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A short film about a collegiate fencer who has to confront her doubts days before a crucial competition.
A short film about a collegiate fencer who has to confront her doubts days before a crucial competition.
100 backers pledged $21,005 to help bring this project to life.

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What happens if the thing you're really good at isn't what you want to dedicate your life to?

FENCER is a short film about having the courage to reject expectations set by talent. Our protagonist, Hayley, is the embodiment of the last-minute panic we all feel before important, life-changing events. A twenty-one year old junior at a prestigious East Coast university, Hayley Ashford is poised for a lifetime of success as a naturally gifted fencer. But not all is well days before a crucial, career-defining competition. As internal and external expectations mount, Hayley's self doubt manifests itself in a very real hand tremor, which may be her downfall.

Will she have the courage to reconcile her abilities with her desires, or will she succumb to the pressure?

"A fascinating look into the world of competitive fencing and one participant's struggle to make the necessary commitment required to win." -Ross LaManna, writer of Rush Hour

Storyboards by Darcy Ripley.
Storyboards by Darcy Ripley.

Our goal is to make a visceral short film that tells an intimate story. We've recruited a team (mostly comprised of fellow students at Art Center College of Design) of dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly to realize this vision.

Armen Perian/Director

Jessica Yang/Producer

Mike Reyes/Cinematographer

Armen Perian & Niree Noel/Screenplay

Other personnel include graphic designers, a casting director, stunt coordinators, and more!

"Mike Reyes is a young emerging cinematographer with a great eye. He possesses the ability to capture stunning images and is at the forefront of modern cinematography." -Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC

With your help, we'll set out to make a high-production value film on a low budget. Your contributions will go towards:

  • Cast & Crew
  • Locations (we have some pretty awesome ones in mind)
  • Film Stock (yes, we're shooting film!)
  • Production Design
  • Stunts (there will be fencing, courtesy of the legendary Tim Weske)
  • Catering

Even the smallest amount will have an impact on the end result.

"Armen and Jessica are very talented and show a real passion for this project. I hope you'll help them because I'd like to see the completed film!"-Doug Eboch, writer of Sweet Home, Alabama

With FENCER, I wanted to tell a story that resonates with many in the unique world of fencing. If you've ever had doubts about the direction you've led your life (which I've certainly had), this film is for you. Let's make something special.

-Armen Perian

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