A N G E L I N A is a documentary/comedy special about one woman’s humorous, raw, and real journey in to motherhood. Stand-up comedian Angelina Spicer has always brought the funny but it wasn’t until she was committed to a psychiatric hospital for postpartum depression that she realized her own story would be the ultimate punchline.
This ain't the Instagram version of being a mama - this is the truth, the painful, and the funny! In this piece we follow the story of Angelina Spicer, a young, ambitious, up and coming stand up comedian who suddenly felt trapped and overwhelmed by the demands of her vagina bustin' newborn. The documentary unfolds as we see Angelina develop her first one hour comedy special about struggling to fall in love with her baby, being admitted to a psychiatric facility, and using her comedy to shed the stigma.
Angelina is focused on leading a Postpartum Revolution. Motherhood, the Psych ward, and a broken vagina has blessed Angelina with a goldmine of material and with your help, she's ready to take a stab at her first one hour comedy special! The fiercely funny comedy set will serve as the backbone to the documentary while interviews, animation, and comedy sketches will round out her groundbreaking take on mental illness. This revolution started with Angelina's personal struggles, but the movement is bigger than her. PPD is real, but so is our ability rally together to release mom's of their shame.
Approximately 1 in 5 women experience significant depression following childbirth. The percentages are even higher for women who are also dealing with poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. Ten percent of women experience depression in pregnancy. In fact, perinatal depression is the most common complication of childbirth.
Joining this initiative means you become a critical part of producing Angelina's one hour comedy special. Moms need us. They need us to remind them of their power to overcome and together we can help them find a new strength!
What Does the money go to?
- Camera & Lighting equipment
- Comedy Venue
- Set Design
- Lighting Design
- Stage Managers
- Sound Board Operator
- Director Of Photography
- Camera Operators
Luckily we've had the support of more than 200 donors in our initial campaign to get most of the documentary shot. That helped us garner some amazing press on multiple mommy blogs, USA Today and Essence Magazine. The money raised from this campaign is going specifically to the backbone of the film - the comedy special.
Who is making this film? -
We are a mighty team of TWO! After being introduced by a mutual friend at The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), there was immediate chemistry between Sarah and Angelina and they have been off to the races ever since! They are both go-getters, hustlers, and new mothers!
Sarah Moshman (Director)
Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Sarah's second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017. Next up she's making a documentary examining sexual harassment in the
workplace entitled NEVERTHELESS as well as a documentary about one woman's journey through motherhood and postpartum depression with a humorous twist entitled ANGELINA. Sarah is dedicated to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire as well as showcase strong female role models on screen. AND She's a Mom too!
Angelina Spicer (Producer)
Angelina Spicer is a comedian, actress, social media influencer, wife and mother. A cum-laude graduate of Howard University, Spicer has smartly delved deep for comedy that’s authentic, transparent, and relatable. By using her social media platform, she became an outspoken advocate for maternal mental health after she was admitted into a psychiatric facility for treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). It was then that her journey to remove the stigma from the shame and guilt associated with PPD began. She became the 2018 Spokeswoman for The Blue Dot Project, has lobbied on Capitol Hill, helped pass three new pieces of legislation for new moms in California and been featured in USA Today & Essence magazine.
Our Film is proudly supported by the following NonProfit Organizations: : Maternal Mental Health Now, Postpartum Support International, and The March Of Dimes.
Risks and challenges
In any film endeavor, there will be risks and challenges along the way. Changes in schedules, weather, locations, production logistics, etc. Some can be anticipated and avoided, while others are unpredictable. We have a plan and a great team in place. Director Sarah Moshman has extensive experience with the documentary filmmaking process from creation to acquisition and we are growing our team of individuals skilled to overcome any obstacle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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