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A short film about a young woman who must face a required three day stay as she waits to receive an abortion in South Dakota. Read more

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A short film about a young woman who must face a required three day stay as she waits to receive an abortion in South Dakota.

New York, NY Shorts
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THE STORY

I'm Keeping My Baby! centers around a mid-twenties girl named Johnny with a problem inside her – she’s pregnant and she doesn’t want to be. As a South Dakota-native she’s got but one option – traveling for hours to South Dakota’s only Planned Parenthood. Upon arrival she fills out forms in a waiting room from hell and is informed that she must remain in the facilities for a mandatory 72-hour waiting period.

For three nights Johnny is visited by a state-issued counselor, a nurse and finally a stern, male doctor who force her to confront her pregnancy and abortion, past, present and future.

After three days and much thinking and rethinking, Johnny decides that she will terminate her pregnancy.

THE HISTORY

The basis of the film stems from the real-life attempts of South Dakota's legislature and Governor Daugaard to require a mandatory 72-hour waiting period for all women seeking an abortion (news link 1). While the bill was immediately challenged and deemed a violation of human rights (a version of the bill is currently locked in litigation as Planned Parenthood v. Daugaard), the film seeks to inquire just what life might have been like had the bill passed. As well, over the course of writing and conceiving the film, a similar bill was passed and put into motion in Utah, officially requiring the first 72-hour abortion waiting period in the United States (news link 2). Frankly, the matter has only gotten more pressing over time.

South Dakota's only Planned Parenthood. Sioux Falls, SD.
South Dakota's only Planned Parenthood. Sioux Falls, SD.

WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING

Making this film in New York City will not be inexpensive and we'll be using the budget to rent much-needed professional equipment, to secure genuine medical rooms as shooting locations, to build our own three-wall sets and to outfit the locations with authentic rented and purchased medical supplies and devices. 

THE SCORE

I've fostered a relationship with international recording artist and experimental goth juggernaut Jamie Stewart AKA Xiu Xiu. We've discussed the film at length, and Jamie is interested in scoring I'm Keeping My Baby!, provided a proper budget is ensured. Xiu Xiu's music was important to me in writing and conceiving the film, and no other artist's music would so perfectly suit the tone of the film. If we can exceed our expectations and overfund the budget of the film from $3,500 to $4,200, I believe I'm Keeping My Baby! can feature an original musical score by Jamie Stewart.

Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu.
Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu.

MY WORK

While my previous work has often been more easily classifiable as "experimental," I seek genuine, classical narrative filmmaking with I'm Keeping My Baby! It's my intention to create my most sincere and passionate film with IKMB! and my attention-to-detail and visual polish honed from years of working in wordless, visuals-driven filmmaking will only help me in this.

*WARNING: Many of the following films contain blood, violence and drug use.*

To view the rest of my previous work, please see: http://aleclambert.com/

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jesse Gouldsbury

I'll be posting updates here as the kickstarter unfolds, so please keep your eyes peeled.

Xiu Xiu music used with permission from Jamie Stewart!

PS: The title I'm Keeping My Baby! is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek counterpoint to the very serious nature of the film and to the ultimate decision of the central character.

Risks and challenges

Short films are an expensive and time consuming affair, the entire cast and crew of 'I'm Keeping My Baby!' have a long journey ahead of them.

That said, everyone involved in the production is hugely talented and has been working at this for years.

Our biggest challenge in bringing 'I'm Keeping My Baby!' to the screen will be in securing funding. We genuinely need the money to fund this film. From paying for locations, to building sets, to the seriously high cost of buying and renting medical props -- every dollar you pledge will go directly into making this film. We need everything to look professional and authentic, and with your help it will.

Making movies is what we do. To do anything else would be failing.

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    -Handmade IKMB patch.
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    -'I'm Keeping My Baby!' on DVD.
    -Handmade IKMB patch.
    -An exclusive, password-protected link to the finished film on vimeo.
    -A copy of 'WARNING///WARNING' zine #1.
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    -Limited Edition 'I'm Keeping My Baby!' poster,
    -'I'm Keeping My Baby!' on DVD.
    -Handmade IKMB patch.
    -An exclusive, password-protected link to the finished film on vimeo.
    -A copy of 'WARNING///WARNING' zine #1.
    -Your name in the credits of the film.

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