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A short film written and directed by Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson.  Starring Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson and Chris Messina.
A short film written and directed by Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson. Starring Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson and Chris Messina.
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TOO LONG AT THE FAIR

A short FILM

Written and Directed by Jessie Barr & Lena Hudson

Starring Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson & Chris Messina

THE STORY

Charlie (Jessie Barr) and Val (Lena Hudson) are best friends and owners of a fledgling princess party business in Los Angeles. After a mishap at an important client's party the two find themselves in the hole and desperate for funds. They meet a charming divorcee (Chris Messina), and what begins as a provocative yet seemingly harmless adventure takes a downward turn that will alter their lives forever.

THE INSPIRATION

Too Long at the Fair began as a way for us, two women who’ve been friends and creative partners for a decade, to stay connected. In writing the script we wanted to draw upon our friendship and explore the transition from girlhood to womanhood that we found ourselves grappling with. We wanted to capture that moment of transition in our heroines' lives, in all its messiness. Los Angeles seemed like the perfect place to set our world, a place where reality and fantasy are so blurred and it can feel like a fairy tale one block and a nightmare the next. We wanted to use this background as a way to highlight our characters imperfections; to watch them struggle against their own moral limits. So often in Film and TV there is an obsession with women and girls being “likable," being good and pretty in order for us to feel like they're deserving of a narrative. We wanted to let our characters fail and watch them struggle to evolve, even if it’s painful, so that they might realize they can save themselves and each other.

WOMEN IN FILM

It was important for us be a part of the dialogue around the underrepresentation of women in film, on crews and in the director's chair and to take action to help shift a broken paradigm. We knew that our story about a deep female friendship would benefit from having as many women as possible contribute their voices and gifts. We asked friends for recommendations, posted on job boards for women in film and met with some incredible folks.  We're proud to have had women as the majority on set both in front of and behind the camera.  We were also thrilled to have a group of amazing men, in touch with their awakened feminine, as incredible collaborators. Woohoo!

THE SHOOT

After more than a year of re-writes and months of preparation we shot Too Long at the Fair over three days in June. We're thrilled we were able to bring together a fantastic team who helped us realize our dream of bringing this story to life. The shoot taught us so much, both creatively and about the story we want to tell. Now we're ready to move on to the next phase in order to complete our film!

THIS CAMPAIGN

We are raising post production funds to finish Too Long at the Fair!

We've cut a teaser video for the film which you can CHECK OUT BELOW :

Featuring the song "Jury" by LAE

ALL WE NEED TO START POST PRODUCTION IS YOUR SUPPORT.

Photos by Christopher Baliwas & Mary Wuliger
Photos by Christopher Baliwas & Mary Wuliger
 

 OUR TEAM

 Jessie BarrWriter / Director / Producer / "Charlie"

Jessie Barr is an actor, writer and filmmaker based in LA. She is co-founder of the production company Maggie Cassidy Films and the lead in the critically acclaimed online series OM CITY which she created, wrote and produced with her husband and writing partner Tom O’Brien. OM CITY is a 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Selection, a New York Times TV Critic's Pick, a 2015 Vimeo Staff Pick, voted Best Web Series of 2015 by Decider.com and a Top Pick for "Web to Watch" by USA Today. Some of Some of her other credits include: Lincoln Center, 59E59th, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage & Film, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, EST and Law & Order : SVU among others. Jessie made her feature film debut in the indie comedy Manhattan Romance, starring Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Masters of Sex) and Gaby Hoffman (Transparent). Jessie is currently writing her first feature film as well as Season 2 of OM City.

 Lena HudsonWriter / Director / Producer / "Val"

Lena Hudson is an actor and writer based in New York. She has helped develop work for Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Fresh Ground Pepper, La MaMa and Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble, among others. Some of her favorite performing credits include: Kitchen Sink Experiment(s) (Crashbox Theater), DEBUTANTE (Ars Nova), Folk Wandering (Joe’s Pub/Ars Nova), Cowboy Mouth (Red Room), Valhalla (Boxed Wine Prod.), The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp (The Brick), and Oil of Olé! (La MaMa), which was devised by Clowns Ex-Machina, a group of all female clowns who were resident artists at La Mama ETC. Lena can also be seen in the critically acclaimed online series OM CITY and is currently developing a solo clown cabaret titled, Showwomanship. 

