But if you want to know the secret, first we have to make the movie.
My name is Natalia Chinchilla, and this video is the way to introduce myself as the director, writer, and producer of PORCELLA. A short film about Lucia, a woman who has kept a secret for 10 years from her husband. But in the night of their 10th anniversary she's finally prepared to reveal it. However, she is not expecting that her confession will lead her to an unexpected event that will change the course of her life.
The film is inspired by a story that I secretly heard once from my aunt Lucia, a physiotherapist. She was talking about one of her patients. A woman who had never had an orgasm, not even a slightest sense of pleasure. But that week, days before her usual appointment with my aunt, something EXTRAORDINARY happened to this woman opening a chest of sensations that was completely unknown to her. I remember that I was very young when she told me this story. I think I was 15 years old, but it left a huge impact on me. I kept thinking of how this woman’s life would be different had this unexpected event not happened to her.
This "extraordinary" event was my motivation to write Porcella. But I can't tell you what "this" is, otherwise, I will ruin the movie for you.
I do can tell you, that this is a dark comedy, romantic, colorful, with a surreal world and quirky characters not so perfect but yet very human.
Aren't you intrigued?
The team that is going to be behind the construction of this imaginary world is one of the best parts. We have artists from all backgrounds. From wonderful musicians that work daily in the subway, to great professionals that work with the biggest names in New York. We have dancers, choreographers, make-up artists . It's a 31 person crew. Your contribution will help us pay some of the Chinchilla's people band.
The overall cost of the film is at least $15,000. As you see, the amount of money we're asking is much less of what the film actually costs. I already have $7,000 myself, and if we reach our goal we'll complete $10,000. This $3,000 is to feed the crew, and to buy water and ice because we're shooting in the summer and would otherwise melt on set.
The rest of the money I will get is to become a bear woman. In case, we don't reach our goal, I will shave and shave until I grow a bear, join a circus and become the next bear woman and get paid.
This is a very serious consideration.
A graduate of SVA, Niki Janowski has produced a feature documentary that was independently distributed and two independent feature length narratives, one of which was just released in a digital distribution deal. When she's not being a total comic book nerd or video game geek, she is a freelancer who works as a production manager or in the assistant directing department on independent feature films. In between those productions, she is producing a feature length horror film and a feature narrative about soldiers dealing with coming home from war.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLE LIBASSI:
Nicole Libassi is a writer/ director/ and cinematographer from Rome, Italy. She just completed her first short fim "Rebirth" that she both wrote and directed. She studied undergraduate college in Italy and moved to New York to complete the one-year cinematography program at NYFA.
SOUND RECORDING: HYO JIN AN
Hyo Jin An is a sound recordist, got his MFA in filmmaking from New York Film Academy in 2011. He has worked on more than 20 different films so far include festival won films. He is also a guitarist and composer.
DANCER-CHOREOGRAPHER-TEACHER-MUSICIAN: ALAN DANIELSON
Creates and teaches contemporary dance in the Humphrey/Limón tradition. His company – Dance by Alan Danielson – has performed to critical acclaim throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia. His choreography has also been commissioned and performed by many professional and student dance companies. A Master Teacher of dance and music, he has been the School Director of the José Limón Institute since 1991. Alan
has been a guest artist in Dance Festivals and Conservatories around the world, and has been on faculty at New York University and the Alvin Ailey School. He was a professional musician when he began dancing, and is also a dance accompanist (pianist) and composer.
PRODUCER ASSISTANT- SECOND AD SAYAMOL KLUNMALEE:
Sayamol Klunmalee was born and raised in Thailand. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication from Kasetsart University in Bangkok. She began her training in production immediately following graduation as an intern at Thailand's premiere production house, Scenario Company. She soon was hired by Scenario as the 2nd AD of Thailand's most popular sitcom "Pentor", two and half years. After that she worked in casting on many commercials.
Sayamol is currently earning her MA in Producing from the New York Film Academy. She has produced the short film "Absence" and the reality TV show "Beat The Street.". She is also working on her first feature film "Perfect Mania" about a young man suffering from manic-depression who becomes involved with an physician who offers him a unique therapy that changed his life forever.
