Justice Woman: A web series with a super human heroine!
Justice Woman: A web series with a super human heroine!
Justice Woman: A new kind of super human heroine is in town
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About this project
Justice Woman, follows Sofia Escala, a spunky Assistant D.A. by day, defender of truth and justice by night, who with the help of Robert Gallion, her gay officemate, fights to right the wrongs committed against the innocent and powerless by a corrupt legal system – and naturally winds up in some tight spots along the way
We need your help to raise $30,000 that will help us finish Seasons 2, 3 and go into production for seasons 4, and 5
About Justice Woman
Justice Woman is a campy series that pays homage to superheroes of yesteryears with an engaging storyline that involves Sofía bringing to light questionable practices in the prosecution of the city's cases, most notably the incarceration of an innocent migrant worker, Jesus Lopez, and her quest to prove his innocence with the help of Robert and few more friends she encounters on her journey along the road to justice.
ROAD TO JUSTICE
In the criminal justice system, prosecutors take an oath to seek justice, but…
WHAT IS JUSTICE?
jus·tice -noun /ˈjəstis/- just behavior or treatment; the quality of being fair and reasonable; the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this; a judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the supreme court of a country or state.
The definition itself begs the following questions:
What is "just" or "fair and reasonable"?
What if the authority administering the law or a judge or magistrate is neither "just" nor "fair and reasonable"?
Who sets the standard for what is "just" or "fair and reasonable"?
The common law makes use of the Reasonable Person as an objective standard to determine what is "just" or "fair and reasonable" within the given circumstances, but who is this Reasonable Person? This so-called Reasonable Person is a legal fiction against which any individual's understanding or conduct can be measured. That is, this legal fiction is comprised of the majority's understanding or conduct. But what if the majority isn't "just" or "fair and reasonable"? After all, weren't the Bill of Rights instituted to counter the "tyranny of the majority" and curtail oppression of the minority, who, in the given circumstances, may not measure up to the Reasonable Person?
"Justice" seems to be an elusive concept - one debated throughout centuries by many of the great philosophers, and yet its attainment is what we are told to blindly strive for in life.
The road to justice is indeed an ever circling road that pins the majority against the minority, the good against evil, the rich against poor, the old against young and every binary opposition that exists in the Universe against each other. It is not an easy road to travel, but somebody’s gotta do it.
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Inception of Justice Woman
Written and produced by Vanessa Verduga, “Justice Woman” was inspired in part by her passion for Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and other superheroes (including the Mexican TV parody Chapulin Colorado) growing up. The concept is also rooted in her own personal disillusionment experienced as an attorney, where she got to experience firsthand how our legal system and the people in charge of it can work for both good and bad under the guise of the law.
Our Cast Includes
Vanessa Verduga as Sofia Escala/Justice Woman
Lee J. Kaplan as Robert Gallion/Roberta
Luke Guldan as Kevin Murchinson
Tom Mahon as Brent Renard
Stephen Sheffer as The Senator’s Son
Chiz Shultz as Judge Bernstein
Mary S. Porter as Ruby Stone
Collin Blackard as Joe Black
Omar Gonzalez as Juanito Jaramillo
Lino del Core as Rufus Leichin
Nina Rochelle as Mama Escala
Alison Ryan as Mysterious Woman
What have we done so far
With your help we will be able to finalize editing, color correction, sound mixing, sound design, music scoring, animation and additional post production things needed to bring you Seasons 2 and 3, which we already have in the can, and go into production for seasons 4, and 5.
Six years ago, Justice Woman was only a domain name. Growing up a fan of Wonder Woman, I figured Justice Woman would be a cool name for my alter ego, a lawyer superhero. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with the domain name just like I didn’t know what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I had recently graduated law school and had a judicial clerkship lined up, a position that most would feel lucky to have straight out of law school, but I was miserable. I had given up on my dreams of being a performer to pursue a path of so-called “success,” as defined by others. It felt as if my spirit were slowly dying. I reneged on my clerkship, but being unemployed was not the best alternative so, I decided to stick it out as a lawyer. Never one to take well to authority and having an entrepreneurial spirit, I sought to find my own way as a solo practitioner. It was then that I experienced the genesis of Justice Woman. Without divulging specifics, hanging a shingle was an eye opening experience as I got to see firsthand how our legal system and the people in charge of it can work for both good and bad under the guise of the law.
