Sneak peek: watch the work-in-progress escape scene from JENNIFER, 42!
JENNIFER, 42 is a beautifully animated documentary feature film that tells the riveting true story of Jennifer Magnano, a suburban mom of three, and her journey through a 15-year brutally abusive marriage, the family's daring escape, and their epic battle to be free from the coercive control and violence of husband and father, Scott.
Voiced by Jennifer’s children–Jessica, David, and Emily–along with Jennifer’s best friend Tracy, and experts who were directly involved in the case, the story unfolds through dramatic twists and turns that will leave you speechless, but also motivated to speak up.
We believe that telling this powerful multi-voice narrative through animation will make this story accessible to all kinds of people. We hope that it will expose a wider audience to the most private and common kind of violence that women and children experience, and to prompt people to examine the tremendous obstacles they face when trying to bring that violence to light and setting themselves free.
While our goal is to demystify what goes on in domestic violence households, this is not a ‘sad battered woman’ story, it is not a ‘victim’ story. It is, however, a story about a brave family who fought like hell to get out of a bad situation and to get safe. They were smart, resourceful, resilient - and they fought mightily to get the proper help. This movie is about the twists and turns of that incredible fight - and there are funny moments, triumphant, even joyous moments.
WHY WE'RE KICKSTARTERING DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH!
We decided to crowdfund on Kickstarter not only because we need your financial support, but also because we want to build a great, big community of agitators, who will demand change. When you invest in our project, you are also taking an active role in fighting domestic violence, abuse, and coercive control. With YOUR HELP, we will bring a new awareness to these issues and how our criminal justice system and culture at large deals with victims vs. abusers. Our goal is to bring the term ‘coercive control’ to the forefront of the domestic violence conversation, with an eye toward changing federal and state laws to criminalize coercive control, as the UK did in 2015.
JENNIFER, 42 gives us a rare view into one family’s dramatic struggle, but it also explores deeper cultural issues. The circumstances and conditions that created this perfect-storm-catastrophe for the Magnano family are the same conditions that lead to the murders of three women per day by their male partners in the U.S. These numbers, sadly, have not changed since the 1970s. JENNIFER, 42 is a crucial cautionary tale for this time of #metoo, Time’sUp and female reckoning that upends everything we think we know about domestic violence. TOGETHER, we can kickstart real change!
WE NEED YOUR LOVE & SUPPORT!
JENNIFER, 42 is an ambitious project, but we believe the time has come for this kind of story, one that can fundamentally change how people think about domestic violence. We have shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get this far, and we are so excited to share our journey and all of what we have accomplished to date, but now we really need YOUR HELP to push this project into full production AND GET IT DONE!
For the past several years we’ve worked very hard – investigating, researching, recording hours of interviews, developing the story, and writing the script – but now we're launching into production! The team is growing, and so are the expenses. To assemble a creative team of this caliber and keep them working for months simply takes money. The rest - PASSION, DEDICATION, and MAJOR HUSTLE - we've got it covered! Together, our growing crew need your PARTICIPATION to make the biggest impact we can.
The story is powerful, heart-wrenching and full of surprises. We want to make the most visually stunning animation we can, to bring you into Jennifer's world. But animation is a labor-intensive, expensive process, which means we'll need to hire a team of animators to work under Yulia's direction. Any size CONTRIBUTION YOU MAKE will increase our ability to realize this film's full potential in a way that does the story justice!
HOW THE KICKSTARTER FUNDS WILL HELP US
Your generous Kickstarter contributions will go towards:
We are seasoned, professional producers and filmmakers, skilled at stretching every dollar to make miracles happen. YOUR CONTRIBUTION will be gratefully received and used with the the highest level of financial stewardship. We understand that you are making a donation in good faith, and we will keep you informed about our progress every step of the way, so that you will see your dollars at work until every last brick is laid and last stitch is sewn (or whatever the digital equivalent is).
Once this campaign is complete, we will hit the ground running with the next phase: storyboarding the remainder of the film, and creating animatics to develop the timing and motion in each of the 30 scenes. At the same time, we'll be working with our sound designer to edit together the dialogue as well as create the sound-scape in which our animated world will live. Once the audio track and the animatics are fully roughed out, we will animate every shot. This is a multi-step process, including painting backgrounds, rigging and animating characters, coloring, shadowing, lighting and compositing. We will need lots of animators at different skill levels for this! Meanwhile, a composer will be working on music, and an audio editor will refine the audio track. Then, an editor will edit all the animated segments together into one dynamic, cohesive flow. And the last step is a final audio mix: dialogue, sound effects and music. And finally - we will release it into the world, where hopefully it will touch hearts and open minds everywhere!