Chris Messina - "Lee"

Chris is an award-winning actor and director who has worked extensively onstage, in film and television. He recently appeared opposite Ben Affleck in the 1920's gangster epic Live By Night. Some of his other films include: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Argo, Fairhaven, Palo Alto, 28 Hotel Rooms, Julie & Julia, Ruby Sparks and Celeste and Jesse Forever. Chris's directorial debut, Alex of Venice, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Don Johnson. On television, Chris is known for his critically-acclaimed roles in Damages, The Newsroom and The Mindy Project. He's currently filming the upcoming HBO show Sharp Objects starring opposite Amy Adams and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée ( Big Little Lies).

 Joe Dinnen - Producer

Joe is a producer based in New York. He started in documentary film alongside the team of Exposure Productions, wrapping CHASING ICE, the Oscar-nominated Documentary regarding climate change. Since then, he has been based out of New York working on the development and production of multiple projects. While working, Joe acquired an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. Over the years, he has been involved with a handful of projects, small and big — most notably working with the team of the official Sundance selection, I SMILE BACK, producing THE PASTOR, and co-producing OM City: The Series, recognized as a Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection, and featured in news outlets like USA Today and The New York Times. Most recently, Joe coordinated post-production on Showtime's newest hit drama, BILLIONS Season 1 and 2. He strives to engage in projects that push beyond the barriers of sole entertainment value.

Jac FitzgeraldDirector of Photography 

Jac hails from New Zealand and lives in LA with her husband and frequent collaborator Nigel Bluck (also a DP) and their son Leo.  Jac began her career as a focus puller for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King & The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and went on to shoot shorts and features both in New Zealand and the US as well as commercials, pilots and second unit for True Detective. Jac is so badass that she was in pre production for a feature in Savannah Georgia, flew back to LA to shoot TLATF and then took a 1am flight back to Georgia the night we wrapped so she could get to work that day! DANG!

Vivian Bang - "Ellen"

Fia Fischler - "Maisie"

Jillian Morgese & Katherine Keyte - "Party Princesses"

Tom O'Brien - Producer

Libby Ewing - Co-Producer

Ariel Pomerantz - 1st AC

Reef Oldberg - 2nd AC / Gaffer  

Faz Khan - Gaffer 

Quinn Maloy Williams - Media

T.J. YoshizakiProduction Sound 

Alec Styborski - Editor 

Calvin Pia - Sound Design / Mix

Suzanne Hilleary - Music Supervisor

Mary WuligerCostume Design 

Kim Govea Romo - Hair & Makeup Design

Greg Kozatek - Poster Design / Title

Meghan Buckley - Production Assistant

THE FUNDING / Your donations will go to :

Post Production 

1. Editing

2. Color correction 

3. Sound design / mix

4. Poster + title design

5. Deliverables for festival submissions

6. Kickstarter Fees ( Kickstarter fee 5% of total funds raised  + Payment processing fees 3% + $0.20 per pledge )

THANK YOU for checking out our campaign and helping us spread the word. Truly, any and all donations are deeply appreciated. This is a dream coming true and we can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned!

CONNECT via our website tlatfmovie.com

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter @tlatfmovie #tlatfmovie

Photos by Chris Messina, Christopher Baliwas & Mary Wuliger
Photos by Chris Messina, Christopher Baliwas & Mary Wuliger

Some words from the woman whose writing inspired the title of the film:

“I'm just telling you to live [in the world]. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.” – Joan Didion

*SPECIAL THANKS to Bob Foertsch at PANAVISION, Jim Kwiatkowski at LAPINEGRIP CO., Nick Houy, Massoumeh Emami Osterhout, Jared Seltzer, Lauren Bowles, Patrick Fischler, Jonathan Neman, Daniel Neman, Morgan Schweitzer & Chris Baliwas.

Risks and challenges

Although there are inherent risks and challenges with any creative endeavors we feel we are fully capable of handling them through completion of this project. As a team we have already successfully shot the film in its entirety as well as edited the teaser that helped us jump start this process. We feel as a team that we will continue to be resourceful and resilient in the face of any and all challenges.

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