About this project
Do we want to eat away our planet or do we want to leave something for the generation to come?
Eat me! is a short musical film, about our relationship to food and its waste, and how that reflects in our relationships with each other. It is an absurd and grotesque story with accents on what we eat and where it comes from. And as the the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” The story also references the fact that the way we treat food reflects the way we live, love and relate to other people.
Eat Me! Aims to bring awareness to those problems in a funny and creative way that appeals to a broad audience. We believe we can inspire people to learn more about where their food comes from and the impact it has, and act locally to achieve common global goals. Music is the universal language and it plays a central part in the story of the film. Musically and visually, we're inspired by classical musicals such as “ Cabaret, “ Hair” and “Chicago.” The story isn’t set in a particular time and country although it has strong allusions to contemporary society. The approximate length of the film is 20 minutes. It's in English, and we'd like as many people as possible, of all ages and walks of life, to see it.
Everybody loves a good story with a twist, and so do we. We won't tell you the spoilers but we'll give you a trail ;) Laura is a beautiful girl who starts slipping from the daily reality of a weight obsessed rich man's mistress. While on a fancy dinner with her gluttonous lover, Robert, she enters a strange world where food dances and sings. The whirlwind of dance blows the air out of Laura's head and she becomes a different type of girl…
If you love wildly creative,
thought provoking movies,
If you like funny and colorful musicals,
If you enjoy watching films with your kids,
If you feel something should be done about the enormous amount of food waste,
If you are concerned with the unequal distribution of food worldwide,
If you care about what your food contains,
If you believe the means and effects of industrial food production should be changed,
If you want to be part of the positive change you want to see in the world … then you should support us.
Filmmaking has become cheaper with the coming of digital technology, but it's still unbelievably expensive. We've already received support from several prestigious organizations, including the socially engaged Heinrich Böll Foundation, and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, and we have almost completed shooting. But we still have to shoot another short scene, and renting the professional studio we need is not cheap. Inspired by the film's cause, most of the team have been working for minimal or no pay. However, we do need money for CGI and post production.
It may surprise you, but sending a film out to festivals and distributing it also costs quite a bit. The bottom line is, we need the money to complete the film in the best and most professional way. We really believe in the positive outcome, and rely on your support.
We've created some special artwork just for backers, and we want to share our experience of making this movie with you. We've done our best for our rewards to include collector's items and artwork, to be fair and worth it, and most of all - everything is from the heart!
The first 10 backers giving £10 or more will receive a special surprise!
Movies take time. But we will do our best to deliver our rewards to you by January 2016. You will definitely get them! The delivery dates are approximate, and we have given you the latest dates at which you will receive your physical rewards. Rewards such as watching the teaser or being the first to see the movie will of course be available before the rest of the backers receive the movie link. Everyone that has pledged £10 or more will get to see the movie before the general public.
All the illustrations and designs of the posters, cards, t-shirts, bags and plates have been exclusively created for you by our Illustrator Nadezhda Georgieva - Nad. The posters are original 3-color hand pulled screen prints. There are 8 poster designs based on our food characters. Each comes in a Limited Edition series of 10. Every print will be manually printed by our graphic artist with acrylic colors, using a separate screen for each one. No two prints are exactly the same! Once the edition is sold out, there will be no more hand printed versions of this artwork. The posters will be printed onto fine art white matte paper 250 gsm. Every print will be numbered, signed and titled by the author and by the director. Size will be 50cm x 70cm including the white border frame.
Due to the nature of screen printing, slight mis-alignments and imperfections are part of the process and are part of what makes each print unique. The poster will be delivered in a cardboard tube for safety. Please note: frame is not included.
If you have chosen Reward #8 please let us know which poster you would like. The same goes for the other perks where you can choose between different options. Please be aware these are limited edition artworks, so the earlier you pledge, the more choice you are likely to will have. Please provide us with your postal address in a timely fashion, so we can mail your perks to you.
