About this project
Did you know that Mary Magdalene was a scholar? Did you know that Isis was the most powerful deity of ancient Egypt and her name meant female of the throne? Did you know that the mysterious Queen of Sheba was a popular religious symbol in medieval Christian mystical works? Did you know that the name Eve means "living?" Do you know the stories behind Ishtar, Delilah, the Sirens, Joan of Arc, the Virgin Mary, Arya Tara, Kali and future thinking- the Singularity?
Hi, I’m Catherine Capozzi and today I’m inviting you to participate in an exciting adventure, called BRING US YOUR WOMEN. It’s a film anthology (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3638542), studio album and live multimedia music and dance performance dedicated to women and the pursuit of divinity and freedom. The essence of this work expresses the power of three - unity, tolerance, hope. We are raising money and need your help to cover production costs for studio time to record 15 songs with the Axemunkestra and an anthology of films to accompany those songs created by award-winning international filmmakers. These two project will be unveiled on February 27th, 2015 in a live-performance multimedia event.
This project seeks to tell existing and re-imagined stories of historic and mythical individuals, each presenting a message of humanity that transcends gender and religion. I am deeply passionate about these stories because of their relevance to our world today. These stories deserve to be told but can’t be told without your help.
Featured artists for BUYW include an international cast from NYC, Boston, Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris, and more!
Soundtrack to the movie TEN, composed and performed by Catherine Capozzi:
Axemunkestra led by producer, composer, guitarist Catherine Capozzi includes:
From Boston (except where noted):
Yuri Zbitnoff (drums) of Axemunkee, Mission Creep
Tamora Gooding (e-drums) of Axemunkee, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets
Jason Adams (bass) of Axemunkee
Rachel Barringer (cello) of The Grownup Noise, The Wrong Shapes
Emilie Cavallo (cello/Geneva, Switzerland)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal (flute) of The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (MJEML)
Susannah Plaster (viola) of MJEML
Michael J. Epstein (vocals) of MJEML, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
Sophia Cacciola (vocals) of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Drab
Johnny Blazes (vocals) of Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys, MJEML
Mali Sastri (vocals) of Jaggery
Christine Zufferey (vocals / Paris, France) of MARY ZOO, Ziaf
Here is some video of "Queen of Sheba" from the first live test-run of Bring Us Your Women on 11/14/13:
BUYW Producers Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein are Somerville, MA based filmmakers, musicians, and rabble rousers. After years with their bands, the no-wave art-rock Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, garage-surf Darling Pet Munkee, and indie ensemble The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, the pair took their love of film and their experience making music videos and created their crowdfunded debut feature, the surrealistic, avant-mystery thriller TEN. The film is now on a 2014 world-wide film festival tour with plans for a 2015 public release. They also recently wrapped principal photography on their second feature, a psychological sci-fi trip, MAGNETIC.
Kelly Davidson is an NEPA award-winning photographer who has been shooting the Boston music scene for over 10 years, a photojournalism graduate from BU and a longstanding member of NPPA and BPPA (and currently the Programs Director at ASMP New England).
Zombie Romance - Kristilyn is a supremely skilled southpaw whose love of ink and brush is as vast as the atlantic. She delights her brushpen in all things macabre and adorable.
Norah Solorzano (NYC) is an artist, animator and performer who has worked in the Boston area for the past ten years. Her animated films and installations often explore childhood dreams and memories and the function of memory in creating histories and stories. Her animated films have been shown at venues and festivals including the ICA, SXSW, the London International Animation Festival, the California International Animation Festival, and the Carpenter Center Sert Gallery. She has taught animation at the Art Institute of Boston, the School of the Museum of FIne Arts, and Harvard University. For the past seven years, Norah has been the artist-in-residence of the award winning Animating Youth: Room 305 Productions project at the Cambridgeport School. Working with 5th/6th grade teacher Isabel Eccles, she has yearly lead the students in the creation of a animated film inspired by the social studies and literacy curriculum. Mobius will host a retrospective of this work in January 2013. Norah has recently relocated to Brooklyn for graduate studies in Interactive Media at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Nicole Witte Solomon is a writer and film maker. She attended Eugene Lang College (part of the New School University) where she received a BA in cultural studies. Upon graduating, she pursued writing and social justice activism while working as an office manager, childcare provider, and phone sex operator. She was accepted into the Downtown Community Television internship program, and went on to be admitted into the graduate film program at The City College of New York (CUNY) where she earned her MFA in writing and directing narrative fiction. She has written and directed many short documentary and fiction films, often working in conjunction with social justice organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, Ma’yan, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. Her music video for acclaimed Brooklyn band The Shondes’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” was an official selection of the 2010 Mix Milan Film Festival. Small Talk, her short horror comedy about the phone sex industry is currently screening at film festivals across the world. Her written work has appeared in AfterEllen, PopMatters, HEEB, $pread Magazine, Tits and Sass and New York Magazine, among many other websites and publications.
