Update— August 13: My little black heart is overwhelmed at your kindness and interest in this project! We have now achieved our stretch goal of $4500, which means all you backers get BOTH videos "Pulling Your Insides Out," and "Portraits of a Nightmare," an erotic unsettling piece created from the BW vintage Super 8 footage. Hooray! WE made this together!
We have just a FEW DAYS left here, so I'm going to push for our $6000 stretch goal—which will help me fund costs to record a brand new work to become the end title song for Jeremy's upcoming feature film Other Madnesses. He's asked me to rework a strange, melancholy song from 1914 about dreams and suicide. It's absolutely breathtaking. The only thing that is holding me back is the funding. (And that's where YOU can help!) Watch this chilling trailer for the movie and you'll understand why I want to score music for it! LET"S MAKE IT HAPPEN! I'm excited...there is some time...so we may actually be able to get to $6000!
ALL BACKERS WILL GET A PRE-RELEASE COPY OF THIS NEW SONG THE MOMENT IT'S FINISHED!
I'm so grateful for your interest in my work. I've created a special THANK YOU PAGE to honor all you magnificent backers throughout this project. Please continue to spread the world to your friends, colleagues, and social media. It helps immensely. I don't have a company or a marketing team. I'm just one gal. That's where you come in, and you're doing a remarkable job so far! Thanks for being there.
in spirit, Jill Tracy
Why should you still donate?
Keep in mind the $3000 was only the editing budget, lots of other costs were incurred i.e. developing film, transfer, shooting costs, crew, location, etc. Even the Super 8 rolls of footage alone were over $500 just to develop. Plus Amazon and Kickstarter fees. Printing costs. We still need to pay off many more expenses even after this initial $3000.
STRETCH GOALS: (This is where it gets really fun)
If we make $4500— Jeremy can create a second stunning video culled from all the gorgeous vintage Super 8 footage of the bedroom scenes. We've been referring to this piece as "Portraits of a Nightmare," and it will accompany my dark classical piano instrumental "The Somnambulist Waltz." The Super 8 footage is so unsettling and erotic—somewhere between a snuff film and a fairytale. It needs to be a stand-alone piece!
If we make $6000—I can record a brand new song for Jeremy Carr's upcoming feature film Other Madnesses. He's just asked me to rework a strange, melancholy song from 1914 about dreams and suicide. It's absolutely breathtaking. Please let me create this piece for the end title song to the movie! Watch this chilling trailer and see how brilliant it's going to be. ALL BACKERS WILL GET A PRE-RELEASE COPY OF THIS SONG THE MOMENT IT'S FINISHED!
THE TALE BEHIND THE PROJECT:
"The truth lay in the treasure of what we disbelieve" —from Pulling Your Insides Out
I can't tell you how honored I am to work again with brilliant filmmaker Jeremy Carr, plus bring to life one of the favorite songs I have ever written. This video has already been shot, so this campaign is to enable Jeremy to edit, complete all post-production and digital transfer necessary.
Please WATCH THE VIDEO above to get a little backstory of how we met, and my adventures as the sinister seductress Mona in Jeremy's surreal thriller Ice Cream Ants— (alongside Marcus Ashley (Laurel Canyon, Bones, CSI) and the legendary Tom Noonan (Heat, Last Action Hero, House of the Devil.)
After winning several film festival awards, grand prizes, and accolades, Ice Cream Ants is slated to be released to the public for the first time with a new director's cut. "Pulling Your Insides Out" is the end title song to the film, so Jeremy thought it befitting to create a new music video to coincide with its online release.
"Pulling Your Insides Out" has always been my favorite song on my album Diabolical Streak. In fact, that album has been getting quite the resurgence lately as Showtime Networks chose the track "Evil Night Together" as the campaign song promoting the wildly anticipated final season of Dexter. I am "Dexter's Final Symphony!"
So as they say— "everything old is new again." It's been thrilling for me to re-inhabit "Pulling Your Insides Out" and (with your kindness) unveil the beautifully eerie video it always deserved.
For more about my work and Jeremy Carr, please scroll down to our BIOS.
