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The Anxious Taxidermist is a quirky, off-kilter musical series written & created by Aurora Florence and Jeff Dickamore of Saint Norma Jean Productions, & co-produced with Katie & Jacob Schwarz of Mystery Box. The story follows Marie, a young woman who uses her secret passion for taxidermy to cope with debilitating anxiety.  

 Not just any anxiety--but the kind that can really knock you flat. In portraying characters with these issues, we are hoping to reduce the stigma around mental health and get people thinking and talking more about it. To start some conversations. We are also aiming to use the musical elements of the show to help us all better understand what it's like to live with anxiety. We have done our best to be careful in doing so--consulting with two fantastic therapists: Tony Overbay (check out his podcast "The Virtual Couch") and Paul Peterson.

 And not just any taxidermy--but an art form that uses only found animals (the kind you find on the side of the road) and antiques (the kind you find at a garage sale). If you're curiosity is piqued, Google "Rogue Taxidermy." It's a whole artistic movement we stumbled upon last fall. We've since collaborated and consulted with two artists, Hollie Dilley & Jillian Abernathy, for two commissioned pieces for the pilot episode. 

*No squirrels were harmed in the making of this pilot.

**But two were scavenged off the highway. 

Through the combined efforts of an incredible team (see list below), plus some extra help from friends and family, we wrapped production of the twenty-minute pilot episode on September 20. The footage looks incredible, the three studio recorded songs sound amazing, but we need your help to finish things up and spread the word! 

 Our goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to cover:

  •  $1500 in construction materials 
  • $2500 to cover post-production costs--everything that will make the final film look and sound amazing
  • $500 to cover the rewards 
  • Anything beyond that will go towards festival submissions & additional recording for the score. 

 Long term, our goal is to build an audience & support system that will allow us to carry the story beyond the initial pilot episode. 

THANK YOU for contributing to The Anxious Taxidermist in whatever way you can! Every dollar & every share not only helps, but means the world to us.

Much Love,

Jeff & Aurora 

 ***Note: If you're as excited about The Anxious Taxidermist as we are, & want to contribute more to the success of the project, please contact us directly so that we can discuss an executive producer situation.***

THE TEAM

The Anxious Taxidermist is a collaborative effort with a long, and not wholly comprehensive list of stellar people, in no particular order: Katie Schwarz (producer), Jeff Dickamore (director/writer), Aurora Florence (music/writer), Jake Schwarz (DP), Kendra Lowe (music producer), Garret Breeze (orchestrations), Becky Swasey (hair/makeup), Whitney Donald (production design), Mary Lee (art/props), Matt Siemers (1st AD), Alan Seawright (2nd AD), Kade Atwood (Production), Karina Orton (design assistant), Jameson Dressen (1st AC), Stephanie Bogdan (2nd AC), Michael Stone (DIT), Jared Jaynes (Sound), Merik Richardson (gaffer), Jack Lott (grip), Mariah Johnson (grip), Ben Johns (grip), Michael Frazier (Set Cosntruction), Matthew Buckner (construction assist.), Katy Baldwin (Set Decorator), Anna Hawkins (Costumer), LaRee Florence (taxidermy costumer), Truman Florence (BTS, Set Decorator), Brittany Butler (BTS), & last but not least, Alexia Meyer (choreographer). Plus a shout out to Debra Hale, Glenna Ryan, Shelly Iosefa, & Mary Close for  last-minute catering and Becky Stratford for sourcing antique doors and windows!

THE CAST

An incredible group of people both on set and in the recording studio: Aurora Florence, Shaunna Harmon Thompson, Alex Diaz, Rachael Winegar, Pat Barnett Carr, Rich Chavez, Justin Hackworth, Rad Martinez, Beatriz Melo, Mack Seiler, Carolyn Hartvigsen, Kathleen Sheffield, Willard Cron, Madison Bay, Brooklyn Villeneuve, Titus Trimiar, Brittany Butler, Jared Olsen, Jared Wells, Kristen Metzger, Sunny & Hannah Whiting, Adeline & Truman Florence, & Paul, Melanie, Rachel, & Alice Cartwright.

Risks and challenges

We have currently scheduled the private screening in Utah for 30 November 2019, in Los Angeles the first week of December 2019, and in Sacramento (more Loomis/Rocklin area) the second week of December 2019. These dates are subject to change based on problems that could arise in post-production, theater availability on Thanksgiving Weekend, etc. The venues will be determined based on demand. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

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    THANK YOU! Receive a private link to watch the pilot episode of The Anxious Taxidermist the same day as the festival premier--in the privacy of your own home! Though we aren't sure what festival we will have the pleasure of premiering at, it will most likely occur in the spring of 2020. Should the premier be delayed, you will receive a private link no later than 1 May 2020.

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    THANK YOU! Receive an invitation to a private screening event with available cast, crew, fellow supporters, & taxidermy animals. Enjoy popcorn, live performances, and a Q&A following the show. Events to be held in three locations--Thanksgiving weekend in Salt Lake, early December in Los Angeles, and mid-December in Sacramento. Or if you're supporting from afar & can't make it to any of the events, receive a temporary digital link in late December to enjoy the pilot episode of The Anxious Taxidermist in the privacy of your own home.

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