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It's Delilah's 18th birthday and she has decided to kill herself. In her animated circus mind world we see her hidden internal battle.
It's Delilah's 18th birthday and she has decided to kill herself. In her animated circus mind world we see her hidden internal battle.
43 backers pledged $2,066 to help bring this project to life.

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**Within the first 3 days of the launch of this Kickstarter campaign, the financial goal of $1500 was successfully attained. The deadline for the campaign is February 23rd, so in lieu of the fact that the original goal has been reached, we are continuing to accept funds which will be applied to some or all of the following: 

-Additional external hard drive 
-Rental fees for a Go-Pro helmet rig
-Green screen for animated portions of the film
-Additional software / equipment for animated portions of the film
-Additional festival fees

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 The Story

We're Okay is a fantasy drama which focuses on the themes of teen depression, warped body image, and repressed sexuality. To her friends, Delilah seems to be a very happy girl, but in the stop-motion animated circus world of her mind, we get a glimpse into the reality of how she is truly feeling. On her 18th birthday she has secretly decided to kill herself, but her best friend Lena surprises her with a birthday party, momentarily stalling Delilah's plans. Delilah must battle with her dark thoughts in order to realize she is in fact deeply loved and is, well, okay.

Here is the doll I had designed by Cindy Riccardelli for the stop motion circus world portion of the film.
Here is the doll I had designed by Cindy Riccardelli for the stop motion circus world portion of the film.

The Director

It's me, Kira Bursky, the writer and director of the film!
It's me, Kira Bursky, the writer and director of the film!

Filmmaker Kira Bursky is a visionary artist, whose unique perspective is already engaging audiences from around the world. A 2014 graduating senior in the Motion Picture Arts program at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, Kira’s films have been screened at the Nashville Film Festival, the Guam International Film Festival, the Frankfort Film Festival, Sharpcuts in Ontario, the interPLAY Film Festival in Canada, the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Ruby Mountain Film Festival in Elko, Nevada, and POW Fest in Portland, Oregon. In November 2013, her film “Girly” won the First Place prize at the Mosaic Film Experience in Grand Rapids.

A frequent entrant in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, her films have won Best Directing and Best Sound Design Awards for “Let It Go” in 2011, Best Makeup and Best Actress Awards for "Sleepyhead" in 2012, and Best Cinematography for “Clean” in 2013.

Kira has been recognized nationally as a 2014 National YoungArts Foundation finalist where she was selected from more than 11,000 high school candidates. This month, along with the other 170 national finalists, she spent a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists in Miami.

Following YoungArts Week, Kira was informed that she has been nominated as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest honor that can be awarded to any artistically talented graduating high school senior. Every year YoungArts nominates 60 YoungArts Winners to the White House appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, 20 of whom are then selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this program.

Besides her filmmaking skills, Kira is also a singer-songwriter who released her first album, “Confused Travels”, in December 2013 under her alias, Miss Whimsy. Along with writing the music and the lyrics to her songs and singing, Kira played accompaniment on guitar, piano, and accordion. She has fully scored or provided songs on many of her most recent films.

The Leads 

Delilah will be played by Kendra Prat.
Delilah will be played by Kendra Prat.

Kendra Prat comes from a background of theatre, dance, music, and other miscellaneous art forms. She has spent the last two and a half years at Interlochen Arts Academy as a comparative arts major, where she devises original interdisciplinary work. Previous works have ranged from an original one-woman show, to spoken-word/dance pieces, to her first solo EP Album, She Lingers Gold. Next year, Kendra will be attending New York University, within Tisch School of the Arts, as an acting and performance major.

Lena will be played by Aiden Ankli.
Lena will be played by Aiden Ankli.

Aiden started theatre when she was in third grade after her friends made her go to this seemingly "silly" community theatre summer workshop. She ended up getting the role of Glinda in a shorter version of The Wizard of Oz which led her to meet her soon to be voice teacher who then told her and her parents that she should start taking voice lessons. So this seemingly "silly" workshop caused one thing to lead to another; she started doing more community theatre and taking lessons and then realized that she might want to pursue it as a career. Her voice teacher suggested looking into Interlochen and she eventually applied and was accepted! This past year and a half she has learned so much in such a little amount of time. Last year she had the opportunity to go on tour with the theatre company to New York and had an unbelievably amazing experience. Then she was cast in a beautiful production of Miss Saigon. This year she was Thea in Interlochen's production in Spring Awakening and has the opportunity to play Cinderella in Into the Woods this upcoming Spring.

Some of the Crew

Elena Jacobs is my A.D.
Elena Jacobs is my A.D.
Miles Carey is my camera operator, set decorator, and animator.
Miles Carey is my camera operator, set decorator, and animator.
Abbey Sacks is my makeup & costumes, set decorator, and animator.
Abbey Sacks is my makeup & costumes, set decorator, and animator.
Gintare Zukauskaite is my gaffer and set decorator.
Gintare Zukauskaite is my gaffer and set decorator.
Anna Tubbs is my production manager (and on set stills!)
Anna Tubbs is my production manager (and on set stills!)

What Your Contribution Is For

Your contributions will be put towards:

  • Camera + lens rental 
  • Set design (for both live action and animated world)
  • Props, costumes, makeup
  • Transportation
  • Festival fees
  • On set food

Why You Should Contribute

Every individual listed on this page is a student. Everyone on the crew is in the filmmaking program at my school Interlochen Arts Academy. Bare in mind, this is not a college; this is a high school boarding school. We are indeed young, but we are all driven and have started our lives as filmmakers at an early age. Every experience we have helps us grow as artists. Your contribution will enable this group of young, talented, and eager filmmakers to have an experience where their vision is fulfilled. 

Kira Bursky continues to strengthen her skills as she hones in on her craft. Check out some of her recent work:

A short on culture shock:

Experimental short on body image:

Her junior thesis film (a fantasy romance):

 Horror film:

 Foodie comedy: 

An animated music video:

What You Will Receive In Return

Aside from knowing that you are helping a group of young artists out, there are some rewards you can get for your contributions. Check out the right side of this page for more info in regards to what certain contributions will get you! 

Risks and challenges

Exposure - After a film is made it is always a struggle to get it out into the world for it to be seen. But with some of the money raised on Kickstarter I will be able to enter this film into many festivals. However, it should be noted that submitting a film to a festival is not a guarantee that it will be accepted and screened for any of the festivals and should be regarded as a risk.

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