WE HIT OUR GOAL!!!
Thank you so much for everyone who has supported us thus far! We are so grateful for our generous community, but we still your need help. We have a few days left and have a chance to reach a stretch goal.
We have teamed up with some incredible animators and special effect artists for the trippy high sequences but they cost money. We hope to push pass our goal to be able to get top quality VFX work done for our film. Thank you so much in advance for all your support!
A trip through social media, depression and psychedelics.
Billie is a writer, blocked in the wake of one semi-famous novel she wrote years ago, spiralling further and further into her fear of failure and lack of self acceptance. Consumed by the instant gratification of online shopping and comforted only by her addiction to social media, she is headed to rock bottom… fast.
With her birthday fast approaching and another turn around the sun feeling more like a burden than a gift, Billie wakes up to see a reckless night has resulted in a suicidal post on her public social media page. Not unnoticed by the people closest to her, her good friends and sister, Karen, show up for an intervention disguised as a weekend of ‘Birthday Fun’. With emotions running high and Billie refusing to face her rock bottom, it soon becomes clear that everyone has their own idea of what being happy means.
A weekend pressurized with what nobody wants to say and lubricated with way too much wine, it’s no wonder the true journey begins when psychedelic mushrooms are introduced to the mix.
Secrets are exposed, the truth must be faced, and in the end- they’re all forced to look at this Hazy Little Thing called life.
We really wanted to write a story that reflected so many of the experiences we’ve seen in this age of social media, self medication, and instant gratification. It’s not easy to navigate the tides of societal pressures and the 24/7 demands of social technology. How does anyone side step the fear of failure and the desire to be perfect with the tsunami of ‘likes’, ‘dislikes’ and ‘reposts’ out there.
There are no real answers- no ‘right way’ to do anything- everyone’s path is their own, but throughout our research we found ourselves wanting to explore all kinds of routes Billie could take on her search for happiness. We wanted to explore a narrative that wove together mental health and psychedelics in a way not commonly seen, and we also wanted to take a good hard look at how we may, or may not, hold space for each other in these times of need. Support can be as hard to accept as it is to give, and we’d like to talk about both sides of the coin.
By supporting this film you’re supporting the destigmatization of these topics, helping paint a picture of what support and growth can look like, and helping to shed light on the many options that exist out there for those struggling with their mental health.
We now find ourselves staring at the unavoidable costs of post production. And along with our desire to work with some added visual aspects- such as animation and special effects- we are committed to finishing this piece with the highest of standards.
Although we have some unbelievably generous artists on board for this final leg of film completion, we need your help to bring it on home! There are so many amazing elements of film making in our future, including: colour correction, animation/special effects, score/original music, festival submissions, marketing and final packaging. Each one equally important as the rest!
As independent filmmakers we have always felt very driven to tell stories, but it’s not always that easy! This film is particularly special to us and until now it has been self propelled- not to mention self funded! We’re proud to say we’ve taken things into our own hands, stopped waiting for the phone to ring, and pushed hard to create our own content without much outside help. But now it’s time for us to humbly ask for your help! We are so thankful for this opportunity to make something from nothing that means so much to us. To finish this film the way we envision would be an absolute dream come true. Please help support the passion of this film and all the beautiful filmmakers behind it!
And we need your support to finish this fabulous film with the integrity that it deserves!
We truly can’t put into words how grateful we are for the time we had on set this past March. Our small, and oh so mighty, cast and crew were dedicated, delightful and determined. We had the absolutely pleasure of working with so many artists who donated their time and talents during the filming process and are over the moon about the footage we have captured.
We are elated and humbled to be able to say we have a movie in the can, and can’t wait to move to the next phase of this journey!
We have begun the edit and we’re absolutely IN LOVE with what we’ve captured. But of course, filming doesn't stop when we call ‘that’s a wrap’!
Erin Carter - As Billie
Erin is an actress and filmmaker currently residing in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and also studied comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Her past credits include CBC’s 'Murdoch Mysteries', KindaTV's 'Barbelle' season two, and Jordan Canning's award winning feature 'Suck It Up'. Her films have screened at festivals such as Slamdance, VIFF, LA Shorts Fest, Cucalorus and Inside Out.
Emily Coutts - As Karen
Emily Coutts is currently playing Lieutenant Keyla Detmer on CBS's hit show Star Trek: Discovery. She is a graduate of The Acting Conservatory at The Canadian Film Centre and also holds a BFA in Acting from York University. Her other film and television credits include Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Dark Matter, The Girlfriend Experience, The Greatest Christmas Party Ever, and Murdoch Mysteries. Coutts also produced and starred in the indie feature Barn Wedding and is currently working on her first upcoming short film, Dear Jesus.