Born and raised in NYC, Danielle is a writer and producer and editor. She received her MFA with honors from Columbia University in Screenwriting, There she was awarded various screenwriting awards and scholarships including a full first year writing scholarship, a teaching fellowship, and the Zaki Gordan grant for screenwriting. Ms Beeber went on to be a producer and editor for Vh1′s Best Week Ever. Afterwards she wrote and rewrote screenplays for National Lampoons and Breakout Productions. Ms Beeber is currently working on her graphic memoir LOOSE a Loose memoir as well as visual pieces for NPR's Radiolab and Freakonomics. She has also
been traveling the world teaching screenwriting and editing for film making workshops.
RACHEL ERRINGTON - LUCIA
Rachel is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre. Favorite roles include Medea, written and directed by two- time Tony nominee Tony Tanner, Cordelia from King Lear, Miss Julie, and Irina in a musical adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. In Los Angeles, Rachel was a member of the Classical Theatre Lab, where she appeared as Lydia in The Strongbox, Aricia in Phaedre and Annie in Anatol. Rachel appeared as Lady Anne in the 2011 HB Ensemble Production of Rickhardt. Rachel recently produced and starred in her first webisode called “The Moirae”.
PAOLA MATHE - PORCELLA
My name is Paola, and I am from Petion-Ville, Haiti. I believe in love and freedom. It doesn’t take much for me to be happy. I try to live everyday as a new adventure. Some of my favorite things include: bubbles, kites, hula hoops, and colorful wigs. I love shiny things, and I love green things. Nature in general makes me happy. I like to hold on to things people give me. I still have a rock this little boy gave me on the beach in Haiti last time I visited. The sunset always manages to catch my breath every time. In my perfect world, everyone would all be blessed with singing and dancing talent because these things are important too. By the way, I am probably the worst singer I know.
JOSEPH GUICE- LOUIS:
Z. Joseph Guice (Louis) is beyond thrilled to be working on PORCELLA. Trained in the theatre, Joe's favorite stage credits include the Scottish King in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Tilden in Shepard's Buried Child. Recent film credits include the features Cash Patients Only and Forgotten Kingdom. Joe owes a huge debt of gratitude to Natalia who is a fresh force of creative inspiration breaking all the rules, taking risks, and never letting one be lax or complacent. "I'm so grateful I get to play with her and share this personal vision."
STAVROS VASILEIADIS - JOHNNY
Stavros Vasileiadis is an actor and singer from northern Greece. Throughout his studies, he participated in amateur theatrical groups as a writer and actor. He also contributed to Allegro magazine in Greece as a journalist covering theatre and cinema. After receiving his BA and MS in chemical engineering, he left Greece to attend HB Studio in New York as a full time student of acting, singing and dancing. Some of the plays he has participated in include “The Red Island” by Mikhail Bulgakov and “Blood Wedding” by Federico Garcia Lorca.
BAFANA SALOMON MATEA- DANCER
(Dancer & Founding Member) was born in Mamelodi, South Africa. He is a Ceccheti Advanced Dance Graduate of the Pro-Alphen Art School in Pretoria and the recipient of the Alvin Ailey South African Dance Fellowship. His previous company affiliations have been with Elisa Monte Dance and Ballet Hispanico. Bafana is currently with Thomas/Ortiz Dance as well as Battery Dance Company and Juxtapower (South African song and dance).
LET'S SHOOT THE SHOT!
This is a story about a subject that still remaining a tabu in our society: the female sexuality. I have always been intrigued by women who keep everything to themselves and never express their suffering or frustration. Instead, they prefer to live in silence before telling others what they are feeling. It's the story of a human being who is tired to be what she has become but is decided to take an ultimate risk to change that.
Helping us to make this movie is saying that you share and understand our passion for what we do. And that you support any idea that comes from young, motivated, passionate and honest people that are completely devoted to what they are: FILMMAKERS.
We'll be eternally grateful and we'll make a film that will be for you to enjoy, laugh and experience a Catharsis – a momentum of release from the suffering of this world, so necessary in these days.
If you're not interested in any of the stuff above or your level of curiosity isn't enough, we're sorry for you, you could have so much fun ; )
But, if you think this idea is a good one, but you do not have any money, you can help us sharing it in your Facebook, tumblr, twitter...with your pals, and spread the voice.
You'll be part of our dvd tribute along with all the faces of the people that make us did this movie.
-Video shot by cinematographer Nicole Libassi.
Director, Writer, Producer