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Hi! I'm Jill.
I'm a filmmaker and hairstylist from Kansas City, Missouri.
THE STYLIST is a feature-length adaptation of my 2016 short horror film of the same title. The short screened at over 100 film festivals across the globe and won 20 awards including the Jury Award and Audience Choice at Eitheria Film Night. Our lead actress Najarra Townsend won Best Performance in a short film at Fantastic Fest, Monster Fest, Knoxville Horror Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Fest. She will be reprising the role in the feature.
Watch the short film -
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Everyone dreams of being someone else… but for Claire that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move in and out of other people’s worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client’s life – she ends it... and keeps a permanent souvenir. Her lonely life, meticulous method and shocking secrets are suddenly thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia, asks her to style her hair for her wedding.
WHY THIS FILM?
It was my intention from the inception of the story for it to be a feature-length, but I wanted more experience first. Four years later I now have over a dozen short films and music videos under my belt as a director and producer including CALL GIRL, BFF GIRLS, 42 COUNTS, and ONE LAST MEAL. I am ready to helm my first feature film. I just need your help!
I've been a movie-lover since as young as I can remember. My first love was sad movies. I would watch THE LAND BEFORE TIME and AN AMERICAN TALE over and over wanting to cry! Demented, I know. Then, when I got a tiny bit older and discovered horror, I fell head-over-heals. All of this made me realize I had a thing for stories that were confrontational and that made me feel deeply.
THE STYLIST is my take at mixing tragedy and horror. Claire was first inspired by Leatherface of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE - the scariest horror film ever created. Think of her as a glamorous version of him. They both wear the skin of others in hopes for an escape from themselves- an attempt to feel what it's like to be someone else. I want to create a tragic monster like him, CANDYMAN, MAY, and MANIAC.
We've been working on the script since we wrapped production on the short film in 2015. I spent a year on the first draft. After that, I turned to Eric Havens (who wrote the short with me). He helped write the next few drafts. Then last year, Eric Stolze (LATE PHASES, ONE LAST MEAL) came on board and did a major revision, which only made me fall even more in love with this story.
We've got an amazing team assembled. Along with Najarra and Eric, more crew from the short film returning for the feature. We have director of photography and producer Robert Patrick Stern, production designer and producer Sarah Sharp, special effect makeup artist Colleen Coffman, and *fingers crossed* hopefully a lot more. Plus, lots of people I've worked with in recent years are joining the gang like executive producer Kyle Clark and coproducers Chris Knitter and Jordon Rioux.
Now is the time to make this film. I've been through a lot lately that has reinforced how precious time is. Like Claire, I desperately need an escape.
Don't we all?
Claire doesn’t want people; she wants to be people. Every day of her life is haunted and tortured by the concept of “perfection.” She worries obsessively over appearances so much that every gesture, every word is a performance premeditated and carefully delivered. That premeditation extends beyond her day-to-day lonely life as a hairstylist… into her secret double life. She stalks women, carefully singling out targets before killing them, scalping them, and adding their hair to a collection she has amassed for years. With no companions or friends to confide in except her Chihuahua, Pepper, Claire makes it through her days living vicariously through her clients… until a shot at true friendship sends her meticulously-crafted routine into chaos, throwing her precarious mental state into turmoil.
Olivia is an honest and impulsive person – sometimes to a fault, since she has no filter and is very upfront with her feelings and opinions. But that boldness has gained her a lot in life too. Olivia isn’t worried about appearance so much as health and wellness. But she also has a taste for living; she’ll never say no to dessert, stays for “one more drink,” and takes the “live every day like your last” philosophy to heart. A life of charging into what she wants and taking chances without thinking its consequences through leads her to inviting Claire a little closer into her life… which will lead to plenty of consequences for both.
Olivia's work friend, always quick to lend an ear at the office and take her out to let off steam after clocking out. She carries a lot of stress for a lot of people as a project manager at the agency, and she finds impulsive and indulgent ways to get that stress out of her system after hours. Whether it's late nights out with her girlfriends, one-night stands, or ragers where one drink turned into five, she might show up to work hungover, but she always shows up on time.
A type-A personality who never does anything half-heartedly, whether she's working at her coffee shop or playing bass in her band. Between the local music scene and the many regular customers she knows by name, she makes a lot of positive connections in town -- and has many people who would miss her.
A graphic designer who travels a lot for work -- more than she'd prefer, in fact. Her husband and 7-year-old son don't see as much of her as they used to, and the frustration and loneliness she feels manifests in affairs with men at her various destinations. She's made peace with the secrets she's amassed in her travels -- after all, everyone has secrets, right?
Najarra Townsend - lead actress, producer
Brea Grant - actress
Sarah McGuire - actress
Jill Gevargizian (Sixx Tape)- writer, director, producer
Eric Havens - writer
Eric Stolze - writer
Kyle Clark (Claw Productions) - executive producer
Robert Patrick Stern (The Line Film Co) - director of photography, producer
Sarah Sharp (The Line Film Co) - production designer, producer
Chris Knitter (Method Media) - line producer
Jordon Rioux (Method Media) - production manager
Colleen Coffman - special effects makeup
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
30% - Production
22% - Post Production
15% - Cast & Crew
12% - Deliverables & Marketing
8% - Special Effects
8% - Food
5% - Accounting & Legal
Risks and challenges
Making a film is full of them, but I think that's what attracts a lot of us to the medium. There's never a dull moment and problem-solving is incredibly rewarding.
To be frank, this is a very small amount of money to make a feature length film. And we know it.
The more important thing is - this team has been dying to bring this story to life for over 4 years, an extremely passionate and talented team. Nothing could stop us now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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