Marlise Steeman (Amsterdam)
Céline Fernbach is a Paris-based photographer. After having shot portraits in the countryside, she moved to Paris to attend Gobelins school, which she gratuated in 2010. She's been working with musicians for eight years, but she's more known for her portraits and documentary photo stories, shot in artists' squats, in Paris catacombs, or in Christiania. She started working in video by accident, while pushing the wrong button on her camera. For two years, she's shot documentary short films and music videos, and is working on digital mixed media stories.
Mark Phinney Phinney started as an actor in Boston and New York City before moving to Los Angeles where he appeared in several films and TV series while performing one-man and story shows like The Moth and Mortified. In 2002 he performed at the prestigious HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. He continued as a writer developing, pitching, working on, and selling TV and film projects to networks and studios, all while working on own personal work from books to articles, essays and blogs. In 2005 he wrote and starred in a pilot based on his own one man show - Fat Broke and Horny. The grass roots sitcom went to the New York TV Festival. In 2012, he wrote and directed his first film -FAT, which premiered at the 2013Toronto International Film Festival.
Jade Sylvan (poet/author), called a “risqué queer icon” by The Boston Globe, is the author of Kissing Oscar Wilde (2013 Write Bloody Publishing), TEN (2013 Launch Over Publishing), and The Spark Singer (2009 Spuyten Duyvil Press). A genderqueer writer, producer, and performing artist based out of Cambridge, MA, Jade has been on the cover of The Boston Globe Arts Section, ScoutCambridge, and DigBoston. The author has toured throughout North America and Europe performing poetry, and has produced and performed in a number of acclaimed shows in the Greater Boston area, including, The Literary Roast, All You Need Is Myth, and Encyclopedia Show Somerville. In 2012, Jade cowrote and starred in the indie feature film, TEN, which is currently touring the film festival circuit. Publications include pieces in: The Toast, BuzzFeed, PANK, DigBoston, Carve Magazine, Mudfish, Word Riot, and many more.
Meghan Chiampa (poet)
Kristen Schaer is a barber by trade and a writer at heart. The nexus of writing, women and the tale of Delilah, the woman who dared shear Samson's powerful hair, just seemed natural.
Allix Mortis (The Singularity) is an award winning mess maker, booty shaker, and soul stealer from Boston, MA. Allix screams and sings in a few bands, performs regularly with a variety of burlesque beauties and drag personalities, and produces fringe "queerlesque" shows in their spare time. They are currently at work as the lead in the Cacciola / Epstein production, MAGNETIC. Allix has graced festival stages around the country and was recently named as an official Ambassador of the 2015 Austin International Drag Festival. Off stage, Allix lives a quiet life as a writer and designer.
Chien-hwe Hong (Arya Tara) Chien-Hwe is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer living in Boston, MA, USA. Her style is a fusion of classical ballet, original contemporary floor-work, tai-chi influences, and fluid musicality. Her professional activities have brought her to Europe, Asia, Canada, and all over the United States. Her work has been described by audiences as “graceful”, “fluid”, “intense”, “emotional”, and “liberating”; her choreography “enchanting and inspirational”; and her teaching “creative”, “pure joy”, and “expert”.
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The proposed budget of $15,000 is the minimum necessary to cover the costs associated with this endeavor.Music recording and mastering: $8000
Film production cost: $4000 (10 filmmakers at $400 each)
Graphic design for project materials, CDs, DVDs: $1000
Kickstarter fees and reward fulfillment: $2000
In an ideal world, we will be able to exceed our goal and compensate the musicians, the artists, and others involved with the creative aspects of the project.
Risks and challenges
Working with such a varied cast of artists from different geographic locations is tricky to manage. There is the chance that some of them may not be able to complete their chosen short film in the time frame. We have additional standby artists and performers to fill in any gaps.
There is potential for recording production costs to be higher than what is budgeted, but we have extensive experience budgeting and completing the production of recordings of a similar scale. We are also budgeting based on specific studio quotes provided for the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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