Venere follows 3 women as they struggle with their fears of pregnancy & postpartum mood disorders, rape culture, & reproductive rights.
Venere follows 3 women as they struggle with their fears of pregnancy & postpartum mood disorders, rape culture, & reproductive rights. Read more
We're making a film about rape culture, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and women's reproductive rights.
There have always been problems with our world and we're always trying to make things better. We may have different ideas on how to accomplish positive change where it's needed, but recently, specifically, after the presidential election, Leonardo and I became concerned about some of the problems being addressed at all. That's why we're here, on Kickstarter.
Let's take a moment to acknowledge that regardless the administration, the issues we want to talk about have always been a problem:
Rape Culture has always been around, you might just not know what it is (it's blaming the victim, thinking the victim did something to warrant physical/verbal/emotional assault), how to see it, or how to make changes (like teaching people not to rape, instead of teaching people how to not be raped). Women have been fighting for their reproductive rights...well, forever. And, even though it's been there since the beginning of time, women have struggled without acknowledgement or help with their pregnancies or postpartum mood disorders.
Unfortunately, our recent political landscape has given a voice to people that want to sweep these issues under the rug, or turn them on their head, entirely. We think rape culture is still a problem and needs to be addressed immediately. We're over the idea that women carry the onus of reproduction, and are further stigmatized for wanting reproductive rights. We want to give a voice to the women and families, struggling and suffering in silence with symptoms they don't understand. AND, perhaps the worst part of all is how all of these issues vary wildly depending on a woman's race and/or economic status.
And so, we wrote "Venere" (pronounced "Ven" "uh" "ray"), a 30 minute short film to be submitted to festivals in order to gain momentum and find backers to fund it into a feature film.
WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS FILM?
Art is a powerful tool that shapes our culture, and film is the most immediate art form of our time. It creates discussion. Our goal is to empower our audience to talk with friends and family in a respectful manner, about rape culture, reproductive rights, and the state of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders in the United States.
When we change our culture, it is the first step to political change.
When it comes to women's rights we are all in danger. When a woman is not in charge of her own body, when a woman is paid less for the same amount of work a man does, when we deny justice to victims of rape, we all lose as a society because we withhold one of us from living to our full potential.
WHAT IS "VENERE" ABOUT?
“Venere” follows the lives of three women of diverse socio-economic backgrounds as each character grapples with their fear, struggling to identify healthy coping mechanisms. One woman navigates prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, the second struggles to safely exit an abusive relationship, and the third resists losing herself and her choices as she faces the thought of abortion. None of the women know each other personally, yet they are connected in their dreams where the audience has the opportunity to watch them battle personal demons in order to find their inner truth to then be able to connect with a larger community of women. Each characters’ situation depicts an internal battle spurred by societal pressures that are placed on women every day in our country.
WHERE DO YOU COME IN?
Have you been a victim of rape culture? Do you know what rape culture is? Have you ever felt that you were not allowed to decide what to do with your own body? Have you struggled with mental illness or a mood disorder? Or, do you know someone that has answered yes to any of the above? Do you want to create a healthy discussion around these issues to effect change?
We assembled a professional cast and crew, and we'd like to pay these pros! Our budget of $42,000 will cover pre- and post-production costs for our 30 minute short.
We have a stretch goal of $80,000 which will enable us to submit to more festivals and provide public screenings to underserved communities where conversation about these topics is most needed.
AND, if you guys think that our goals for this production are stellar, and you're super generous, helping us hit our final goal of $1.5M, we'll go straight into writing and production of the feature film :-)
November, 2017 - Production begins
April, 2018 - Post-production begins
May, 2018 - Submission to festivals
Risks and challenges
We're committed to this project so much that everyone involved has already invested so much time, energy, and our own dollars to produce "Venere". Our biggest challenge is exactly why we're here on Kickstarter - obtaining the funds to fairly pay our cast and crew for their expertise and experience.
The other challenge is having rational conversations about things that are deeply personal. Our message in the film is consistent with our own values: violence begets violence. Please be kind and empathetic when engaging in discourse.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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