Proudly Presenting: There’s Room For All of Us Here
Proudly Presenting: There’s Room For All of Us Here
A documentary film (POST PRODUCTION) presents the perspectives of artists & creatives. This film is proudly 100% womxn made.
A documentary film (POST PRODUCTION) presents the perspectives of artists & creatives. This film is proudly 100% womxn made. Read more
Why is this film important?
There’s Room For All of Us Here is a documentary that explores the diverse experience of being a womxn and an artist in 2017. The voices of womxn creatives must be documented and uplifted. This film is meant to inspire womxn, especially womxn of color. We dive into intersectionality and how womxn's many identities, mental health, and environment affect the creation of art in the present day. We talk to artists about relationships, politics, money, and navigating the world as a creative.
What inspired you to make this film?
We believe that art is healing and powerful. Historically, the art world has been a male-dominated realm. That’s what led us to launch our interview web project, One Million Wild Hearts (OMWH), in 2016. Over the past 2 years, we have connected with over 150 womxn creators via Instagram, in-person art events, and friend referrals. We have been so inspired by the womxn we met through OMWH.
"I hope that by making art I am showing that it is important for typically marginalized individuals, queers, womxn, minority races/classes, to make art. Our world is thirsting for new imaginations and new ways of seeing.” - Serena Chopra, Wild Heart
Why a documentary? And why now?
Documentaries are powerful. We love watching them, but we've realized that we had never seen a documentary that featured womxn that looked like us and reflected our experiences as creatives. So, we decided we’d make our own. We reflected on the loving & supportive community we built through OMWH. We emailed artists in our area to see if they were interested in being filmed for the documentary -- and they said yes!
Kim & I met during our graduate program in public health. That means we both love to nerd out over qualitative research. One day we were meeting over video chat -- doing our usual goal setting and brainstorming. We were struck by the powerful quotes of the artists we interviewed. We thought, how cool would it be to meet these artists in-person and record their stories? The idea for a documentary was hatched and we ran with it.
"We are the future! In all honesty, it's super important (especially now) with our voices finally getting heard. It has been an ongoing struggle for women in history to get ahead and now is the time to use our creativity as a platform for support and change." - Alecia Vera Buckles, Wild Heart
Where are the funds going?
We are done filming and now we are in post-production. All of the money raised is needed to complete the film and will go directly toward making sure the film is finished and distributed. Any extra money raised will go towards making the film available online where a community can share stories and ideas, connect people to resources, and really nurture the idea of increasing the representation of womxn creators. There is most definitely a transformation underway - let's use this momentum and finish strong!
What challenges did you face during the filming process?
This is our first documentary and it was a beautiful and bumpy ride. We learned a lot about film, sound, editing, and ultimately… ourselves. We powered through 10 hour filming days, cameras that stopped working mid-shoot, car problems, and broken mics… and none of it stopped us. We forged on because we were committed to bringing this documentary to life. We were so inspired by every artist that we talked to and we want to ensure that their story would be shared through this film.
What is your goal with this film?
Ultimately our goal is to inspire womxn, especially young womxn and womxn of color to create. Our more tangible goals are to:
- Raise enough money to finish editing the film
- Screen the film in as many cities as possible
- Enter the film into film festivals around the world
- Connect womxn creatives at in-person screenings and events
Why the "x" in the spelling of womxn?
Throughout history, womxn* have rarely been recognized as great artists. We use the “x” because it is more inclusive and stands for many different identities (race, gender, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, perspective), struggles, and movements womxn have been part of.
"Whether you identify as a womxn-born-womxn, trans-womxn, or a womxn of color, the ambiguity of the “x” stands for the many different identities, struggles, and movements womxn have been a part of and have overcome. All-in-all, it’s a more inclusive and more progressive term." - Maria Vallarta, Wild Heart
Why should I help you fund a film about womxn in art?
Throughout time, womxn of color have been the subject of a male’s view and desire - fetishized and sexualized in all art forms. Womxn are often the subject matter of art. Throughout history, men have portrayed womxn the way they see them, instead of womxn authentically portraying themselves. Specifically, womxn of color are underrepresented in the art world -- which is why the VIDA project (looking at gender disparity in literary arts) added a new section to their research to focus on representation of womxn of color among major publications.
So, yeah. Womxn have been fighting an uphill battle when it comes to being represented in the art world. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of data, statistics, or studies done on representation. We hope this film adds to the archive.
There’s Room For All of Us Here was filmed in the homes, art studios, creative spaces, classrooms, and neighborhoods of the 7 featured artists. We filmed in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, over the course of 2017. This project has been one gigantic labor of love, funded entirely out of our own pocket. We invested cameras and audio equipment so that we could function as a two-womxn crew and truly embed ourselves in the environment. We traveled over the weekends so we could film and we've spent countless hours researching for the film and talking to as many people as possible about what we are working on. All of this in addition to juggling our regular paid work as a nonprofit researcher (Kim) and a content writer (Lauren)! And it doesn’t stop there. Numerous friends and colleagues have generously donated their time and talents to help get the film to where it is now. Tina Chang is an editing genius and put together the trailer you see above. Ferran Nicolls designed the title image and graphics. Geneva Harrison & Sandra Lawson-Ndu of Bells Atlas let us use their music for the trailer. Lindsay Jones & Amanda Simons are uber-talented screenprinters working out of Oakland who printed the shirts and tote bags. Madeira Dynes created the MailChimp campaigns and provided project management and marketing skills for the Kickstarter. We are so grateful to everyone who has had a hand in seeing this project get off the ground. We are well on our way!
POST-PRODUCTION | Summer 2018
FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS | June-September 2018
We plan to submit to top-notch film festivals including Moondance Film Festival, SXSW, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Films De Femmes/International Film Festival of Creteil, and Underwire.
PREMIERE | Late 2018 / Early 2019
We hope to premiere the film at a film festival - and, shortly after, share it with all of you - at the beginning of next year.
Now we need to raise enough to complete the edit. That's where you come in! All of the feedback we have received from wild hearts, family, and friends has been extremely positive. People are intrigued and want to see more. In order to make that happen we need to bring on an experienced documentary editor to provide a fresh perspective and help to shape the story from the amazing footage we have to work with. Fortunately the film has been shot already- the footage is in hand. But post-production is not cheap or easy. We need to raise at least $10,000 to pay for the edit of this film!
How You Can Help!
For those of you who may not be familiar with Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing deal. We have to raise the full amount in order to get any money at all. Any donation, no matter how small, helps in a major way! The goal is to get this project seen by as many people as possible. So in addition to giving to the campaign, you can also help by sharing this Kickstarter page and spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, phone, bike messenger, telegram, or by simply shouting it from the mountain tops!
All of the money raised by this Kickstarter campaign will go directly toward editing and raising awareness for this film. We have high hopes for this project and are committed to seeing it reach its full potential. With your help, it can happen!
A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU in advance for anything you can do to support this film. It means so much, not only to us as the filmmakers, but to the amazing artists who opened up their hearts and their lives in order to share their perspectives.
Thank you to our artists: Damneet Kaur, April Nadia, Khadija Bilal, Jade Theriault, Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Marisa Crane, and Maria Vallarta.
With lots of love and gratitude,
Lauren Villa and Kim Garcia at One Million Wild Hearts
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Risks and challenges
You'll hear it from any independent filmmaker-- getting a film made is a HUGE undertaking, requiring the efforts and dedication of so many. If you are close to Lauren or Kim, you've heard about what a huge labor of love this has been. But we wouldn't be doing it if we didn't care so much about getting our stories out there.
The hope is to have the film completed by the Winter of 2018. The film WILL get made!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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