About this project
At this point in time, there are NO films about what it’s like for families struggling because of the choices they have to make between being able to work and take care of kids. None.
So we made one. It’s funny and it’s important. We think you will see yourself in it.
We only need $50,000 to finish it. And we only have a week to raise that money.
The world needs this film now. And we need your pledge to make it.
David and I started this film out of a commitment to a dream. Even though we have decades of experience in film and video, this is our first full-length, dramatic feature film. We’ve financed filming 91% of the screenplay out of our own pockets. Along the way amazing things happened. The script actually worked. The experiment of using a real family to act, although not the original plan, worked.
We got comedy gold.
The talent and good will of our crew has our indie film look like it has a much MUCH bigger budget and we’re very proud of the quality of our work. We hope the trailer gives you a sense of the love, sweat and tears that made this happen. We did this because we absolutely know The Bad Mother has the potential to advance conversations about women, family and work that NEED to happen.
We’re coming to you now because we have a serious deadline upon us. We think we have a shot at a make-or-break festival and we're trying to get all of our final scenes finished in time for a submission deadline in mid June.
We only have six weeks to finish filming. We have one week to reach our funding goal in order to be able to film at all. It won’t happen without you.
We need you to make this happen now.
*The money we raise for this independent film will be spent on: Filming the remaining 9% of the film, editing, hiring professionals to do the colour grading, sound mixing and visual effects, and securing some amazing music by independent artists.
So, what's the film actually about?
The Bad Mother is about Tara, a mid 30's mom who left a career that she loved to raise kids that she adores. But even though she loves her family more than anything in the universe, a big part of her yearns to be back in the workforce.
Compounding Tara’s conundrum is the fact that her husband John works for a company that expects slave-like devotion from its employees. This makes John absent far too often, leaving Tara to pick up the parenting slack, dream of better times with her ex Francis (played by David Avocado Wolfe!), and fume at her partner’s predicament – all while feeling the angst of both career and youth slipping away.
Since Tara can’t vent to an absent husband, she writes a cathartic, scathing diatribe on her computer. It's her secret vent. That is, until her 5-yr old son Hart shares it with the world by accidentally posting it to her social media.
Tara’s over-the-top post goes viral and her private world is turned upside down as she becomes an unwitting cause célèbre to women in the same boat. However, the intensity of her newfound and unwanted fame is too much. Media requests pour in – the mommy wars are on – and everyone has an opinion, good and bad. As she’s thrust from obscurity into the spotlight, the scrutiny from all sides is more intense than she can handle, forcing her to face her daemons, or wither away.
Yes, it's a REAL family
Yes, you read that right in the trailer. The Bad Mother stars a REAL family.
Sarah Kapoor wrote the protagonist “Tara Dubay” as a character that she loved and identified with, but never intended to play. That said, being a receptacle for bottle-capped rage wasn’t all that hard, having felt it many times across the last decade of trying to create a life where work and family didn’t cancel each other out. She is not an actress, but did the role because she wanted this film to be made and was willing to let her privacy-loving innards out to do that.
Sarah Kapoor, her mother Sadhna Kapoor, her husband John Christensen and their two children, Hart and Daya (five and one at the time of filming) as well as her best friend Kristen Roderick are all in the film. Their existing dynamic allowed for access to some seriously funny sh•t. Particularly out of Sarah's mom. This woman can’t act. We discovered this when trying to film her. We had to let her go off script as she couldn’t deliver one single line as written by her daughter. She’s an original, and we rolled with that. And that’s how we got the gold.
The filmmakers: Our story
We are Sarah Kapoor and David-James Fernandes and we've been friends for 15 years now and founded a production company together in the last five.
We joined forces in 2010 with the goal of making movies together, but instead we did what we had to support our families. We made corporate videos and the occasional TV ad for a bunch of great clients.
It was going well, but it was always the sense of the dream deferred. There was a breaking point where the pain of staying the same was more than the pain of change.
