“The emotional side effects of cancer may come secondary, but they were ever present and I believe self-confidence plays a big part in physical healing.” -- Margot Greer
Margot Greer is the heart and inspiration of this project. At age 22, Margot was diagnosed with breast cancer. She quickly had to face the reality that she would lose her hair to chemotherapy. In her search for a wig (and the hopes of it restoring some sense of normalcy), she found the process to be challenging.
As a result, Margot is traveling to India to bring honest and socially responsible hair to America for those who need it most, from women going through chemo to women dealing with other conditions like Alopecia.
Our team will follow Margot to India to document her incredible, eye-opening endeavor and exploration of an industry that has been financially and emotionally exploiting the needs of women facing hair loss.
On our journey to Chennai, Tirumala and Mumbai, we will capture Margot's encounters with women who donate their hair at the temple; her meetings with the makers, suppliers, and buyers of this hair; and the community that is impacted by this industry.
After India, we will continue producing a full-length film that also shares the stories of women facing cancer, Alopecia or any other hair loss reasons and the loved ones around them. We hope to show how quality, fair hair can truly change their lives. We plan to apply for grants and search for other financial support opportunities to complete production and editing. Our ultimate goal is to submit the finished film to festivals and showcases in order to bring these issues to the public and get more support for deep-rooted change.
We are Amelia Street Studio; a creative agency co-founded by three sisters. Our mission is to use our creative design and video talents to make a positive impact on our community. When we met Margot, her story spoke to us and we knew we had to get involved. You can learn more about us in our Bio.
The hair industry is unregulated, unreliable, and indifferent. Every day women relinquish control and money to companies taking advantage of women going through a difficult time. Quality wigs are far too expensive, and affordable wigs tend to be poor quality, synthetic, or completely gray.
What's more, many people who donate their hair to certain non-profits assume that their wigs are then donated, but in reality the wigs are being sold, which does not help the women in most need. And most organizations don’t service a large swath of people, like women who are past their teens or who aren’t suffering from cancer.
Margot’s mission is to bring the highest quality, ethically sourced, 100% Remy hair that is fully traceable from start to finish. She wants to make it affordable for all women. Her start-up, Woven, gives back a percentage of each sale to fund production of personalized wigs for those living with hair loss, and she guarantees that your purchase will give back to the communities of women in India who donated the hair.
We must tell Margot’s story and the story of women dealing with this unsatisfactory hair problem. We need $8,500 to travel to India and film our documentary. Your contribution will cover the travel costs and necessary equipment purchases to bring this film to life.
Help us give a face to the people enduring the trials of hair loss and expose the companies exploiting their need.
Give a voice to the selfless individuals donating their hair for a greater good.
Change the standard of the industry to make Hair for All, Fair for All.
Together, we can bring fair hair to America.
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide. It means the world to us!
MORE DETAILS FOR "TWO OF A KIND" POSTER ($250 Reward)
We wanted to give our backers an unique piece of art that would create a connection with another backer. This idea was inspired by the untraceable bond between a woman who donates her hair and the woman who wears that hair everyday. We are asking the backers of this reward to write a secret message that will be written on a hand-made screen printed poster. Each poster will have one distinct, matching mate. Then two backers will each receive one poster in the pair with the other backer's anonymous message. This intimately ties these two distant supporters together representing the link between two women and their shared hair.
Risks and challenges
1. We've never taken on a project this big before.
Although this is our largest film project to date, we are confident that Andrea's past experience working on other TV series and feature films of varying sizes will help with our success in this production. As a sister team, we have also produced many shorter videos for business clients and fun, personal projects. We are also looking to our network of friends and peers for guidance in areas of production we will need help with. We would also love to extend an invitation to the kickstarter community! If you think you may know something/someone that might help make this documentary even better, we would love to know!
2. The Amelia Street Team has never been abroad to film.
Although the Amelia Street Team has never traveled to India, Margot has been developing business connections and has been visiting India a handful of times already. She also has a friend who lives in the area and can help navigate and translate. We are hopeful that this will help make production run smoothly.
3. Some of the people or companies we want to include in the film may be unwilling to cooperate.
Because there are businesses out there that are banking (literally!) on the industry staying the way it is - they may find our endeavor threatening and will not want to help. But as with many documentaries, sometimes the struggle to get the interview or footage can be just as interesting and informative as well! On the other hand, Margot has already built relationships with a few suppliers and manufacturers who are invested in seeing the industry change.
4. We run out of time.
This relates to a few things. For one, we may not get all the footage we are hoping for in the amount of time we are overseas. While we do have a structured itinerary for the trip - hiccups do happen. It also relates to falling behind on delivering the final product or rewards. However, we plan on being completely transparent in this project and will keep our donors in the loop at every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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