What's up everybody! My name is Xavier Burgin! I'm a writer, director, and storyteller hailing from USC School of Cinematic Arts. My films have been accepted to The Student Academy Awards, HBO, and SAG-AFTRA Short Film Foundation.
I'm a Sundance Lab Fellow, Ryan Murphy (Glee, Scream Queens) Television Half Foundation Fellow, Project Greenlight (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck) winner, and the writer/director of the viral short film, A Black Twitter Date.
Still, no other story I've done has gained the love, following, & viral notoriety than TINA AND THE GUCCI FLIP FLOP.
TINA & THE GUCCI FLIP FLOP follows the story of my friend, Tina, who found herself trapped in a closet when her lover's lover comes home. It's a tale of betrayal, cheating, being trapped in closets, and big, wet farts.
Tina skyrocketed me from a following of 8,000 to 25,000+ overnight. The twitter story was featured on Complex, Buzzfeed, Imgur, Reddit, Global Grind, Thought Catalog, Distractify, Clutch Magazine, and more! Now, I have a following of 57,000, and verified status, all thanks to this amazing Twitter saga.
WHAT MAKES TINA & THE GUCCI FLOP FLOP SO DOPE THOUGH, X?
Now, a tale of unfaithful spouses, metaphorical closet prisons, and gucci flip flops would be enough, but we learned new, educational ideas like...
"Pooched the cooch"
Lady parts feeling like apple pie.
But, bar none, the memes incorporated into the story, ESPECIALLY, the Alfonso Ribeiro reactions took the story to the next level.
The next day after I tweeted the story out, it blew up, and that was gucci flip flop history.
SO WHAT'S NEXT?
Many of you have been asking me if I planned to turn my Twitter stories into film. Well, now it's happening!
We are going to raise $35,000 to turn Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop into a LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM, for you!
THE BIG PRIZE
Everyone who donates to the Kickstarter, will receive a digital copy of the Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop comic, created by me, and illustrated by Celia Moscote.
The first fifty people to donate $100 or more will receive a limited edition, physical copy of The Tina & The Gucci Flop Flop comic book.
THE DAY TO DAY PRIZES
Nov. 27th 2016 - Everyone who donates from 3:30pm to 11:59pm on Nov 27th receives a limited edition, Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop Poster!
THE FINANCIAL PLAN
TINA & THE GUCCI FLIP FLOP: THE LIVE ACTION MOVIE, will work on a budget of $30,000 for pre-production, production, post-production, and marketing. $5000 of this budget will go directly to fulfilling all Kickstarter prizes (production of physical copies), plus the 8% fee taken by Kickstarter.
If we exceed our goal, 90% of our budget will be used for the film, while 10% will be set aside for production and shipping of our Kickstarter prizes, and 8% fee by Kickstarter.
THE PRODUCTION TIMELINE
*Variables such as location availability, actor's schedules, post challenges, etc...can cause the timeline to shift.
- Nov. 24th - Dec. 24th, 2016: Kickstarter Campaign
- Jan. 3rd - Feb. 3rd, 2017: Pre-Production, Crew Assembly, Casting, Location Scouting, Rehearsals
- Feb. 4th - Feb. 11th, 2017: Production
- Feb. 12th - March 10th, 2017: Post-Production, Editing, Picture Finishing, Sound, M&E, Mix, and Final Delivery
TBA: Exclusive premiere of Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop on Bureau of Creative Works
Six Weeks After Bureau Premiere: Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop premieres on Twitter
THE DISTRIBUTION PLAN
I had the privilege of becoming a part of The Bureau, an audience supported filmmaking collective that has provided me and 11 other filmmakers each with a grant to produce an original, low-budget short film. created by Mike Ambs and Erica Hampton.
