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A short film exploring sex trafficking through the lens of a young Nepali girl and her fateful meeting of an Indian con-artist.
A short film exploring sex trafficking through the lens of a young Nepali girl and her fateful meeting of an Indian con-artist.
177 backers pledged $31,239 to help bring this project to life.

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THANKS TO ANURADHA KOIRALA AND THE DIRECTOR OF MAITI NEPAL FOR HELPING US MAKE THIS HAPPEN.  

Full Interview to be released TBD. 

Namaste, friends and supporters, thank you.  :) 

About the Movie:

BRAVE GIRL is a short film exploring con-artists of the sex industry in India through the lens of a young Nepali girl on a journey from her simple home life in a Himalayan mountain village to the chaos of urban India. 

Craving opportunity and adventure, 13-year-old Bumika takes the first chance to leave her rural Nepali village with her new friend, Krishna.  He guides her through the hauntingly beautiful Himalayas into the chaos of urban Kathmandu, where she's promised a job and an education.  

However, Bumika quickly discovers the rules of this world are different than her own, and Krishna is playing his own dangerous game.  Why can't her happy-go-lucky friend look her in the eye?  Why is he detouring her from meeting her new boss?  As they close in on the Indian border, Bumika races to unwravel Krishna's plan.  

Can an innocent young girl change the heart of a kidnapper before her fate is out of her control?

About the Issue:

Writer/Director Erin Galey and producer Binod Adhikari spent months together in Nepal researching the story, casting, and location scouting.  Here is a photo of Erin with Binod's family in a mountain village in Gorkha: 

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. The figures are difficult to track, but there is an estimated 27 million trafficked victims world wide. In the case of sex trafficking, young girls are often tricked, kidnapped, or sold by their families to traffickers. Once in brothels, these girls are beaten, forced to take drugs, and their spirits are broken until they are complacent. After a young girl accepts the brothel as a way of life, it becomes increasing difficult for her to escape, as she does not know any other world.

Organizations such as the United Nations Commission on Human Trafficking, Amnesty International, and Not for Sale raise awareness about the issue. However, awareness inside communities targeted by brothel con-artists in Nepal is low, and the lack of education about the subject perpetuates the conditions necessary for trafficking to continue. Thus, by distributing our film in Nepal we hope to be that difference.

Production Story: 

We plan to spend the month of April casting in local theater groups in Kathmandu and with casting agents in Mumbai. We begin shooting on-location in Nepal for three weeks in late May. Our goal is to be a self-sufficient mobile film unit for 3 weeks during pre-production and the shoot. 

The Crew:

Behind BRAVE GIRL is a team of people who truly believe in this project, this issue, and who are dedicated to making an amazing movie and spreading this message (we hope you will join us). They are:

Writer/Director - Erin Galey. A Singapore-based Director and Cinematographer from Pittsburgh, PA.  Her music video "If I Had A Balloon" by Joshua Panda won Best Music Video at Fusion Film Festival, La Femme Film Festival, and SoCal Film Market. BRAVE GIRL is her NYU Tisch Asia Master's thesis film.

Producer - Brett Joffe. As an NYU Tisch Asia producing student, Brett spent time working for Amnesty International before he arrived at Tisch, focusing on human trafficking.  

Producer/Unit Production Manager - Stephanie Bousley. An American producer based in Singapore, Stephanie has worked on location in New York, Los Angeles, Manila, Bangkok, and India on independent shorts and features. Not only working with producer Ted Hope on recent Todd Solondz feature "Dark Horse," she has also produced two independent feature films: "Sundowning", by Slamdance Grand Jury winner Frank Rinaldi; and "Knockout Pout," by Costa Rican native Nicholas Pacheco.  

Producer - Binod Adhikari, Film Himalaya.  Besides producing documentaries around Nepal, Binod works for EcoTrek Nepal, a trekking and adventure travel company.  His expertise is logistics on the ground in Nepal. 

Co-Writer - Antoinette Mullins.  A New York City native, Antoinette double majored in Psychology and Film at Vassar.  She recently completed her Masters in Screenwriting at NYU Tisch Asia, where she and Erin met and worked together in a collaboration class. Before attending NYU she worked as a reader for Triboro Pictures.  

Producer of Marketing and Distribution - Tasha Petty.  She is a brand strategist and guru on leverage marketing, social media, and technology. An avid lover of film, Tasha hopes to bring this film to audiences across the globe and produce the marketing assets to get this through the multi-layered film festival and distribution channels. 

Assistant Director - Matt Bowyer.  Matt will be Erin's voice on set, and the leader of the crew, keeping us on schedule and working as a team.  Erin and Matt worked together on a broadcast commercial for Olympus.  Our main focus post-shoot?  Himalayan Golf.    

