My name is Marina Shron and The Fruit of Our Womb is my first feature film as a Writer Director.
The film is a behind-closed-doors look at the life of an affluent Manhattan couple and a homeless teenage girl (Christina) who they rescue from the streets and take into their world. It is the story of an instant family -one that starts as a utopian dream, blossoms, but then degenerates into a nightmare just as suddenly as it formed.
I’ve been writing and making films with strong female themes for many years, and I've been fortunate to receive support for my work from The Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York Foundation for The Arts, Jerome Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation among others.
The Fruit of Our Womb is a project I have been working on for a while and have taken through several incarnations: from an award-winning play, to a short film, to a screenplay. Despite the excitement that the screenplay has generated, the nature of the material has made turning this film into reality a challenging task. It’s not an easy sell - a social parable set in a society where child sex abuse is at once the biggest taboo, the terrifying reality, and the most lucrative enterprise.
Today I am finally ready to bring this project to life on my own terms.
We, the creative team behind the film, are determined to bring this unapologetic story to light the way it was always meant to be made – independently.
“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”
― Jess C. Scott
Christina is a 13-year-old sexually fluid orphan who has grown up trading sex for love and protection. Her chance meeting with an affluent Manhattan couple turns out to be a stroke of luck when she is welcomed into their home.
Desperate to round out their perfect existence with a child of their own, Lynn and Joe are not without their share of demons. Still, they offer Christina everything she’s ever dreamed of. And she gives them what they need – the joy of parenting. But for all their longing, Christina has never developed relationships where affection was free from sexual desire. Lynn's obsession with motherhood has never been tested and Joe cannot forget how he found Christina: turning tricks on the street. Before long, parental affection and sexual desire begin to merge. And when the illusion of innocence is shattered, Lynn devises a new plan to see her dream made reality. She elevates Christina's role in the family from "daughter" to "lover" and then to "mother-to-be" of her real child, thus triggering Christina's dark journey of self-discovery.
Christina is the heart of the film. She is no ordinary teenager. Innocent and manipulative, ethereal and lethal, she is a child whose experiences have already made her a woman discovering the world by touch.
Though Christina herself is unique, her tale, unfortunately, is not. Her story represents that of not just one, but of countless children, whose experiences remain society’s shameful secret. We refuse to believe that events like this can happen in a first-world country like ours. But not only do they happen – they happen with staggering frequency.
This film has never been as relevant as it is today. At its core, this is a story of a child who is betrayed – but also demonized – by the very people who took it upon themselves to protect her.
I was deeply affected by the #MeToo movement, which has changed public conversations about what was once considered “women’s issues.” With this film, I hope to inform and progress this conversation further.
I truly believe that, as women, we have the power and responsibility to affect the change we want to see in the world – not just for ourselves but for our children.
I am making this film in the hope that it will be a wake up call for all of us.
We plan to start pre-production in New York in early Summer 2019, with a shoot start date in Autumn 2019.
I am excited to be working on this film with an incredible team of collaborators (featured on this page). Our goal for the next 3 months is to fully cast the film, secure locations, and get ready for pre-production!
The money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help us achieve these goals. More specifically, the money will go towards the salary of our casting director, securing stellar actors for the lead roles, as well as the salaries of our Production Designer and pre-production crew (location manager, line producer, DP).
These funds will also allow us to unlock the bigger finance and distribution for the film.
Here is how the first goal will be spent:
The Fruit of our Womb has already touched many people, not only in the US but many other countries and in the last few months we have engaged over 600 followers on our social media channels - Facebook and Instagram @TFOOW. We intend to grow our audience via digital channels to raise awareness and get our movie released far and wide.
Marina Shron - Writer/Director
Marina Shron is a Russian born, New York based, writer and filmmaker. Her first short film as writer-director, Lullaby for Ray, starring Estelle Bajou and Alfredo Narciso (Homeland, Demolition), won awards and screened in festivals around the world, including Toronto and Cannes. Sea Child, premiered at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival and screened at numerous other festivals. She has received awards for her work from Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, James Thurber Foundation, and Fund for Mutual Understanding. A former Fulbright scholar, she teaches screenwriting at The New School, NY.
Dallas Brennan - Producer
Dallas Mitchell Brennan is an award-winning Writer/Producer. In 2010, he established his production company Wild Invention Pictures, http://www.wildinventionpictures.com, with the film Shit Year which premiered at Cannes 2010 starring Ellen Barkin, followed by The Loneliest Planet at Toronto 2011 starring Gael Garcia Bernal and The Lifeguard at Sundance 2013 starring Kristen Bell. The Loneliest Planet received critical acclaim in 2012 including a Gotham Award Nomination for Best Picture and an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Director, Julia Loktev. It's since been released theatrically through IFC/Sundance Selects.
Lina Lansky – Producer
A self-taught filmmaker, Lina has worked on features, shorts, music videos, commercial and branded content as a Producer & Assistant Director. She is excited to be working on Fruit of Our Womb and believes that content made for women, by women, is imperative to changing the filmmaking landscape. She hopes this film will shed light on "taboo" issues that continue to plague our society.
Ivailo Simidchiev - Editor
Ivaylo Simidchiev is a New York based filmmaker and editor, originally from Bulgaria. His films have won a sustained international acclaim at numerous film forums across the globe, including Cannes (Official Selection), Ann Arbor, and Munich Film Festivals. The Fruit of Our Womb will be his second collaboration with Marina Shron following her 2015 short film Sea Child.
Sergei Franklin - Cinematographer
Sergei Franklin is an Emmy winning cinematographer and steadicam operator whose credits include Stephen Dauldry The Reader (starring Kate Winslet) and Margarethe von Trotta Hannah Arendt (starring Barbara Sukowa).
Molly Pearson - Consulting Producer
Molly Pearson is a New York City based theater and film producer, a Partner at Table Ten Film.She co-produced the feature film The Green (starring Julia Ormond and Illeana Douglas) and Clutter (starring Natasha Lyonne).
Kiarra Graves - Associate Producer
Kiarra Graves is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and producer. She completed four independent feature films, including Coffee and Cabbage, Suicide Trip, and The Root of Things as a co-Writer, Associate Producer, and Director, respectively.
*Special thanks to Collin Brazie, Sergei Franklin, and Ivaylo Simidchiev who helped to make the Kickstarter video, to Sola who contributed the song “Just Breathe,” to Anita Durst and Chashama for donating the space for the demo shoot, to Amy Gordon, Madison Hall, Duke Lafoon who star in the demo shoot, and to the photographer Charles Farrah whose stills are featured on this page.*
Check out the AWESOME rewards we're offering in the column at the right, including:
LIMITED EDITION film posters, tote bags, the chance to feature on set, and even ONE-ON-ONE scriptwriting tuition with Marina Shron!
Our future audience members – we’re making this film for you!
And if you believe in this film – and believe in women telling stories that they shouldn’t tell – please support us!
Please, join our team and help us make this film reality!
Risks and challenges
The Fruit of Our Womb is a feature film - Feature films can take on set backs including lower budgets, delayed schedules, change of cast and production issues.
The Fruit of Our Womb's producers and director have over 10 years of experience in the film industry giving this film the best chance for this film's production, distribution and exhibition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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