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A week in the lives of three high school classmates from divergent social circles who form a bond after an unanticipated incident.
A week in the lives of three high school classmates from divergent social circles who form a bond after an unanticipated incident.
A week in the lives of three high school classmates from divergent social circles who form a bond after an unanticipated incident.
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Blood Below The Skin

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BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN

30 minutes, HD, 2015 (release)

Writer and Director Jennifer Reeder

This short narrative chronicles a week in the lives of three teenage girls. They are high school classmates from different social circles, who form a bond in the wake of an unanticipated incident. Two of the girls are falling in love with each other against all expectations and the third girl is forced to mother her own mother after her father vanishes. Each girl seeks comfort within the walls of her bedroom where the music blasting from the turntable provides a magical synchronicity between them all.

Jennifer Reeder - director's statement

I tell stories about un-ruly women and the Midwest. I write scripts from actual experience and observation and my films are specific in mood and perspective. Influenced by my paternal grandmother, a historian, academic and professional genealogist. Her accounts of her own life and the lives of other remarkable women permeated my childhood learning and encouraged my interest, as an adult and an educator, in storytelling as a tool for personal communication and examination of cognitive and emotional human understanding.

My work is feminist. It disrupts and challenges conventional images of women’s lives (and in this case, teenagers). I consider the narrative projects I make to be a form of activism—both social and artistic. I am compelled to produce new stories with new tools. Video evolves as filmmakers like myself require constant innovation to produce projects that technically and conceptually challenge the differentiation between commercial and artistic practice. Today, the unprecedented access that filmmakers have to High Definition video cameras and editing equipment provides a productive alternative to mainstream cinema. Video was and still is a powerful democratic tool.

I have produced 43 moving image projects since purchasing my first camera. I primarily make single-channel work and I distribute it in unlimited editions. Video is democratic--I want my work to reach as many people as possible. In addition to film festivals and screening series, I would make this project available for download and streaming. I am fully capable, given my exhibition/screening record, of insuring a public presence for this project upon completion.

My work has consistently exhibited in well known and respected venues including; The Walker Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The National Gallery in D.C., The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, The Lincoln Center, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Swiss Institute in New York and The Center for the Arts in San Francisco. My work has shown in Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Spain, Italy and Cuba. I have worked with highly respected curators including, Alanna Heiss, Erika Muhammed, Larry Rinder, Marion Massone, Steve Seid and Hamza Walker. Publications include, ArtForum, Art in America, The Independent, Filmmaker Magazine, Jane, Time Out New York, The Chicago Tribune and The Village Voice.

How your contribution will help

--Funds will be used to pay every actor and every crew member working on this film. Blood Below the Skin will be contracted under a SAG-AFTRA short film agreement, and comply with union rules.

--Funds will be used to rent a camera and sound recording equipment, purchase props and other misc production items (memory cards, batteries, hard drives, light bulbs, gels). 

--Funds will also be used to transport actors from home to set and feed the cast and crew during the 6 days of shooting.

--Funds will be used to pay the editor and the sound mixer during post-production and toward final output mastering and duplication (making and duplicating a DCP). 

--Funds will be used for film festival entry fees and postage. 

When will the project be complete

Blood Below the Skin will be complete and ready for consideration at film festivals in January 2015

Where will this project be seen

This film will be released initially to film festivals around the world. Contributions to this project will help broaden the range of festivals for which this film will have a chance to gain entry. 

The most recent film 'A Million Miles Away' has so far enjoyed enthusiastic screenings at:

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland (tiger award nomination)
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Michigan – AWARD WINNER
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL – AWARD WINNER
  • Wexner Center for the Arts, solo screening, Columbus Ohio
  • IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • BAFISI, film festival of Argentina
  • Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, Germany – AWARD WINNER
  • Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
  • Kurzfilmtage, Hamburg Germany
  • Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna Austria - AWARD WINNER
  • Spitalfields Festival film program, London, UK
  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
  • Festival de Cine Lima, Lima Peru
  • BAM Cinemafest, NY

We have dreams of getting this film into even more festivals, like:

  • Sundance
  • LA Film Fest
  • Tribeca, London Film Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Toronto Film Festival
  • AFI (American Film Institute)
  • New Directors/New Films at the Lincoln Center
 

Samples of recent films

Reward notes

$2000 Reward Level, Limited Edition Sculptures
$2000 Reward Level, Limited Edition Sculptures

Risks and challenges

The truth is, this film will get completed. Even if nobody supports it, or wants to love it like we do. Even if not a single person cares... these characters and their voices will be brought to life!

The challenge here is to raise the quality of this film. We need to make these voices loud enough to be heard over the cacophony of the status quo. We need your help to make this a professional and well crafted film that follows the true vision of this script without compromise.

Without support from a broader community who believe in this work and what it represents, this film will spend its blood sweat and tears fighting to be made instead of fighting the more important fight... to be seen.

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    Jennifer Reeder limited edition bonded marble prop sculpture of your choice: E.T., clown hands, beavers, severed foot. One only of each, first pledge first choice.

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    A piñata will be made in your likeness which will be ceremonially smashed before the first shot on that day of filming as a good luck gesture to the project and crew. Video of this event will be given to you to share in any way you choose. Your input will be considered when deciding what fills the piñata.

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Funding period

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