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A girl gets trapped in her bathroom and her life changes fast when she's finally set free. Through the chaos, she finds her way.

Big News! We've exceeded our Kickstarter goal!

This is HUGE and wonderful. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this project so far!

With 48 hours left, we have a new goal of $13,000. This will fully fund Trapped Girl. If we raise $14,400 we can also pay the fees associated with raising this money!

With Kickstarter, if you don't reach your goal, you don't get any of the funds pledged. With this in mind, I set my goal at $10,000 because that was the minimum I needed to go into production.

The final $3,000 will go towards post production of the film, marketing and distribution, and film festival fees.

Amazon and Kickstarter each take 5% for helping us process credit cards and run this project. If we raise $14,400 we will also cover these fees.

Thank you for taking the time to come to Kickstarter, and learn more about this project! 

An actor since I was small, this is my first time producing a movie I wrote. Making my own work is a leap I've always wanted to take. I've been developing Trapped Girl for a year and I'm finding the entire process empowering and extremely rewarding. I'm so grateful for the opportunity. 

The Story

Trapped Girl is a short film about what happens to a girl named Bell when the bathroom doorknob falls off and she's trapped inside. Beyond the door her life is falling apart, and when she’s set free hours later she finds herself stumbling into a new reality.

A tragicomedy based on a real event, Trapped Girl explores the moments of our lives when the ground shifts and everything is heightened, scary, and full of possibilities.

The Plan

Trapped Girl will be shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this Spring. When the film is completed, we will begin festival-submission-mania. The length (under 20 minutes), fast-paced action, sweet story, and professional quality of the production will make it a good contender for festivals. We hope to make a short film that packs a full experience, and we plan on exploring new ways of distributing Trapped Girl to a wider audience.

Your Support

The funds raised on kickstarter will be used to rent equipment, buy supplies, costumes and props, pay and feed cast and crew, print scripts, make DVDs and press kits, rent rehearsal space, and pay festival fees. 

Your support will make this movie (!), strengthen independent cinema, bolster artists, tell a cool story, and maybe spread some love and inspiration too. "Crowdfunding" works best when a lot of people pledge a little and some people give more. Be one of our crowd! (Our crew! Our team!)

THANK YOU!

The Team, So Far

Minos Papas and I met almost two years ago in Brooklyn. We've worked together a couple of times, and it always feels creative, intuitive and focused. We're co-producing Trapped Girl; Minos is the director and I play Bell. More about us both below.

Catherine Fordham
Catherine Fordham

CATHERINE FORDHAM is a Colorado-born, Nova Scotia-raised, Brooklyn-based, actress, writer and producer. A graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York, Catherine has been in love with the stage, screen and radio since she was in her first play at age eight. Trapped Girl will be Catherine's first time bringing her own script to life, and she's loving every bit of the process. 

Minos Papas
Minos Papas

MINOS PAPAS is a London born Greek Cypriot filmmaker currently based in New York City. Son of internationally acclaimed film director Michael Papas, Minos has been working professionally in the independent film industry of New York for the past ten years. He earned a BFA in Film at the School of Visual Arts and was awarded the school's top award for Cinematography. 

Minos’ first independent feature film, Shutterbug (2009), which he wrote, produced and directed, was released theatrically in 2010 in New York and Los Angeles. Shutterbug received reviews from Variety, The Village Voice, The New York Times and many more publications and blogs which merited the film for its Lynchian atmosphere and beautiful imagery. Shutterbug was screened in 6 international festivals and achieved an award of merit at the Indie Fest, Los Angeles. 

Minos' most recent short film The Politics of Conflict (2012) was produced in New York and selected for the NY Shorts Film Festival and the International festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Apart from working as writer/director/producer on his own productions, Minos also works extensively as director of photography on short and feature films, music videos, documentaries and commercials. 

Read his full bio here.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge is raising the funds! Our goal on Kickstarter is $10,000, but our budget is a little higher and there are fees associated with running this campaign. Reaching our goal is the first priority, but we would love to go beyond!

We also need a New York City fire truck to park at our location for three hours during our shoot... So wish us luck with that:)!

Please let me know if you have questions about the details of our budget!

Catherine Fordham
catherine@trappedgirl.com

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