About this project
Hi, I’m Cathryn Michon, and this is my fat.
I'm the Director, Co-Writer and one of the stars of the FINISHED MOVIE Muffin Top: A Love Story. I'm one of the 4% of women who has actually been allowed to direct a feature film. If you think men are 96% more talented than women, please stop reading.
Yay! You kept reading! I love you already. As you can see I have literally put my own Muffin Top on the line to make this sweet and funny chick flick made by actual chicks. It’s a hilarious movie about how women shouldn’t feel bad they aren't supermodels (superfreaks, actually) but should love themselves first, flaws and all!
Kickstarter is a revolutionary way for audiences to be empowered—to vote for the movies they want to see by backing them early. The one-of-a-kind rewards you get when you pledge are ONLY available here, to Team Muffin Top. They’ll never be sold anywhere else. Rewards like: signed limited edition DVDs, props from the movie, you can even get your name on the silver screen!
We want to turn this movie into a MOVIE-MENT, doing what no one has ever done with an indie: bringing it on a red carpet Girls' Night Out Premiere Tour. We want to literally change film history, but we need your help.
We are super proud that Muffin Top has more women in front of and behind the camera than any other movie made in LA in the last three years. It also features the first all female soundtrack in romantic comedy history! Currently, according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, there are fewer women in front of and behind the camera than at any other time in the five years they've been tracking it. We are going backward. But we defied those odds and proved that women make amazing movies and women's stories are worth telling.
Help Us Tell The World:
BEAUTY IS NOT A SIZE, AGE, OR COLOR!
Amazing men worked on the movie too, because men who are cool support interesting women. I co-wrote the film with my husband, W. Bruce Cameron. Bruce wrote the New York Times bestseller A Dog’s Purpose so yes, there is a dog in Muffin Top.
The role of Boo Boo is played by our dog Tucker, who is totally believable as a dog! Many are saying he’s the new Benji. (And, of course, when I say, “many” I mean “my husband and I.”)
Muffin Top: A Love Story is a truly funny film about the insecurity most women feel when confronted with unrealistic images of women in media. Real women look much more like the beautiful women in our movie.
That's why we want to do a nationwide Muffin Top "PUT CHICKS BACK IN FLICKS" Red Carpet Tour.
We want to take our cast, and our film, to towns that don't get red carpet Hollywood Premieres, places like Kansas City, Minneapolis, Denver, Little Rock, Fayetteville, Orlando etc. These premieres will be the Girls' Night Out of a lifetime, with giveaways and red carpet photos of you with our cast members and even more surprises. Each night will be like a true Hollywood premiere, but not in Hollywood! Want us to bring Muffin Top to your town? Let us know on our website www.muffintopmovie.com where you can vote for your town.
We want empower female audiences around the world to demand: "PUT CHICKS BACK IN FLICKS!"
Women buy 55% of theater tickets and our stories are not being told.
That’s just disrespectful. When female powered films do huge business (“The Help;” “Bridesmaids”) Hollywood says, “It's a surprise hit! Who would have thought people want to see a movie full of women?”
Only 6% of studio movies have a cast that is 50% women. They don’t even have a statistic for how many films are predominantly female casts—they are that rare.
We want to activate female audiences everywhere to say:
“Hey Hollywood, if you want our money, you have to let us talk!”
- WONDERFUL CAST: Muffin Top celebrates women’s friendships and features a cast of incredibly hilarious women like Tony Winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray); Emmy Winner Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons); Three-Time Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones (Glee); Emmy nominee Markie Post (There’s Something About Mary); Retta (Parks and Recreation); Melissa Peterman (Reba); Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite) and Maria Bamford (Arrested Development).
- AMAZING SOUNDTRACK: We have the first-in-film-history all-woman soundtrack and score, anchored by our composer, award-winning international recording artist Michelle Featherstone. assembled by Music Supervisor Erin Dillon at Creative Control, the people who did the soundtrack for the Oscar winning Best Picture Crash.
- WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA: We have a woman director (only 4% of Hollywood movies do) an all woman camera crew, a woman gaffer, and women in nearly every crew position.
Oh, we also have some fantastically funny and talented men in Muffin Top: David Arquette (Scream); Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite); Jordan Black (Bridesmaids); Gary Anthony Williams (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle); and Phil LaMarr (Pulp Fiction).
Coming soon to a theater near you.
We mean it, we really want to take this “chick flick made by chicks” to as many places as we can. We want to have Hollywood style premiere parties everywhere we go. And most important, we want to send a message: start making movies that show real, actual women in them!
How ambitious is that? Okay, pretty ambitious. But that’s how the culture changes. That’s how the world changes. Please join us and be part of this very positive change.
We have some really fabulous rewards not available anywhere else, and will always be grateful for your help. Won’t you pledge something to help our dream become a reality?
The more money we raise, the more towns we will go to and the more of our cast that can come to publicize this “MOVIE-MENT.” It's that simple.Help us take the movie to towns like yours, and deliver our message to the world! We are actually hoping to raise more than our goal, because we want to produce as many red carpet events as we can. If a truly empowered audience helps us shoot past our target, I promise you that will be the news the national media will spread far and wide. Wouldn't it be great to see that story on the front page of a newspaper?
HEADLINE: WOMEN (AND THE MEN WHO ARE COOL ENOUGH TO CELEBRATE WOMEN) DEMAND CHANGE!
You can make that headline happen. We will make it happen together. Please become part of Team Muffin Top. Let's cover this map with Muffin Tops together!
Risks and challenges
On Kickstarter, if you don't make your goal, the project gets none of the pledged money. None. But our biggest risk isn't losing the money, it's failing to show the powers that be that audiences can be activated to demand PUT CHICKS BACK IN FLICKS. We want the story to be that audiences rose up and created a revolution, a MOVIE-MENT!
Wouldn’t it be weird if Hollywood Studios actually listened to film WATCHERS? With your help via Kickstarter, we’re going to show Hollywood that movies with interesting women characters are actually worth making because it is what women want, and we’re the majority of the audience!
We will listen to you. Bruce and I will be in your town for the premiere tour. I’ll take your questions and your comments to heart. I want to know: should we make more movies like this? We’re planning on it with our production company, Surprise Hit Films. Tell us what you want to see next!
If we make our Kickstarter goal, we can guarantee that we will deliver every wonderful, unique reward we are offering, because we’ve already made this film. And if we raise more money than our goal, we will simply expand the tour, and go to more cities. We’ll have a place on our website where you can write to us and suggest your home town, and we’ll see which locations garner the most enthusiasm and do our best to add those places to the tour. We’ll have more money to bring in more of the actors, and make these red carpet premieres that much more fabulous.
But our biggest challenge is that we are getting in the face of some very powerful people. These people get paid a lot of money to make summer tentpole blockbusters that are sequels to other summer tentpole blockbusters. They believe that the only movies that anyone wants to see are those that are designed to appeal to 14 year-old boys. The last thing they want is to read that Muffin Top: A Love Story has any audience at all.
You can show Hollywood’s big shots what they should have known all along, the audience should be the King AND THE QUEEN!
So yeah, it’s not going to be easy to get into theaters, but with your help we’re going to do it. And when I’m in your town, I want to personally talk to you about movies, and the direction Hollywood is taking us. Because unlike Hollywood, if you give us your money, we will let you talk!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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