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Around the world, women earn less than men. Join us and help catalyze a global movement for equal pay!

++ BE ONE OF THE FIRST 100 BACKERS AND RECEIVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU POSTCARD SIGNED BY THE FILMMAKERS THAT WILL TOTALLY BE WORTH TENS OF DOLLARS SOMEDAY! ++

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Help make the first movie about the equal pay struggle!

Women in the U.S. only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. That's like working one day a week for free! Although the Equal Pay Act was passed almost 50 years ago, there has been very minimal change in fair pay practices. (More interesting stats here.) I'm making this documentary to change that. Please watch the trailer for more info—proudly shot on RED.

Read how documentaries can be a catalyst for change on my blog.

Your support is critical in reaching our goal by April 17!

April 17 is Equal Pay Day, the day women will have earned the same as what their male counterparts already earned by December 31, 2011.

We must reach our total goal of $77,000 to be funded. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, we will not receive any funds if we don't meet our target. 

Why $77,000? Women earn on average only 77 cents to every dollar that a man earns—regardless of education, experience, or occupation. $77,000 will also  get us through the first phase of production—10 days of shooting! 

What does the money pay for:

  • $77,000 will pay for (at approx. $4500/day) equipment rental, the crew, meals, travel, permits, sound recording, our rewards, and Kickstarter fees, and casting location rental.
  • If we reach $154,000, we'll also have enough to pay the director, producer, the music composer, our attorney and media consultant.
  • At $322,00, we'll be able to pay for editing, entering film festivals, producing DVDs, hiring an outreach coordinator, and an additional 10 days of shooting (we'd like to have enough for 30 days!).

Want to help but can't donate?

Help us as an Outreach Partner! Broadcast the film on Facebook, Twitter, at the grocery store, on a blog, or hang a banner from your car (or bike)! You'll receive credit on the website and a link to your site (if applicable). We’d also love to discuss partnering with you, your organization, or your community to help get the word out about the film. Please contact us and let's figure out how to make this happen together!

Download the Partner pdf.Take a gander to see the benefits of partnering with us!

Download the flyer. Please download this handy flyer and post at work, college, community center, day care, church, temple, on a streetpost, or anywhere else you can think of!

What's the film about?

The Pay Gap is a character-driven documentary that examines the question why do women continue to earn less than men for the same job.

We'll take a close look at three women at different stages in their careers. 1) a woman who has been unable to move beyond her dead-end job because of workplace biases; 2) a mother who must choose between the career of her dreams and the children she adores; 3) a woman who has found that rare exemplar of companies who empower, mentor, and help women in fulfilling their career goals.

Check out our awesome rewards!

New $300 Reward: NYC Local Dog Lover. Come for a half hour walk and talk with the director and her dog! Will there be coffee? Will there be doggie kisses and paw shakes? Make a pledge and find out!

Highest Pledge Reward. Pledge the most and you can help choose the title for our film! Plus receive special thanks in the film credits (as well as all the other rewards at that level!). 

Limited Edition Tote Bag. Check out the sweet sweet designs by Martha Stewart illustrator Alix Sorrell!  She'll be designing the art for our tote bags for anyone who pledges $125 or more!

Personalized Equal Pay Skype Sesh. Equal pay expert Katie Donovan will give you the lowdown in improving your pay.

Sessions will be personalized to your needs and may include: 

  • Overcoming the hurdles that hold you back from negotiating salary
  • Discussing your accomplishments in a manner that managers notice
  • Researching the pay scale for men of your position
  • The ability of an employer to pay more
  • Adjusting proposals based on your client’s budget without lowering your fees (for consultants)

More Rewards On the Way! Like us on Facebook  and be the first to hear about new rewards as they're added!

Join the gang. 

Our Partners

  • National Committee on Pay Equity
  • The White House Project
  • Women's Campaign Fund
  • Women's Fund of Long Island

What's on schedule.

July 2011. I called up Mike to see if he was interested in my film idea. He said Hells Yeah, brought on Ryo, and  since then, we've shot and edited the trailer, approached potential partner organizations, written a ton of grant proposals and even obtained non-profit status thanks to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)!

September 2011. I left my fulltime job as a copywriter at Martha Stewart to focus on the film. 

March 2012. We'll hold casting calls this month to find our characters. Once we do, we can flesh out the personal side of the story so the film really resonates with our audience.

April 2012. We'll be attending an equal pay benefit panel and dinner hosted by the Women's Campaign Fund. Our first chance to meet with Lilly Ledbetter, whose case inspired Obama to sign into law the Lilly Ledbetter Act. 

We're also planning to attend Equal Pay Day events in Washington D.C.

Summer 2012. We'll be in high production and starting to put the footage together. 

Fall/Winter 2012. We'll start reaching out to festivals, colleges, and theaters and locking down locations for screenings. 

December 2012. We'll have a final cut to release and make our digital download available and get DVDs produced. 

2013 and Beyond. We'll continue to promote and screen the film at schools, theaters, and everywhere else we can to get the message out. 

Thank you!

Every little bit helps. We couldn't do this without the help of our Kickstarter community. Thank you thank you thank you! We'll periodically send out updates during and after the campaign to keep you in the loop!

Questions?

Ask me anything about the funding, the film, or the rewards by clicking on the link below.

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