Needless to say, I wasn’t limited to the experiences of others; I too endured my share of injustices and disappointments enough to want out of the practice of law and back into acting. While studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I began writing short plays thanks to the encouragement of one of my acting teachers, Pamela Scott. For some reason, dialogue just seemed to flow easily out of my head and onto the page (not sure what that says about me, but I think there’s a prescribed pill for that). I quickly moved onto writing screenplays, mostly out of necessity; I needed an actor reel to showcase my work. However, putting a reel together proved strenuous as I found myself hounding down directors to get copies of films I had performed in. I figured with all the energy I was expending, I might as well write and film the story for Justice Woman since it had been percolating in the back of my head this whole time. As I wrote Justice Woman, a series of tumultuous events were happening throughout the world that fueled my desire to write not just on my behalf, but also on behalf of others who had suffered some form of injustice.
I began writing about the many unfair things that exist in our society pertaining to racism, homophobia, immigration, discrimination, double standards, sexual hypocrisy, class power, political corruption and so forth.
Those became the issues that I wanted to tackle in Justice Woman. However, I took to heart Oscar Wilde’s saying that “if you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you” and put a humorist twist to my writing with remarkable results. What had started out solely as a domain name gradually took the form of a short screenplay that grew to surpass the length of a feature film, which had to be parsed into a series.
A series that could go on into infinity because “[a]s long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other” –John Stuart Mill. If history serves as a precedent, the battle for justice is ever ongoing.
As for directing, it became obvious that I needed to direct the series because as the writer I already had a vividly clear vision of how the story should unfold. Besides, in the words of Woody Allen, “[t]his is not quantum physics. If you’re the writer of the story, you know what you want the audience to see because you’ve written it. It’s just common sense. It’s just storytelling, and you tell it.” However, directing and acting at the same time is challenging. Therefore, I’ve been very fortunate to rely on the support of guest directors who have helped keep my vision of Justice Woman intact. Six years later and I have found more than a purpose for a domain name in Justice Woman; I have found my purpose. I am truly happy with the incredible work the cast and crew have done on the series and eagerly look forward to sharing Justice Woman with everyone. - Vanessa Verduga
Kickstarter has made a huge impact for thousands of Artists since 2009. We believe in the effectiveness that backers have to empower creative ideas. We want to challenge the mainstream perception of the typical Latina starlet in Hollywood. With your help Justice Woman will be the 1st Latina super hero web series ever funded on Kickstarter!
We wanted to include in every reward a piece of Justice Woman! Rewards include things like:
JW postcard signed by creator,
Downloadable ring tone (Kickstarters chose opening credit song or theme song)
Season 1 DVD.
Megahero kit: JW t-shirt, thanks on FB, ringtone, glitter gloss, eyelashes, Season 1 DVD , and a JW poster signed.
SuperMegaHero kit: JW t-shirt, thanks on FB, ringtone, glitter gloss, eyelashes, feather boa, a JW poster signed, Season 1 DVD, and a whip in a JW branded tote bag. Everything you need to be a fabulous superhero/sidekick duo.
2 tickets to Seasons 2 and 3 launch party.
$500 reward prize + an Associate Producer credit for Seasons 2 and 3, 4 tickets to Seasons 2 and 3 launch party and a copy of our limited edition comic book signed by Vanessa. Note: The comic book will be mailed separately around Spring/Summer of 2013.
$1000 reward prize + dinner for you and 3 friends in NYC with cast before the Seasons 2 and 3 launch party (same night) and a copy of our limited edition comic book signed by Vanessa. Note: The comic book will be mailed separately around Spring/Summer 2013.
$2,500 reward prize, except that instead of an Associate Producer credit it will be an Executive Producer for seasons 2 and 3 credit OR a Product Placement deal, and a copy of our limited edition comic book signed by Vanessa. Note: The comic book will be mailed separately around Spring/Summer 2013.
Note: Accommodations and travel expenses not included.
Above and Beyond
If we exceed our KickStarter goal, we will be able to begin pre-production for subsequent seasons of the web series. Therefore, every dollar over our "Goal" gets us closer to producing a new season of "Justice Woman."
Your additional dollars will enable us to pay for: actors, crew, equipment, locations, food, costumes, props and so many other things needed to make this a fun and entertaining series for you.
Risks and challenges
Having completed Season 1 of the series, we've shown what we can do with a budget. We have the experience to know what worked and excited to show you the next couple of seasons.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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