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A group of women scorned write letters to the new girl in their ex-lover's lives. A love story. 100% woman-made film.
A group of women scorned write letters to the new girl in their ex-lover's lives. Feature film, currently in post-production (as of April 2017.)
A group of women scorned write letters to the new girl in their ex-lover's lives. Feature film, currently in post-production (as of April 2017.)
116 backers pledged $15,209 to help bring this project to life.

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We're making a feature film that will be written, directed, acted, and crewed entirely by women! 

This project is uniquely well-suited to an all-female cast and crew because the script already dictates a female-only cast. We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase women in film, both in front of and behind the camera. 

 

 

Praise for theatrical productions of To The New Girl...  

“A bracing blitz of pure estrogen.” - F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, LOS ANGELES TIMES  

“Macher’s writing reflects the humor and detail of an insightful storyteller.” - DEBORAH KLUGMAN, LA WEEKLY  

“Written with gritty insight and raw emotion, by promising new young playwright Samantha Macher, this is a provocative study of the deep pain of “cheating” by your ‘one and only.’ … Some scenes are humorous, some are kinky, and some are heartwarming… but all contain painful honesty.” - PAT TAYLOR, TOLUCAN TIMES

 

To the New Girl:Sound Advice For My Former Husband's Wife or Mistress was written as a play consisting of 10 monologues from various women scorned who directly address their exes’ new wives and lovers.

Featuring: 
  • ZOE: A young lady in a kinky relationship finds out that there's more than one woman in her town willing to diaper a grown man. Played by Lauren Francesca (Louie.) 

 

  • MIRIAM: A Jewish grandmother finds out at Passover that her husband has fallen in love and is getting married to a Catholic girl he met on a business trip. (Casting TBD)
 
  • BETHANY: A "good Christian girl" discovers her pastor husband's love for a man could threaten his televangelism career. Played by Skyler Vallo (True Blood, Bones, How I Met Your Mother). 

 

  • SHEILA: A woman who is unable to conceive her husband's child finds out that his mistress is pregnant with twins. Played by Lynn Chen (Saving Face, Silicon Valley, Fear the Walking Dead).

 

  • FAYE: The naive wife of a felon writes his new girlfriend to ask for her engagement ring back...or else. Played by Lauren Castle (Her first feature film!)
 
 
  • ALEXIS: A woman with a waning sense of self tells her daughter's nanny that her husband's advances are all a part of her household responsibilities. Played by Alexandra Boylan (Catching Faith, Home Sweet Home.) 

 

  • KAREN: A teacher tells the student who is sleeping with her husband how (and why) she should make his favorite pork chops. Played by Hunter Drago (Lenox Avenue, Horror Haiku.)
 
  • MELANIE: Wielding a meat cleaver, Melanie warns her abusive husband's mistress to stay far, far away from her. Played by Helenna Santos (American Reunion.) 

 

  • LORRAINE: A middle-aged lesbian comes to terms with her loneliness when her partner leaves her for a younger woman. Played by Lavetta Cannon  (American Heiress.) 
  • HARRIET: Recounts the story of her marriage to a woman in a nursing home who is in love with her severely ailing husband. (Casting TBD.)
 

The play has been performed around the United States for the past 5 years. The play has been produced in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, as well as on college campuses around the country. 

Read more about the film on our official website!

 

In an effort to showcase as many talented ladies as possible, we have decided to work with 10 different female directors. Each director will work with one monologue, essentially creating a short film based on that piece. While these "shorts" will each have their own style, we believe they will come together to create a cohesive feature-length film. 

  • Director | Ambika Leigh (On Purpose Pictures)
  • Director | Adriana González-Vega (AKA Amber)
  • Director | Amanda Lippert (We Make Movies, Agnes)
  •  Director | Laura Brunkala (The Valley, Dumb Law Cops)
  •  Director of Photography | Emilia Mendieta Córdova (Sizzle, AKA Amber)

 

 

Because To the New Girl began as a theatrical production, we're going to bring a little theater to the big screen. Each of the 10 monologues will be filmed as a stage performance. That footage will be combined with the corresponding short film created by one of our 10 directors. 

This decision not only allows us to stay true to the original productions of the play, but will also keep the film's costs lower. We'll be able to rent a single theater to shoot roughly 50% of the film, which will help simplify logistical plans and keep our location costs low! 

 

Pre-Production: July 2016 - September 2016 - We will complete our cast & crew, work with directors to plan for creating each of their pieces for the film, and build a shooting schedule. 

Production: September 2016 - Our plan is to shoot for approximately 7-10 days in September 2016. We'll be splitting our time between the theater space and locations specific to each monologue's short companion film. 