THE J42 FILMMAKERS
Elle Kamihira - Director/Producer
Elle Kamihira is a multi-genre director, producer and writer working in installation media and documentaries. Her credits include the award-winning introductory film Who We Are at the Lelawi Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, signature films for The Museum of the American Revolution, The Harley-Davidson Museum, The Heard Museum, The Chickasaw Cultural Center, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame NY Annex. She led the production of 50+ media exhibits for the award-winning Nature Research Center of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, that included the 4-story immersive Daily Planet Theater. Other notable credits include the feature film Jack & His Friends, the documentary Mothers and Daughters: A Lifetime Bond for Lifetime, live media show for 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, an animated film installation at Library of Congress, video projections for Anna Deavere Smith’s play House Arrest, The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway; George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song at The Apollo, as well as annual video packages for the CFDA American Fashion Awards and the IBM Centennial Celebration Gala. She is also owner of Smultron Media, a media design & production studio in Brooklyn, NY. ellekamihira.com
Katie Hyde - Producer
Katie is feature film producer and a documentary video content creator for brands such as the NY Post, Domino Magazine, Refinery 29 and many others. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Katie began her career in Los Angeles, as the executive assistant to Hollywood producer Bobby Newmyer on films such as Training Day, Disney’s The Santa Clause and National Security. She opened Picture This Productions in 2004, producing documentary content for Aline Brosh McKenna (Screenwriter, Devil Wears Prada), Tim Kring (Creator of TV show Heroes), and Dana Gluckstein (Photographer, Dignity), and others. In 2007 Katie founded the production company Indie City Films in NYC, and produced her first narrative feature, Mount Joy, which won the Audience Award at Santa Barbara Film Festival and Best Drama at Philadelphia International Film Festival and was bought by Netflix. Katie’s second feature film, Before / During / After, currently in post production, is a romantic dramedy shot in NYC, written by and starring broadway star Finnerty Steeves. A passionate champion for independent film, Katie publishes a Youtube series that chronicles the behind the scenes process of producing independent film.
Yulia Ruditskaya - Animation Director
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Yulia Ruditskaya is an internationally recognized animation director and animator who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. A multi-disciplinary artist, Yulia has held the combined roles of director, animator, illustrator and motion designer on a great variety of independent projects for brands, musicians, and non-profit clients such as UNICEF and Amnesty International. Yulia has also written, directed and animated a slate of extraordinary, award-winning animated short films, including Three Angels (2007), The Midnight Guests (Belarus, 2009), A Catfish Tale (Belarus, 2009) and Please, Call Back Later (Korea 2010), and And The Moon Stands Still (Belarus, Germany, USA 2017). See full list of awards. Yulia is a graduate of the Department of Design and Visual Communications at Belarusian State University in Minsk. In pursuit of her passion for filmmaking, Yulia continued her education studying animation direction at School-Studio For Animation Direction (SHAR) in Moscow, while mastering her craft at Summer School at GOBELINS. Once an established animation artist, Yulia taught digital animation courses for post-graduate students at School-Studio SHAR and led master classes, while building an international career collaborating on narrative and documentary films. yuliaruditskaya.com
Matthew Polis - Sound Designer
Matthew Polis is the founder of boutique sound house SoundSpace in NYC and Colorado, and has been sound designing and mixing films for nearly 20 years. His combined story driven approach to sound design and technical mastery in the mix room has earned him respect amongst his peers in the indie film world with over 150 credits. Matthew's works include Appropriate Behavior (Sundance, BAM), Growing Up Coy (ITVS, Denver Film Festival), I Believe in Unicorns (SXSW), Peter and Vandy (Sundance) David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle & What is Magic, Evolution of a Criminal (SXSW, Full Frame, ITVS), The System with Joe Berlinger, Food Chains (Berlin), Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, Seymour: An Introduction (Telluride, Toronto, NYFF). He is also the head of post audio for TED Conferences. Matthew was an adjunct professor at his alma mater NYU Tisch School Of The Arts for post audio and mixing.
