About this project
WE REACHED OUR GOAL
While our goal is set at $30,000.00, it is the minimum amount of money we need in order to finish this film.
With the extra funds that we hope to receive in the remaining hours, we plan to use them to cover legal fees, insurance, titles and graphics, a publicist, and festival submission fees. All of these things add up to around $20,000.00, and while we know that is an optimistic goal, every extra penny helps.
PRIVATE SCREENING AND CONCERT DATE SET! SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10TH, 2PM, ANTONES IN AUSTIN, TX. COME CELEBRATE WITH THE MERCH GIRL TEAM THEN SEE AN INTIMATE CONCERT WITH HAYES CARLL, JOHN EVANS, AND EMILY BELL. GUARANTEED GOOD TIME.
Merch Girl is currently in production under director-producer Cary Bell and producer-editor Jessica Miller. We have successfully raised funding for production, and are continuing to film with Abbie every day, but we need your help to finish. Once we are through the production phase we still have a long way to go. Your support contributes to editing, color correction, audio mixing, and mastering. It is our hope to bring Abbie’s story to the 2013 film festival circuit, and the date for completion is approaching!
This project, as with all Kickstarter campaigns, must be fully funded by its deadline or no money changes hands. So every bit helps! Friend us on Facebook, give us a Tweet and visit our film’s website for more details on the filmmakers. We can’t thank you enough for your support in bringing Abbie’s incredible story to the audience it deserves!
Abbie Evans has a fearless identity outside of her incurable skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa. Merch Girl is a coming of age documentary about Abbie’s journey toward living life on her own terms.
Stacie and John Evans, a Texas honky tonk musician, never wanted their daughter to grow up thinking she was incapable of living a normal life. They have instilled in her a strong sense of self and confidence. So much so that at the age of 15, Abbie insisted she go on the road with her dad and his band. Her mother Stacie worried but didn't hold Abbie back, and against the odds Abbie thrived on the road. Abbie's passion for life has meant treating EB as just another hurdle, and it is the constant care from her mother as much as touring with her father that gives her an identity and strength outside of her condition.
Merch Girl is a personal case study infused with music. The lyrics of John Evans’ songs lend to the narrative, weaving together stories of Abbie’s past with the uncertainties of her future. Merch Girl documents Abbie’s journey toward a new understanding of herself, her disease, and most importantly her desires. From the Texas honky tonks to the comfort of her mother's home and the hospital rooms where she must often return, Abbie's powerful struggle to exist as a normal girl reveals what it truly means to live life on your own terms.
Not only are we telling an amazing story, but we also will have a killer soundtrack! Merch Girl will feature the artists from Abbie's life, using studio tracks as well as live recordings. Just as Merch Girl tracks Abbie’s journey into adulthood, we will also get an insider’s glimpse into the ups and downs of life as a working musician.
John Evans, Abbie’s father, surrounds himself with talented musicians from across the State. Thus we will include music from his colleague and girlfriend, Emily Bell, and we have some great rewards from his long time best friend, Hayes Carll.
John Evans is much more than a performer. He is a writer and a producer, who has worked with some of the most talented musicians in Texas. With music born on the bayous of Houston and injected with influences from the Mississippi Delta to Bakersfield to the boroughs of New York City, John Evans and his Rockabilly Band have taken over his hometown (and the whole Lone Star State!) by dominating the Houston Press Music Awards over the last decade. John boasts six wins for Best Male Vocalist, four for Best Songwriter, and a pair for both Best Roots Rock and Musician of the Year. You won’t hear him boast, though. He’s as humble as they come, and the most personable performer on the road, making each and every audience member feel like a family member.
Cary Bell- Producer/Director
Cary Bell is an Austin, TX based producer and director, who is passionate about creating character driven documentaries that both engage and entertain. She has experience working in many different facets of factual television and film. As a sophomore at Webster University's South East Asian campus, Cary directed and produced her first documentary. Barang, about Cambodia's post-genocidal reconstruction, was featured at Hawaii's GirlFest film festival. After graduating with a BA in Media Communications and International Relations, Cary worked for CARE Honduras, documenting their development projects. She then went on to work for CNN International in both their news and feature programming departments. Cary is currently the co-owner of Lytta Productions, LLC and is directing/producing their first project, Merch Girl.
Jessica Miller- Producer/Editor
Jessica Miller is a New York based documentary and television editor with a degree in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. She has been a part of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild since 2009, and was the recipient of the Leo Hindery Award for Media Ethics in 2006. In addition to New York, Jessica has worked from Los Angeles, Austin, Cleveland, and Park City, to Nicaragua and Italy. She has recently been editing shows for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. Jessica has worked on projects that have been official selections for the Boston International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. Jessica co-owns Lytta Productions LLC, a NY-Austin based production company. And for some strange reason, it is a common occurrence for Jess to be smacked/punched in the arm/leg by a director/producer when they watch something they like/love.
Matt Godwin- Cinematographer
Matt Godwin is a Texas based cinematographer and has honed his skills across multiple formats. From documentaries to commercials, narratives and the news, he boasts many accolades, including the Best of Austin 48 Hour Film Festival award for his short. He currently works as a freelancer for CBS, ABC, ESPN, and other various television networks. Matt is excited to work on Merch Girl and the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring story.
Susan Grossman- Producer
Susan Grossman graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Activism Through the Arts. She spent her post-college years traveling the globe and landed back where she was born in New York City. Susan has worked on numerous television shows and now works full time at Moondog Edit. Growing up in the world of independent film making, it's no surprise that Susan finds herself here.
We are currently in production, which means we are still filming Merch Girl. Once we are done with this part of the process we will begin editing, where the story comes alive. Our hope is to have the film done by the end of October 2012.
There is a lot that happens after a film is done shooting, from editing to audio mixing to color correction. These are all processes that take a lot of time and money. The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to complete the post-production of the film.
Check out http://www.debra.org/ - they are the leading non-profit for EB research and knowledge in general.
Abbie has grown to love the filmmaking process. Every day we learn together, and the closer we come to finishing the film, the closer Abbie comes to sharing her story with the world. Although contributing to our Kickstarter does not directly help children with EB, it does help create awareness. With a disease as rare as EB, the community needs all the visibility it can get.
I need two tickets to the private screening and concert at Antones' in Austin. What's the easiest way to buy two at a time?
We've realized people are having problems purchasing the $100 reward tickets twice, so we have added a $200 reward option offering two tickets to the concert. If you need multiples, that's the way to go! See you guys there!!
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