WE MADE OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL!!
I'm Adrienne. Hi!
Thanks for taking a sec to check out at a short film about this complicated, convoluted, rigid, fluid, beautiful world we live in. But I'm getting ahead of myself. You're probably wondering:
Who Are You & What Is This?
Adrienne Rose White (Writer, Producer, Star) is a Los Angeles based actress, filmmaker, and graduate of Harvard College. She first fell in love with film and animation as an undergraduate, and earned the Edward H. Potter award for “great enthusiasm and curiosity for truly eclectic learning… relating to the preservation or furtherance of popular history and culture.” She studied acting in the Conservatory at Atlantic Theater Company, and has appeared numerous theatrical projects on the East and West coasts. She's also assisted on Film Independent's Project:Involve short "You're Dead to Me," and the executive produced the Harvard thesis film "Bound to Me." An avid backpacker, Adrienne has traveled extensively in South America, East Asia, and India.
Mira Mira (Short Film) is a exploration that asks the question: when you are cut off from your history, how do you create your own identity?
If You Lost Your Identity, Where Would You Go To Find It?
Mira Mira is a short film about a young woman learning how to answer that question. After her mother's death, uptight Mira Freeman uncovers a secret that makes her doubt everything she thought she knew about her family. Suddenly adrift, she impulsively buys a ticket to Salvador, Brazil and enters the chaos of Carnaval, where reality and mythology blur. She follows a mysterious woman down the rabbit hole while Brian, love she left behind, tries to bring her back from the edge.
The film is an exploration into the complexities of grief, race, mythology, and identity. Growing up isolated in the suburbs, Mira draws a lot strength specifically from her family. When people question her African-American background because she doesn't fit an idea of what that looks like, she has this family history and heritage to draw on. "Look at my mom, look at my uncle," she can say. But once that certainty is taken away from her, she suddenly has to decide what it means to be a woman of color, a product of the African diaspora, when her strongest ties to that community are gone. Her struggle reaches mythic proportions as a Sankofa bird, a Ghanian legend come to life, appears to to her as a tormentor - or a savior.
Inspired by films like Black Orpheus, and stories like Alice in Wonderland, MIRA MIRA has an intrepid heroine that sets off on a quest in a confusing new world with new rules. But there's a lot that sets this film apart.
- The soundtrack will be completely percussive, the music composed and performed on Brazilian drums by Ranjan Ramchandani.
- Mira's dream sequences throughout the film (such as "If Rapunzel Were Black, She'd Have Extentions") will be animated with oil pastels drawings and Adobe After-Effects
- Footage from a DSLR camera, a 1960s archive, and an HD flip-cam smuggled into Carnaval will be combined to create a high/low quality visual landscape that mirrors Mira's emotional landscape
What We Need & What You Get
We've already shot the scenes in Salvador and in New York, and we're entering the final stretch! I'm raising $8,000 through crowd funding to cover the cost of:
- Production crew and talent who've loaned their time & energy to this project
- Materials for the oil pastel animation
- Voice-over casting & recording
- Post production and editing
- Festival submission fees
- Tech costs - hardware for storage, editing software, rented equipment
- Website hosting, maintenance & marketing materials
Yeah, I'm getting some pretty great stuff. But so are you! Like:
- A personalized video shout-out on facebook or twitter!
- Downloadable copies of the film and its soundtrack, a composition made entirely of Brazilian drums!
- Your name, camouflaged in one of the animations in Mira Mira. Your name will be part of cinematic history!
- An hour of my (very valuable) time. That is hard to come by. Rarer than diamonds*!
*Note: That is true.
This film will tell a story from a perspective that isn't really represented in film or on TV. It explores "ethnic ambiguity" with the idea that there isn't a right answer. In a world that loves the certainty of labels, where "so, what are you?" can come before "what's your name?" this short film is for everyone who doesn't fit neatly into a box. But it's also for people who love their boxes.
There's a lot of work ahead, and I'm doing it because this is my first step toward creating a body of work that reflects on labels and identity in this complicated, convoluted, rigid, fluid, beautiful world we live in. If you want to see more of that kind of work - if you want to be a part of that kind of work - you should support this film and my new production company, DERORRIM Pictures. Derorrim is Mirrored, backwards - because it generates work that reflects on identity.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute financially, that's ok! Like us on facebook, follow me on Twitter @adriennewhittay and tweet with #miramira. The best way you can support MIRA MIRA is by sharing this campaign with friends and family, especially ones that:
- Like innovative music or animation,
- Tend to break the mold,
- Would support films with more people of color, or
- Just have some spare cash.
Explain why you support it, and why they should to: Movies like this show that consumers care about content from diverse backgrounds. This is the beginning of my career as a filmmaker, and I need to know I have a lot of people behind me. Let's make something beautiful.
Who Else Is Involved?
So many lovely people, without whom Mira Mira would never had made it this far. Read more about them at www.miramiramovie.com
Jessika Doyel (Co-Director)
Lukas Raphael (Co-Star)
Jonathan R White (Director of Photography)
Heather Barton McDevitt (Assistant Director)
Alanna Hall (Associate Producer, Performer)
Brittany Northcross (Associate Producer, Performer)
Safiya Miller, Jason Crain, Lee Bryant (Performers)
Sawrab Karim (Sound Crew)