About this project
About the producers/directors:
Sophia Cacciola (she/her/her) and Michael J. Epstein (he/him/his) are Somerville, MA-based filmmakers, writers, and musicians. Their films and music have been have been featured in such outlets as TIME, USAToday, SPIN, CURVE, and Fangoria.
About the movie:
Blood of the Tribades is our third feature film (after TEN and Magnetic), and it helps us to continue our mission to make strange and entertaining low budget, independent genre films with sociopolitical messages. We are deeply inspired by both the sparse, surrealist, weirdo 70s arthouse euro vampire films [e.g., The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), Lips of Blood (1975), and Vampyros Lesbos (1971)] and the theatre-derived British Hammer vampire films [e.g., Twins of Evil (1971), Countess Dracula (1971), Lust For a Vampire (1971), and The Vampire Lovers (1970)].
For this film, we have created a vampire world/lore in which a vampire named Bathor turned an entire village to vampires, stuck around long enough to teach them to survive, and then promised to return in 2000 years after conquering the rest of the continent. The only problem with this plan is that the vampires, although immortal, have only a limited capacity for memory. As time passes, they forget their utopian society and led by the totalitarian zealot Grando, become paranoid, superstitious fundamentalists, splitting their society by race and gender lines, seeking to destroy those who are deemed sinful.
Long-forgotten lovers Élisabeth and Fantine find that, with the help of those who were banished in the past, it is their fate to piece together the past and help preserve the little that remains before Bathor's impending return.
The blood is the life!
Even operating with the lowest possible expenses and nearly all of the technical work performed by the filmmakers, Blood of the Tribades will cost $20,000 to complete production and a film festival run. None of this money will go to the film's producers, but will instead cover the following estimated costs:
$7000 cast - this is the largest cast we have ever worked with. There will be more than 25 actors involved in the production
$3000 crew - while we keep our crew to a minimum, we will need to hire talented people to handle makeup, hair, art department work, as well as sound and camera assistants.
$2000 food - we want to make sure all of our cast and crew are well fed during shoots!
$2000 wardrobe - each character is dressed in a specific style, primarily sourced from vintage clothing sellers, but also supplemented with custom-made items.
$1000 props - stakes, crossbows, candelabras, and a giant bondage X of Bathor!
$2000 location rentals and insurance
$3000 film festival submissions and materials
Check out our cast announcements and interviews:
Chloé Cunha as Élisabeth
Mary Widow as Fantine
Seth Chatfield as Grando
Sindy Katrotic as Giltine
Maggie Maraschino as Nephite Ruthven
Dale Stones as Jacob
Wiley as Esau
See all of our bios at: http://www.mikeandsophia.com/search/label/bottbios
Risks and challenges
We are already well into production and although there are always challenges and roadblocks that arise during production, we know how to power through and complete the project. We have already completed two features on a similar scale and we don't anticipate any major setbacks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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