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A short film about a peculiar restaurant and the two women who work there.
A short film about a peculiar restaurant and the two women who work there.
150 backers pledged $16,401 to help bring this project to life.

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Champagne: a short film

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Two women, a chef and her newly-hired assistant, are working to create culinary magic for their restaurant’s divine clientele, while coming to terms with their complex senses of self.

This is the story of the short film, Champagne. We are producing a 15-minute film that explores the experiences of a woman striving to succeed in her career, stuck somewhere between finding her own way, dealing with self-doubt, and learning how and when to ask for the help she needs.

Our team is a diverse and talented group of Northwest-based artists who are excited to bring this short film to life. And we’re counting on your support to help us tell this story – a story of women who are creators and nurturers, a story that we haven't seen before. 

The Film 

Champagne is the lead chef in a particularly peculiar restaurant. She works with her newly hired assistant to create something memorable - and beyond the traditional boundaries of masculine cuisine - for the unique, unusual patrons that she serves.

Inspired by world-creators and auteurs like Hayao Miyazaki and Jane Campion, this story will become a part of the new creative standard: diverse, complex, poetic, and ultimately rejecting the narratives that perpetuate harmful stereotypes.

The film will carry the flavor of a combination of culinary traditions. Our team is drawing inspiration from many of the chefs and restaurants in the northwest, including Chef Rachel Yang (Joule), where we are filming this June!

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We are telling a story that prioritizes a voice we haven't heard in Hollywood films. Our filmmaking process will integrate community-based events that support women and non-binary filmmakers, leaders in food, and emerging youth in these spaces. And we are pledging to pay every member of our cast and crew equitably. 

Why Now

Champagne tells the story of a woman facing a real challenge in her world, without her “woman-ness” ultimately being her undoing. The film’s protagonist navigates the complexities of being a leader, a creator and a nurturer at the same time - a struggle that mirrors the experiences of many women in the real world. 

Stories matter. We need to hear experiences from voices that we haven’t heard from before, stories we haven’t felt ourselves. Our talented cast and crew can help do this by bringing Champagne’s story to life.


Why Champagne

We’re filming Champagne this June and need to raise funds for equipment and venue rentals, equitably paying our cast & crew, supplying all the beautiful props, food and special effects, all of which will take place in Seattle, Washington. 

Our goal of $12,000 starts to cover that. And with your help, we’ll get there. 

Pledge today, and receive some delicious and inspiring incentives - including some special events focused on food and film.

 Our Team  

Elizabeth Schiffler - Director

Elizabeth Schiffler is an emerging filmmaker and performance studies scholar in Seattle. Recently, she was selected as the first Artist-in-Residence at the Pacific Science Center, a recipient of the Artist Support Program at Jack Straw Cultural Center, and an Emerging Director with the Intiman Theatre.

Cast

Our cast is truly something special. They are bringing their full creative selves to this project, having experience in a wide range of styles and stories. 

Sara Porkalob is an award winning arts activist based in Seattle. She’s featured in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018, City Art’s 2017 Futures List, and served as Intiman Theatre's 2017 Co-Curator. She is a co-founder of DeConstruct, an online journal of intersectional performance critique. Her first full length play Dragon Lady is the recipient of three 2018 Gregory Awards for: Outstanding Sound/Music Design, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Outstanding Musical Production, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award, and a Broadway World Award for “Best New Play”.

She is a proud 2nd generation Filipinx American and owes all of her success to her family. Believe survivors. Black Lives Matter. Queer Trans Lives Matter. Vote.

Taigé Lauren is a Seattle based writer and performer. She has recorded and performed as a singer/songwriter and acted in lead roles in both film and theatre in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Creative Writing and Drama: Performance. Currently, Taigé is busy producing her first full length music theatre show SEARCHERS​, debuting in Edinburgh August 2019. 

