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One summer in Brooklyn, two women test their freedom and friendship. “Thelma & Louise” meets “Girls”, starring Tonia Sotiropoulou.
One summer in Brooklyn, two women test their freedom and friendship. “Thelma & Louise” meets “Girls”, starring Tonia Sotiropoulou.
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                                           a feature film by WONDERFILM PRODUCTIONS

Everything Is Wonderful...or is it really?  

At one point or another we've all found ourselves lost and dissatisfied, even when everything should be fine. Here’s the story.

We follow two friends, Lena (Pia Mechler) and Maria (Tonia Sotiropoulou) during one week in the summer as they test the limits of their freedom and friendship. Living a life without financial burdens, Lena becomes increasingly bored with her seemingly perfect life in her beautiful Brooklyn apartment. Maria is unsatisfied with her stressful job as a waitress and her unfulfilled dreams of being an actress. After Lena discovers her husband cheating, Maria and Lena begin a week of crazy partying. Whenever they are together, they seem happy. Whenever they are apart, their lack of symbiosis fails them. They drink and party, make out with random men, sleep in the same bed and mimic each other’s behaviors. Lena and Maria end up in the Hamptons where everything takes an unexpected turn. 

Maria (Tonia Sotiropoulou) and Lena (Pia Mechler)
Maria (Tonia Sotiropoulou) and Lena (Pia Mechler)

WONDERFILM PRODUCTIONS are Stephanie Angel, Kim Dang and Pia Mechler. We met through mutual friends and soon discovered that even though we came from different fields within the film industry, we all shared the passion for a certain kind of filmmaking. We started our company last summer with the goal of creating thought provoking, entertaining films with strong female roles that appeal to large audiences. Our goal is to strengthen female images in the film industry and move away from stereotypes. 

Stephanie has been working in the film business for almost 15 years as a writer, director, producer and script supervisor. Most recently she script supervised the NBC series The Blacklist. She is the Founder of Angelight Films, a NPO which produces short films with children who have brain tumors. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a degree in Film Studies. Kim was an organizer and programmer of the Oscar-qualified International short film festival Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur for over 6 years. Pia has worked in the film business for over 10 years. After graduating from the acclaimed European Film College she started working as an actress in the German and UK film industry. Before joining the team as an Associate Producer, Emiko worked internationally in the fields of social justice, law, international relations, and event management.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT by a WOMEN-LED FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY: As women in the film business, we are still extremely under represented. We want to make a difference behind the scenes, but also change the female stereotypes in front of the camera. Everything is Wonderful is WONDERFILM PRODUCTIONS’ first project in this endeavor and you can be part of it! 

What else are we talking about? In the Western world, we are often born into a society with an abundance of opportunities and we are at times overwhelmed by them. Are we giving in to disruption and distraction, because it is the easier way? Are we getting lost in our passiveness or do we actively seek out happiness and fulfillment and appreciate what has been given to us? Are we ready to treat our freedom with the responsibility that it deserves?

Why is there no script? Improvisation helps create honest and truthful dialogue. It also allows the filmmaker to be surprised and create moments that are unexpected. While we only have an outline script, the film is fully storyboarded and well structured. Each scene’s driving force has been laid out and will be rehearsed thoroughly allowing the dialogue to emerge naturally. The cinematography will be dense and artful. The challenge, and at the same time the innovation will be to shoot an improvised movie in a very controlled cinematographic environment. Our two lead actresses Tonia and Pia have been friends for many years, they even shared an apartment at one time, which all translates into a beautiful chemistry on camera.

Here is a little sneak peak for you to give you an idea of our visual style, and the improvisation. You also get to witness a painfully awkward audition experience for Tonia's character Maria...

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Tonia is a Greek actress who skyrocketed to fame in her home country after her appearance on James Bond "Skyfall". She also starred in "Hercules" and "Berberian Sound Studio".
Tonia is a Greek actress who skyrocketed to fame in her home country after her appearance on James Bond "Skyfall". She also starred in "Hercules" and "Berberian Sound Studio".
For the past ten years, Pia has had a successful career in tv and film, both in Germany and the UK. She starred in "Volcano", "Color of Magic", and "Almost Settled".
For the past ten years, Pia has had a successful career in tv and film, both in Germany and the UK. She starred in "Volcano", "Color of Magic", and "Almost Settled".
The American audience will know Alexis for his role in "My Life in Ruins" where he stars next to Nia Vardalos. Alexis is currently starring in the ITV drama tv series "The Durrells".
The American audience will know Alexis for his role in "My Life in Ruins" where he stars next to Nia Vardalos. Alexis is currently starring in the ITV drama tv series "The Durrells".
Hannah is one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation in Germany. She is known for her roles in "The Reader" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex".
Hannah is one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation in Germany. She is known for her roles in "The Reader" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex".

