THE SHORT FILM:
Inspired by real-life events, The Other explores the struggle of being in-between races. Multiracial Mischa discovers that society has a need to put each of us in an ethnic box. And not all boxes are equal. That's when things get twisted, really fast. Fearing rejection, Mischa gets herself tangled up in a web of lies. Are her fears valid? Or is she paranoid? If she comes clean to her fiancé, will he accept her? And most importantly, can Mischa learn to accept herself?
STORY BEHIND THE STORY:
I used to think my thoughts and struggles around race were mine and mine alone, and that certain feelings I had were wrong. As a somewhat evolved adult, I realized these thoughts that I'd hidden in the shadows would better serve me and others by being brought into the light, and really seen. Sharing my story terrifies me and goes against my every instinct, which is why I believe it's so important. -Brittani Noel (Writer/Producer/Actress)
TIMES ARE CHANGING...
- In 1970, shortly after interracial relationships and marriages became legal, only 1% of babies born in the U.S. had parents of different races*
- In 2013 a record high 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race*
- As of 2017, 17% of children under 12 are biracial**
The other race category was originally created as a catch-all for the insignificant group of people that didn't fall into "normal" demographics. However, this group is not so insignificant anymore. As this category continues to grow and change, how do we as a society deal with it?
Let's face it, racial tensions are high right now, but so is our awareness and desire to mobilize around these issues. We believe the time is now to ask hard questions and initiate these conversations. Join us in influencing positive change as we navigate through this messy time.
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. -Robin Sharma
THE BIG PICTURE!
Our dream is to make this into a feature film or series so that we can bring this story, this message, and this conversation to the masses. Your donations will set the wheels in motion. We've already had producer interest in developing this on a larger scale. A successful festival run with this short will be the launching pad to accomplishing our ultimate goal!
MEET THE CAST:
BRITTANI NOEL (WRITER/ACTRESS): Brittani can be spotted around the inter-webs in series such as the hit comedy Gridlocked, Hollyweb Best Comedy winner Disillusioned, and the multi-award winning Stockholm, which she also produced with Director Scott Brown (Larry King, The Rock). A graduate of USC School of Dramatic Arts, Brittani has also worked in commercials, shorts, and features.
BRENT BAILEY (ACTOR): Brent is best known for his starring role in the popular, Emmy Award-winning web series Emma Approved. Recently, you can catch him playing JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen in Oscar-nominated director Rob Reiner's biopic feature LBJ. He can also be seen on several hit TV shows, including Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles and Californication.
MEET THE TEAM:
SHILPI ROY (DIRECTOR): Shilpi is the writer/director/producer of two seasons of the award-winning web series Hipsterhood, financed by Blip Studios. Hipsterhood won “Best Comedy Web Series” in the LA Weekly Web Awards, and was also nominated for “Best Returning Series” at the prestigious IAWTV awards. A graduate of USC film school, Shilpi has worked with Warren Littlefield, former head of NBC, and Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films. She has also worked as a digital content producer for Playboy TV and just finished shooting her multi-cam comedy pilot, Brown Girls, for Freeform.
ANTHONY C. KUHNZ (CINEMATOGRAPHER): Since earning a BA in film at Northwestern and an MFA in cinematography from the University of Southern California, Anthony has shot over 100 short films, music videos and industrials as well as several feature films, including Homecoming, which won several awards on the festival circuit. He enjoys challenging himself to continually experiment and evolve, using cinematography to effectively enhance story, theme, and character in the magical way only it can.
BRITTANI NOEL (FILMMAKER/PRODUCER): After spearheading the original indie series Stockholm (two International Academy of Web Television Award Nominations, a LA Weekly Web Award Nominee, several festival selections including ITV Fest) Brittani ventured into the world of producing. She recently co-produced the multi-award winning musical web series Destroy the Alpha Gammas and is thrilled to be creating and producing her own work.
NIKOLETTE NOEL (PRODUCER): A theatre arts graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Nikolette can be spotted in Vin Diesel's series The Ropes, SYFY feature Dragon Wasps, and The Expendables 2. She has also worked in commercials and print. Nikolette is very excited to work on her first project as actor/producer.
LEAH MCKENDRICK (PRODUCER): Multi-talented Leah McKendrick is an actress, singer, writer, and producer. She's the creator behind the popular musical comedy series Destroy the Alpha Gammas, as well as several short films under her company Villainess Productions, including festival darling Girl in the Green Dress. Her most recent feature film, M.F.A. debuts at this year's SXSW Film Festival.
STACIE THEON (PRODUCER): Stacie is an actress, writer, director, and producer. You can catch her on shows such as Bones, 2 Broke Girls, Baby Daddy, and Rosewood. She also starred in the Sundance selected short film Abbie Cancelled, and worked opposite Ginnifer Goodwin in the Craig Lucas directed feature, Birds of America, which also premiered at Sundance. As a passionate storyteller, Stacie is excited to work on the other side of the camera on The Other.
We've put a lot of thought into our budget. Along with investing our own money and resources, see how we plan to use our Kickstarter funds:
KICKSTARTER GOAL: $7,500 is the minimum it would take to make this project happen at a festival worthy level! It covers basic costs such as camera, lighting, and electric equipment rental, director of photography, sound engineer, crew, hair/make-up, craft services, law-required studio coach for kids, location fees/permits/insurance, and editing.
STRETCH GOAL: $9,500 is the ideal amount it would take to make this project! It covers more than just the basics. It includes things like art design and better locations that will elevate the production value of a film. It also adds funds toward the final tasks of music/color/sound design and festival costs. We’ve budgeted for a set number of festivals, but meeting our stretch goal would allow us exposure to a wider range of audiences by covering additional fees, screeners, and office expenses. In short, if we can surpass our goal, we can improve the quality of our film and expand its reach!
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
- We set a goal ($7,500) and a deadline (March 27).
- You pledge whatever you can to help us reach our goal and choose an awesome reward in exchange; Kickstarter will take your credit card info, but your card will not be charged.
- If we meet or surpass our goal by the deadline, your credit card on file will be charged, we'll receive our funds, and you'll receive your awesome reward. Yay!
- If we do not meet our goal by the deadline, your credit card on file will not be charged, we won't receive any of the funds, our story won't be told, and you'll miss out on your awesome reward. Boo!
- In short: we must hit our Kickstarter goal to receive any of the funds!
CAN'T DONATE RIGHT NOW?
You can help us bring this film to fruition by spreading the word! Be a part of our project in whatever way you can. Share this page or our pitch video on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or even your blog! And please Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter & Instagram. Join the journey. These actions help more than you'd believe. Wanna get in touch? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for helping to make our film The Other a reality. Every donation will not only go toward making The Other a success but also supports diversity and women in film. We dedicate this one to the multiracial community. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
While various things can go wrong in the filmmaking process (and probably will), we believe our team has both the heart and experience to overcome any obstacles that may arise. We will ultimately make a film that you'll feel proud to be a part of! We do not take your generosity lightly and are fully dedicated to creating a high-quality film together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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