About this project
Okay peeps...here is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! THANKS to ALL of you, our friends, family, and new friends who are fans of Caren's fabulous book, we have indeed reached our initial goal on KICKSTARTER. CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE! Your support made it happen!!! We can't wait to make the movie.
That said, our Kickstarter campaign is still very much alive until Friday night, and we are still actively raising funds. Every dime we raise will go toward production, and each contribution will help us make a bigger, better movie. At this budget level, literally every dime makes a difference. So please help us continue to spread the word...to see if we can reach our "stretch goal", as Kickstarter calls it, of $85,000.00. But first, give yourselves a hug from four very, very, very grateful women who feel humbled by this entire experience.
Okay...back to the campaign.
We are adapting critically-acclaimed novel Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner into a script from which we will make a wonderful, thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting film.
Carrie Pilby's eponymous main character is a 19-year old genius who graduated from Harvard early and has no idea how to fit in, date or talk to people. She believes the majority of her hometown, New York City, to be sex-obsessed, immoral hypocrites. Despite her father's "Big Lie" about meeting like individuals at college, she felt the same way about her college peers, and an affair with her college professor only left her more isolated and alone. Her therapist gives her a five-point plan to test her very black-and-white beliefs. Ultimately, Carrie faces the universal coming-of-age (at any age) question: Which tradeoffs, if any, are acceptable in order to "fit in"?
Carrie Pilby was among the first novels published by Harlequin Enterprises's Red Dress Ink imprint in 2003, an imprint created primarily to take advantage of the then-burgeoning "chick lit" phenomenon that included humorous books about young women like Bridget Jones' Diary. In its first incarnation, Carrie Pilby was noted in various newspaper articles as one of the smarter and more unique novels in the genre. It proved successful, selling more than 50,000 copies. After the chick-lit market became saturated, Harlequin stopped publishing novels under the Red Dress Ink imprint, but in 2010 Carrie Pilby was chosen as one of the first books to be re-released under their new Harlequin Teen line. The novel was also published in France on June 1, 2010 as one of the first four titles released under the Harlequin French imprint Darkiss, with subsequent adaptations proving successful in Italy, Mexico, England, Australia and Indonesia.
From SUSAN JOHNSON, Director:
I...love...this...book. The second I read the last page, I knew this was a movie I had to direct. Carrie Pilby is such a relatable character, and not just for young women. How many times have you judged a book by its cover? Does your moral compass always point to true north? What do women think about? Are most men obsessed with sex? Are religions "cults"? And how many compromises must I make in the name of friendship? Love?
I've always wanted to find a female Holden Caulfield. Carrie is brilliant, fragile, funny, conscious, inquisitive and brave enough to say the things we wouldn't dare.
My primary goal is to make a movie about a female character that men AND women will want to see. The label "chick lit" didn't fit for the novel CARRIE PILBY, and we are definitely not setting out to make a "chick flick". Not that there is anything wrong with films geared toward women! But despite what "Hollywood" thinks, women are capable of making films for both genders - if given the chance. Granted, we don't have any special fx, and nobody dies...oops, spoiler alert!...but we do have an interesting story to tell that just might change, ever so slightly, the way you think about everyday life. Isn't that what all good books and movies are supposed to do?!
We have put together a terrific team to bring this story to life. Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are two of the best creative producers working today and their support is humbling. We are also honored that Caren Lissner is trusting us with her story. Caren's been a constant source of inspiration for us and an invaluable resource as production of the feature film begins.
We hope you will join us on this journey to make CARRIE PILBY. We honestly can't do it without your support and here's why: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/06/14/191568762/at-the-movies-the-women-are-gone
We're just one little film - but we are working toward being the change we want to see in the world.
Thanks for considering our project, and please help us spread the word.