TINA & THE GUCCI FLIP FLOP will have a six week exclusive premiere on The Bureau's platform, in early 2017. During that time you can get early, exclusive access to not only TINA & TINA & THE GUCCI FLIP FLOP, but their entire library of short films as well by signing up for their free trial. It costs you nothing to sign up and helps The Bureau to continue providing filmmakers with start up funding for their project. The platform is a Netflix-esque subscription model, where, after your free trial, for $4/month, you will have access to an new and original short each month as well as all previous films, BTS and lots of extras.
Six weeks after Tina's premiere on The Bureau, we will showcase the film directly on Twitter, for it's public world premiere!
THE MAJORITY RULE
In the past few years, an ongoing conversation has been happening in Hollywood in regards to "diversity." For many, this discussion began with #OSCARSSOWHITE, a hashtag created by April Reign.
According to a recent study by The Director's Guild of America, only 17% of all episodes in the last television season were directed by women, while 19% were helmed by ethnic minorities (male or female).
April Reign outlined a 10-point plan for change.
I'd like to add my own rule, for my film. This rule will be known as "The Majority Rule."
The Majority Rule is defined as - All roles during pre-production, production, and post-production, pertaining to crew, must be helmed by an overwhelming majority of woman, people of color, and/or LGBQT individuals.
Essentially, from the Producer, all the way down to the Production Assistant, we will majority hire individuals who are underrepresented.
This will not be an easy task, but change must start from the bottom-up, and I'm willing to begin here.
Now, some will deem this as "exclusionary" or possibly, "racist." It is neither. Providing opportunities and advancement for underrepresented voices and people within Hollywood, is the cure to Hollywood's lack of representation. The individuals who are excluded by "The Majority Rule" will never face systematic underrepresentation in Hollywood, therefore, we must focus on those who need the uplift.
Diversity must also champion inclusion, where we build a space allowing women and minorities to feel comfortable participating. We hope to exemplify this on the set of Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop.
We need your help and support! Let's make Tina come to life! If you love my work and want to be a part, this is how you can do it.
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THE TEAM (SO FAR)
XAVIER BURGIN - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Xavier Burgin attended The University of Alabama before being accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for TV & Film Production.
Xavier’s filmography has been accepted as a semi-finalist in the 43rd Student Academy Awards, The American Black Film Festival, HBO Short Film Competition, & Raindance Film Festival. He won Best Director at The Sunscreen Film Festival West.
Xavier has amassed a following of over 50,000 plus followers on twitter through his long form twitter stories, landing him features on sites such as Buzzfeed, Distractify, Complex, Global Grind, Clutch Magazine, Thought Catalog, Twitter’s Moments Page, and Alux .
Xavier directed, Olde E, a 546 Advanced Narrative film at USC’s School School of Cinematic Arts which received the Charles and Lucille King Best of Student Media Award and is a semi-finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards.
He directed, On Time, a proof of concept piece based on the feature script, Rough Around the Edges, co-written with Tiara Marshall, that made it past the first round of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. The film was selected as a finalist in The American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition.
Xavier has worked with Bazelevs (Wanted, Unfriended), Blavity, Riveting Entertainment, Google, Lenovo, Coca-Cola, The Distinguished Filmmakers’ Network, and Oscar Mayer as a director, writer, cinematographer, and/or writer. Xavier is also part of the National Lampoon Lemmings Improv group.
Xavier has been accepted into Sundance Labs, was a semi-finalist for Issa Rae’s “The New Normal” writing contest, and a Project Greenlight Contest Winner.
JENNA CAVELLE - PRODUCER
An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jenna Cavelle has worked as a producer on Xavier Burgin's previous films including, Olde E, On Time, & Minty. Jenna's work has been published in prominent academic journals and magazines, and screened at film festivals and in theaters throughout the United States and Eurasia.
In August 2016 Cavelle completed principal photography on her feature film directorial debut Blood Heist starring and produced by Oscar-nominated actor James Franco and featuring Emmy-nominated actor James McMeniman of Orange is the New Black. Blood Heist is about a band of siblings who attempt a violent robbery in order to escape their mundane lives and head to Hollywood to make their first Indie film.