We blocked off ten days in October of 2013. The mission: to each write a first draft of a feature length script, no excuses. Didn't have to be perfect, but it had to be at least 90 pages and it had to be done in ten days.
Then the whole Rob Ford Crack thing happened.
And so, cooped up for ten days, with a really tantalizing distraction blowing up in the background, we somehow still managed to get our scripts done.
In the end, Sarah's was better. David laughed and cried when he read it the first time. And texted a lot of emoticons.
The Blood Pinky Swear
So we had a script, but we didn't have a funder.
We thought about approaching different producers we knew, or applying for some grants but we quickly realized that because we hadn't done any features yet, we didn't qualify for most funding, and even if we worked with a producer who did qualify, it could take years to put the money together.
We felt like if we were going to keep the momentum up and get something done, we'd have to work a bit faster than that. And for our first film, we wanted to keep the vision and voice fully intact.
We managed to save some money through our client work and decided we could pay ourselves for the rest of the year, or we could pay others and get this film started and shoot as much as we could with with the money and resources we had in hand.
This was a good idea, but the forces that have you tuck your dreams under your pillow were still at play. We still had children and elders to care for with constant needs. We still had client work coming up. And bills and mortgages that needed us to do that client work. We came to realize that if we didn't actually COMMIT to a timeline, we'd never make our movie.
So we made the biggest, most important, most powerful, most immutable promise that we could possibly make.
The Blood Pinky Swear.
On May 18th, 2014, we used a questionably sanitized pin, pricked our pinkies, pressed the bloody bubbles together, and swore, that come hell or high water, tempest or armageddon, we would start shooting at the beginning of August, 2014 and shoot as much as we could afford to.
That turned out to be quite a bit. We shot 79.8% of the script over three weeks of intense shooting in Hamilton, Ontario.
Since then we've had two more shoots. Five days in the Kootenays in British Columbia, and two more days in Hamilton.
And now we're 91% done our film. And we love it. We just need your support to finish and give it to the world.
Why did you make The Bad Mother?
We wanted to make a film that we love, on our own terms, with whatever resources we could muster. We had a script, a bloody promise, a bit of cash and now we have 91% of a movie done.
And what the world doesn’t have, is a film like this.
When was the last time you saw a movie about how hard it is for a woman to keep a job and care for her family or about leaving the workforce for kids? Or the toll on families as they struggle to stay afloat on one tentative salary? About adults having to move back in with their parents?
THAT’S OUR POINT.
There’s a silent legion of women losing their minds over not being able to earn an income. So many women face choosing between family and work and end up making impossible compromises while losing whatever economic ground they had. Compromises that aren’t good for anyone - fathers too.
The pressure on families these days is enormous. There is NO dramatic comedy out there about the tension between work and family and how it puts everyone at the edge. 43% of qualified women leave the workforce due to children. This is a movie for them and their families.
I love this so much, I want to invest in your movie. Is that possible?
Yes! While we are tremendously excited and grateful to anyone who wants to show their support as a donor through Kickstarter, we realize that there are people who want to be owners as well.
We are currently in the process of working with a Canadian crowd-sourcing platform for equity. We are selling a limited amount of shares in the film for people who want to finance this movie and share in the risk and rewards. We know that we have something unique, engaging, high quality and entertaining. The timing couldn’t be better with childcare being a huge issue in the 2015 Canadian election and with Hillary Clinton focussing on women in 2016. We can imagine a future with a Mother’s Day 2016 worldwide release.
We will have shares available in the weeks ahead so please message us if you are interested in more information.
Risks and challenges
We have a VERY short timeline to get our shooting and post done and we're racing against the clock here. Even with funding we'll be scrambling and the change of availability of any key cast or crew member could delay us.
In terms of perks, we will do our best to deliver them in the timeframe we're set out, but if we are successful in reach a distribution deal, this may change the availability of the blu-ray / DVD or HD download in ways that we can't predict at the moment. We will absolutely get you what we promise, but there is a slight risk that it could be later than stated if we are spending the fall getting the film ready for distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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