About Susan Johnson:
Susan Johnson is currently in post-production on her 8th feature film in as many years. Susan's first film, MEAN CREEK, screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes (Director's Fortnight) and won the Humanitas Award and two Independent Spirit Awards before being distributed by Paramount Pictures and Focus Features. She also produced the hit comedy WIENERS for Sony/Screen Gems starring Zachary Levi, Kenan Thompson, Jenny McCarthy and Darrell Hammond; NEARING GRACE starring Gregory Smith, Jordana Brewster and David Morse; award-winning film EYE OF THE DOLPHIN starring Jane Lynch, George Harris and Katharine Ross, and sequel BENEATH THE BLUE, starring Paul Wesley and David Keith which debuted on the CW.
2013 will see the release of Susan’s most recent films, EYE OF THE HURRICANE starring Campbell Scott, Melanie Lynskey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Grant Collins and Nicola Peltz (distributed worldwide by eOne); and THE BETWEEN starring Joel Courtney, Isabelle Fuhrman, James Le Gros, Peter Bogdanovich and Trace Adkins.
Previously Susan produced and directed 30+ music videos, receiving nominations and/or awards from Billboard Magazine, VH-1, MTV, CMT, CMA and NARAS for her work.
Susan began her career at the William Morris Agency in Motion Picture Packaging. After attending the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California she earned an MFA in Directing on full scholarship at the American Film Institute.
SUZANNE FARWELL - PRODUCER
"I am so incredibly excited to bring this very special story to the screen. I've been in love with this novel and with the character of CARRIE PILBY for a long time, so to bring this character and her journey to life on film will be a dream come true for me. I first met Susan Johnson, our director, over ten years ago...our careers have kept us both quite busy but we recently decided it was time to find the perfect film for Susan to direct and for me to produce. When Susan read my long-loved CARRIE PILBY, we knew we had found the right project to do together. And I could not be more thrilled to be producing along with the wonderful Susan Cartsonis. The three of us have a shared passion and enthusiasm for this very special story and I have so much confidence in us as a team to translate Carrie's unique charm and wit to film. Thank you for your support in helping us make this dream a reality...we promise to bring everything we have to it and believe it will make a magical and unforgettable movie!!" -Suzanne Farwell
About Suzanne Farwell:
In 1997, Suzanne Farwell began working with writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers as her assistant on her directorial debut,THE PARENT TRAP. In 2001, Farwell began her post as President of Meyers’ production company, Waverly Films, at Columbia Pictures, a position she held until 2004. In 2003, she was Co-Producer on Meyers’ critically acclaimed SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, starring Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Keaton’s performance in SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Actress Award from The National Board of Review; as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Nicholson was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for his role in the film.
Farwell next went on to Executive Produce Meyers’ film, THE HOLIDAY, starring Cameron Diaz, Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Oscar nominee Jude Law and Jack Black.
Farwell most recently was Executive Producer on IT'S COMPLICATED, written, directed and produced by Meyers and starring Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. IT'S COMPLICATED was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (Nancy Meyers).
Farwell began her career in entertainment at the William Morris Agency in its motion picture literary department.
From SUSAN CARTSONIS, Producer:
"Suzanne, Susan and I met while I was developing and producing WHAT WOMEN WANT at Disney and then at Paramount. We've stayed in touch all of these years and when Susan and Suzanne gave me Carrie Pilby to read I was supremely flattered, and then after I actually READ it I was thrilled. You know when a writer has a voice that's like hearing your favorite song for the first time or meeting someone who's destined to be your best friend? That's how I felt about Caren Lissner's "voice of Carrie" in this incredible book. I've gotten that feeling a few times before: as a kid reading "Harriet the Spy" and as an exec reading the script of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and as a producer reading the publisher's galleys of "Where the Heart Is", which later became a movie. I'm excited to be invited in to producing this funny and unique book about a memorable misanthrope who learns to open herself up to life and love, by two women with whom I'm proud to share a first name!" -Susan Cartsonis
About Susan Cartsonis:
The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for WHAT WOMEN WANT (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release, which is still in the number two slot to this day -- and WHERE THE HEART IS (20th Century Fox). She produced BEASTLY (CBS Films), AQUAMARINE (20th Century Fox) and executive-produced NO RESERVATIONS (Warner Bros.).
