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Dream, Girl is a documentary film redefining what it means to be a boss by telling the stories of female entrepreneurs. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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Dream, Girl is a documentary film redefining what it means to be a boss by telling the stories of female entrepreneurs.

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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Thank you!

First off we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!! We are so overwhelmed with all your support. The Dream, Girl team is so energized and excited to make you one awesome feature length film! Thank you everyone for your comments, messages, and most of all your donations contributing to this film and making this dream of ours a reality! We couldn’t do it without you!

Now that we have made our initial goal we are really excited about taking our film to the next level. Our initial budget of 57K was the minimum we needed to compensate our team of five to produce the film full time this year. Every penny we earn now will go towards making this the best production possible, raising the bar on production value and upgrading our equipment. Take a look below at some of the upgrades we would like to make!

Better Cameras: Additional funding will help us upgrade our camera arsenal to top of the line gear, ensuring the film looks the best it can. Mary is very excited about this one!

Additional funds will go towards: 
Red Epic | Zeiss CP.2 EF Lenses | 32" HD Monitor | Extra Batteries | Tripods | V Mount Adapter

Locations: For the trailer, we filmed wherever we could. Lobbies of buildings, apartments in the midst of construction, busy city streets. Additional funding we receive will go towards renting spaces so that we can minimize environmental variables and disturbances, resulting in better interviews with our founders.

Additional funds will go towards: Renting Spaces | Travel | Sets

Better Audio Equipment: We recorded our trailer with a shotgun mic, a few lavs, and a whole lot of trial and error. Hitting our stretch goal will allow us to upgrade our microphones, preamps, mounts, and more, ensuring the best-sounding audio possible.

Additional funds will go towards: 
Zoom Recorder | Shure Microphones | On-Location Audio Mixer 

Better Lighting Equipment: This will help our interviews look the best they can, and help compensate for variables on location. We’ll also need to purchase more compact, transportable lighting equipment for use at conferences, networking events, and other off-set shoots.

Additional funds will go towards: 
Kino Diva 400 x2 | Medium Chimera Soft Box | Joker Bug 400 HMI 

Post Production: Our work doesn’t stop when we wrap up filming. Then comes post production! Additional funding means we can fine tune the film’s visual style and audio, add animation, secure more musicians for the original soundtrack, and more.

Additional funds will go towards: 
Color Correction | Motion Graphics & Animation | Audio Mixing & Mastering | Original Soundtrack

“You Can’t Be What You Can’t See” – Marian Wright Edelman 

We know the names of male CEOs and entrepreneurs- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg. But what about female bosses? What is their story? What do their lives look like?

"Dream, Girl" will showcase the empowering stories of women-run companies and the founders whose ambition and dedication drive them. We will examine their journey, their struggles, and discover what makes them successful. We will talk to investors and cultural experts about why women are worth investing in, and learn why there has never been a more exciting and promising time for female-run businesses.

Lets redefine what it means to be a boss, and teach girls to dream big. Dream, Girl.

Why Does Dream, Girl Need to be Produced? 

Female founders are changing the modern economic and cultural landscape. They’re starting over 1200 new businesses a day, which makes them the fastest growing sector of our new economy. Women-run businesses are outperforming their male-run counterparts; all while fostering unique company culture, building exciting new products, and pioneering workplace policies and procedures. But we never hear about these stories. All too often, women are portrayed as the object, the prize, the sidekick. We hardly ever see or celebrate the stories of impassioned, driven women who are taking on big risks and challenges. “Dream, Girl” is a film that plans on changing that, inspiring the next generation of female leaders by showing them what it looks like when girls are the boss.

Currently, women CEOs only make up 22 of the Fortune 500, and men still run 98% of all companies in the United States. While there has been a significant increase in female founded companies, we don't often hear about them. The mainstream media doesn’t celebrate strong, successful women, and narratives about women in the media are less than 40% of all content. We are changing that. We are putting our focus and energy on capturing how the cultural shift is happening, because we believe in the momentous power of seeing women as leaders.

What can I expect from the documentary? 

What does it take to start your own business? What risks, challenges, and struggles did our featured entrepreneurs face to get their projects off the ground? We’ll take intimate looks into the lives of female founders, inside and outside the workplace. How many coffee-fueled all nighters, larger than life ideas, and what good old fashioned bootstrapping did it take to make their dream a reality? What made them take the first step into this exciting unknown world of entrepreneurship? Where did they find support, success, and where did they struggle?

We’ll take a closer look at the cultural forces that make now the most exciting time in history for women in business. We’ll explore the deeply rooted conventions, gender roles, and sexism that can hold women back despite their progress. We’ll also sit down with investors and industry pioneers to learn why it’s important to back female-founded companies, and foster policy and practice that encourages female empowerment and advancement in the workplace.

Who’s in the film? 

We’ve had the pleasure of filming complete interviews with incredible female founders for our trailer. It features Crista Freeman & Jess Eddy of the premium ice cream brand Phin & Phebes, Christen Brandt from global education advocates She’s the First, and Mariama Mounir Camara-Petrolawicz from the leading African handmade fabric & print company Mariama Fashion Production.