The postcards will be 13cm by 18cm standard print on card. You will get one, or a set of 4, or the entire set of 8 depending on your Pledge.
We've created those T-shirts exclusively for backers and team. The T-shirts are white and black, made of good quality cotton, with a long lasting print that won't wash away. You can choose between the Simple " Eat me! I am so delicious "design, the French Fry and The Pastry designs. If you are receiving a T-shirt, please let us know your size.
Go shopping for groceries Eat Me! style. The one and only tote bag is here for you. Our chicken is so excited at the prospect of meeting you, it's dropped its head!
Eat me! on a plate of course! How else can we celebrate good, clean, wholesome food if not by eating it? You can get a set of 4 plates so you can enjoy eating our film with your family or friends. Professional quality black and white print on standard medium sized china plate.
And last but by no means least, the actual, original costumes from the film, designed by our Production Designer and artiste extraordinaire Yagama! Great for art and movie collectors, but also a fun way to dress up for the next Halloween, carnival or costume party. If a costume is included in your pledge, please allow time for the costumes to arrive because most of them are quite big and require special packaging and shipping. The costumes can only ship to Europe, if you are from elsewhere we will have to charge you the extra shipping costs depending on your location - the amount we've given is approximate. The costumes have already been performed in, bringing the traces and emotions of the filmmaking process straight to your doorstep!
You can be the proud owner of one of these costumes as a Reward for Pledge #12
Here is the costume of our Corn character which you will receive for Pledge #13, and the sweetest of them all - the costume of the Pastry, which you will get as part of the Reward package for Pledge #14
Eat Me! is created by a group of dedicated and inspired young filmmakers, including:
Luiza Grigorova/Lead Role
Luiza Grigorova is only 25 years old but she's already a star in Bulgarian film and theatre. The professionally trained has actress and model has been on the theater stage for six years now and she's already played some of the most significant roles for young women including Chekhov's Elena Andreevna, Shakespeare's Viola and many more. She has a main role in two of the biggest TV series in Bulgaria and continues to be very active and in demand. And now she is part of our film.
Nigel Barber/ Male Lead
Nigel Barber is an American trained actor based in London, England. He has been in the industry since joining the AEA in the early 70’s and has worked on stage, in film, TV and on radio. This year Nigel will appear as 'Head of Nation America' in the new Bond film 'Spectre', he also played in the currently released M:I5 'Rogue Nation’ and in ‘Sniper 6: Kill Shot’ by Don Michael Paul. Also this year, Nigel was the lead antagonist in Jeffery Lando's 'Roboshark' for Sony Pictures the SyFy Channel and appeared in the new television series ‘You, Me and the End of the World’ for Sky1/NBC/Working Title. He has also appeared in other well known films, musicals and plays, too numerous to mention.
Ilina Perianova/ Writer, Director, Producer
Ilina has a background in film & theatre. She graduated from New Bulgarian University and has worked as a director, producer and actor on several short films and documentaries, featured in festivals in Bulgaria, France and on online media. She's currently enrolled as a Masters student in fiction film directing at the Baltic Film and Media school in Tallinn, Estonia. Ilina has a longstanding interest in the topics of food and overconsumption and has already created a multimedia theatre collage called “I Am Hungry” on that topic. Ilina currently has several ongoing film projects.Her diploma work “Snegourochka” currently in postproduction was partially fundraised also by a crowd funding campaign.
Alexander Krumov/ Director of Photography, Co-Producer
Alexander Krumov is one of Bulgaria's most promising cinematographers. After graduating from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 2000, he went on to assist world-renowned cinematographers such as Oscar recipient Vilmush Sigmud, Robbie Muller and Dante Spioti as part of his post-diploma qualification. He is the cinematographer for 14 films, some of which are international productions, and has been behind the camera for many Hollywood films. Alexander has received multiple awards for his work including at Sapporo, Japan in 2011 and in Popovo, Bulgaria, in 2006. He has represented Bulgaria at prestigeous festivals like Cannes, Raindance and Sapporo.
