A funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman and not letting fear stand in the way of your dreams.
Elisa Pugliese
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New York City, New York
United States
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BOY MEETS GIRL is a tender, human, sex-positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be “real”: to live and love authentically to the truth of one’s heart, regardless of the sex or small town you’re born into. Our story focuses on Ricky, a beautiful twenty-one year old transgendered girl living in Virginia with dreams of becoming a fashion designer in New York. Bringing Ricky to life is our sparkling lead actress, Michelle Hendley of Columbia, Missouri, whom I was enormously lucky to discover in a nationwide search for a trans actress (thanks, Skype!).

Michelle will be supported by an amazing cast, including lead actor Michael Welch (Joan of Arcadia; Twilight films), New York indie film and stage actress Alexandra Turshen, and a tremendous crew and production team. My two producing partners Elisa Pugliese, who has produced a number of independent feature films, such as Nanette Burstein's award-winning documentary American Teen, and August (starring Josh Hartnett, Adam Scott, Rip Torn and David Bowie) and Bruce Edward, who teamed up with me on my last film After Fall, Winter and my recent TV series Eric Schaeffer–Life Coach, will lend their wisdom, skill, and tremendous work ethic to the project.

This is my ninth feature film; My Life’s In Turnaround, If Lucy Fell (TriStar; Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller, Elle Macpherson) and Fall  (MGM) are among some of my previous. Starved (FX), I Can’t Believe I’m Still Single (Showtime) and Gravity (Starz) are among a few of my other TV shows.

Six months ago, I wrote the script for BOY MEETS GIRL hoping to tell this warm, sexy, forward-thinking story to anyone who’s at some point felt misunderstood or confined – whether by the expectations of others, or by the stories we tell ourselves. The point is, there are still too few paths to happiness represented in film, and we need your help to bring this beautiful story to the world.

We will start shooting in Vermont on June 17, 2013, for two to three weeks. Your generous contributions will not only fund our necessary equipment (lights, vehicles, camera, etc.) and post-production work, but also lodge and feed our cast and crew, i.e. get them out of tents and into a Motel 6! They’ll be thrilled to eat something that’s not cooked over a Sterno, and we will be incredibly grateful to have help from the very people BOY MEETS GIRL is for and about…YOU!



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  • $10USD
    Make yourself heard!

    Eric Schaeffer will personally give you a shout out on Facebook or Twitter. Your choice!

    24 out of 2000 claimed
  • $25USD
    Get your feet wet!

    An email pdf of the shooting SCRIPT with a printed special thank you from Eric on the title page! You can act out all the scenes with your friends and animals before the movie comes out and then be all, "We were better than them, Toto! Where's OUR movie for reals?!"

    37 out of 2000 claimed
  • $50USD
    Postcard to your heart!

    Everything above plus a postcard version of our BOY MEETS GIRL poster personally signed by director and cast.

    23 out of 1000 claimed
  • $75USD
    Public adoration!

    A pdf of the shooting script and a T-SHIRT! Only YOU and my crew will have these t-shirts... and everyone else in the world who owns t-shirts. They're kind of easy and cheap to get. My one bad joke for the month. You. Are. Welcome. No! A special movie t-shirt!

    7 out of 500 claimed
  • $100USD
    Previously reserved for GFs.

    Everything above plus Eric will leave you an amazing personalized voice MESSAGE (usually a song just for you!) to save forever! "See, I know him. We talk all the time, yo."

    16 out of 1000 claimed
  • $150USD
    You own a piece of me.

    Everything above and a DVD and/or digital download of the film. Uh, yeah. You own that now. Get into it.

    10 out of 200 claimed
  • $200USD

    Have a 5 minute Skype call with director Eric Schaeffer! Ask a question about anything you've wanted to know about filmmaking...or any subject!

    3 out of 200 claimed
  • $500USD
    Previously just for my mom.

    Everything above and an autographed MOVIE POSTER signed by Director and cast members. People always give me a hard time for all my posters up in my house. I'm like, "Yeah? Like you wouldn't put one up if you made a movie? Right." Now YOU can school your friends as well!

    2 out of 100 claimed
  • $800USD
    Impress your partner!

    Everything above and a SPECIAL THANKS in the film credits – see your name scroll by and everyone will know that you are the shahizzy foshizzy. Come on, give me a break. I'm old school. Meaning i'm so old I don't even know what THAT meant but I heard it years back. Drink your water and you'll look like me when you're fiddy.

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  • $2,500USD
    Go vegan! Or Peter Luger.

    Everything above and dinner for you and a guest in NYC with Director Eric Schaeffer – talk with me and learn first hand about filmmaking…(airfare not included). Words can't begin to describe this perk. If you've seen ANYTHING I've know what you're in for!

    1 out of 15 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    A once in a lifetime feeling!

    Everything above and 2 TICKETS to a NYC or Los Angeles premiere (you choose which city – airfare/lodging not included). RED CARPET BABY! Or at least dirty sidewalk to a rented black box theater I convert to a movie screening room for a night to satisfy my contractual obligations to various unions! Ha! You'll feel special. Don't you worry.

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  • $10,000USD
    Jennifer Lawrence watch out!

    Everything above and 2 tickets to the premiere of the film and YOU’RE IN THE MOVIE! With a line, too! And guaranteed I won't cut you, either! (We’ll even pay for your flight and a place to stay if you need them!) OR, I cook you my famous cookies and we hang out on the couch and watch RuPaul's Drag Race. Sublime! So hard to decide! Give twice and get both!

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