GIRLS JUST WANNA GRIND
"They're not blonde, sexy, California babes. They're hanging out with boys and dressing like boys. They're not generally pinup models. They've got bruises on their knees and scratches on their shins." according to Circe Wallace, that's how the industry erroneously perceives girl skaters. Wallace, a passionate advocate for female athletes, snowboarding pioneer and sports agent, is frustrated by this perception and would like to see it changed.
So do we! Not only are these girls are beautiful… (if you don’t believe me check out Julian Bleecker’s photo project http://HelloSkaterGirl.com) but more importantly, so what? Why does pretty matter? Does anyone think, "hey, that guy sure can sink a lot of baskets, but he’s not very good looking." We have to stop giving girls the message it’s not what you do, it’s how you look doing it. And that is exactly why we decided to film the documentary Girls Just Wanna Grind.
This is a story of love, adventure, friendship, sacrifice, competition, family, injuries, and well, some pretty wicked skateboarding too. In a time when girls get famous by being bad, these girls are struggling to be good. Help us get their story to the world.
MAKING THIS FILM
Two years ago we met some girls practicing for a skateboard contest in Portland, OR. These girls were ripping up the skatepark while the local boys stared in shock. We wondered... why aren’t we seeing this? Why did we have no idea that girls were skating to this level? What other amazing things are women doing out there that we aren't hearing about?
The world needs to see there's more to girls than trashy reality celebrities, and our documentary effort was born.
It's a story about remarkable girls who have a passion and a talent. These girls make incredible sacrifices to pursue a sport commonly deemed too dangerous for females. Fraught with challenges and obstacles at every corner, their stories are incredible and mesmerizing: from dealing with cancer to devastating injuries to torn families.
OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM
Simply put, we are so inspired by the energy, talent and courage of these young women that we want to share their stories with as many people as possible.
Girls need to see other girls doing great things. Statistics tell us that girls involved in sports have increased self-esteem, leadership skills, confidence, health, body image and more.
If this film helps anyone find the courage to pursue what they love, regardless of what other people might think, then our job is done.
OUR VIDEO PLEA:
WHY IS IT CALLED GIRLS JUST WANNA GRIND?
(A grind occurs when skateboard trucks drag across a surface, such as coping or cement, for you non-skaters out there.) While editing the trailer, SRM found herself singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" over and over... and well, these girls don't care about fame, fortune or celebrity status... they really just want to skate, it seemed appropriate.
Is set very low for the simple reason that we are commited to completing this project no matter what. But every little bit will help. $3500 is about 1/10th of what we actually would like to raise, as obviously the more $$$ we have, the more we can do. Currently we’re shooting with a very small crew and an even smaller budget. And one of these days it will be nice to have a meal again…
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE PASS OUR GOAL
We can, and hope to, exceed our goal. Our goal is set at the very minimum it will take to keep this project going. Any further funds will help immensely in creating a better project by:
• Investing in crucial gear to get the shots we'd like to see
• More days of filming and expanding the crew with another cameraperson
• Budget to interview top skateboarders and industry experts
• If a solid level of funding is secured, we want to help with travel expenses for the girls and their parents
• Pay for the permits we need to shoot at certain venues
• Finish shooting and editing the film faster
• Continue to eat
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL
If we are successful in reaching our very low goal of $3500, we receive all the funds (minus kickstarter and amazon fees). If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed. We want to avoid this so please spread the word. Everything helps!
JOIN THE SRM TEAM - WE NEED YOU AS A MEMBER!
The more people who participate the more chance we have of getting the story out.
• Like our facebook page
• Tweet this page to yer friends and follow our tweets
• Join our email mailing list
• Email this page to anyone and everyone you can think of: church, family, friends, coworkers, teachers and so on..
DONATE YOUR POCKET CHANGE
• Even a dollar helps (you can choose to donate any amount you wish, don't feel limited by the numbers that are up there) The more pledges we have, the better chance of getting noticed we have... so it doesn't matter if it's just one dollar!
• Tell everyone you know to donate whatever they can afford
DONATE YOUR TIME
Not everyone has a dollar to spare these days. We certainly understand that. If you’re financially challenged but have a few hours to spare, you can be a big help to the team by:
• Emailing our Kickstarter page to everyone you know
• Contacting blogs and media about this project and these incredible girls
• Featuring us on your blog
• Assisting with filming, sound, lighting, cookies, producing, brawn... in Los Angeles until July 16th or Portland between August 13th - 16th)
• Making calls to companies for sponsorship and donations
DONATE YOUR PICTURES, MUSIC, AND STUFF
We need photos (pref hi res) of girls skating from all eras. If you have some (that you own the copyright for) and would like your photo to considered as a feature in the film, send us an email.
If you know of a great band that has music available for commercial use and they would like the exposure in lieu of a license fee, send us a link and we’ll give ‘em a listen.
If you or your business has goods or services that you would like to donate as rewards for this project, we'd love to include them!
DONATE YOUR TALENT
If you’re a talented video artist, graphic designer, editor, animator, etc, and you would like to help us take this film to another level, we’d love to hear from you. You would have a great project on your resume and you’d be doing something good for the world.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more ways you can help. If you have an idea for a reward that you don't see up, let us know and we'll try to make it happen for you.
THE LIMITED EDITION GIRLS JUST WANNA GRIND T-SHIRT ($40 pledge)
LINKS TO PEOPLE WE'VE MET AND LOVE:
• Julie Lynn Kindstrand on Facebook
• Abby Zsarnay on Facebook
• Lizzie Armanto on Facebook
• Julie Westfall on Facebook
• AmeeJay Papelera on Facebook
• Nora Vasconcellos on Facebook
• Erin Wolfkiel on YouTube
• Allysha Bergado on Facebook
MORE AWESOME SKATERS:
• Amelia Brodka blog
• Bryce Wettstein on Facebook
• Sarah Thompson & Jordan Abraham are Silly Sisters
• Patti McGee on Facebook
• Natalie Krishna Das & Hailey Villa are SK8M8S
GIRL SKATE ORGANIZATIONS & COMPANIES:
• A great article by Sky Siljeg talking about the promise girls had in the skateboarding industry before the cutbacks.
• Recent ESPN article talking about Cara-Beth Burnside being dropped from Vans and how female skateboarding is suffering from gender in sports bias, especially compared to surfing and snowboarding.
• Brandon Wong Photography (the killer image of Julie as the title image of this project)
• Chris Zsarnay of Z Studios (the only man quick enough to capture our elusive cameraman on film)
• Supermongrel Studios (the unorthodox, elusive, but lively cameraman)
• Carl Warren (working tirelessly to promote our project!)
THE INSPIRATION - OREGON 2009
- (28 days)