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What’s Revenge is a hybrid documentary short about the act of revenge -- and what happens when you actually get it.

Thank you, Kickstarter, for choosing us a Staff Pick! And everyone who voted to make us IndieWire's Project of the Week!

(Skip us talking and watch just the Teaser here: https://vimeo.com/44040151)

About the Film

What’s Revenge is a hybrid documentary short about the act of getting revenge. The film follows director Kat Hunt as she helps her friend, Erica, avenge her past heartbreaks -- in real life -- in Brooklyn, New York.

More than a venturesome attempt to get back at these men in Erica’s life, we are conducting a formal experiment about the idea of revenge itself. What does getting revenge feel like? Can we really get another person to feel the way we did -- and to perceive the situation in the same way? If this is achieved, what happens next? Catharsis? A new perspective? Closure? Maybe all of it. Maybe nothing.

Join us in this grand cinematic experiment to help Erica. It’s sure to be a wild and (hopefully) ass-kicking adventure.

Why We're Making It

Examining the idea of revenge is one thing, but Erica's life is another. The original impetus to make this movie was because Kat kept hearing about callous, strange, and simply unjust things that were happening to Erica. At the time, Kat was living in Hong Kong, submerged in kung-fu and vengeance flicks, and thinking about the ethos of martial arts and the idea of honor, while Erica was back in Brooklyn and calling her to report disturbing stories. Kat decided to up the ante with an air of finality, and proposed the idea of making a “docu-vengeance,” starring Erica and all the guys who broke her heart. Surprisingly, Erica said yes.

What's Revenge creates a totally biased female’s perspective of heartbreak while also examining what getting revenge really feels like. It’s sexy, aggressive, passive and powerful all at once. 

So what exactly are we trying to accomplish by making a film about this? Well, whether we admit it or not, we all fantasize about revenge and seek justice for ourselves in different ways. We don’t want to just prank these guys; we want to communicate a message. How will they respond?

Why We Need Your Help

We've begged and borrowed and wonderful people have responded with incredibly kind favors, but there are numerous unavoidable costs. We whittled the budget down as much as possible for the shoot this summer, but we still need film equipment, food to stay alert, some props to make it fun, and biggest of all: a special location. This, along with compensating our crew for their hard work, adds up. Making a film is a collaborative art form that takes the commitment of many people who agree to make a crazy thing together. Fortunately, we’ve already got an amazing crew...and now we just need YOU.

Another fun fact: our film will be made almost entirely by women! A real powerhouse of feminine perspective and energy. Maybe you've taken the Bechdel Test. Maybe you've heard that only 5% of directors, 14% of writers, 25% of producers, and 4% of cinematographers are female in America. Or maybe you're just tired of watching movies about boring, trite female characters. We sure are.  

After the production ends and the film has been edited and finessed to its fullest, we plan to premiere it to friends, backers, and supporters, and will begin the process of festival submission and planning future screenings. 

Our sexy unisex T-shirt by Alaina Alvarez!
Our sexy unisex T-shirt by Alaina Alvarez!

Press & Buzz

indieWIRE | ANIMAL New York | Kickstarter Featured CreatorEmily Magazine | Flavorwire

Your Hard-Earned Bucks and Our Hard Work

We love that Kickstarter allows everyone to be a patron of the arts, no matter how little or how much you have to give. It offers people the opportunity to make things that wouldn’t have been made otherwise, with the help of family, friends and total strangers. How great is that?

To help convince you to contribute to our film about revenge, we’ve created some really fun rewards, several of which are from people who support this project. We can read your star chart or your future, clothe you and feed you, or exact a vengeance for you (seriously!). Or you can just join us for the after-party.

We hope you love this project and will talk about What’s Revenge to your friends, lovers, ex-lovers, people you love to hate, and attractive strangers. Tell the Internet!

But really, we’re grateful for any way that you choose to participate. And if you’re totally excited about this project and have your own ideas to share, send us a message! We want to hear from you.

Who We Are

Writer & Director Kat Hunt  left China and a career as a strategist to move back to Brooklyn and help her friend get revenge. This is her first film. Her work experience ranges from projects for the United Nations to Saatchi & Saatchi, but she has since left both worlds to pursue filmmaking. She's now an assistant editor on the film "Our Nixon," and is doing everything in her being to launch her epic docu-vengeance this August! She also likes to play the electric guitar.

Director of Photography Autumn Eakin is a New York-based Cinematographer whose work in both in narrative and documentary filmmaking over the last eight years has taught her to be artfully resourceful. From her earliest experiences working under Vanja Cernjul (Wristcutter's: A Love Story, 30 Rock) and Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler, Velvet Goldmine), to being the first woman to film the most private intricacies of the male-dominated cremation ceremonies in the Holy City of Varanasi, India, for the feature documentary "Die the Good Death," she has developed a true taste for the unexpected and how to turn that into a visual story. She also loves coffee. A lot.

Producer Camila de Onís began producing films by night while working as a web editor by day. She also writes stories, reviews and essays about various subjects, including film, and is deputy editor of Joan’s Digest, a new feminist film journal. She also likes to bake comforting treats to enjoy while sitting by an open window.

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It would be a HUGE help! Any extra money would make the production more comfortable, would aid in finishing costs, and help us apply to film festivals and hold screenings.

What if I want to make a tax deductible donation instead?

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation of $500 or more, please send us an email. We’ll make sure you get your backer reward, too! 

Our poster, photographed by Ben Ritter!
Our poster, photographed by Ben Ritter!

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