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Black comedy headed to the AFI Directing Workshop for Women!
Black comedy headed to the AFI Directing Workshop for Women!
92 backers pledged $15,931 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: We reached our goal in one day! THANK YOU!! The internet is magical! Our new goal is to raise our entire $30,000 budget for the film with this Kickstarter campaign! We will still get our initial $5,000 no matter what -- but we hope you will still keep supporting SEQUIN RAZE in any way you can! And THANK YOU again!

We’re raising funds to produce the fictional short film SEQUIN RAZE which was recently accepted into the 2012 AFI Director’s Workshop for Women. 

WHAT IS THIS FILM ABOUT?

SEQUIN RAZE is a very dark comedy about the making of a FICTIONAL  reality tv show. The plot focuses on the intertwining stories of two women from either side of the camera during a pivotal moment of the show. Will these normally smart, accomplished women destroy each other, or will they exit with dignity?

WHY IS THERE A DIRECTORS WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN?

The national statistics published by the DGA (Director's Guild of America) lists the percentage of working female directors as 7% in film and 11% in television. AFI seeks to correct this imbalance. Each year they select eight women who have been working in the film, commercial, and television industry who want to break into directing. In this program, AFI provides intensive workshops, free/reduced gear rentals and mentorships for their projects.

SO WHY SHOULD I DONATE?

While the AFI DWW is an incredible opportunity, it does not come with any funding. The total budget for this project is $30k and we have to raise $5k before the workshop even begins. All of this money is spent on the film, but we need to demonstrate our fundraising prowess to even get our foot in the door. So please donate early and donate often!

WHO ARE YOU?

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro has been making films and art since she was 16. She’s been a producer and sometimes director at Wieden+Kennedy, an advertising agency, for the past 7 years. Her previous short film, 2ND BEST (about a couple returning home from a stressful trip to IKEA who decides to start processing about their relationship), will be screening throughout the festival circuit this summer.               

David Cress is currently producing the 3rd season of the Peabody award-winning comedy series Portlandia for IFC. Cress was the executive producer for Gus Van Sant’s feature film Restless. He also produced Van Sant’s Independent Spirit Award nominated Paranoid Park .

Erin Donovan is a Portland-based film producer. Her previous film The Adults in the Room was one of the first successfully funded documentary projects on Kickstarter. She is now the in-house producer at Field Recordings, a production company founded by Lance Bangs.

A team of friends, family, cast and crew who are all generously donating their time, skills and talents to work on our film!

You! The best things in life are free, but stuff like make-up, costumes, sets, food and specialty gear really do add up quickly. Your generosity is what will make this film happen.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Because Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition we must reach our goal to get anything! Please check out our Backer Gifts and let all your friends know about SEQUIN RAZE! Thank you!!

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