Cavelle served as a co-director on the upcoming feature film The Mad Whale starring James Franco, Dominic Rains, Camilla Belle, and Summer Phoenix. In The Mad Whale, inmates at a 19th century women's mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick.’
Cavelle is slated to produce her first feature film, Tom Sawyer, starring James Franco as a co-production between Rabbit Bandini, The Art of Elysium, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The film goes into production in the Spring of 2017.
Cavelle is also the writer/producer of The Interpreter a short film about Afghan interpreters currently being hunted by the Taliban after being denied visas promised by the US government for their military service. Set to enter principal photography in December 2016, The Interpreter won Indiewire’s Project of the Month, and was featured in the National Review. The Interpreter will be directed by two-time Emmy winning director Robert Ham.
Cavelle is an Annenberg Fellow and a Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Recipient for her documentary film and community outreach work with the Paiute tribe of the Owens Valley where she has lived part time on the Bishop Paiute reservation since 2012 conducting and publishing extensive research on the tribe’s ancient irrigation systems and water history. Her documentary film Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute is the culmination of this research and is currently screening at Academy Award qualifying festivals and in theaters throughout the United States.
CELIA MOSCOTE - GRAPHIC ARTIST
Celia Elizabeth Moscote is the graphic artist for The Tina and Gucci Flip Flop comic and Kickstarter campaign! She's a freelance artist who displays diversity and body positivity through art. She is currently a community college student working on an associates degree and hopes to major in Animation and Chicano Studies at a university. She wants to work for an animation company as an animator and/or character designer to bring more diversity to the big screen!
MARIO RODRIGUEZ - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Mario Ricardo Rodriguez Carrascosa is a first generation Latin-American cinematographer from the City of Angels. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and in the Spring will work on completing his Master of Fine Arts at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Mario Ricardo’s obsession with art and photography is a secret. To trek through all the national parks and forests shooting film is the goal. Mario Ricardo likes to think he deals in alchemy when he develops a roll of film. On his first day on set, he decided to learn the craft of motion picture lighting. He was told not to waste his time. Mario Ricardo pictures the time he wasted.
Mario Ricardo is an energetic, goal-oriented filmmaker. He brings to work a unique determination, curious imagination, and a reliable problem solving ability. Along with his solid work ethic, he craves creative collaboration and inspired innovation. Mario Ricardo maintains a cheerful can do attitude, while seeking out truth and passion from within film’s plastic medium.
Stories that inspire Mario surface from his roots. Stories of undocumented travel and adventure, stories that make you think and feel. Stories that open a conversation and allow us as an audience to engage in a dialogue towards change for better. He dislikes the stereotypical and sexualized roles Latinx have been subjected to portray in Hollywood. One of Mario's goals is to change this Hollywood myth of what it means to be Latin-American.
Mario Ricardo wants to work with filmmakers from all walks of life. He enjoys learning the customs and cultures of others, while listening to universally unique stories of adventure and mischief. Mario Ricardo is equipped with the right mindset to openly collaborate with filmmakers, international and domestic.
TIFFANY D. BROOKS - EDITOR
Tiffany D. Brooks was born in Oakland CA. She enjoys the creativity behind film making and have found her passion in film editing. She is working to receive her MFA at the University of Southern California in the Film and Television Production Program in order to make her dream of becoming a professional editor her reality. When Tiffany is not editing, she is binge watching TV series such as “The Following” and indulging in Netflix. She also enjoys listening to music, traveling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.
Risks and challenges
The reason behind making Tina & The Gucci Flip Flop is two fold.
- One, I want to give my audience a piece they've grown with.
- Two, I want to build a viable platform to turn my twitter stories into visual stories everyone can enjoy and love.
Supporting this film is supporting me as a filmmaker, and proving success can be achieved outside the conventional routes of film.
So please, be sure to support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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