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An short indie comedy about one girl's quarter-life crisis and how her obsession with the '90s becomes a living nightmare.
An short indie comedy about one girl's quarter-life crisis and how her obsession with the '90s becomes a living nightmare.
An short indie comedy about one girl's quarter-life crisis and how her obsession with the '90s becomes a living nightmare.
137 backers pledged $5,518 to help bring this project to life.

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"Are You Afraid of the '90s?" the short film

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WE MADE IT!

Thank you thank you thank you so much to everyone who has backed us - your support is overwhelming and we appreciate it from the bottoms of our hearts! Now that we have made our goal, we will finally be able to finish this passion project 2 years in the making!

PUSH GOALS: For those of you who haven't pledge yet but still want to support, we can still really use any extra funds above our goal. Here's what the extra money would go towards:

$5,500 - We can now afford our insurance policy for our 4-day shoot!

$6,000 - We can pay our crew/cast on a non-deferral basis - meaning we can pay our hard-working crew/cast members a small stipend for their time/energy/talents right away. 

$6,500 - We can now rent a cargo van to carry all of our equipment, instead of shoving into several small cars. Yay for head-room!

$7,000 - These funds will go towards raising our very small arts budget (props, costumes, hair & make-up, etc.) and camera/light/grip rental so that we can have a better quality product. 

$7,500 - Now we can afford to hire a colorist to make the finished product look amazing and pay for festival submittal fees! 

"Are You Afraid of the ‘90s?" is an upcoming comedic independent short film starring Heather Matarazzo (Saved!, Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse) and Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Honey I Shrunk the Kids!). We are currently in pre-production and seeking funds to help us complete the film. We plan to shoot the full 18-minute film at the end of April 2014.

Check out Kristine Sutherland's AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit here. Check out Heather Matarazzo's AMA on Reddit here.

Kate's hometown newspaper, The West Seneca Bee, just wrote an article all about the film - check it out here!

*Our Website - Our Facebook - Our Twitter - Jessica's Blog*

SYNOPSIS: 

Jessica Russo (Matarazzo) is 26, unemployed, and living with her parents again. Deep in the thralls of a quarter-life crisis, Jess finds herself being haunted by her beloved ‘90s childhood, as her once-cherished toys begin to take on a life of their own!

Still with Heather Matarazzo
Still with Heather Matarazzo

BUDGET:

My producers and I are hard at work finding every way we can to save, but to shoot this film how we really want to shoot it and to pay our talented crew at least a small stipend for all of their hard work, we actually would need about $12,500.

However, with our current savings (and some major hustlin'), if we raise $5,000, we could shoot this film.  As you know, we can only cash in on our Kickstarter donations if we reach our goal. If not, you are never charged and we end up back at square one!

Here's how it all breaks down:

Budget breakdown
Budget breakdown

That being said, if we surpass our goal - well, the entire cast and crew would be pretty thrilled and we could get the equipment we need!

DP Jake Horgan setting up the shot with stars Heather Matarazzo and Kristine Sutherland
DP Jake Horgan setting up the shot with stars Heather Matarazzo and Kristine Sutherland

PRODUCTION UPDATES: 

We have been developing this awesome and hilarious film for over a year. Here are just a few of the things we've accomplished so far: 

- Cast 3 of the 6 roles in the film with extraordinarily talented actresses (Heather Matarazzo, Kristine Sutherland, and Chelsea Marino). More casting announcements to come!
- Secured product placement deals with Ring Pops, Push Pops, Mondo, and Bagel Bites.
- Obtained clearances with Hasbro (Furby, Nerf, Skip-It) and Bandai (Tamagotchi).
- Secured locations in Nesconset, Long Island (shout-out to Jon & Judy for graciously lending us their home!)
- Assembled several incredibly talented crew and creative team members. (See below for more about our team!)
- Shot and edited a trailer for the film to give you a better idea of our vision (see above).
- We have also created our own LLC and obtained fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas (a 501(c)(3) organization)

We are so close to finally seeing our dreams come to fruition but we can't do it without the financing to support us. 

Check out all of our promos and producer/director vlogs here:

 THE CAST: 

Heather Matarazzo as JESSICA
Heather Matarazzo as JESSICA

IMDB link

Kristine Sutherland as JANE
Kristine Sutherland as JANE

IMDB link 

Chelsea Marino as SIX
Chelsea Marino as SIX

IMDB link 

Other roles TBA - stay tuned for more announcements!

SO WHY THE '90s?

