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A campaign to raise the finishing funds for the fabulous Elaine Stritch documentary!
Chiemi Karasawa
747 Facebook Friends
New York, New York
United States
4 Team Members

How your money will be used: Your money will go towards the final phase of production. Final editing, music and film clip licensing, color correct, audio edit/mix, and mastering is still needed to complete the project. We will keep you posted on our progress every step of the way.

WISH LIST: If we raise more than $50,000 we can use it for more ways to promote the film! More money means the potential for more publicity, more ads, more personal appearances by Stritchy herself!  We want Elaine Stritch to be part of everyone's vocabulary.

Check out our great perks. We hope you'll celebrate with us at our NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE SCREENING AND AFTER PARTY!


What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on 30ROCK, giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini  and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.

Chiemi Karasawa

Chiemi Karasawa is an award-winning Producer who founded Isotope Films in 2005 to develop and produce content based on true stories. She won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Ellen Kuras’ epic “THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)”, which was also an Oscar Nominee in 2009. “BILLY THE KID” (2008), a portrait of an adolescent with Asperger’s Syndrome won the prize for Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival and was subsequently released theatrically and on HBO. Additional films include: TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK (2009), directed by Spike Jonze for HBO; ELEVATE (2011), a story of a Senegalese basketball academy; “LOVE ETC” (2011), about five New York love stories, and “HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION” (Venice Film Festival Official Selection 2012).  She is currently finishing “ARETHA FRANKLIN: AMAZING GRACE.  “ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME”  is her directorial debut. 

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raised by 209 people in 1 month
35% funded
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$50,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 9, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Thank You!

    Thank you. We love you and appreciate this token of encouragement.

    5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Stritchy Love!

    Stritchy Love! We’ll email you an exclusive high-res photo handpicked from our out-takes. …it’ll be a surprise when you get it.

    111 claimed
  • $100USD
    A Stritchy "Backer"

    You will receive the photo above, as well as a black limited edition T-shirt that says "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" and "Backer" on the back (of course).

    40 claimed
  • $250USD
    Friends of Stritchy!

    Every contribution helps, and for $250 you will receive everything above PLUS special message from the Director, Chiemi Karasawa and a DVD when the film is released on home video or download link (when available)

    21 claimed
  • $500USD
    Strichy Style!

    For $500, you will receive everything above PLUS Elaine's hair stylist Piét, will do your "do" at the famous salon to the stars, Vartali in Manhattan (transportation to NYC not included).

    3 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Special Thanks

    For $1000, you will receive a everything above (not including the hair session with Piét) PLUS a 'Special Thanks' Credit in the film, an autographed movie poster and DVD when the movie has been released…

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Aren't You Special!

    For $5000, you will receive a everything above (not including the hair session with Piét) PLUS you will receive tickets to the NY Premiere and After Party, a personal photo with Ms. Stritch, a Special Thanks credit, and an Autographed Poster and DVD/or code for digital download when the movie has been released.

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Back a cappuccino w/Stritchy!

    For $10,000 you will receive a everything above (not including the hair session with Piét) PLUS Elaine Stritch will create a personalized Voicemail for your phone OR you can have cappuccino with Elaine Stritch and Director Chiemi Karasawa at the Carlyle Hotel.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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