, which makes this process a lot easier. Our biggest challenge is financial and thats why we're reaching out to you for your help.
We want to make a difference and we need your help to do so!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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