ABOUT THE MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT:
First off—YES! The amazing lightning and thunder is REAL!! The Universe gifted us with an intense and unexpected storm, and we kept filming. At first, we thought we might have to cancel the late night shoot amidst the mysterious cobblestone alleys of Red Hook, Brooklyn (once home to horror icon H.P. Lovecraft)— but instead it became the most magical movie set we could imagine. We stood in the rain and cheered!
The entire video was shot on location in New York City, and some of my favorite scenes (imprisoned by nightmares in an antique bed) are on vintage Super 8 film. Jeremy is such a master of alluring suspense— evoking harsh textures, odd angles, edits, lighting and movement, we can't wait to incorporate more of this into the final cut.
The actual Jill Tracy "Mona Mask" can be yours!
In Jeremy Carr's surreal thriller Ice Cream Ants, my evil seductress character Mona is in bed with Lover, and suddenly her face turns into a strange mask—of herself. This mask was molded from my own face by SFX master Jonathan Horton. It was just as creepy to see this even when I knew what was coming! Yikes. And now it can be yours to love. Even scarier, there is only ONE. Autographed card and 8x10 glossy movie still included.
NEW! The sexy Jill Tracy "Mona" Wig can be yours!
The boa sold almost immediately, so now you can own the sexy black tendrils wig worn by Jill Tracy in the surreal thriller Ice Cream Ants. There is only ONE! You'll even get the wig cap worn underneath, and autographed photo from the film!
Jeremy and I appreciate your support in this campaign so much—it is only through my always-astounding fans that I have continued to create over the years. You are my flame, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Any wee bit helps immensely, even spreading the word, tweeting, posting on your social networks. You hold the reins. I'm thrilled to give all backers sneak peeks and updates through the campaign—and of course, you will see the finished piece before the rest of the world! Together we will make this dark gem glisten...
In Mystery, JILL TRACY xox
JILL TRACY is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her beautifully chilling cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales. She has been hailed by the LA Weekly as the “cult darling of the Underworld,” and San Francisco Chronicle has deemed her the “femme fatale for the thinking man.” With six albums to her credit, Tracy’s music has appeared on CBS, NBC, PBS, numerous independent and feature films (including Jeremy Carr's surreal thriller ICE CREAM ANTS). Her song "Evil Night Together" was chosen by SHOWTIME NETWORKS as "The Final Symphony" to promote the wildly anticipated last season of DEXTER (2013.)
Named BEST OF THE BAY, and a two-time California Music award nominee, she has collaborated with music legends such as Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees,) David J (Bauhaus,) Jello Biafra, and famed author Lemony Snicket. She has worked with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Film Noir Foundation, and is “Belle of the Ball” at the famed Edwardian Ball in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Jill Tracy is the first musician to ever be awarded a grant from Philadelphia’s famed Mütter Museum, to create a series of work based on its spellbinding collection. She spent nights at a piano amidst the Mütter’s cabinet of curiosities, which includes the death cast and conjoined liver of original Siamese twins Chang and Eng, the skeleton of the Ossified Man, Einstein’s brain and the Mermaid Baby. The project will include not only a music album based on the Mütter collection, but also an art book and memoir of her chilling experiences inside the museum after dark.
“Jill Tracy is utterly intriguing. She transports you into a magical world solely of her creation.” NPR, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
JEREMY CARR is an award-winning screenwriter and film director. His feature length film debut OTHER MADNESSES (aka LUCID) was developed at The New York IFP Market. His previous short films include NUCLEAR WINTER and ICE CREAM ANTS which was awarded the Grand Prize at the Boston Underground Film Festival and BEST SHORT FILM at the Evil City Film Festival in New York City. As a Producer, Editor and Cinematographer, Jeremy has created original content for Sesame Workshop, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and American Movie Classics (AMC). He was editor of the 2012 Emmy Award-winning primetime TV Special SESAME STREET: GROWING HOPE AGAINST HUNGER and recently edited the short documentary WHOLE NEW PERSON which was directed by Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade. Jeremy was the Producer/Editor/DP of the feature length documentary THE WAR ON KIDS, which was featured on The Colbert Report, MSNBC, NPR and The Sundance Channel. It can now be viewed on The Documentary Channel and Netflix. He is a graduate of the film program at Boston University and is a recurring guest lecturer at The University of Southern California. For more about Jeremy Carr's films, visit www.othermadnesses.com and www.crutchfilms.com
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