** On 1.11.11 we made our goal thanks to you!
but KEEP GOING! We can use every dollar on this film.
After Nov. 8th head to theindependentcollective.com/join to contribute
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Tiny Dancer has been in
development since The Cake Eaters,
Jayces first film starring Kristen Stewart, has been on the festival
circuit. That's a long time! The changing climate in film financing
has made it nearly impossible to get this production off the ground in the
traditional manner, but our desire to make this film has grown increasingly
into a kind of obsession, a common progression in the creative world. We
have to make this film or else. It keeps us up at night.
The film is about legendary dancer Lauren Drake, played by Martha Graham principal Katherine Crockett, who has just become a mother and is struggling to balance her drive for perfection and her journey to dance again. It also stars Tony and Spirit Award nominee, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Jack Goes Boating). We can all relate to transitioning from one label in our lives to another, and Lauren Drake is struggling with the disappearance of her label of star dancer as she morphs into her new label of mother.
Lauren Drake has left the art she loves when she has her baby, but for whatever reason, she feels incomplete just being a mother. She comes to the conclusion that she has to dance again and risks her family, her marriage, and her friendship to find what makes her truly happy. This is a story that is often unexplored because motherhood is viewed as something that should satisfy in and of itself, and to want more -- to have it all -- is seen as impossible, even selfish at times. But what is an artist to do when she can only express herself through her talent?
We created an organization called The Independent Collective with the idea
that you buy a membership and get cool stuff related to the film to raise our
budget. Sound familiar? We are fiscally sponsored by The New York
Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) which makes contributions to our film 100% tax-deductible,
even here at IndieGoGo, where we turned to jump-start our completion
Our project has grown incredibly in the last year and only because of people like you. We were featured on The Huffington Post; we secured stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Katherine Crockett and Director of Photography Kate Phelan; we shot three days in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, and at The Mark Morris Dance Center on two Sony F3s. In very recent news we are thrilled to announce that the project will be in collaboration with the legendary dancer, Desmond Richardson of Complexions. We assembled our footage into a promo piece and are presenting it on Sept. 19 at a fundraiser sponsored by Dance Magazine and created a trailer for you to see the direction we are going in with this film (click above!)
But Ive already given you money?!
Thank you! Seriously! We thank you every day in our creative world of editing, rewriting, and pitching! With your funds, we had an incredible three-day shoot, and you can see the teaser we created from that here. We were able to test our cameras and have since used this footage for more fundraising and to secure more attachments and support for the film. You can still help us by considering giving again, and its still TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Or, you can spread this campaign with a passionate call to action!
Simply engaging on this site by clicking links in the campaign, watching and sharing the campaign or video increases our "GoGo Factor" on the site and our chances of being featured. So by all means, go ahead! Your clicking is very valuable to us!
If our campaign does not work, our climb becomes that much longer. We have an INCREDIBLE cast and crew waiting for the green light. Everything is in place EXCEPT for the funds. We want to deliver this film to you. We want to hit the festivals with it, get it distributed by any means necessary, and tell the story of Lauren Drake, a woman who leaves her passionate and established career as a principal dancer to become a mother... and ultimately finds herself unfulfilled. This is a theme that seems so simple, yet is actually unexplored, unaddressed, and generally un in the film world. We want this discussion to begin.
How is our campaign different from the millions of others in your inbox?
Because its our campaign, and we finish our stuff, and it comes out! And you will be the first to see it,because you've believed in us. Also, we arent messing around. We have assembled an amazing team of talented performers. We dont just want to make a movie; we want to make a film of the highest order. Check out our reel, see our trailer, look us up, Google us, were crazy about finishing this film, and we mean business. Im sitting here typing meaning BIZ-NESS.
Other ways you can help!
Im broke, Im like you trying to make my film, but I can Tumble, Follow, Like, Embed! To this we say, Yes, Please! and Thank you! We truly are so appreciative and love every shout out and thumbs-up. Share this campaign right now if you can.
Thanks everyone for
your unrelenting support!