Post-Production: October 2016 - December 2016 - We'll send the film to editing and begin work on a marketing campaign. Our goal is to have the film ready to submit to festivals by the new year. 

 

One of the most important aspects of this project is how this film might be able to spark discussions among its viewers. We plan to put a huge emphasis on screening the film on college campuses and at women's organizations. The script covers a wide range of important topics: from domestic violence to infertility. We're going to focus on sharing it with groups that would benefit from discussions on these subjects. We also hope the film inspires other women in the film to create their own projects and find creative ways to celebrate and promote each other's work. 

 

We want to thank anyone who helps us to make this project happen in advance! It means more to us than you know! 

We've come up with some fun rewards: everything from a behind-the-scenes blog about making a movie with only women, to a selection of fun t-shirts (see below), to limited edition posters signed by our entire team, to VIP premiere party tickets, and downloads/DVDs of the finished film!

We're also offering a PDF printable download of our New Girl Women in Film Bingo Card Set to ALL backer levels, beginning at $1!

Get a Women In Film Bingo Card Set for $1!
Get a Women In Film Bingo Card Set for $1!

 

 

We're working hard to keep costs for this project as low as we possibly can, and believe that it is incredibly well-suited to be a truly low budget independent film! That being said, movies cost money (unfortunately!) 

We are trying to raise $15,000 to help us make this project happen. We are asking for the bare minimum to get us off of the ground, though if we do raise more than our initial goal it will obviously help us create an even better film. 

We think this is a unique and exciting project, and hope you feel the same way! By supporting To The New Girl, you'll be helping a group of experienced and creative women further their film careers while also helping us raising awareness about the need for greater representation of women in front of and behind the camera. 

 

Note: We have not finalized all of our cast & crew at the time of this Kickstarter release. We are incredibly excited about the team we've put together thus far, and will continue to add new cast and crew throughout this campaign and in the coming months. 

Read all of our wonderful team members' bios on our website

Fun story: To The New Girl's producers have known each other since attending a small catholic high school together in Middleburg, Virginia. (Which was longer ago than they'd like to admit.) They bonded (read: coped with the perils of high school) through a mutual love of theatre and the arts, and have been friends ever since. 

Ariel Trocino, Hunter Drago, Samantha Macher
Ariel Trocino, Hunter Drago, Samantha Macher

Samantha Macher | Executive Producer & Writer

Samantha Macher received her B.A. at the University of Virginia before completing her M.F.A. at the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University. Since beginning her career in 2011, she has had over 40 productions of her written work both in the U.S. and abroad, and is the winner of a StageSceneLA “Best World Premiere Play” for War Bride in 2012. Her play Reset was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2015), and her award-winning film Last Pyramid (2015) was accepted into several festivals and has helped in the fundraising and awareness raising efforts for the mission of the Epilepsy Foundation. She has worked in residency with the University of Virginia Drama Department as the Keenan Lecturer for 2016.

Hunter Drago | Executive Producer

Hunter Drago (aka. Laura Hunter Drago) is a content creator and marketing strategist by day, and a SAG-AFTRA actress with credits in film, television, theater, and commercials by...well, also by day. Hunter is an alumna of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company conservatory program. She is also a writer, and currently serves as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Ms. in the Biz, a popular online destination for women in entertainment. She has also contributed articles to entertainment industry publications like Backstage. Her writing often focuses on entertainment news, safety on set, and women in film.

Ariel Trocino | Producer

Ariel Trocino is a social justice minded theatre artist and public health masters student. She worked for years as an actress, earned her BA in Theatre at Albright College, and graduated with Honors as a director. In 2008, Ariel moved to Chicago to work in many capacities in the thriving theatre community, including new play manager, dramaturge, fundraiser, social media manager and event planner. In 2015, she decided to use her creative, artistic and administrative skills to serve her community as public health professional. She is studying Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a focus in both incarcerated population health and global health.

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges that go along with creating a film. Probably the most obvious challenge is budget constraints and the potential of running into unforeseen costs that would delay or prevent us from finishing the film. We intend to do everything within our power to make this project come together in the best possible way, and will be reaching out to additional funding sources and programs to help us get to that finish line if needed.

We're also very aware of the constantly-changing schedules of entertainment professionals. Though we hope and believe that everyone who is currently involved with the project will be able to work on the film, we would be ready to make adjustments due to any last-minute scheduling conflicts.

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    Women in Film Bingo!

    Show your support for women in film while having fun! We'll send you a PDF printable download of our New Girl Women In Film Bingo Card Set! Does a scene pass the Bechdel Test? Check off that bingo square!

    Watch along with your favorite films & TV shows to see how female-friendly they are!

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