Kevin Lin is a medical technologist at EvergreenHealth Medical Center and Seattle-based actor. Theatre credits include: The Seagull Project, The Horse In Motion, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, MAP Theatre, SIS Productions, Ghost Light Theatricals, REBATEnsemble, Book-It Repertory Theatre, ReAct Theatre, and Pork Filled Productions.

Watch some food-films we are inspired by!

Favorites Like Water for Chocolate, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, Babette's Feast, and more...

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The Creative Team

Making magic happen....

Beth Crudele - Producer

Beth Crudele is a Los Angeles based producer and writer. In her free time she's probably catching up on laundry but loves hanging out with her friends and family, cooking and getting a good board game in. She has a feature film that is currently in post production and is always looking for ways to help new stories be told. Beth is thrilled to be working with this creative and passionate team of Washington based filmmakers on Elizabeth Schiffler's Champagne.

Leah Trangen - Producer

Leah Trangen is a film and video producer based in Seattle, Washington. Two current projects of hers are Skagit, a feature length art house horror film (expected release fall 2019) and a music video for local band Hibou’s newest single An Hour of Vision.

Haley Freedlund - Producer

Haley Freedlund is a Seattle-based musician and producer. She is often referred to as, "an arts-industry Swiss Army knife," taking on a breadth of roles on projects related to music, theater, dance, and film. In addition to Champagne, Haley is currently working on an autobiographical multidisciplinary work for film and chamber ensemble called Black Out Diary. 

Johnny Valencia - Director of Photography

Johnny Valencia is a nomadic cinematographer. Most recently he was cutting a film with Terrence Malick and primarily works in music videos and commercials, for clients such as Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, and Bell Telecom

Evelyn Osborn - Editor

Evelyn Osborn is a Los Angeles-based editor. She currently works in television as an assistant editor on CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles. Her personal and creative work focuses on magic realism. Evelynosborn.com

Britt Keller & Stephanie Pieper - Production Design

Britt is an artist based in Los Angeles. She currently works as a freelance production designer for digital, film and commercial projects. 

Stephanie Pieper is a Set Designer and Graphic Designer in the Seattle area. Drawn to businesses with a strong sense of community, she has collaborated with local organizations such as Jubilee Women's Center, Hot Cakes, Sharply Apparel, and Olson Kundig. Stephanie is excited to be collaborating on Champagne with such a talented team of individuals.

Ben Schiffler - Animation

Ben Schiffler is an animator, narrative designer, and indie game maker from Seattle, Washington. He will be working on the ghosts in the world of Champagne! Most recently he was the Studio Director of Broom Cupboard Studios, a digital artist residency that created animated music videos about hot pot, indie games about a detective corgi, did projection animation work with the Washington Ensemble Theatre on their production of Feathers & Teeth and more! You can find all of that work online at BroomCupboardStudios.com.

Bryce Bartl-Geller - Animation Producer

Bryce is a lighting and projections designer, photographer, and research scientist based in Seattle, Washington.  He relishes projects that provide social commentary or focus on social justice and that have design as an integral part of their storytelling. Bryce is a company member of The Horse In Motion. Recently he designed projections for Washington Ensemble Theater's Feather's and Teeth collaborating with the animation group Broom cupboard Studios and will be lighting two shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.  

Levi Gillis – Composer

Levi Gillis is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and composer. His work focuses on connecting with the emotional immediacy of American music, drawing on the humanity and complexity of jazz lineage, the intimacy of American folk traditions, and the freedom of the avant-garde. When he’s not touring nationally with Hunter Gather or The Dip, he curates a quarterly music series at Vermillion Art Gallery as an organizing member of the new music collective, Table & Chairs.  

Test shots at Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Test shots at Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Production Timeline

  • Women Who Eat: Food, Film, and the Female body. Coming May 2019. Stay tuned!
  • The shoot will take place in June 2019.
  • Once filming is completed, post-production (editing, music and effects) is expected to last until November of 2019.
  • With your generous support, we will be able to complete the film on schedule and submit to film festivals for 2020!

