About this project
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Between Women is the top LGBTQI web series online. The hit series is SUPER excited to bring you a feature film! In the movie, we will catch up with your favorite circle of friends - Miller, Natalie, Winney, Gabby, Sunny, and Beautiful, as they head out on a friendly group vacation. Of course when you're dealing with secrets between women, there is bound to be some drama and even some old familiar faces to stir up the mix. Will their friendships last through the vacation or will friends become enemies?
This movie will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and what would Between Women the movie be like if it didn't end in a cliff hanger? A jaw dropping cliff hanger that you will never forget, to be exact. You don't want to miss it!
It's bigger than a movie...
Between Women plans to take the funds raised from our campaign and make a movie that will open doors. Often we, the black LGBTQI community, complain about our faces not being represented. Here is a HUGE opportunity to open doors! We work with so many talented cast members who outside of acting are also entrepreneurs, DJs, TV Hosts, and entertainment artists. Wouldn't this be awesome to see their faces on mainstream? Someone just like you?
We plan to film this project, get it in every store possible, speak to every network, and hit the streets to get the word out for the community. We hope you're willing to see our vision, walk with us, and share our excitement once we are mainstream, just like you always have while we've worked hard online. Your support has gotten us this far, so let's keep pushing, TOGETHER!
Why Between Women the Movie and NOT the web series?
Have you ever heard the story of how Between Women was born? In 2009, Michelle A. Daniel decided she wanted a story to be heard. Within days a casting call was put out and Christina Brown, who had just graduated from Georgia State University and went to NYFA in LA was called to be the director of the web series. After our casting call we met at iHop and gave all of our characters a face. Dred Carpenter and Amber "Smiles” Jones are the only 2 original cast members from the 2009 show. We needed new cast members, so we started over. TWICE! After coming back to the table with pre-production, building a new team, and getting new cast members, we were determined for 2012 to be OUR year. Little did we know how BIG Between Women would be and how many hearts and lives it would touch. We ended season 1 with a bang and the views were through the roof! The fans were asking for another season and we wanted to deliver. Michelle decided to add new characters and make the show bigger and better. We were off to a good start, but dealing with a production team and 14 cast members, with NO BUDGET was TOUGH! You have to keep in mind that all of our cast members had full time jobs. Trying to make sure that we had everyone for the scenes, working around schedules, production needs, finding free locations, and even feeding cast and production became overwhelming. Feeding 22 people for an entire day, is expensive! But, we did it...until we couldn't anymore.
The decision to abruptly end season 2 was one of the HARDEST decisions. EVER.
We wanted to come back to the table with new ideas, new ways to raise money, and new work, but things just didn’t go as planned, and we fell silent. Days passed, then weeks, then months, and a whole year have passed, but the fans didn't forget about us.
Yes, we heard your cries, received your FB messages and tweets, and saw all the nice (and some nasty) posts about us. The reality is, we would love to come back for more, but we can't afford to do it with no money. Getting the cast together again for months, week after week, with no resources, it wouldn't work.
BUT, Michelle had an idea, what about a movie? A movie could be a win-win situation. It would only take a few days to film, it would give the fans their favorite characters back, and a movie has the potential to really tap into the mainstream market with the right plan of execution. It has been a rough 5 years, we have had ups and downs, and we’ve made mistakes, but it was all out of passion for this Between Women movement that we all love so much. That’s why we’re coming back to the table to give it another try, to push it even further, to really let our voices be heard! Join us on this journey. Go there if you dare…
Why do we need Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING campaign. If we want this movie to have proper distribution, good sound, good quality, locations, great talent, talented crew, and a nationwide rollout, WE NEED YOUR HELP! People raise money everyday for things they believe in, so we absolutely can too! The success of Between Women is largely due to the dedicated cast and crew who have worked very hard for free simply because they believe in the show. We weren’t entirely prepared for the success that came our way. We came in to do one season, but the overwhelming love and support of our FANS has pushed us beyond. In order to continue the season at the level that our fans demand of us, we need financial support.
So let’s talk about what we need…
- Camera Equipment
- Sound Company
- Music for movie
- Craft Services (25 people 5 days)
- Production Design
- Marketing Cost
- Distribution Cost
LET'S START NOW. Anything we raise over our goal helps us to keep pushing Between Women further! It's all or nothing. We MUST raise the entire $100,000 or we won't receive a dime. So please don't wait!
Thank you for taking the time to read our Kickstarter Campaign. No contribution is too small. Any donation would help this project tremendously. The Between Women family would like to thank you for your continued support. We hope to bring you an awesome movie with the goal of becoming bigger and better and that you will see us on a TV near you soon.
So like always, tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell their mama and them, that we need your help! Thank you
Please follow our social network pages and help spread the word.
Risks and challenges
We have two MAJOR challenges:
1. Getting the support for funding in the LGBTQI community. The reality is, it costs money to make movies and TV Shows. Until we are able to get signed to a MAJOR network which would pay us to produce, we have to count on OUR community to raise the awareness that the LGBTQI community does exist and we do have stories to tell that will be supported by the people. If we don't support us, how can we expect major networks to produce the content that reflects who we are? What a great way to show them that we DO care, that we DO support our stories, and that we are truly a great investment!
2. The next biggest challenge is distribution of "Between Women the Movie". We want to open the door to African-American LGBTQI films and content on TV, Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, BestBuy, Walmart, and cable TV. We are working with a company that specializes in distribution to get our film in these places, but of course, it costs money too! WE NEED YOU to come together and make this possible. Without you we CAN'T and WON'T do this. We have hope that being in these large platforms with distribution will open up doors, not only for the cast and production team of Between Women, but also the community. Opening doors for more stories to be told, other filmmakers, producers and actors/actresses just like YOU.
If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away, shooting in July 2014, completing all the post production by August 2014.
To ensure the best of service and timely delivery of your rewards (digital download) we will be using a professional fulfillment company.
Please note: we anticipate the rewards will be fulfilled by the end of November 2014 (after the screenings and tour) and we appreciate your patience in understanding our time schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
What happens if you ladies do not make the goal - is the money returned? For those who do not donate enough to receive a digital download - will they have to purchase the video from Netflix or one of the available avenues? If so what will it cost?
Great question from someone who visited our campaign! If we do not raise the money, WE DO NOT MAKE THE MOVIE and BETWEEN WOMEN DOES NOT COME BACK! This budget is so important to properly execute the show on a BIGGER level. As much love as we have received in the past when we were less than perfect, this campaign will help us have access to distribution and networks and other opportunities. If we don't make the goal, you don't get charged and unfortunately, we don't come back. So SPREAD THE WORD, it's all or nothing! Let's get it done so we can back to the Between Women we love so much. Thank you!
It's ALL OR NOTHING! If we don't raise the 100k, we can't bring Between Women back! Also, if we don't reach our 100k, all funds will be returned via KickStarter. We will not receive ONE penny!
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