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C'est La Vie is a Micro-Budget, ($25-$50K), Feature Film Written and Directed By: Kiandra Parks
On the verge of her 30th birthday, Kiki Pierre moves to Paris to save her failing relationship.
Kiki travels to Paris in hopes of saving her relationship but in order to do so, she must come to terms with a few ugly truths about herself and her not-so-perfect boyfriend.
Kiki and her boyfriend met on New Years Eve. They fell in love in Paris. Their long distance relationship endures ups and downs, but Kiki is sure he is her soul mate; her psychic told her so. Kiki relocates to Paris in a final attempt to make her relationship work, but on her journey she discovers the thing she least expects and learns to surmount her biggest obstacle.
C'est La Vie takes places in North Paris: The 18th and 19th Arrondissements, Montmartre, Chateau Rouge, Barbes, St. Ouen, Stalingrad, and La Chapelle. It's the Brooklyn of Paris. Rich with culture and identity, the 18th Arrondissement is full of flavor and style yet is overlooked by the masses. The charm of North Paris with it's will serve as a character in the film.
C'est La Vie is inspired by the early films of Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch, but with a touch of femininity. The film will be shot in Black and White giving it a vintage feel, but the characters will be modern and hip creating a fun juxtaposition. It's rare we see a character like Kiki; flawed, naive, carefree, well-travelled, and dare we say Black. C'est La Vie brings to life a young woman who is determined to find love in a world beyond the one she knows, and who is not afraid to laugh at herself in the process.
Kiandra Parks - Writer/Director/Actress, Kiandra is an NYU Graduate film student currently residing in Paris, France. Kiandra studied acting on the undergraduate level, gaining her Bachelors Degree in Theatre. She later went on to study filmmaking in Paris, France and New York City. Her thesis film, Black Girl in Paris, premiered at the American Black Film Festival as a part of the HBO Short FIlm Competition in 2013, it is currently shown on HBO. Most recently, Kiandra won the coveted Spike Lee Production Award for her screenplay C'est La Vie and will go on to make C'est La Vie, her first feature film, with your help.
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Risks and challenges
Like the film's title, C'est La Vie (Such is Life), things happen. Some of the risks involved with making a film include escalating expenses, scheduling delays, location issues, equipment malfunctions, and the like. Luckily, the NYU Graduate Film community at NYU has a terrific support system in that can help navigate through tough situations.
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