Illustrations by Tricia Rosensohn

Photos by Jumay Designs

Risks and challenges

If we don't raise the funds, our project likely cannot get produced, and certainly not at the caliber that we hold ourselves accountable to as storytellers.

Through additional sponsorships and grants, the producing team is working hard to create a project that can grow within our community.

All event-based rewards will be determined by producers and the times set at the completion of the Kickstarter. We cannot refund money for incentives that the funder cannot attend due to a scheduling conflict. We will do our best to accommodate all scheduling needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please drop us a note in our FAQ and we will get back to you shortly!

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    Thank you!

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    Champagne Champagne

    Made in collaboration with Chicago florist, artist, and queen Helen Boggess of Light & Pine, you will receive your own digital print of the Champagne cocktail, created by our food consultants Dak & Ju. (Includes social media Thank You!)

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    Champagne on a Lake

    Come party with the cast & crew at our wrap party in June. Located in Seattle WA, we'll be toasting to the completion of the filming process at a beautiful lake house. (Includes Thank You! And Champagne Champagne)

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    Tickets to 'Searchers'

    Receive two tickets to Taige Lauren's Searchers!

    Taige is playing the character Sue in our film Champagne. Sue is the newly hired assistant who has a lot to learn. We are thrilled to be working with this talented performer and actor - who has a show of her own premiering!

    Join Champagne's director Elizabeth Schiffler before the show for drinks in the University District, and see the premiere of Searchers - before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer!

    Dates offered June 7-9. Travel/Lodging not included.

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    Remember to Cook

    Made in collaboration with Chicago florist, artist, and queen Helen Boggess of Light & Pine, we will turn one of your favorite recipes in to a beautiful custom digital print. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake)

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    Cooking class with Sara Porkalob

    Super limited! Pledge to this incredible opportunity to take an intimate cooking class with Sara Porklaob, the actor playing Champagne, who is also an artist, activist, and food lover. Only 4 spots available!

    She will take you through some of her favorite dishes and the stories about them.

    Takes place in Seattle area, timing TBD. Travel/Lodging not included.

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    Farm-to-Table Lunch

    Attend a special Farm-to-Table lunch on a Western Washington farm, hosted by the director Elizabeth Schiffler and some of her favorite chefs. Enjoy the best that summer has to offer in conversation and produce. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake). July or August date TBA. Travel/lodging to Western Washington not included.

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    Champagne Champagne Champagne

    A bubbly visit from the Director herself! Receive the Champagne Cocktail Recipe as a beautiful framed Print, delivered in-person! Special visit from the Director. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake). Delivery only available to addresses within the city of Seattle.

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    Director's Origin Story: Pasta Dinner

    Two tickets to an intimate Director's Dinner, in a gorgeous Seattle home. Elizabeth will prepare a meal of homemade pasta and talk about the origins of Champagne’s story. You’ll also be the first to see some of the concept art for the film. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake). *July or August event date TBA. Travel/lodging not included.

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    Creuset Yay

    Once we've wrapped the film, you'll receive one of our specialty cookware props used on set, ready for your own cooking adventures. *Limited to continental United States addresses only. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake).

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    Join us on set!

    Best of both worlds: behind the scenes and on camera. Join us on set in June as an extra in our final scene. Also receive an Associate Producer credit! (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake). *Shoot date TBA, expected in mid-June. Travel/lodging not included.

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    Private Dinner, For You and Yours

    Champagne's Director will bring her favorite chefs to cook for you and your friends. We'll do three courses. You can also opt in as an Executive Director credit for this incentive. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake)*up to 10 dinner guests, must be within 10 miles of Seattle city limits. To be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date in August 2019

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    Executive Producer Credit

    Attend a one-on-one meeting with Director Elizabeth Schiffler at her favorite Seattle restaurant (or via video chat), where she'll share her vision for the film and invite you to collaborate on acknowledging your Executive Production role. Receive opening title Executive Credit in the film. (Includes Thank You!, Champagne Champagne, and Champagne on a Lake). *Travel/lodging not included.

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