The film #LIKE tells the story of Woodstock teen, Rosie, who is mourning the first anniversary of her younger sister Amelia’s death. When she discovers that the mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide is back on-line trolling for new victims she finds a darker side she never knew she had as she takes justice into her own hands.
WHY ARE WE MAKING #LIKE?
I am a female filmmaker who has decided to make an unapologetically kickass feminist film.
When I began working in the film industry, as a kid out of film school, I was shocked to find how much bias, bullying and BS faced me, but what bothered me even more was the content that the industry was producing. So I decided to do what I could to change the narrative.
When I started in the film world I was editing promos for cable channels like AMC, I highlighted the powerful divas and female scientists, not the simpering housewives and sexpots. When I was cutting for ESPN, I scoured the footage I had been provided by the network for shots of the female athletes. The summer those promos ran 24/7 and we saw Flo-Jo in all her glory over and over, I imagined all the young women who might see the spots and I realized I could make a difference.
As I began directing music videos I worked with artists like Queen Latifah, and left of center Hip Hop creators like Speech from Arrested Development, together we created powerful and positive images of women instead of the caricatures that populated the screens back then. While climbing the ladder I fought for, and cast, diverse faces in as many commercials as I could and never allowed assumptions, in rooms where assumptions were commonly made, about how our characters should look and behave.
Working with the Directors Guild of America I’ve learned that while I, and other women in the guild, were trying to get on board to direct dramatic TV, and we weren't gaining traction, a study came out last year showing that 84% of the directors working on TV shows were white men. This is the number for first time directors - first timers - so it wasn’t that I didnt have enough experience, it was that I was the wrong gender.
Instead of complaining I decided to make a commercial, genre, micro-budget thriller, with a nuanced female lead, telling an important story.
Writing #LIKE I shaped a backstory honoring heartbreaking real lives of girls like “Audrie and Daisy” echoing the #MeToo movement.
We were fortunate that #LIKE's script has won praise, and a lot of fans, and an incredible amount of support from cast, crew and boosters:
“It’s harsh, emotional, intriguing and has some very nice writing. Rosie trying to avenge her sister, then realizing what she has done is excellent.”.....Slamdance script competition.)
“I can not WAIT to see this film”….Nigel Daly, editor ‘Screen International’ & Chairman of BAFTA LA
WHERE ARE WE AT?
We just wrapped principal photography and the dailies are gorgeous!
The film stars Marc Menchaca (OZARK/HOMELAND/SHE"S LOST CONTROL) and introduces a stunning new talent, Sarah Rich, both of whom gave performances of a lifetime. Our Supporting cast of Dakota Lustick, Liz Mienders and Jolene Marquez are all wonderful to watch.
The production-value on this micro budget film is staggering due to all the local support: The film is set in Woodstock, NY and shot in Woodstock Tannersville and Shokan. The support from local businesses, the local football team, coaches and grounds, Woodstock police, our cast and crew, vendors and restaurants has really raised the bar. We are so lucky and appreciative for what is in front of, and behind, the camera.
We are also thrilled to announce that the film was invited to be a part of "The Edit Center"s program, they work on two features a year and projects that have gone through their doors have gone on to play Sundance, battle it out at the Oscars and Peabody Awards and win Emmys. Including Winter's Bone (Oscar Nominee, Best Picture), Frozen River (Oscar Nominee, Best Original Screenplay), Finishing Heaven (HBO, 2010 Emmy Nominee), and Donald Cried (2016 SXSW, The Orchard), Ingrid Jungerman's Women Who Kill (Tribeca Film Festival winner) and Listen up Philip (Sundance premier selection, with Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman) are all alumni, so we’re in a great place and in good hands.
BUT! We’re now completely out of funds and want to bring in our wider community of friends and film lovers to rally round this project, there is still so much to do to help take it to the finish line! As we move forward into post we have to pay our sync master, motion graphics folks, our sound editors, mixers among others.
We would love supporters to come aboard as backers and patrons of the film and we have curated some fantastic rewards in the tone of the film that will make awesome holiday presents!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?!
We have fabulous filmmaker rewards, master-class level personal Q&A Skype calls offered by DP Stuart Harris (who worked with Stanley Kubrick), Director Maggie Greenwald (Sophie and the Rising Sun).
Who has worked with Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Zosia Mamet, Julianne Nicholson and Téa Leoni among many more. Also Producer Diana Philips (Bad Lieutenant, Alfie) will talk about 25 years working with folks from Madonna, Nicole Kidman & Jude Law to Abel Ferrara. Also a Q&A with director TV director Laura Belsey (Arrow,Bull CSI, Chicago Med Law & Order and more)
And writer/director/producer Sarah Pirozek (#LIKE, FLORA & FREE TIBET) Who has worked with talent as disparate as Bjork and Bokeem Woodbine to Billy Crudup, will Skype with you and give you a feed back session on a script, rough cut, or story idea and share war stories about the productions she has run through her NYC- based company DAME WORK Inc.
And an amazing gift/networking opportunity/life experience awaits!
Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare has appeared in some of the finest TV out there (Russell Edgington in Alan Ball series TRUE BLOOD, in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE GOOD WIFE) and feature films including Oscar-nominated DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, MILK & MICHAEL CLAYTON, he also starred in DUPLICITY, A MIGHTY HEART working with Angelina Jolie, Matthew McConaughey, George Clooney, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ryan Murphy, Michael Winterbottom, academy award winner Melissa Leo and most recently with Anna Paquin (actor/producer) and Stephen Moyer (as a director of Denis’s feature script “THE PARTING GLASS” to name just a few. He has performed on Broadway in Cabaret with Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, and in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out", winning a Tony award.
This is a real treat for the right folks, or for yourself or as a gift!! Denis will have afternoon tea with you and one of your besties in NYC to talk turkey about working in TV, film, and on Broadway - stories that only an actor of his calibre can share! I love Denis and you will love this!
OUR OTHER REWARDS!
The Brooklyn Film Festival is very generously offering a few very special reward passes for cineastes! The opening night film and VIP gala party held at the swanky ‘Wythe Hotel’ in Williamsburg, the closing night party, and the exclusive filmmakers party (that you can't buy a ticket to). Plus a whole festival pass including both parties, before any tickets go on sale to the general public.
We have also curated some other fantastic rewards that will make awesome holiday presents!
Specially designed limited-edition embroidered patches, for #LIKE, that are sprinkled throughout this thread, buy one or collect the whole set, the patches can be sewn or ironed onto any fabric; jeans, hats, bags, t-shirts and more, or used as 3D stickers. Great for teens, and woke growns ;).
We are also offering some really amazing collectable photography by Grace Roselli, a print of her painting of Andre Serrano and friend, Nina Crews, prolific children's book author and photographer has donated pieces form her "NYC street work".
Wendy McMurdo's Avatar project, whose work has been shown throughout Europe in exhibitions such as The Anagrammatical Body: The Body and its Photographic Condition curated by Christa Steinle and Peter Weibel for ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Uncanny, at the Fotomuseum Wintherthur and Only Make Believe curated by Marina Warner for Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK. Wendy McMurdo is the recipient of FF30, Ffotogallery’s 30th anniversary commission. Wendy McMurdo is one of the UK’s leading lens-based artists who has evolved a singular photographic practice and iconography that explores the impact of digital technologies.
Photographer and award winning Graphic artist Mark Matcho's work from Burning Man,
LA based photog and author Brian Cross (photo editor at RAP PAGES and photographer/filmmaker) has donated a very rare and desirable portrait of the exceptional and reclusive J-Dilla. He was a music producer who created the sound of new Hip Hop, who passed in 2006. According to his obituary from NPR, he "was one of the music industry's most influential artists", working with big-name acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common".
For a calm Zen-space consider Jami Saunder's beautiful Image made in Kathmandu, back mounted on plexi.
Also donated by a supporter of the film is a huge (45 in. x 54 in) framed aquatint by premier photorealist artist Charles Bell, Signed in pencil. Edition: 1/30. Bell's works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, among others. Image Size: 29 x 38 inches Paper Size: 36 in. x 45.5 in. Frame size: 45 in. x 54 in. Perfect for your wo/man cave!
All of the work that has been donated was curated by director Sarah Pirozek "I chose everything that I would LOVE to have hang on my walls, these photographers are world class and highly collectable...I am incredibly grateful for these fabulous, desirable donations."
Please join us in supporting a feminist film presenting a thoughtful, complicated cautionary tale about the cult of popularity and the not-so-private world of teens and their on-line lives and one girl who fights back!
Written, produced and directed by a female filmmaker who is killing it!
The Cap is adjustable and has a camo front and a neon mesh side/back - The logo emblem is a limited edition embroidered patch - You can choose the "Kitty" patch or the Badass Feminist patch. (we already have requests for this one!)
The cutest reward of all (!) are our radical onesies for all the little warriors out there, tough baby gals and strong baby boys!
And you will have it in the bag with this useful, shopping bag that folds into a tiny triangle designed especially for this project, save the planet from plastic bags, and you look chic doing it.
And last - but not least - one for the boys and men we love - a big bad ass T-shirt in classic B&G. Thank you to all the good guys out there for all your support!! Available in S, M & L !!!
Risks and challenges
What we are facing as a huge challenge now is getting the rough cut assembled, then on to the fine cut. We also will be creating the "in-screen" world of the film, as the film is about on-line stalking and bullying we need to create the drama on the laptop screens - and they need to look amazing and need a strong VFX artist for that. We also are beginning to reach out to composers for the soundtrack and colorists for our final color correct, sound mix, foley and final mix.
When I pitched this film to funders and agents they all said, "We love the script but you'll never get this made with a young female lead" - please help me prove them wrong!
Your rewards are ready to go! Please jump on-board to help us tell this timely and important story. Our end goal is $120,000 but this Kickstarter goal is only $20,000 just to make sure we meet it (!) and help us through this part of our post production, if donations go over then all the better we still have substantial camera equipment bills to pay!! - THANK YOU all in advance for your support and encouragement!! We have created truly valuable rewards. LOVE The #LIKE cast and crew! xoxLearn about accountability on Kickstarter