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THE SURROGATE, a new feature film

Help this complex queer film make it to the finish line!

THE SURROGATE, a new feature film

Help this complex queer film make it to the finish line!

$9,792
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74
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 28 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

THE FILM

A 29-year-old Brooklynite volunteers to be the surrogate/egg donor for her two best friends, a male couple, and they conceive quickly. Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, their conflicting reactions to an unexpected prenatal test result put their relationship to the test. THE SURROGATE is a thought-provoking, character-driven drama from the director of the acclaimed queer short films ACTRESSES and NATIVES, which premiered at Sundance and SXSW, respectively.

Jasmine Batchelor, Sullivan Jones, Chris Perfetti
Leon Lewis, Brooke Bloom, Jasmine Batchelor
Jasmine Batchelor, Leon Lewis

Where we are now

We shot the film this spring, and now we need to fund our post-production. Help this micro-budget labor of love get to the finish line! 

Jasmine Batchelor, Sullivan Jones
Chris Perfetti, Jasmine Batchelor, Sullivan Jones
Tonya Pinkins, Jasmine Batchelor, Leon Addison Brown
Eboni Booth, Jasmine Batchelor
Sullivan Jones, Chris Perfetti

The Team 

JASMINE BATCHELOR, “Jess”/associate producer

Currently starring in MEASURE FOR MEASURE at The Public Theater. Recent Off-Broadway: MOTHERS (Playwrights Realm), CONTINUITY (Manhattan Theater Club). TV: THE GOOD FIGHT, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE AFFAIR, LAW AND ORDER SVU. Juilliard Group 44.

CHRIS PERFETTI, “Josh”

HBO’s THE NIGHT OF and LOOKING. Theater credits include MOSCOW… (MCC), EVERYBODY (Signature), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (Broadway), PICNIC (Broadway) and SONS OF THE PROPHET (Roundabout). The New York Times called Chris’s performance in THE LOW ROAD at The Public Theater “excellent.”

SULLIVAN JONES, “Aaron”

Currently starring in SLAVE PLAY on Broadway; during the Off-Broadway run of the show, New York Magazine called his performance “sleeper brilliant.” Upcoming: Ilana Glazer’s FALSE POSITIVE (A24). TV credits include THE LOOMING TOWER, PARKS AND RECREATION.

BROOKE BLOOM, “Bridget”

Noah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY, Amazon’s HOMECOMING, and the upcoming MINYAN. Numerous theater credits including YOU GOT OLDER (Obie Award for performance). “…Embodied by the marvelous Ms. Bloom…”—New York Times review of CLOUD NINE at Atlantic. 

BRANDON MICHEAL HALL, “Nate”

SEARCH PARTY (HBO Max), GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS), THE MAYOR, BROAD CITY. Juilliard Group 44.

JEREMY HERSH, writer/director

The short films NATIVES (SXSW 2013) and ACTRESSES (Sundance, SXSW, BAMCinemafest 2015, winner of Audience Award for narrative short at New Orleans Film Festival). David Ehrlich included ACTRESSES on his list of "5 Sundance Shorts That Knocked Us Out" for Time Out New York, and IndieWire called it “a deceptively simple relationship story brought to life by great direction and acting.” On NATIVES, Short Of The Week wrote, “there is not a single off moment in [the] performances, and this is damn difficult material....While the film (thankfully) avoids giving us any answers, it demonstrates an ability to perfectly state the questions. It does so with humanism and craft.”

MIA CIOFFI HENRY, Cinematographer

Short films include THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (winner of the 2019 Moving Ahead award at Locarno International Film Festival), CHEER UP BABY (Sundance 2018), SUPERIOR (Sundance, Berlinale 2015), MOVING (New York Film Festival 2019) multiple music videos for Mitski. “Meticulously crafted cinematography”—Short Of The Week review of CHEER UP BABY.

CECILIA DELGADO, Editor

Jeremy Hersh’s shorts ACTRESSES (Sundance, SXSW) and NATIVES (SXSW); SWEATER (BFI London Film Festival, Tribeca), GOODBYE BROOKLYN (Slamdance); producer of the Topic series MANIMAL KINGDOM. “Cecilia Delgado’s editing brings us seamlessly through many different jumps in time without feeling disorienting”—IndieWire, regarding ACTRESSES.

D’VAUGHN AGU, Production Designer

NIGERIAN PRINCE (Tribeca Film Festival 2018). For the stage, THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM…ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (HERE Arts Center), TERMINUS (New York Theatre Workshop), INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH (Target Margin), many more.

LAUREN TANCHUM, Costume Designer

The upcoming series ASSISTED LIVING; Drew Denny's short film ONE DAY HOME. Assistant costume designer on Eliza Hittman’s BEACH RATS; costume assistant on Todd Haynes' WONDERSTRUCK and HBO’s Vinyl; costume coordinator on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.

JULIE CHRISTEAS and JONNY BLITSTEIN of TANDEM PICTURES (producer)

Features include THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Sundance), THE SLEEPWALKER (Sundance), BLOOD STRIPE, DUKALE'S DREAM, Laurence Michael Levine’s upcoming BLACK BEAR with Aubrey Plaza and Chris Abbott.

TAYLOR HESS (producer)

Producer and director of the short documentaries MACK WRESTLES (ESPN’s 30 for 30, SXSW, Tribeca) and GUTS (The Atlantic). Producer, Netflix’s EXPLAINED. 

DAVID CHAN (Executive Producer)

Co-Executive Producer of SELAH AND THE SPADES

JIM CUMMINGS & BEN WIESSNER (Executive Producers)

The team behind the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning THUNDER ROAD, based on the Sundance-winning short film. Other feature films include THE GRIEF OF OTHERS (SXSW), EUPHONIA (SXSW), and the upcoming BEAST BEAST.

RESONANT PICTURES (Executive Producers)

The documentary feature 16 BARS (1091); campaign videos for Pete Buttigieg, branded content for Madison Square Garden and many others.

Our cast also includes Tonya Pinkins, Eboni Booth, Leon Lewis, Tiffany Villarin, Leon Addison Brown, and Catherine Curtin.   

Jasmine Batchelor

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