Cartsonis was an executive at 20th C Fox for nearly a decade, and rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. At Fox, a few films she supervised include NELL, FRENCH KISS, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS, FOR THE BOYS, DYING YOUNG and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
From CAREN LISSNER, Author:
"I have been humbled and thrilled with all of the readers who have written to me to say that they are a lot like Carrie, or that she made them look at life differently, or that they wrote down their favorite passages, or just that they laughed. Some have even said that her special brand of nerdery made them feel less alone in the world. Susan, Suzanne and Susan will do wonderful things when they bring this story to the big screen and they'll surely get us laughing and thinking. If you're reading this page, you were probably an early reader of the book and deserve to be a part of the final project. We appreciate your support!" -Caren Lissner
And we are happy to announce that we have also joined forces with Executive Producer, Teri Simpson!
Here's the deal with film financing these days...it's nonexistent unless the filmmakers are doing a remake, a sequel, a genre movie (like a horror film made for $10) or a superhero movie. There is very little government support for the arts in this country, 80+ percent of working filmmakers are male, and even though women do the majority of the ticket buying, the statistics for female filmmakers are abominable. Statistics like: women comprised only 18% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the Top 250 films of 2012 (an increase of only 1% since 1998) and only 7% of the membership of the Directors Guild of America.
And the gender of the storyteller matters. "When more than nine-tenths of movies are made from the male perspective", said B. Ruby Rich, film critic and professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, “it unconsciously reinforces the invisibility of women.” A 2011 University of Southern California study examining the top 100 box office releases between 2007 and 2009 found that in films directed by men, 29 percent of the characters were female; in those by women 48 percent of the characters were (female)."
Even worse, looking at the top grossing comedies of each year for the past 10 years, women have directed only nine of them (nine out of 200)!
The good news for us is, our producer Suzanne Farwell was a producer on 3 of those nine films (SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, THE HOLIDAY & IT'S COMPLICATED) and producer Susan Cartsonis has the highest grossing comedy directed by a woman of all time (WHAT WOMEN WANT). Both producers have been working hard to tell stories about women, by women.
We hesitate to even bring up statistics, as neither of us believe that hiring women filmmakers should even be an issue. We think the material and team assembled should be the only indicators of a film's potential. But unfortunately the statistics are what they are, they aren't improving, and despite our best efforts the only way we think things will change is by communicating with YOU, our audience, from the beginning.
Together we can MAKE THE FILMS WE WANT TO SEE!
We are excited to be able to support campaigns small and large personally for filmmakers whose voices we want to hear. We know that every dollar we donate makes a huge difference, not only to the life of a film, but to the market in general. We want to be part of the solution - the voice that tells marketers THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO SEE.
As you probably know by now, if we don't make our goal, we don't see a dime. With that in mind, we have set our goal low to make sure our campaign is a success and to raise awareness for the film. EVERY DIME COUNTS and will be used toward actual production costs.
That said, this film has a budget of $2.5M, ALL of which we need to raise to shoot in NYC this Fall. CARRIE PILBY is a true indie. We could not make this film at a studio for this budget, and we strongly believe this is how CP should be made! AND, we aren't asking for your money just because we want creative control, nor do we have other financing sources waiting in the wings. THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT FILM AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO GET IT MADE. Simple as that.
Together, we are going to make a GREAT film. You won't be disappointed, we promise!
And last but not least, PLEASE talk to your friends about us, join us on Facebook and Twitter, share our Kickstarter campaign, and tell the world how much the book means to you if you are already a fan. And France, Mexico, the UK, Australia, Italy or Indonesia (where the book has been published) WE NEED YOU TOO!
The more we talk, the more people will listen. So SPEAK UP! JOIN US! SPREAD THE WORD!
Meet Carrie Pilby around the world!
