About this project
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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