Yagama/ Production Designer, Co-Producer, Co-writer of the lyrics
Yagama is an artist with a wide range of experience in different media. After graduating from Hunter College, CUNY, she continued on to create many paintings, installations, public and video artworks. She has performed and collaborated as a live video artist, performer and set designer, in over 13 countries around the world. She founded the Uga Buga art collective and directed the Bulgarian Culture Fund award-winning video/theatre performance “KaroL:LoraK.” In 2009 she started working in film. Yagama's interest in food and social issues was reflected in one of her earliest collaborations with her sister Ilina Perianova on the video for “I Am Hungry!” theatre collage. Yagama is currently working on the APPETITE film project.
Yancho Mihaylov/Shtipka Association/Co-Producer
Yancho Mihaylov was born in 1979 in Sofia and got his MA degree in film directing from the South-West University, Bulgaria. He has worked in various aspects of feature film production, including for some of the latest most successful Bulgarian films , like Tilt by Victor Chuchkov, Ave, by Konstantin Bojanov and Buffer Zone by Georgi Djulgerov. He is also passionate about social advertising and has made ads for NGOs for causes he recognized as his own. He combines his two main activities withing the non-profit “Shtipka,” or “Pinch” Association, of which he is a founder. He is now working on the social campaign “To the Bees with Love”, and several short films.
Deyan Bararev/Shtipka Association/ Co-Producer
Deyan Bararev is a director and producer from the new generation of Bulgarian filmmakers. He graduated from New Bulgarian University and is the author of several short films. His provokative short “Botev Is An Idiot” won him 8 awards from prestigeous International festivals and caused a media stir at home. He is the co-founder of Shtipka Association. At the moment Deyan is working on his next film.
Yana Georgieva - Associate Producer
Since graduating from the University of Kingston with a MA in Filmmaking Yana has worked on various television programmes in production and film distribution as well as producing and directing multiple short films. Sleeping Dogs, the first feature film Yana produced, received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and was selected for several international film festivals including the Raindance Film Festival. The KOSMOS sci fi web series she produced was funded successfully in kickstarter with £30,000 and at the moment is the Number 1 sci fi web series at IMDB.
Emelina Gorcheva/ Composer
Emelina Gorcheva is 25 years old but she has already received 7 awards for her compositions. She graduated as a composer from the National Music Academy and is currently working on her PhD. She's the author of compositions in almost all genres, which have been performed in both Bulgaria and the USA. Her diploma piece, the musical “Enough,” caused a media sensation in her home country. Emelina is also a passionate performing musician and teacher. Besides composing the score for Eat Me!, she also played herself as the pianist.
In school, Sofia loved were the classes and workshops, where she could meet and be with those who that go the extra mile, reaching outside of the box. Throughout her study of dance, she had the chance to observe and absorb the body languages of accomplished artists such as prof. Elena Drujinov, Isabelle Schad, Takashi Igo, Bano Tomas, Hungary, Nigel Charnock. After dancing in several performances, in 2011 Sofia went on to choreorgaph projects such as “Mizanthrope,” “AZAMEN,” “City to City Cabaret,” “The maids” and others. Today she continues her work as a choreographer and performer and is also a Lindy Hop dance teacher.
and many other talented actors and crew, who have shared the best of themselves to make this project come true.
Risks and challenges
The challenges we have had to face with Eat Me! all stemmed from the need to create a visually and musically stimulating film on a shoestring budget. We're lucky to say we've managed to meet those challenges in the process. Yes, it has been a struggle, but we believe in what we're doing and that is our fuel. We're on the final stretch now, so there is no risk of the film not being made. But we need the quality of the final vision and sound to be on par with the quality and contents of the already shot footage, so we've turned to you, the audience, for support. We have calculated our costs so that your perks will get delivered. We don't expect it, In case there are any delays with shipping, we will be in touch. In this way, you're not risking anything and investing in a good cause.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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