Chris Gauthier - Outreach Producer
Chris is a multimedia documentary storyteller, focused on personal stories of resilience and perseverance. His work has been featured on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, NPR and others. He has worked with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to produce dozens of short films for exhibitions and other programs. Prior to becoming a documentary producer, Chris worked as a journalist in China and Southeast Asia, writing long-form features about Chinese punk rock, the “Me” generation, and expat movie stars. Chris teaches audio and video storytelling, and is a part-time wild foods forager. He lives in New York City. chrisjgauthier.com
PARTNERSHIPS & OUTREACH
JENNIFER, 42 has built-in, passionate core audiences that our film team is cultivating and engaging with at every stage of production. The most prominent group, whose mission is most closely aligned with our story, is Domestic Violence Advocates & Organizations. With agencies in almost every country in the world, and legions of activists, members of the media, and influencers working for change - our story embody the purpose of their work.
We are proud to have the support of renown domestic violence scholar and activist Dr. Evan Stark, as well as Pace Women's Law Center and the national organization A Call To Men. We will have team members dedicated solely to organizational outreach, and during the course of production we will continue to seek partnerships with groups and individuals who are on the front lines of the fight to abolish domestic violence.
BEST WAYS TO SHARE OUR CAMPAIGN & TRAILER:
- On Facebook. THE best tool for sharing this message is through Facebook. You can simply click the "Like" button directly below the video at the top of the screen. Or paste the URL straight onto your page with a message!
- On Twitter. You can also tweet out the video - once again by click the button under the video or simply sharing our the direct URL for this page.
- A short email. Think about the people in your life that may benefit from this message (or appreciate helping to spread the message). Write a short note to them in an email!
- Old fashioned word-of-mouth. Unplug the computer and your phone and just talk with people in your lives about it! Face-to-face conversation makes everything better : )
Again, any way you can help - big or small - is deeply appreciated! The more conversations we can start around these crucial issues...the better!
Also, please visit us, join in conversations, leave comments, and engage with us on our socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and definitely check out our website jennifer42movie.com and read our blog!
If you want to talk to us directly, please reach out via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so grateful for your contribution, and to show our gratitude, we'd like to offer you some of these customized gifts.
*NEW* LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT
You will get a Limited Edition Art Print by Yulia Ruditskaya - Animation Director. You can choose from 4 different pieces!
'JENNIFER, 42' Postcard!
We'll hand-write and send you a postcard, featuring a still from the film!
BELIEVE WOMEN! Cell Phone Wallet
Show your support for the cause with this super-handy ADHESIVE CELL PHONE WALLET. It will stick to any model cell phone to secure credit cards, ID or cash.
BELIEVE WOMEN! Coffee Mug
Express solidarity with the women of the world with your first sip of coffee in the morning, with our BELIEVE WOMEN! J42 coffee mug.
Limited Edition BELIEVE WOMEN! Tote Bag
Be green AND show your support for women who suffer domestic abuse with this limited edition canvas tote bag (14.5"X16").
Signed Copy of 'COERCIVE CONTROL' by Dr. Evan Stark
Dr. Evan Stark's book 'Coercive Control' is a groundbreaking work written by one of America's foremost pioneers in the Domestic Violence field.
BELIEVE WOMEN! T-Shirt
Wear your support for the film and the cause with this limited edition printed cotton t-shirt. Be sure you let us know your size!
SKYPE (or Hangouts) Q&A with J42 Filmmakers
We'd love to chat to you, your class, or your group for an hour to talk about our project, our process, and how you can make a difference!
Risks and challenges
The individuals whose voices tell this story has put themselves out there with the hope of raising awareness and changing the law. They are remarkable individuals, and we, as filmmakers, are humbled to be able to share their story. But this platform doesn't really work without your participation. Change only happens when a community rallies to demand it. We welcome you, wholeheartedly into this film's community. Thank you for showing up to make an impact.
We expect to be finished with the film by summer of 2019, but the animation process is complex and laborious so it may take a little longer for you to see the the film. We will of course keep you posted on our progress and let you know about any delays we experience. That said, we are working with a phenomenal and dedicated team who has the skills to get JENNIFER, 42 done!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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