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The Spinster is a psychological thriller that follows a cycle vixen in search of true love into the dark, shadowy depths of romance.

The Spinster is a short film that will appeal to fans of horror films, thrillers, films with strong female characters and of course, to cyclists. It also celebrates the bicycle community, on and behind the camera. The film was written, produced and directed by Kristin Tieche.

We filmed The Spinster in November/December of 2012 in San Francisco, and our goal is to complete the film by end of summer 2013. Shooting a film is a major milestone in the filmmaking process, but you’re only about a third of the way there.

In order to get The Spinster completed by the end of the summer, we need post-production funds, including editing, color correction, motion graphic design, sound design, special effects and music. Then, once the film is completed, we will need to produce The Spinster DVDs. Finally, we need to pay festival fees so we can share The Spinster with a global audience. Through this campaign, we’re asking to raise a minimum of $8,500 for post production costs to complete the film.

With $10,000, we can print the DVDs and deliver The Spinster right to your door. With $12,000 The Spinster can travel to some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. 

The good news is that The Spinster has fiscal sponsorship through Empowerment Works, and therefore has 501(c)3 status, making your pledge a tax-deductible donation!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If we receive the minimum goal, we will still have to fundraise in order to produce the DVDs and enter the film into festivals. But raising $8,500 in 30 days is going to be a challenge in itself! So we really need your help in spreading the word about The Spinster's Kickstarter campaign.

If we only raise the minimum amount of funds, we'll most likely hold additional fundraising events in San Francisco, drawing upon the support of the local community.

Also, there are ALWAYS snafus in filmmaking, and often technical difficulties will arise, and the post-production process may take longer than expected. Luckily, we're starting this process early in 2013 and our goal of finishing by end of summer gives us a generous amount of time. So we are prepared to keep plugging away until the red carpet is rolling out for The Spinster!

FAQ

  • About three years ago, I had a vision about a cycling ghoul who would ride about the city on a full moon night. Originally, I thought about this idea as performance art, just to get a rise out of people. Then one day in early 2012, I was talking to another female filmmaker about how complicated filmmaking is, and how long it takes to make a feature film. I wanted to make a short film that would bring the joy back into the filmmaking process. A film that would be fun to make, and that would inspire me to keep making films. That's when I realized I should transform this idea of the cycling ghoul into a film. I began writing the screenplay in the spring of 2012 with my writing partner (co-producer and supporting actress judy b.) and The Spinster was born.

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  • Oh no! Don't even say that! With all the incredible support from the community - before we launched our Kickstarter campaign and since the launch - I am confident that we will meet our minimum goal. But you know how Kickstarter works, if we don't make the minimum, we don't get anything at all! So please help us by sharing the link to our campaign far and wide, and remember that you can always increase your pledge. I am very grateful to be surrounded by a community that supports the arts, supports biking and supports women in filmmaking. THANK YOU & LET'S DO THIS!

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  • The simple answer to this rather silly question is "No," and I'm surprised that people ask me this all the time! I know they are trying to be witty, but seriously folks. The Spinster is a metaphor for the horrors of dating, much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a metaphor for high school teenage angst. The film also presents a lead character who is part heroine, part villain, and I hope she sparks conversation about female portrayals in film.

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  • The projected release date is October 2013. If you contribute at the $75 or above level, you will be invited to a VIP private party to view the completed film.

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  • The Spinster is a short film, and we are aiming for the total running time to be 15 minutes.

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    The Spinster thanks you from the bottom of her heart. Ride on!

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    The Spinster Spokecard! For a $10 pledge, you'll get a sleek spokecard from The Spinster mailed directly to you! Plus a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media.

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    The Spinster will give you a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media. Holla!

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    You'll receive a DVD of director Kristin Tieche's award-winning film, "Forms of Identification." Plus a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media.

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    The Spinster messengered direct to your inbox! With a $25 donation, you'll get a private link of the completed film emailed to you to stream for personal viewing. Plus a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media.

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    A Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure doll. Come on, you know you want this. Cats are really popular on the internet and with the ladies. Plus a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media.

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    A copy of The Spinster supporting actress judy b.'s book of short stories, Stories for Airports. Plus a bike-lane shout out on the blog and in social media.

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    The Spinster's Autograph! You'll get a signed autographed photo from your choice of one of the actors in the film! You'll get a private link of the completed film emailed to you to stream for personal viewing. Plus a thank you in the credit roll.

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    You'll receive a print of The Spinster film poster, designed by Jessica Meek, plus a private link of the completed film emailed to you to stream for personal viewing. Plus a thank you in the credit roll.

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    You'll get a Maneater t-shirt (men's or women's) from Nooworks, just like The Spinster wears in the film, plus a private link of the completed film emailed to you to stream for personal viewing. Plus a thank you in the credit roll.

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    The Spinster DVD delivered direct to your door! For $50, you'll receive the DVD. Plus a thank you in the credit roll.

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    A private evening with The Spinster. You'll receive a VIP invitation to a private screening party for those who pledged at the $75 level or above. You will also receive special thanks in the credits and a DVD.

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    With a pledge of $100, you'll receive a limited edition poster, designed by Meli Burgueño of Bikes and the City, plus a private link of the completed film emailed to you to stream for personal viewing. Plus an invitation to the VIP screening. Plus a special thanks in the film's credit roll.

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    San Francisco bike tour for five people with The Spinster's supporting actress judy b. plus a copy of her book of short stories, Stories for Airports. She will spend the day taking you to some of the locations where her stories take place, all by bicycle. Plus an invitation to the VIP screening. Plus a major funder credit film's credit roll.

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    San Francisco bike tour for five people with The Spinster's director Kristin Tieche. Kristin will show you all the locations where the Spinster was filmed, and lunch will be provided. You will also get a special thanks in the film credits and a copy of the DVD. Plus an invitation to the VIP screening. Plus a major funder credit film's credit roll.

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    Dinner and a movie in SF! Private screening of The Spinster in your home and dinner for up to 6 people. Food by The Localist SF, the official caterer of The Spinster. You will also get a special thanks in the film credits and a copy of the DVD. Plus an invitation to the VIP screening. Plus a major funder credit film's credit roll.

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    GRAND PRIZE! Roll like The Spinster! Thanks to The Spinster's major supporter Civia Cycles, you'll receive a new Civia Twin City bike (step over or step through options), as seen in the film! You'll also get 1 limited edition film poster designed by Meli Burgueño of Bikes and the City, The Spinster DVD delivered direct to your door, a VIP invitation to our private screening party, and The Spinster spoke card. PLUS - a PRODUCER credit in the film's credit roll. (For U.S. residents only. Bike shipped within the U.S. separately from other gifts at this reward level.)

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