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As a mother searches for her missing daughter, the troubled past they share comes into sharper focus in this noir mystery.

UPDATE 3/12***NEW INCENTIVES*** (see bottom of the page)

ONLY CHILD is the second feature-length film in the Woman's Picture Series, created by Evelyn Avenue Productions. The film features Grace Zabriskie (Big Love, Twin Peaks) and Amy LaVere, who play an estranged mother and daughter with a hidden secret between them. As mother searches for daughter, trying to retrace her steps after a sudden disappearance, the women's shared background comes into sharper focus, revealing a strange and destructive bond.


ONLY CHILD is a modern day mother/daughter noir with influences as diverse as PSYCHO, THREE WOMEN, NOW, VOYAGER, and MILDRED PIERCE.  The locales are the typical haunts of noir: neglected roadside motels, sun faded diners, and homes that hide menace under a veneer of fancy decor. The characters are trapped in the past but trying to move away from it. Their identities are fluid and merge, making it harder for them to know themselves and each other.

WHY KICKSTARTER AND WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

We need to raise $20,000 to start filming in April.  We’ve raised the majority of our budget, but we’re not “there” just yet. Reaching our Kickstarter goal is crucial to our success.

We’ve tried to come up with creative incentives to offer you for helping us out, things that give you something besides a short lived warm fuzzy feeling.  I've looked to my collaborators at Evelyn Avenue for help, and they've been generous enough to offer you something in return. The incentives of our campaign are a diverse sampling of the talented people who intersect at Evelyn Avenue Productions.  

Of course, we'll be trying to make a really good film, as well. 

WHO ELSE IS SUPPORTING THIS FILM?



Recently I was awarded the 2012 Film/Video grant by Creative Capital for the Woman's Picture Series and the work at Evelyn Avenue.  46 artists were chosen for this grant, out of over three thousand applicants. Creative Capital offers support and resources to its recipients and helps move projects like Woman's Picture toward completion and success.

HOW WILL YOUR DONATION BE USED?

Your donation will go toward helping us shoot the film in April. Your help now, combined with Creative Capital’s support, will give us the last boost we need to make this film possible, completing our budget goal. Thanks for your willingness to help make the film.


WHAT IS WOMAN'S PICTURE?

A year ago, we started a series called Woman’s Picture (read a review here), a related collection of stories inspired by the women’s films of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.  The series is an homage to my childhood memories of my grandmothers and the films which remind me of them.  I think of these cinematic portraits as an answer song, a way to recreate some of the stories I grew up hearing about the women in my family, their lives and the ways they were judged and viewed.

Part of what motivates me to do this series is my frustration with the way women are often depicted on screen. Hollywood and even many independent films seem to narrow down women characters in ways that contradict my own experience and the experience of most of the people I know. I want to see women characters who are as complex and inscrutable as the women I grew up around, and want to give the actresses I admire material to reflect that real life complexity on film.

The first feature film in the series (see trailer above) stars Ann Magnuson (as Miriam), Amy LaVere (pictured below as her character Loretta), and Calpernia Addams(as Ingrid). I was inspired by these actresses and wrote their parts explicitly for them. I love the women I work with and want to see them do something special on film. I try to write stories for them that provide them opportunities to do something unique, hopefully their best work, something people haven’t seen them do before maybe, something they haven’t tried to do themselves or been allowed to do.

Some of the related shorts in the Woman’s Picture series are featured on evelynavenue.com/videos/.




ONLY CHILD follows up with the character of Loretta. Along with Amy LaVere and Grace Zabriskie, ONLY CHILD features Angela Dee and Lindsey Roberts in principal roles.

WHY PERFUME?

When we started the Woman’s Picture series, I contacted my favorite perfumer, Zurich’s Andy Tauer (pictured above), about collaborating on a group of fragrances inspired by the characters in the films. Perfume was a big part of my childhood and plays a big role in the memories I have of the women in my family. Perfume is memory; like noir it merges past and present. Andy and I wanted to create scents that work with the films, enhancing the complexity of the characters even more. For this kickstarter campaign, Andy has created several exclusive items inspired by the stories of Loretta and her mother. Visit his blog.

Also, visit our blog evelynavenue.com, 'like' us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

*************************NEW INCENTIVES!!************************** 

UPGRADE OR CHANGE YOUR REWARD.  If you've already pledged to our campaign, and any of these new incentives appeal to you, please consider upgrading to help make sure we reach our goal and the film gets made. We've included some pretty good items:

A work on paper by Memphis artist and frequent Evelyn Avenue collaborator, Melissa Dunn. "Untitled (Blue Day)" is 12" x 16". ($250)

Author and filmmaker Robert Gordon, a producer on Only Child, is offering four personally inscribed copies of his book on Memphis music, It Came From Memphis. ($45) “It Came From Memphis doesn't focus on Elvis, Al Green, or the Sun/Stax studios. Instead it creeps into the shadows cast by those institutions, concentrating on artists like Jim Dickinson and Alex Chilton, and bands like the MarKeys and Big Star. Gordon limns, with respect and the fascination born of true devotion, the story of white teenagers caught in the middle of an extraordinary confluence of music, entrepreneurship, to usher in an exciting new musical form.”