Since we do not have studio funding we need your help to make this badass film a reality. Your financial support will go straight to the production costs. 

We are very lucky to have gathered a highly talented and experienced team of professionals who believe in our project so much so that they are willing to work for us for way less than their usual fees. We are also a recipient of Big Vision Empty Wallet's Kickstart Diversity program, which provides us with discounts from vendors nationwide, allowing us to save money through all stages of production and give you, the donor, more bang for your buck! The program also helps us in building and activating our audience and widely distributing our film.

So with your additional help we can produce and market this amazing movie in a way that you and a large audience can see it and of course be wildly entertained by it!

Apart from supporting women in the film industry and being part of a film project, you can get amazing rewards! Here is a selection of them.

More exciting rewards are on the right hand side. Make sure to check them all out!

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  • Use #everythingiswonderful #wonderfilmproductions when talking about us

Risks and challenges

There is a risk that this movie is going to suck and we all end up killing each other due to lack of sleep, patience and money.

However, the probability is as good as zero, because we are professional film people who happen to be friends, who will do this project, because we love the idea, the storyboard and we can’t imagine something better than working with each other.

We are very grateful for everything you give to support us on this journey!

The risks and challenges lie therefore in the unexpected things that will happen during our production and post-production. But since we are doing an improvised movie, we are expecting the unexpected.

Thank you for your support!

Your Wonderfilm Productions Team Pia, Stephanie, Kim and Emiko

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    A BIG FAT VIRTUAL HUG!
    For $5 you will receive a Thank You email and BIG FAT VIRTUAL HUG from the team.

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    Brighten your day with some music
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    You will get a link to download our title song “Everything is Wonderful” by Pacific Soundtracks and a THANK YOU email.

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    Do you speak German?
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    In that case you can get our director Pia Mechler’s first novel “Remisuri” (in German) that was published last year as a digital download as well as the download link to our title song and a BIG FAT virtual hug.

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    You will get 2 songs by the Swiss band Silver Firs and the title song of "Everything is Wonderful" by Pacific Soundtracks!

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    Movie & Music

    You will receive the movie and music download links. Be among the first who get to see "Everything is Wonderful" - and that in the comfort of your own private home.

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    Blooper-reel + song + film
    Curious about all the hilarious fails and special moments during our shoot? Well, there will be outtakes, but only a few will get a first, exclusive look. Hurry up before the laughter is gone:-)

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    Carry Everything that is wonderful around!

    You will receive our exclusive tote which will make you part of an exclusive club of "Everything is Wonderful"-tote carriers.
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    Signed Tote + Forever Thankful Shout Out

    You will receive an exclusive Tote Bag signed by Tonia, Alexis and Pia as well as a shout out on our instagram...your name for everyone to see and follow! And of course the music and film download.

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    Polaroid Still Frame Art

    You will get beautifully framed, special polaroid stills from our shoot. Have a unique and decorative memory of the film you supported. One day you can sell it for ten times this much;-)…and of course the music and film downloads.

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    Movie credits

    Your name will be mentioned in our movie credits! And stay there forever… it’s like being in the movie! You will also get the links to the music and film download.

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    Message from a Bondgirl

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    Join the team at a screening

    You and your +1 will be invited to a private screening in NYC, meet the filmmakers and have a drink with us. Travel expenses not included. You will also get the links to the music and film download.

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    Behind the scenes - OnSetVisit!

    You will be invited to visit us on the set. Have a look how everything works, meet the actors and filmmakers. Feel like part of the crew. Travel expenses not included. You will also get the links to the music and film download

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    Be an Extra and leave your mark. So when you go to the movies, you can point at the screen and tell your friends: “Wait, wait...see, this is me!” Travel expenses not included. You will also get a photo on set signed by the team

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    Be an actor, get a role, some lines and a credit - like “guy in store”, “girl at the counter”. Even an IMDb credit...It's official you're a star! (travel expenses not included)

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