About this project
Hi, my name is Rena Riffel. Most people "know me" as "Penny/Hope" from the movie Showgirls.
I want to complete the filming of the feature film, SHOWGIRL.
An amazing talented cast has come together to make a musical movie, SHOWGIRL. Cast members I have worked with before on Showgirls and Mulholland Drive will appear in the film, and Peter Stickles from "Short Bus"/"The Lair", and many more that I will announce!! I have written the script and am directing the movie. (I played "Penny/Hope", the naive blonde stripper who ends up pregnant by Glenn Plummer's character, "James", in the 1995 cult classic SHOWGIRLS. I then starred with Demi Moore in STRIPTEASE, again playing the ditzy blonde stripper role, and David Lynch cast me in his masterpiece, MULHOLLAND DRIVE... playing, well, kind of the same character, lol) So, that is who I am, maybe you remember seeing me in my past films.
SHOWGIRL is my personal autobiographical "follow up" to my past films and my "type-cast character".... I go beyond Showgirls. If I was on Saturday Night Live, I would like to call it a "sleazquel" or a "satire". It's a story of overcoming obstacles and accomplishing your DREAM. It's an inspirational story, but also reveals the dark seedy side of trying to become a famous dancer, doing what you have to do to become a STAR. The film is a drama, but the script has some classic lines and Oscar worthy monologues by the cast members... think, SUNSET BOULEVARD meets SHOWGIRLS meets ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW... but, it's not a comedy, it's a drama, a tragedy, like a Shakespeare plot but set in the dance world.
Short Synopsis: "Penny Slot/Helga" is on the road to fame. She wants to be a dancer, not only a dancer but the Star Dancer. Against all odds, she must become a star. She will pay any price as long as it gets her fame and the role of the Star Dancer in the show.
I plan to film this Summer. I have already filmed the opening of the movie and edited the first 10 minutes, shot on real 35mm film and the Arriflex camera.. just like the big studio movies do. And I plan to film the rest of the movie with the same great production value. (Check out the "teaser" here in the video window.)
With the money I will create jobs.
KICKSTARTER is such a great platform. I am now able to open up the production to all the amazing FANS out there, and to YOU! BE INVOLVED IN THIS AMAZING MOVIE WE ARE ABOUT TO MAKE!! Your generous PLEDGE will be used for make-up products, Swarovski crystals, costumes, set decorating, props, rentals, movie hard drives, etc. SHOWGIRL is a GREEN PROJECT as well, recycling and re-using what already exists. I am purchasing all costumes and props from the second hand stores, GOODWILL and OUT OF THE CLOSET, both organizations help people in need, feeding people living with AIDS or other illnesses.
The film will be released in 2012, or possibly sooner. If all goes according to plan, it will play in the CULT FILM CINEMAS and MOVIE THEATERS across the country as a MIDNIGHT MOVIE or a MATINEE. I hope all the fans will come out to the screenings and dress in your favorite 90's clothes with shoulder pads, metallic pleather jackets, and spandex dance pants, and enjoy the fantastic ride of SHOWGIRL.
I am offering involvement in the film, so practice your pique turns or just polish up your lap dancing talents...
Cast: Rena Riffel, Peter Stickles (Short Bus, The Lair/Here! TV), Paula LaBaredas, Michael Anderson, Charlene Harding, Christina Carte, Warren Malone, Shelley Michelle, Smokey Miles, Jade Paris, Greg Travis, and many more to be announced on the website.
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