Script Supervisor - Melissa Finell.  Erin shot a film for Melissa last summer in New York, and aside from being an experienced and talented writer & director in her own right, Melissa is also extremely organized.  She will be a big help when we have to pick another scene to shoot because, say, we got stampeded by water buffalo.  

Production Designer - Rosie Haber.  Rosie is a Tisch Asia student from the Bay area.  She has a keen eye for production design and has traveled to a lot of 3rd world countries.  We're going to team her up with a local designer so they can work together to create an authentic Nepali look.  

Cinematographer - Rob Hauer.  Rob is an NYU New York graduate about 4 years ago.  He is an award winning cinematographer from Los Angeles who has had multiple films at festivals worldwide.  Find out more about Rob at his website:  http://www.robhauer.com  

Gaffer - Phil Mataresse.  Phil also hails from LA.  He and Rob are an inseparable team, who have been working together for five years since the film Aquarium by Rob Meyer. 

Rob and Phil hard at work: 

Translator - Abiral Chhetri.  Abiral and his Aunt Rita own the Tranquility Lodge in Pokhara, a quaint and beautiful establishment.  Erin and Abiral became fast friends when she stayed in Pokhara one summer researching the film; together they hiked the Annapurna Base Camp circuit. Abiral studied business management in college, and hopes to one day work in Singapore or the United States.   

Budget Breakdown:

BRAVE GIRL is an NYU Tisch Asia master's thesis film. The budget would be much higher if we had to pay for things like our camera & equipment rental, and production insurance, which we're getting for free from Tisch.  If all goes well with customs, we're hoping to shoot on the Arri Alexa.  

- 30% of the budget goes towards skilled talent fees such as actors and extras. We are getting a quality sound mixer, because if we can record the location sound right then we don’t have to spend money fixing it after we leave Nepal. And of of course, we need to pay our wonderful cinematographer.  

- 30% goes towards flights - 3 people from LAX, 1 from NYC, and 5 from Singapore.  Our team kicks ass and we really want to get them out there.

- 25% goes towards food, transportation, and lodging for the team for 14 days on the ground in Nepal, plus a couple days of pre-pro for our core team before shooting starts. 

- 10% to equipment rentals

- 5% to contingency - aka: "The Nepali Handshake." 

Q&A

Where does my contribution go?  

Your contribution goes directly towards the creative elements of the film.  Your donation will buy us a sandwich, a costume, or a location, and we really appreciate that!  We are also trying to fund plane tickets for our amazing crew from around the globe.  If you're interested or able to donate airline miles, please contact brett.joffe@gmail.com.

(Please note:  A detailed line item budget is available upon request, as well as a financing package detailing the entire project's investment plan. Contact us for more info) 

Why are you asking for less than your budget?   

Our fundraising goal is $50,000.  This Kickstarter project is literally our kickstarter. We have other funding sources such as events and non-profit partnerships that will help us reach our goal. That said, if we don’t reach our Kickstarter goal we can’t make the film, so please help us reach it and get the word out!

Can you exceed the funding goal?  

Yes!  Every film has unforeseen costs, so, extra money will not go unspent. There are always little things we can improve. :)  For example, we could use extra money to fly a skeleton crew to Mumbai, to shoot our exterior "red light district" scene actually in Mumbai, instead of building a set somewhere in Nepal.  

We would also love to exceed the goal because any money not used to make the film will be channeled to our distribution outreach project.  A foundation in Austin, TX, has already pledged to help us manufacture wind up televisions with the film on it to distribute to trafficking hot-spots across Nepal. 

THANK YOU

In Nepali, "Namaste" is used to say "thank you." You put your hands together at your heart and bow your heard. It's direct English translation means, "I salute the highest light within you."  Namaste, crowd-funders! 

STAY IN TOUCH!

Find us on Twitter:  @BraveGirlMovie

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Internet:  http://www.bravegirlmovie.com 

email:  info@bravegirlmovie.com  

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    2) Nepali Cooking Lessons! Ever wanted to learn how to make traditional Nepali food? In this exclusive cooking lesson straight from Abiral's Aunt Rita's kitchen in Nepal, she will teach you how to make traditional Dahl Bat and real Masala Chai from scratch. Get the secret Chhetri family recipes (They are awesome!).

    3) Your own Nepali Song! The producer Binod and translator Abiral will write you a song about your life in Nepali. They will send you the recording of the song, the English translation, and brief explanation of what it means.

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    **Please note - larger donors, we are currently in process of approval for fiscal sponsorship through non-profit Fractured Atlas. If you're interested in making a tax-deductible donation, give us a shout, we can tell you more about how to do this.

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