We just released the official teaser trailer for A PERIOD DRAMA! Check it out ^^^
Our campaign is over but if you're still interested in helping us out and donating please visit http://www.kristinegerolaga.com/support!
We Made a Menstruation Appreciation Sing-Along!
A special thanks treat for those who donated before last Monday 4/7! Look for your name in the beginning of the video :)
We're LEAKING!...a quick scene from the short film!
If you liked what you saw, there's way more where that came from! Read on to see how you can help us make the rest of it! Huge thanks to Shaun Morris for his cinematography on both videos, Rivka Roffino, Joanna Kay, and Nadima Azeez for their comedic genius, Hannah Burgos for the fantastic stuffed vagina and tampon, Eric Tippett for his green screen, Lace Burgos and Ben Surigao for their help on set, and Steven Krimmel for his dope editing!
YOU Can Help Us Name This Film!
We want all of our supporters to get involved with the making of this project so we are giving everyone who backs us an opportunity to help us name the film! All of the rewards come with this perk so any amount donated will get you one title submission. You will be contacted to send us your submission and the top 10 titles will be put up for an online vote! We also have a couple of other rewards that give you a chance to be a part of this project from special thanks in the short film and IMDB to actually being in the film! Check out the rewards to the right and join our team!
***UPDATE*** We have our title and it's...(drum roll)...
A PERIOD DRAMA
Huge thanks to Austin Amberg for his title submission!
The MOVIE and the MOVEMENT
My name is Kristine Gerolaga and I am an actress, a filmmaker, and a proud Filipina-American. I have written, and will be producing, directing, and acting in my own short film that features two female leads and a diverse cast of hilarious characters! It is currently titled The Untitled Short Film About What It’s Like to Be On Your Period. At its surface, it’s a comedy that personifies the period and is filled with visual metaphors that encompass all kinds of women’s monthly experiences, but ultimately, it is a film about what it means truly means to menstruate. We get to explore the rough relationship between one woman and her period and see how it transforms into something positive and beautiful. Additionally, this project is meant to tackle the misrepresentation of periods in the media by going beyond the “crazy monster” stereotype and introducing the period character who is funny and likable despite what she puts women through. I feel that both women and men can relate to this fun and honest story and hopefully be empowered by it!
How Your Generosity Helps
First of all, thank you to those who have attended our fundraiser events in the SF Bay Area! This campaign is our big attempt to finish raising funds and hopefully extend our audience outside of the Bay Area. We're trying to raise a minimum of $5500 here on Indiegogo. Here is what you'd be helping us accomplish for a predicted 4-5 days in production:
- Feeding our cast and crew. The LEAST we can provide for all the hard work and talent that they'll be volunteering to help bring this fun short to life.
- Getting props and wardrobe. Not like, "Hey! Props to you for making it happen!" Well, that'd be nice, too, but you don't need to donate to do that! Props like theatrical blood, a fake bloody animal carcass, crime scene investigation essentials and wardrobe, caveman/woman wardrobe, police officer uniforms, clothespins, a breakaway shot glass, etc.
- Getting insurance and securing location permits. One of our scenes takes place in a grocery store aisle and since none of us owns a grocery store, then we'll have to borrow one!
- Getting any equipment we'd need to rent. Otherwise we'd just be playing pretend!
- Editing/ Sound Design
- Color correction
- Securing any music rights necessary
- Covering film festival submission fees so that we can take this baby on tour!
- Compensate the cast and crew for their hard work and talent. ***This is very important to me because everyone involved does their art professionally in order to make a living and my goal is to compensate them properly for bringing this story to life.***
Other Ways To Contribute!
- Help us SPREAD THE WORD! Link to our campaign on Facebook, tell your friends, tell the person in the stall next to you in the bathroom, and tell your dog to twilight bark it to the neighborhood dogs! Let's tell the world!
- Join our social media movement every Tuesday! Both women and men can participate (but play nice, y'all!). Make sure you're following me (Kristine) @kristeen_gee and @APeriodFilm because we're going to try to trend on Twitter and we'll need your help. Please join in on the fun on the following dates with the following hashtags and make sure to link back to this campaign! Here are the dates and an example tweet:
- Tuesday, March 18: #IfMyPeriodHadaName - If your period had a name, what would it be and why?
- Tuesday, March 25: #CrampingMyStyle - Sweats and acne = Not your most fashionable week. Or do you still dress your best this week?
- Tuesday, April 1: #PeriodHorrorStories - We ALL have a horror story. Let's unite in embarrassment and have a couple laughs! Then cry.
- Tuesday, April 8: #ShitMyPeriodSays - That time of the month can be reaaaallly messed up. What's your period's favorite thing to say during that special week?
- Tuesday, April 15: #NotOvaryActing - Whether you're on your period or not, people LOVE to blame your emotions on that time of the month. Tell 'em like it is here!
- Tuesday, April 22: #GoWithTheFlow - How do you best deal with that time of the month?
Example: Call her Abby McStabby because she looks cute but SHE STABS ME TO DEATH EVERY MONTH. igg.me/at/periodfilm #ifmyperiodhadaname
Time for the Media to Change Its Old Pad
Click on the following quote to read an EXCELLENT blog article by actress Felicia Day on diversity in the media: "We have to make an effort to change the pattern of only seeing stories through white characters’ points of view, so that in the future, diverse protagonists are just a given. So that we can have heroes and villians and judges and love interests of all backgrounds, and not have to point it out as “look how special this is!” Evolving stories and lore is a GOOD THING FOR OUR WORLD."
Click HERE to read an awesome article on how diversity makes more money! Sourced from NPR.org.
Click HERE to see this eye-opening infographic on gender inequality on film, courtesy of the New York Film Academy.
The Academy Awards STILL proves to be a mind blowing visual representation of the lack of diversity in today's media. Here's another great infographic sourced from Indiewire.com: The Diversity Gap in the Academy Awards
Despite these ridiculous statistics, I believe that the movement for equality for women and diversity in entertainment is making significant progress because people like you have been strengthening our collective voices by contributing to our independent projects. Thank you for supporting my fellow artists. By helping one project, you are definitely helping all of us, and for that I am extremely grateful.
Thanks so much for your support!
Kristine Gerolaga is a Filipina-American, Bay Area born and raised actor turned dirActor with a dream of telling moving stories with real characters...so she's making a comedic movie about menstruation! She started writing, producing, and acting in short films with her long distance boyfriend (and extremely talented actor/filmmaker) and is finally making her solo directing debut! Their short film DISCONNECTION won Best Dramatic Short at the 2012 DIY Film Festival in Hollywood, won Best Editing as well as earned an Honorable Mention for Best Dramatic Short for the 2013 winter quarter at the Asians On Film Festival in Los Angeles, and will be making its national television debut as a part of NUVOtv's inaugural Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmaker's showcase on Wednesday, March 16th 8p ET/ 8:30p PT!
Rivka Roffino is an east coast transplant currently located in San Francisco. Her passion for storytelling and creating began in childhood and as an adult she realized it was not a phase that she would grow out of. In San Francisco, she joined The Beverly Hills Playhouse to study acting. She has since worked on several films in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. Rivka is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a film that is striving to make a difference for women in the entertainment industry!