Jade Hassouné - As Patrick
Lebanon-born, Montréal-raised Jade Hassouné is a graduate of the professional theatre program at John Abbott College and a CFC Actors Conservatory alumnus. Since then, Jade has been a recurring character on one of Canada most successful series Heartland (CBC), has shared the screen with the late Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, and is most well known for his role as Meliorn in Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Jade is also a singer/songwriter working on his upcoming first album.
Supinder Wraich - As Priya
Supinder Wraich, Indian Born, Canadian made, Toronto raised, currently eating kale and drinking kombucha in LA. Supes (-a nickname coined by her dad in '95) has done a bunch of TV, but her passion lies in working on projects that truly mean something to someone! Recently she guest starred on ABC's The Good Doctorand even more recently she released the digital series The 410 on CBC’s ‘Gem’ which she wrote, produced, and stars in.
Dayle McLeod - As River
Dayle McLeod is a Quadracial Two-Spirited Canadian Actress, Singer/Songwriter and Author from the Boonies living her life large and in charge all over the dang world
This absolutely bad ass group of women are the talent and brains behind Hazy Little Thing:
Sam Coyle - Director, Writer, Producer
Sam Coyle is a film director, writer, producer, known for choosing edgy projects. Sam continues to develop her vision to create unique stories that reflect strong female perspectives with a focus on challenging the norm and highlight the weird and amazing of the underrepresented. Sam has many shorts under her belt screening at festivals around the world. Hazy Little Thing, is Coyle's directorial debut feature. Sam produced and co-storied, The Definites (feature) now available on Crave-TV and Amazon. White River, her second written feature, is currently in development, was Top Ten at the Vancouver's International Women’s Film Festival screenplay competition, shortlisted for NSI’s Features First 2019 program, quarter finalist at ScreenCraft Film Fund and received an honourable mention for the script contest at the Canadian Film Festival 2016. Sam founded ‘With Wolves Media’ with twin brother Nick Coyle. An independent media collective comprised of innovative, local artists. www.withwolvesmedia.com
Erin Carter - Writer, Producer
Erin started writing and producing in 2014 with BONFIRE (LA Shorts Fest), a short made with a few fellow friends and collaborators, equally ready to take their careers into their own hands. Since then she has written Soft Spot (Inside Out), Darkside (Cucalorus), helped develop and executive produced the WIDC award winning feature film Suck It Up (Slamdance, VIFF, SJIWFF) and co-wrote Hazy Little Thing.
J Stevens - Cinematographer
J Stevens is an award winning, Canadian director/filmmaker who isn’t afraid to tell the stories often underrepresented in the film industry. Currently based out of Toronto, she has acquired an impressive resume with her work on the award winning short films, Soft Spot (2017), Sir Ludwig’s DeClaudian Twins are Alive and well and Living in the Same Building (2018), and Undone (2018), and the award winning web series The Girls Guide (2013). Most recently J wrapped shooting her first feature film as a cinematographer, Hazy Little Thing.
Kat Webber - Editor
With an attention to detail & extensive understanding of multiple genres, Kat brings a deliberate eye to her work as a editor. Kat received a BFA in Acting from York University, which gave her an extensive understanding of scene work, storytelling and a unique familiarity with an actor’s process. As a director/editor she is a true collaborator at heart, understanding the scope of any project from production through post. After years of editing international broadcast campaigns, feature films & award winning music videos, including Drake’s “Nice for What” & “In My Feelings," she’s studied the process from the inside out. She believes that each decision from pre-production to post comes down to one question: what serves the story?
And of course, THE REST OF THE TEAM :
We had such an amazing time with our very small and dedicated crew and could not have done this without each and every one of them!
Becky Yeboah - Producer
Kristina Esposito- Producer
Jeff So- Producer
Jessica Smith- First AD
Cheska Appave- Creative Lighting Chief
Chris Reineck & Neil Haverty - Composers
Alisa Erlikh- Sound
Reilly Kizer- Wardrobe
Jamine Louisy- Art Director
Calwyn Shurgold- Set PA
Anna Catley & Leah Lalich - Assistant Editors
This has been a true project of passion, and we can’t wait for everyone to see that shine through in the final product. We are so thankful for the favours that have already taken place in order to bring this piece to fruition, but now we need your help!
We want to thank Andy McQueen, Glenda MacInnis, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Diane Flacks for informative, early stage script notes.
To stay connected follow us on instagram @hazylittlethingfilm and our IMDB page https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10343642/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
Thank you for reading and for considering the support of Hazy Little Thing!
Risks and challenges
Independent film making is full of risks and challenges, so many we have faced and concurred already, but we know that the biggest risk we face now is not meeting our goal. The challenges we face now are those that involve finding the funds to carry us through post production and into festivals. We are unbelievably dedicated to finishing this project with the utmost integrity and in order to do so we need your donations!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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