UPDATE: We've reached our initial goal! Thanks to everyone who has generously donated to the film. This was the bare minimum we needed to pull this off. Our new stretch goal is $25,000 -- this will allow us to attain things such as footage rights, additional b-roll, professional sound mix, dialogue cleanup.
There's been a lot of discussion on the "lack of female cinematographers" and as a young female cinematographer, I wanted to respond. I attended UCLA's graduate school for cinematography and when graduation was approaching, I still only knew of a few women who were shooting big shows. I wanted to know more about how they got to where they were.
This feature documentary started out as my very ambitious UCLA thesis project that turned into a larger undertaking when I realized how many women there were to talk to -- and there are still so many beyond who is in the film. That's the point I've decided to make.
There are so many incredible women shooting, and I am so excited to have been able to put their stories in one piece: Women of Light.
In the media, we hear so much about how few women there are in the film industry:
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It's time we honor women in film. It's time to honor the women in cinematography, around the world, and inspire those of the future.
Join us in this movement -- whether you're filmmaker, a cinematographer, a lover of movies, a lover of art, a lover of stories.
We're ready to finish this film -- but we can't move forward without funds. Your contribution will help us with many things we need to complete it. Below is a breakdown of where the funds will go. Everything helps.
Julia Swain // Director + Cinematographer Julia is a cinematographer who holds an MFA in Cinematography from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. During her graduate study, Julia shot countless narrative films, including the feature Killing Animals by James Franco, was awarded multiple awards such as the Women in Film Foundation / Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography and shot the winning Sprite Films ad, which earned nationwide distribution on a multitude of platforms. The See You Soon (Michael Brun) music video Julia shot made MTV’s #1 top new video summer of 2015. She has had other work air on networks such as VH1, ESPN, and Adult Swim. Julia has served as DP and 2nd Unit DP on multiple features, and continues to shoot on a variety of formats, consistently seeking to create compelling visuals for every story and brand.
Chelsi Johnston // Producer + Editor
Chelsi is a filmmaker from Honolulu, HI currently working towards an MFA in Directing/Production at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. After receiving her BA from Santa Clara University in Communication/Film, she worked on the production team for projections such as Godzilla (2015) and Hawaii Five-0. Most recently, she received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant to work in post-production on The Invitation.
Annie Pace // Producer
Annie is currently getting her MFA in Directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. She just completed her film Broken Pines lensed by Julia Swain, and the two are traveling to the Brazilian Amazon to shoot her next film. Before moving to Los Angeles, Annie previously worked on anthropological films in both Brazil and Mexico, and directed the music video entitled All For One for the Bluegrass/Hip-hop band Gangstagrass.
Teodora Totoiu // Cinematographer
Teodora is a Romanian-American Director of Photography based in Los Angeles, California. With a Bachelor of Arts in socio-cultural Anthropology, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Cinematography from UCLA Graduate School of Film, Theater & Television - which ultimately binds her passion for cultural and social storytelling and creative visual storytelling. In 2015, Teodora has been a recipient of the Women In Film Foundation / Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography, Michael Minor and Robert Green Scholarship, and the Stanley C. Rubin Memorial Scholarship. She has photographed short narrative films, documentaries, music videos and fashion editorials.
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Risks and challenges
Once funded, there's nothing holding us back from completing this film. Our post-production teams are already in place.
Looking forward to sharing this completed project with you.
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