Signed book, POEMS by Grace Zabriskie plus a vintage scarf of your choice from our wardrobe collection, worn and signed by Grace in ONLY CHILD. ($100)

MORE PERFUME! 

If you love Andy Tauer like we do, upgrading will give you a bounty of Tauer offerings at a considerable discount, including, at our highest level, a full bottle of choice from the extended Tauer fragrance range and three of his handmade soaps, only available here.

The character of Loretta inspired the fragrance by Andy Tauer of the same name, which has just been added to the incentives of our campaign as well. This fragrance won’t be released to the general public until September of 2012, but we wanted to offer an advance sniff to our supporters.  We've coupled Loretta with various items, so be sure to check those out.

New Video:

Below is a clip from WOMAN’S PICTURE we’d like to share with you, featuring one of the characters from the series, Loretta, played by Amy LaVere, who will reprise her role in ONLY CHILD. It’s a musical number set to Amy’s song “Never Been Sadder”, which is included in our download sampler of music by Memphis musicians.

visit our blog evelynavenue.com, 'like' us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

Thank You!

FAQ

  • Absolutely. You can pledge from wherever you are, whenever you happen to be there.

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  • We have listed by each incentive the date it will be available. We are shooting ONLY CHILD in April, so incentives start after that.

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  • If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, ONLY CHILD won't get any of the money to complete our budget. No credit cards will be charged and no incentives will be delivered.

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  • After Kickstarter’s percentage fees, every cent will go directly to our ONLY CHILD budget. Your money directly funds this film.

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  • Please. We’ll be adding bonus incentives as they come in. Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount for one of these additional incentives. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

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  • Yes! We will keep the campaign running as long as we can after we meet our goal. Keep spreading the word!

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No. Only you and the project owner will be able to see your pledge amount. Anonymity and privacy are consistent with the themes of noir film.

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Definitely. Perfumes, among other things, make great gifts. To "gift" your reward to someone else, please follow the standard process with the pledge and payment in your name. Once we've reached the deadline, we'll send you an email requesting the information we need to fulfill the reward (address, etc.) At that time, please reply with the contact info for the person that is to receive the reward.

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  • You can send us an email through this kickstarter website OR you can contact us directly at evelyn.avenue@yahoo.com.

    Also, visit our blog http://evelynavenue.com/, 'like' us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Only-Child/261740423902296, and follow us onhttps://twitter.com/#!/onlychildfilm.

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    THANK YOU! We will personally thank each and every one of you on the ONLY CHILD film website.

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    GRACE ZABRISKIE! An audio download of two poems written and read by Grace. Hear Grace recount the experience of dying on camera for Werner Herzog. (Plus a thank you on our website)

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    WATCH WOMAN'S PICTURE! Haven't seen our first feature yet? Here's your chance. An exclusive link to watch the entire film, WOMAN'S PICTURE, in the comfort of your own home. Featuring ANN MAGNUSON, CALPERNIA ADDAMS, and AMY LAVERE. (Plus all of the above)

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    MEMPHIS MUSIC! Download an original Memphis Music Sampler. Featuring Amy LaVere's song "Never Been Sadder", performed in Woman's Picture. Also including tracks by Tiger High, Bryan Hartley, Jessica Jones, Sultana, Glorie, Modern Convenience, Jeffrey James and the Haul, Snowglobe, Secret People, Jeffrey Novak and more. BONUS: Selections from the Woman's Picture original score by Jonathan Kirkscey. (Plus all of the above)

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    LORETTA SOAP! Evelyn Avenue collaborator, perfumer Andy Tauer, created this intensely fragrant soap, in homage to the Woman's Picture character, Loretta, played by Amy LaVere. Centered around tuberose, this little bar of wonder soap ("the best I've ever made," says Andy) also features rose absolute and jasmine absolute. ***INTERNATIONAL add $10 for shipping*** (Plus all of the above)

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    SNEAK A SNIFF of LORETTA! Get an advance sniff, 7ml purse spray, of Andy Tauer’s forthcoming perfume Loretta, inspired by Amy LaVere’s character in the Woman’s Picture series. This fragrance will not be available to the public until October 2012. Tauer describes Loretta as being on the rich, sensual and dark side. Notes are ripe dark fruit, a velvet rose, a spicy tuberose, a note of sparkling orange blossom, all nicely arranged on a queen sized bed of dark patchouli and woody notes with vetiver, ambergris, a touch of leather, and sweetened orris root. (Plus all digital content featured above) ***INTERNATIONAL BUYERS add $10 for shipping***

