* A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the campaign!
With your support on Indiegogo (a total of 23,360 raised!) and your donations off-line, we raised over $30,000 which means we can MOVE AHEAD with our plans to shoot in SPRING 2013!!
If you missed out on the Indiegogo campaign but would still like to contribute to the film, we need your help, please visit our website to donate: www.portraitofserialmonogamist.com/help-make-the-film
This stage of our journey has been about so much more than just raising funds, it’s been about building a community around the film. Indiegogo has allowed us a platform to reach out to our community in Toronto and beyond, connecting with people across Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. Together, we have built a community around the film that is committed to it’s success.
Thanks to you we can show that there is a NEED and a demonstrable market for a lesbian romantic comedy!
Thanks to your support we won Project of the Week on indiewire.com
We get a digital distribution consultation with SnagFilms and the chance to compete for Project of the Month. The winner receives a consultation with the Sundance Institute, so stay tuned!
• Thank you to AfterEllen for a mention in their morning brew!
Help Make Cinematic History:
The film canon is missing a witty, stylish and ultimately touching lesbian romantic comedy. There has never been a movie like Portrait of a Serial Monogamist: an authentic comedy about the queer community. Nobody dies, it isn’t about coming out, or characters struggling to understand their sexuality, it is a universal story about romance, comedy and relationships.
Back a Winner:
Co-writers and directors, Christina Zeidler & John Mitchell, have written a great script, begun putting together a talented ensemble of actors, and even shot a trailer to give a flavour of the film. They have done all of this with no outside funding of any kind. Your response has been over-whelingly positive and is drumming up excitement for the finished product and NOW they need your help. Every dollar raised goes directly to making the film. This movie does not happen without you, so join us and help make this groundbreaking piece of cinema!
Elsie, a forty-something television producer and serial monogamist breaks up with her long-standing girlfriend to pursue a younger woman, only to face disapproval from friends and family and the growing realization that she may have broken up with the one she was meant to be with. Toronto and its alternative queer community will be the backdrop for a hilarious and oh so romantic comedy in the style of classic films like, Manhattan, Annie Hall & High Fidelity.
You’re On The Team:
Making a movie is a collaborative process and we see you as a partner. Every donation comes with perks, like the chance to visit the set, attend the cast & crew screening, have your portrait appear on screen, or even have input into the finished film! No matter what the amount, everything is appreciated and everything helps.
Christina Zeidler, Co-Writer/Director/Producer
Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over thirty film and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web. Christina was named one of Toronto’s 10 best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and has won the Best Canadian Media Award at the Images Film Festival. Her work has screened at numerous festivals including queer film festivals in: Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brazil, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico, Milan, Paris and Torino. She also has a proven record as an entrepreneur as President and Developer of The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. www.christinazeidler.com
John Mitchell, Co-Writer/Director/Producer
John Mitchell is a Toronto writer and director who started his career as one half of the cult 90’s musical comedy duo Brock & John. Mitchell went on to spend two years at the famed Second City in Toronto as part of the Auxiliary Company. Mitchell has written and directed several musical comedies and was one of the early writers of the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, which went on to win 5 Tony Awards on Broadway. He recently completed post production on his first documentary feature, with co-director Jonathan Crombie, Waiting For Ishtar, about Elaine May’s much-maligned 1987 comedy staring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty
Mehernaz Lentin, Executive Producer
Mehernaz Lentin has worked with some of Canada’s leading filmmakers bringing award-winning, innovative dramas and documentary films to markets in Canada and around-the-world. Projects include: feature film, HEAVEN ON EARTH by Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta, which was selected as Canada’s Top Ten by TIFF 2008; feature-length documentaries include INVISIBLE CITY by Oscar nominee, Hubert Davis, winner of the Hot Doc’s 2009 Best Canadian Feature Award, which she also co-wrote; TOXIC TRESPASS by Barri Cohen, winner of the 2008 Writer’s Guild of Canada Best Documentary Award; one-hour documentary 24 HOUR CAB-RIDE for the CBC’s The Lens, which she co-wrote and co-directed; short dramatic films A SHORT FILM ABOUT FALLING a collaboration between Peter Lynch and internationally renown artist Max Dean and TRAVELLING MEDICINE SHOW by Amnon Buchbinder.
Lentin co-produced THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE (2002 Canada/U.K co-production) a feature adaptation of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Carol Shield’s novel by the same name. The film was co-written by Esta Spalding and Deepa Mehta and directed by Deepa Mehta. Lentin Line-Produced BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD (2001), also written and directed by Deepa Mehta, the film went on to become one of Canada’s highest grossing box-office hits. Lentin’s first feature as producer was the award-winning feature SKIN DEEP (1995) by Midi Onodera, which was co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada.
Our Amazingly Talented Cast:
Diane Flacks (Elsie) Diane Flacks is an Emmy, Gemini and Dora nominated writer/performer, known for her theatre work, her four smash hit solo shows, her TV series, her book, and featured columns in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, as well as a regular national CBC radio column on parenting. She has a longer list of accomplishments that she either left in the car or put in recycling.
Carolyn Taylor (Robyn) Carolyn Taylor is a Second City alumnus. Winner of five Canadian Comedy Awards, one Canadian Screenwriters Award and nominated for two Geminis, Carolyn has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Her acting credits include Queer as Folk, Wildcard, Sue Thomas FBI and the feature film, 19 Months. Carolyn is part of the musical art collective MINTZ and makes hundreds of tiny wax sculptures that she calls “psychic byproducts” of conversation.
Caroline Gillis (Grace) Caroline has been an actress in Toronto for over twenty years. She originally hails from Cape Breton and has worked extensively with her fellow Cape Bretoner and friend, Daniel MacIvor. She has worked in theatres across Canada from the Belfry in Victoria to Neptune in Halifax, as well as stints at the Blyth Festival and the Stratford Festival. Most recently she was a member of the English Theatre Company at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Her television work includes: SLINGS AND ARROWS and THIS IS WONDERLAND. Her film credits include: MONKEY WARFARE and HIGHWAY 61.
Shoshana Sperling (Rachel) Comic genius Shoshana Sperling is a Toronto writer and performer who has given us character-rich plays, television and live comedic monologues. Queer audiences will remember her hilarious performance in Cassandra Nicolaou’s Interviews with my Next Girlfriend. Shoshana performs with her partner musician Maury LaFoy in Monkey Bunch named “The Rolling Stones for the pre-school set” by Toronto Life.
Dawn Whitwell (Jackie) Rated one of America’s Funniest Lesbians by Curve magazine, Dawn is taking her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the roadlast summer for a second time as part of the legendary Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Recently Whitwell was featured at Boston’s Women In Comedy Festival and has also appeared at Gotham and Comic Strip Live in New York. Dawn is most proud to have founded Comedy Girl, an all-girl standup outfit in Toronto.
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