We've filmed the first half & we need your help to finish the project in October!
WHAT IS THIS?
The film is a cinematic portrait of the crestfallen religious spirit of early 19th century New England through a queer-feminist lens. The project presents historically-based tableaus to offer a look at this group of people who abandoned their abolitionist activism in exchange for a promise of a heavenly utopia.
WHY THIS FILM NOW?
We need better alternatives to apathy. We still live in unjust times, under many of the same structures that were being debated in the 1800s. The challenges we face today still feel overwhelming and finding the will to participate in the world-as-it-is remains a struggle.
Those Who Wait represents a historic community that was actively contending with injustice in the world as it pertained to their own spiritual health. This film studies the dramatic consequences of this early effort.
We are still in an Age of Apocalypse. This film is set in the 1830s-40s: a period in which the bricks were being laid for the American Civil War, the escalation in machines of global war, and the planetary human impact brought by the Industrial Revolution.
In 2017 somehow the idea of a new civil war, nuclear apocalypse, and environmental catastrophe don't seem far off. There has never been a better time to examine the human inclination toward self-eradication. Today's headlines are filled with the public and violent resurgence of white nationalism and the deportation of non-white inhabitants of the United States. Instead of only reacting to the headlines, it's important also to return to these imagined colonial histories and interrogate the source of today's social sicknesses.
By examining the crisis-of-the-soul that the Millerites collectively wrestled with, our inquiry touches both the social and the spiritual implications necessary to face ourselves in the world.
It's time to reframe our histories. Slowly, American media has started to become more inclusive of queer representation, but there is still a big need to shift the focus from representation to authorship. That means including queer writers, filmmakers and artists to have a say in the ways history (and day-to-day life) is seen.
Instead of taking on a story that has to do with romance or sexuality, our aim is to broaden the scope of queer cinema to unlocking new readings of old stories. We are committed to a creative process that invites the biggest expression of our queer-feminist values in the present by our community.
WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TO?
The film is set in the 1840’s and paying for a period piece out of pocket is not possible.
We have an amazing crew of Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Visual Artists, and local folks on board. We have had the incredible support of labor from artists, friends and community.
Despite all this generous support, we still need MONEY for the following hard materials/costs:
RENTING EQUIPMENT: $7,000
FABRICATING & RENTING WARDROBE: $2,300
TRANSPORTING & FEEDING OUR CREW: $2,200
BUILDING SETS & HAND-MAKING PROPS: $1,000
This is the barebones budget to make sure we can pull this off. The collaborating team has done so much incredible work and any additional support goes to rewarding these artists and technicians for their labor. Please support these artists by helping us go above and beyond our goal.
Risks and challenges
Making a period piece is tough! Whose idea was that?
The challenges range from "how do we address representation within the brutal history of the 19th century" (without just replicating the brutality) to "how do we get this restored horse-drawn carriage all the way from Illinois because we can't afford to buy one?"
Pulling a film production off is a colossal task. Doing a cinematic portrayal of apocalypse in the 1800s without pulling on film industry institutions is something extra. The process has taught us so much about community and collaboration. We are overwhelmed with how many talented individuals producing work in the art department, costume department, and camera department have come together from around the country to pull off this feat.
In the process of making this film, we have learned so much about social capital and art making. We are overwhelmed with romantic feelings towards all of our collaborators and hope we can surpass our kickstarter goal to help give them easy retirements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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