Some of Suzanne Farwell's films:
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: http://youtu.be/GRq5_Bj5JqI
THE HOLIDAY: http://youtu.be/vzUb1fOVjYU
IT'S COMPLICATED: http://youtu.be/_O09NjpB4AI
Some of Susan Johnson's films:
MEAN CREEK: http://youtu.be/5p_bGrtoY3E
THE BETWEEN (Coming Fall 2013): http://youtu.be/En2N1Ajd65U
EYE OF THE HURRICANE (Coming Fall 2013): http://youtu.be/BXBk-qN8wDg
Some of Susan Cartsonis' films:
WHERE THE HEART IS: http://youtu.be/HbzcodGsaRs
NO RESERVATIONS: http://youtu.be/2-5RJTf0-Jk
WHAT WOMEN WANT: http://youtu.be/ck54j-IAAtQ
Below are some reviews of the book:
-Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Woody Allen-hilarious, compulsively readable and unpretentiously smart."
"[Carrie] is utterly charming and unique, and readers will eagerly turn the pages to find out how her search for happiness unfolds."
-Kristine Huntley, Booklist
"Carrie Pilby is a page-turner...even as she fails and fails, Carrie's efforts to integrate bring the mood of the novel slowly out of quiet darkness to buoyant light. Her struggle for acceptance is so universally teenage, smart girls (and women) will pull for her to the end."
-Johanna Lewis, Library Journals
"If this book would have been published by Knof or Scribner it would have been hailed as a female CATCHER IN THE RYE. Catcher is by far my favorite classic novel, but Carrie is a much more likable and realistic character. Her transformation from a naive and judgemental girl into a full grown woman and fully rounded character is one of the true literary joys of my life. This book should be famous, and read in universities and high schools across the country and Caren Lissner should be the next big literary super star."
-Bryon Quertermous, Editor
You can also find us on:
- Carrie Pilby Website www.carriepilbythemovie.com
- Facebook www.facebook.com/CarriePilbyTheMovie
- Twitter www.twitter.com/carriepilby
- Pinterest http://pinterest.com/braveartfilms/carrie-pilby
- Braveart Films www.braveartfilms.com
- Storefront Pictures http://www.storefrontpics.com/
- Caren Lissner www.carenlissner.com
- Vimeo https://vimeo.com/braveartfilms
- Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/SusanJohnsonDirector
And here are the IMDB pages for the team:
- Susan Johnson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0426287
- Suzanne Farwell http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0268616
- Susan Cartsonis http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0142134
And please visit the Sundance Institute's Kickstarter Page to support more projects like ours @ http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/sundanceinstitute
Caren, Teri, Suzanne, Susan Cartsonis and Susan Johnson thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks for considering us, and thanks for supporting independent film!
SEE YOU AT THE PREMIERE!
Risks and challenges
After our 30-day campaign ends, Kickstarter releases your email addresses to us so that we can contact you with your reward. We will work tirelessly to get these rewards out to you as quickly as possible. Please note that some of the rewards, like the Cast and Crew Screening Party, obviously won't happen until after we shoot the movie.
We've done our best to come up with good rewards - but again, if you have any better ideas, PLEASE share them with us. We didn't think you would want another stupid t-shirt in your closet and we can't really do things like "name a character", since this is based on a book. But we tried to come up with real things that will make you a part of the process - things we like getting when we arrive on set...things we wish we could have done on the films we love (like early screenings, editing screenings, set visits), etc.
Please be patient with us w/r to delivery. We're a very small team with limited resources - but we WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN IF WE ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE MOVIE!
Here are some things we felt needed to be said again - just to be super clear:
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in November in New York. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you become an extra ($750 reward) or receive a cast credit ($2,500 reward), you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film or receiving a "thanks" credit on screen, you will have to sign a release.
• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
Making a film is a crazy and risky but super rewarding experience. We have a lot to raise to make this happen for all of us, but we sincerely hope that the journey will be rewarding for you too!
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