About this project
In a nutshell: Ruin Me is a mind-bending, genre-busting insight into online humiliatrix Ceara Lynch, from award-winning Australian filmmaker Julian Shaw.
Tell me more: A beautiful and demure brunette in her 20s, Ceara Lynch's website touts her as a ‘mental humiliatrix’, inviting users to indulge their ‘inexplicable urge to have a pretty girl ruin your life.’
So, what kind of guys pay good money for the privilege of being ‘ruined’?
And how did this Oregonian girl-next-door rise to the top of such a dark art?
"This story has a lot going on: sex in the Internet age, the re-definition of the American dream, plus a whole host of moral questions that I know cinema audiences will enjoy debating." Julian Shaw, Director
Acclaimed documentary-maker Julian Shaw contacted Ceara in early 2013 asking if she'd let him make a film about her.
Their first skype call was on May 13, 2013...
At the end of it, Ceara agreed to meet Julian in person.
He packed his bags and flew to the United States from Sydney.
Preliminary shooting on 'Untitled Ceara Lynch Documentary' began in Portland on June 06 2013.
What started as a conventional, non-fiction portrait of Ceara and her work...
... quickly became something Julian didn't sign up for.
“I started to realize that the line between fantasy and reality in Ceara’s work was not as clear as I originally thought.” Julian Shaw, Director
Ruin Me is best described as a real-life erotic thriller, where the tables turn between filmmaker and subject...
... and we need your help to finish telling this story.
Hold up, one quick question: is this a pseudo-documentary?: The honest answer is that - like Ceara's line of work - the truth between fiction and reality can be very blurry. We're not sure you'll be able to tell what is real and what isn't in Ruin Me - because the filmmaker himself wasn't at all times - which is one of the selling points of this category-defying film.
WHY IS YOUR FUNDING HELP NEEDED?
The events unfolding in Portland mean that Julian has to get filming again ASAP to make sure that each crucial part of this story is properly told.
Reaching our target will enable us to complete the next stage of filming, with any additional funds raised going toward greater polishing of the film in post-production, including licensing music, grading and scoring.
WHAT WILL YOU GET?
You can read about our awesome rewards on the right, but the real reward is getting your name in the credits and knowing that you contributed to making what we hope will be one of the most talked-about indie movies of the year.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
We totally understand that some of you may not be able to contribute, but you can still play a massive role in helping Ruin Me get on the big screen.
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I'M WITH THE PRESS AND WANT TO COVER YOUR CAMPAIGN
Head to www.julianrshaw.wix.com/ruinmemedia for downloadable press materials, including a press release and stills.
WHO IS THE TEAM?
The team - spearheaded by writer/director Julian Shaw - have enviable experience delivering critically acclaimed films and feature documentaries that have screened at The Berlin international Film Festival, Flickerfest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Cannes in Cinema des Antipodes and many more.
Ceara Lynch, Herself
Seen on HBO's Sex On, Ceara Lynch is legendary in the world of FemDom. An innovator of 'financial domination' and online fetish role-play, she is a regular top seller on Clips4Sale. Today she runs a lucrative business exploiting the bizarre kinks of men around the world through through such unusual revenue streams as; 'financial domination', i.e. shopping for luxury goods with a client's credit card, and her 'ignore line', where men pay by the minute to have their calls to her put on hold.
Julian Shaw, Himself/Director
Best known as the star of the marriage equality advertisement 'It's Time', a global, viral sensation with 16 million views on YouTube, Julian Shaw is an actor/writer/director whose work is raw, intensely personal and always surprising.
Julian's debut documentary Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story, made when he was still a teenager, won an Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. His follow-up documentary Cup of Dreams, about New Zealand's rugby team The All Blacks, was screened on NBC Sports and sold in every continent. Julian won Best Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year from the Byron Bay International Film Festival in 2009. Acting credits include San Andreas, Emu and The Speaker.
Jonathon Green, Producer
Most recently Writer/Producer of HBO’s Inhuman Resources and producer of several features, documentaries and dramas, Jonathon has been working closely with Julian Shaw his entire career. Since Jonathon’s varied, conventional business interests are usually “inside the square” he always enjoys empowering Julian to get his films made and to help shape them. He’s done this on Cup of Dreams, Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story, All Blacks Don’t Cry and Clearing The Air.
Risks and challenges
As a project made by an experienced team with existing budget in place through private investment and a sponsorship deal with Clips4Sale, the risks of donating to Ruin Me are lower than usual for an independent feature.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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