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    IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS! Personally inscribed, signed copy of the book, IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS. We love this book, written by ONLY CHILD producer, Robert Gordon. "Robert Gordon begins where most chroniclers of the music world end and spins a magical fairy tale peopled with Delta bluesmen, a peanut vendor, a matinee cowboy, a professional wrestler, and a manic deejay." (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    ONLY CHILD DVD and YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! We will thank you personally in the rolling credits at the end of the ONLY CHILD film. Plus you get a DVD of the finished film, signed by the director to show all your friends! (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    TATTOO TIME + ONLY CHILD DVD! For our coolest Memphis donors, Underground Art, Memphis' oldest and finest custom tattoo studio (when we say fine, we mean hot!) will match half your donation with $25 worth of chair time. Underground Art has a plethora of stunning artists to choose from. Appointments necessary, some restrictions may apply. (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    LORETTA FRAGRANCE PACKAGE! Want both the 7ml Loretta fragrance and its companion soap? The duo, created by perfumer Andy Tauer, relates to the character played by Amy LaVere in the Woman's Picture series, with tuberose as a central theme. (All digital content above included). ***INTERNATIONAL BUYERS add $10 for shipping***

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    PERFUME! Evelyn Avenue collaborator, perfumer Andy Tauer, created DARK PASSAGE, a one-time-only 7 ml purse spray, inspired by the story of ONLY CHILD. This mixture of cacao, patchouli, birch tar, and iris will never be available again after our campaign runs its course. ***INTERNATIONAL add $10 for shipping*** (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    OWN A PIECE OF THE WARDROBE! One-of-a-kind vintage silk scarf worn by Grace Zabriskie in ONLY CHILD, signed by the actress. Plus a film still showing Grace in character with her scarf collection. The scarves make fantastic wall art; even better framed. Perfect for scenting with Andy Tauer perfume. (Plus your name in the ONLY CHILD credits, DVD of the finished film *when available*, and all digital content featured above)

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    PERFUME + SOAP! Want both? Andy Tauer's DARK PASSAGE, a one-time-only 7 ml purse spray, inspired by the story of Only Child AND his intensely fragrant LORETTA SOAP, in homage to the Woman's Picture character, Loretta. ***INTERNATIONAL add $10 for shipping*** (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    MORE, MORE, MORE GRACE ZABRISKIE! Own a personally inscribed, signed copy of her fantastic book, POEMS + A one-of-a kind, autographed vintage scarf worn by Grace's character + a CD of "HOME", a recorded interview with Grace conducted by Joe Frank (www.joefrank.com), in which she vividly describes her father’s bohemian lifestyle as a cafe owner in New Orleans during the 1940’s. TRT 40 mins. (Plus all digital content featured above)

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    BECOME A PRODUCER! ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the film and on IMDB.com. (Plus the DVD of the finished film *when available*, and all digital content featured above)

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    IRA SACHS! Our executive producer on Woman's Picture is offering an original, signed script from his latest film KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, which premiered at Sundance and just won the Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival.

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    PERFUME TRIO! Dark Passage 7ml + Miriam 7ml + Loretta 7ml + Loretta Tuberose Soap. Get all three Tableau fragrances and Andy's exclusive Loretta soap at a savings of 15 dollars. (All digital content above included). ***INTERNATIONAL BUYERS add $15 for shipping***

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    YOUR PORTRAIT by ALEX WARBLE! 11 x 14 portrait of you and/or a loved one, painted by the incredible Memphis artist, Alex Warble. See photo in main project text. *must allow 2-4 weeks for completion of the painting after your photo is submitted to the artist. (Plus all of the digital content featured above.)

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    Original Work on Paper by Melissa Dunn, one of our favorite Memphis artists and a frequent Evelyn Avenue collaborator. (See photo in Update #1)

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    MEMPHIS FILM LEGENDS! A Signed DVD of MYSTERY TRAIN (1989), donated by Jim Jarmusch. Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. Filmed in Memphis, TN. (Plus your name in the ONLY CHILD credits, DVD of the finished film *when available*, and all digital content featured above)

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    PERFUME AND SOAP TRIO WITH TAUER BOTTLE OF CHOICE! Dark Passage 7ml + Miriam 7ml + Loretta 7ml + 3 Soaps (Loretta tuberose, Miriam rose, and mandarines ambree) + ANY BOTTLE of your choice from the Tauer perfume line at a savings of 75 dollars. Please visit Andy's site (tauerperfumes.com) to make your selection from his line of fragrances. We'll contact you directly after the campaign to fulfill your selection. ***INTERNATIONAL BUYERS add $20 for shipping***

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    WALK ON ROLE! Make an appearance in ONLY CHILD when we shoot in April. Travel to Memphis and accommodations not included. (plus a DVD of the finished film *when available* and all digital content featured above)

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