All About Amy
All About Amy a short film that represents the drive and strength of a transgender person in a rural, economically depressed town. It is experiential as much as it is a documentary. My time spent filming Amy's story allows me to make a piece that not only recounts Amy's history but engages the viewer in the daily struggle of low paying work and being queer in a conservative town. I hope that I can continue this project to its completion with the help of contributing friends and family as well as those in the LGBTQ community and allies who believe in the power of telling this story. With your support, I will be able to share Amy's experience and bravery with a much wider audience.
How I met Amy
Last spring, I began a documentary in Ellenville, New York, with Gene Fischer, called Passing Ellenville. It follows several young trans people's struggles for acceptance. During the filming last summer, I was introduced to a self proclaimed “trans-mentor” in town; her name was Amy. Amy was working at the town's taxi company and made a moment in her day to talk to us. Amy made a strong impression that day- a resilient lady with acrylic teal fingernails and a passion to help her community and those around her; a vision from Bogdanovich's Last Picture Show. Meeting Amy inspired me to make my thesis film for my undergraduate degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
How Fundraising Fees Will be Used
In order to delve into such personal and intimate details, I have shot most of the film myself, which has kept the budget smaller. However I need to raise funds for post-production. I need money to purchase editing software as well as hire a sound editor for assistance. The film department at Pratt Institute has encouraged me to submit the documentary to film festivals based on the strength and quality of the film. I will need money for film festival submission fees.
The short film examines what it's like being poor in rural America. Losing a spouse to cancer, Amy was left broken - both financially and emotionally - in the town where she has spent her entire life. Although Amy has managed to keep a supportive relationship with her two kids through it all, the viewer is left to contemplate if a person's dreams are enough to get them through life despite a lack of financial support or community around them.
The donations to this project will make the continual editing of the film, as well as the distribution of the film possible. Thank you for supporting this this story.
See you at the festivals!
Samuel Centore and Co-Producer Gene Fischer
Risks and challenges
I don't expect many problems with the film since Amy is fully cooperating to tell her story and we both see the larger purpose for this film. If I don't raise all the funds in this Kickstarter, it will delay my finishing production and film festival submissions... However, I will continue working on this project to get it shown and distributed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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