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A compelling love story, capturing the naivety and beauty of first encounters, relatable to most people regardless of sexual preference

“Have you ever felt so close to someone moments after you just met? As if you can read their greatest fears with a single look and they in return see right through you, make you vulnerable with a sense of feeling completed and you’ve never felt so naked, so exposed yet so incredibly content.”

Have you ever considered the trouble with bisexual women? Forever associated with two stereotypes;  A. The experimental phase;  bisexual women are trying to get attention from men by dating women, going through a phase but eventually ending up in the arms of a man. Or B. The not yet out of the closet phase; Bisexuals who are really lesbians too afraid to fully accept themselves. 

Fed up of the negative stereotypical bisexual characters represented in media today, Holding Hands with Strangers will explore the genuine connection between Sofia and her two love interests. Feeling drawn to both Erin and Dave, regardless of their gender. We will distance ourselves from the heavily sexual yet stereotypical content which we can see in television shows today such as the popular BBC show Lip Service, where the focus lies to bring in a large number of ratings. Yet Holding Hands with Strangers will not shy away from portraying a natural and passionate visual of intimacy. No more troubled, mentally disturbed, dark, confused, self-conflicted characters, for once we’d like to see every day people, like you and I experiencing the beginnings of what could be love and all the natural doubts, fears and insecurities that present itself when taking those first few steps to the potential of new love.  We will aim to portray two intertwined connections which are honest and true, for you the audience to decide on the eventual outcome.

Synopsis

Holding Hands With Strangers tells the story of Sofia who is faced with the decision of the repercussions of her brief yet unforgettable encounter she experienced with Erin, an American. Separated by distance and lack of communication, will she be able to let go of their undeniable connection and take a chance, as new opportunities for love arise?

We will demonstrate a compelling love story by capturing the innocence, naivety and beauty of first encounters relate-able to most people, regardless of sexual preference.

Cast.

Claire Cartwright will play Erin.

Claire Cartwright trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and is now a London based actress working in Theatre, film, TV and voice work. Most recently Claire has appeared in The Pitmen Painters in The West End, Ben Johnson's The Alchemist and Amy Rosenthal's Henna Night

Crew

Producer Tim Porter
Producer Tim Porter
Writer/Director Rahma Marzak
Writer/Director Rahma Marzak

What will you do with my hard earned money?

2012 has been an economical struggle, as much as we’ve tried to ignore the ever growing unemployment rate, we can’t. Cast and crew need to survive and keep their heads above water financially, to get the best available to us and ensure we are doing everything possible to create the most compelling engaging love story in a limited time of 13 minutes. Aiming to shine light on new talent, actors and crew often need take unpaid time off from their every day jobs to commit to this production. We will need to ensure our actors and our crew have a roof over their heads and food on the table, therefore an amount of the funds raised will be spend on actors and crew wages. Of course we aim to work with people putting their heart and souls into the project but therefore in return we need to provide them for their efforts.

A large amount of the funds will go to hiring the Canon C300 in order to create the naturalistic style we are aiming to tell Sofia’s story. The entire film takes place at night, therefore we will need to hire LED lights. Money will be put into catering, lights, costume and venue hire. Besides from everything technical, we aim to get into the respected film festivals in the UK and Overseas and a portion of the funds will be spend on festival fees, they average at $40 per festival. 

If you do decide to lend us a financial hand we promise your hard earned money will go far, not a penny will be wasted, as in June 2013 we will present you an engaging heart-warming short film produced after nearly a year and a half written in February 2012 of blood, sweat and tears, a film with a message which aims to inspire and touch its audience which you can show your friends and family as the credits roll and proudly view your name as a vital part of our production.

Thank you for taking your time to check out our project!

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One of the major issues is we are filming outside late evening and night time in London of all places. Yes, it is the weather we are most concerned about. Our best way of working around this is to plan for early may when London weather tends to be kinder to its population. We will prevent any costs runner higher by renting out equipment on a daily basis rather than hiring anything with set fees, tight schedule etc. We aim to shoot the film in five production days over two weeks.

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    For your contribution of £100 you will receive a bundle of many cool items. These includes: A poster, t-shirt, DVD of the film and a series of production stills (5'8). You will also receive all of the above (some rewards will depend on your locality) If you are based in America your pledge would be $161 dependant conversation rates at the time of your contribution.

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    You will become an associate producer if you contribute £250 to our budget. You will of course receive all rewards stated here as well. You will also receive all of the above (some rewards will depend on your locality). If you are based in America your pledge would be $404 dependant conversation rates at the time of your contribution.

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