Our trailer also features appearances by women from these female-founded companies:

Julie Sygiel |Founder, DearKate
Mallorie Carrington |Founder, Smart Glamour
Micah Clasper-Torch | Founder, City Bird
Katie Corcoran |Founder, KatieCorc.com
Allyson Downey | Founder, weeSpring
Jeanine Gleaves |Founder, Jeanine Gleaves Interactive
Caroline McAuliffe |Founder, goldpennyloafer
Jess Peterson | Founder, Mighty Oak

The finished film will feature 4-6 more female founders from a variety of diverse companies in tech, fashion, nonprofit, advertising, and other industries. It will also feature commentary from cultural experts, gender experts, and investors; telling in-depth stories that examine the unique circumstances of each founder’s journey, while identifying and analyzing the common struggles, challenges, and triumphs that connect them. 

Dream, Girl is so excited to announce Marie Forleo will be joining our team of inspiring entrepreneurs! 

Rewards!

We've got lots of great rewards available if you can back the film. Check out all the rewards on the right hand side of this page. Here's a few of our favorites:

Who is making this film? 

Our Kickstarter trailer was produced and executed by our production team: 

Erin Bagwell | Director, Editor, Motion Graphics Animator 
Mary Perrino | Director of Photography & Colorist
Sara Waber | 1st Camera Operator
Kat Lazo |- Assistant Director, 2nd Camera Operator 

Additional Trailer Credits:
John Laslo of Katmai - Music
Sal Mastrocola of No Nets - Music
Greg Gibaldi - Mixing

How does the budget breakdown? 

Based on our collective years of experience in film production, and our experience interviewing three female founders for our trailer, we have a detailed financial plan for how much it will take to produce a feature length film of exceptional quality. The breakdown of our budget is divided between two main phases of production:

Phase 1: Production- Interview 4-6 more CEOs | Interview 2 investors in the startup community | Interview 2 cultural experts | Two camera operators, a lighting expert, and on location audio engineer | Transportation and equipment expenses

Phase 2: Post Production- Editing | Color correction | Motion graphics | Audio mixing & engineering- Soundtrack

There’s a lot that goes into making a feature length documentary, and we’re confident that with a lot of hard work, dedication, and your financial support we can make an entertaining and empowering film that will inspire the next generation of female leaders.

What else can I do to help?

Share this video with your family and friends to spread the word about "Dream, Girl". Even better, show your support financially by backing the film on Kickstarter! We truly appreciate all your support and every dollar donated to make this dream a reality.

Sources

Statistics used above and in our trailer are pulled from the following studies:

Change it Up! | Girl Scout Research Institute
http://www.girlscouts.org/research/pdf/change_it_up_executive_summary_english.pdf

The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report | American Express Open 
http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2014/women-flex-economic-muscle-new-research.aspx

The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report | American Express Open
https://c401345.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/13ADV-WBI-E-StateOfWomenReport_FINAL.pdf

Risks and challenges

Nothing will hold us back from producing “Dream, Girl” once funded! Our final production, design & direction teams are already in place; and producing this film will be our full-time job. We will proactively provide updates on production timelines and scheduling; and you’ll know when to mark your calendars for the premiere.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Backers of the film who have signed on to get an "Exclusive First Look at the Documentary" ($20 Pledge and up) will get to see a digital first cut of the feature length film. I have also been in talks with organizations and schools who are interested in screening the film as well- but before that can happen we need to produce it!

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    Digital thank you email + shoutout on the official "Dream, Girl" website

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    "Dream, Girl" postcard thank you note signed by the Executive Producer + website shoutout

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    Exclusive first look at the documentary + website shoutout

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    Exclusive first look at the documentary + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    41 backers

    Digital download of the original soundtrack + first look at the documentary + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    "Dream, Girl" T-Shirt (choose 1 of 3 designs) + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    Exclusive extra interviews and behind the scenes footage available only to Kickstarter backers + First look at the documentary + Digital download of the original soundtrack + website shoutout

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    "Dream, Girl" Tote Bag + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    60 backers

    "Special Thanks" credit in the film + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    "Special Thanks" credit in the film + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + website shoutout

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    THE DREAM BUNDLE: "Dream, Girl" T-Shirt (choose 1 of 3 designs) & Tote Bag + "Special Thanks" credit in the film + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    2 tickets to the NYC premiere of the film (transportation not included) + "Special Thanks" credit + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    "Dream, Girl" movie poster signed by the DG Production Team + "Special Thanks" credit + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    THE DREAM BIGGER BUNDLE: 2 tickets to the film's NYC premiere (transportation not included) + "Dream, Girl" T-Shirt (choose 1 of 3 designs) & Tote Bag + "Special Thanks" credit + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    30 minute Google Hangout with 3 female founders & the film's Executive Producer + "Special Thanks" credit + first look at the documentary + soundtrack download + signed postcard + website shoutout

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    "Producer" credit in "Dream, Girl" + Signed "Dream, Girl" movie poster (with your name on it!)

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    Are you a female founder? The Dream, Girl production team will make a digital featurette about how you are empowering the next generation of leaders. We will film you and your team in your offices, and interview you about your journey. (NYC area only)

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    You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the film! Proudly see your name on screen as a major part of this production.

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