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Hair is a big deal, an even bigger deal when you don't have it. A film about bringing fair trade hair to women who've lost all of it.
Hair is a big deal, an even bigger deal when you don't have it. A film about bringing fair trade hair to women who've lost all of it.
154 backers pledged $9,304 to help bring this project to life.

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“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

NEW: HEAR MARGOT TELL MORE ABOUT HER EMOTIONAL JOURNEY AND WHY THIS DOCUMENTARY IS SO IMPORTANT TO HER. 

Margot Greer
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.

Photos from Margot's last trip to India - ©Margot Greer
Photos from Margot's last trip to India - ©Margot Greer

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.

Images from Margot's last trip to India to visit companies in the Hair industry ©Margot Greer
Images from Margot's last trip to India to visit companies in the Hair industry ©Margot Greer

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. 

Photos from Margot's last trip to India - Margot Pictured bottom right - ©Margot Greer
Photos from Margot's last trip to India - Margot Pictured bottom right - ©Margot Greer

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)

Example of a "Two of a Kind" Poster pair - design may change slightly
Example of a "Two of a Kind" Poster pair - design may change slightly

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. 

Video Music: Gentle Chase - Podington Bear / CC BY-NC 3.0

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.

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    THANK YOU! Anything and everything helps. As a reward, we will gently whisper your name into a strand of hair, before it gets placed into a new wig.

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    If we reach our goal, our middlest sister Jenny will chop of her long locks and donate them to National Alopecia Awareness Foundation. With this reward, you get to vote on her new, short hair style. (Jenny will get to choose 3 style options for the vote.)

    Plus, keep an eye on us! We'll give you access to our itinerary, production schedules, and send you photo or video updates while we're there!

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    Get your hair did! Katy will come to your house and braid your hair. She's really good at braiding. Hair tie not included. Bows provided upon request. Must live in Chicago.

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    Send us a profile pic of yourself so we can make it into a face cut-out and take a picture with you at a famous landmark in India. It's like you're right there!

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    You will get access to a specially selected Spotify playlist with the theme: Hair. Playlist will be curated by Andrea, who is a rock star at making playlists with a wide range of styles. It will be eclectic and jammin'.

    (We guarantee there will not be any songs from the Broadway hit "Hair". That's too easy.)

    Plus the Digital Copy of the finished film.

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    Hand-made screen-printed linen tote bag with "Head to Head" hair design.

    Digital Copy of the finished film.

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    Deluxe Digital Package

    A digital copy of the film with access to deleted scenes, making of bits, and digital copies of scripts and storyboards.

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    Get your very own bundle of Woven's ethically sourced hair extensions, generously provided by Margot. You can choose:
    color (inquire about selection)
    length (12", 14", 16" or 18")
    weft or clip in
    texture (straight, wavy, tight waves, curly)

    If you double down on your donation, we'll send you two bundles. Triple down? We'll send 3!

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    A signed 11x17 print of the movie poster with a special thank you.

    Plus everything included in Deluxe Digital Package ($50 reward).

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    A spoken thank you credit at the end of the movie by one of our film's interviewees.

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    We will make you into your very own Wooly Willy toy. We will hand illustrate your face and turn it into a fully-functional, old-school game with real iron filings for hair and everything. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooly_Willy)

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    Special Edition "Two of a Kind" Art Prints.
    You will receive a customized, screen printed version of the movie poster. We will be hand-making 10 pairs of matching posters. Each pair will have a distinct style. You will receive one of the posters in a pair. Another backer at this level will receive the "twin" version of your poster. You will each be asked to submit a secret message that will be written on the shared poster and delivered to the other backer. (See description to learn more about the inspiration behind this reward.)

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    HECK YEAH!!! You'll get 2 VIP tickets to one of two special screenings of the finished film, which includes some small eats and treats as well as an exclusive Q&A with the team behind this project. You'll get a special shout out before the screening and we'll share your awesomeness on social media. We'll have some other special surprises for you there. One screening will take place in Chicago and the other in Akron, OH. Venues and dates TBD. Travel and accommodations not included.

    Plus a signed movie poster and all that's included in the $100 reward.

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- (30 days)