A record number of recent college graduates have had to move back into their parents’ homes due to financial reasons within the last 5 years. We believe that this trend has had a strong influence on the growing popularity of '90s nostalgia. This film looks at these issues in a new way, through bold and hilarious satire, while providing a sincere connection to the audience with its heartfelt honesty. 

WHAT'S THE PLAN AFTER YOU SHOOT? 

Once we complete the film, we plan to submit to all of the major national and international film festivals, and eventually seek digital distribution. With our cast, script, crew, and vision, as well as the timeliness of this subject, the potential for this film is limitless. However, this film cannot even exist without your generous support. 

Writer/Director Kate Moran with star Kristine Sutherland
Writer/Director Kate Moran with star Kristine Sutherland

ABOUT THE TEAM:

WRITER/DIRECTOR KATE MORAN
Kate Moran is a producer/writer/director based in NYC with extensive and varied industry experience. Moran has worked with Calleri Casting, Daryl Eisenberg Casting, Don Buchwald & Associates, One On One NYC, Broken Glass theater company, and with award-winning film director Matthew Bonifacio. Graduate of NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio, Stonestreet Studios. Moran has produced and directed work with the Peoples' Improv Theater, Under St. Marks, Access Theater, Red Room, Secret Theatre, Bridge Theater, and more.

LEGAL/PRODUCER HANNAH CAUHEPE, ESQ,
Masters of Business and Entertainment law from two top French law schools, as well as an LLM in American law from Boston University; she has worked with Disney and Agence France-Presse; and on 4 independent feature films.

LINE PRODUCER EMILY DUNCAN NYU Tisch graduate. Acting work has been shown in Cannes Short Film Corner; and she produced I Am Root Beer, which was selected for the L.A. Comedy Shorts and L.E.S. Film Festivals. 

PRODUCER CHELSEA MARINO-SIRENO
Has worked with The Onion News Network, Mansome, NYU Campus Fest; her last film won/was nominated for awards at the 2011 Boston International Film Festival and the 2011 Staten Island Film Festival. Studied with the Ward Studios Meisner Training Program and Sally Johnson Studios Program; Boston University graduate. Founder of charity BeGracious, which was published in the NY Times, The New Yorker, and The Village Voice.

EDITOR/PRODUCER CHRISTA ARTHERHOLT 
NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate. Credits include the Academy Award-winning short documentary, "Stranger No More," and the Emmy-nominated HBO series, "Masterclass." She has also worked on projects for MTV, NBC, HGTV, and Wolf Films. Christa is currently the Post Production Coordinator for a new Travel Channel series. IMDB

CO-PRODUCER JAMES SIRENO 10+ years of video production experience with companies such as Unilever, Ferrero, Novartis, Pizza Hut, US Airforce, Ben & Jerrys, Breyers, Lipton Tea, Nutella, Tic Tac, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Country Crock, Axe, Hellmann's, and Taco Bell. Editor for award-winning indie feature The Haumana. IMBD

CASTING DIRECTOR ALLISON SHOMER
Casting Associate Allison Shomer, is currently working alongside Gayle Keller on the series "LOUIE" for FX; and "Irreversible", a new pilot for ABC starring David Schwimmer. Recent credits: new Lorne Michaels pilot for FX (CDs Gayle Keller and Ann Goulder); Woody Allen's next feature (CDs Juliet Taylor & Patricia DiCerto); CW Pilot Season (CD Mikie Heilbrun); feature "The Untitled Elmore Leonard Project" starring JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN HAWKES (CD Stephanie Holbrook); and NETFLIX series HOUSE OF CARDS starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher (CD Julie Schubert).

ASSOC. PRODUCER/SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR MICHELE SUTTILE  http://micheleannsuttile.com - IMDB

See full bios for our whole team here.

All logos and promotional artwork by Kathryn Jones.
All promotional photos taken by James Sireno. 

Producers Chelsea Marino, Sean David, Jimmy Sireno, and Director Kate Moran.
Producers Chelsea Marino, Sean David, Jimmy Sireno, and Director Kate Moran.

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Risks and challenges

We have been working on this film for over a year and we feel confident that we will produce, shoot, and edit a hilarious, thought-provoking, and completely unique short film that is sure to delight audiences. Many of the production details are set and our team is standing by. Right now, the biggest obstacle we face, as most independent films, is funding - and for that, we humbly turn to you, our supportive friends, family, and fans.

I hope you’ll join our passionate and talented team by helping make this film a reality. We’re creating this film as a means of catharsis for everyone who has ever had a hard time growing up (and for anyone who loved the '90s!). Even if you personally are unable to help, please spread the word - repost on Facebook, retweet, send an email - we need all the help we can get!

Much love,
Kate Moran

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