Her Tragedy

This festival bound low budget indie film is a character driven drama centering around a young woman named Riley as she faces the ugly truth about her own past
Brenna Erickson
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
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What is ‘Her Tragedy’?

‘Her Tragedy’ is the latest film effort from the Oxford Comma Film Cooperative.

It is a low-budget festival-bound indie drama that will be shot in March of this year.

‘Her Tragedy’ is the latest film project from the Oxford Comma Film Cooperative.  It is a feature length film that tells the story of Riley, a young woman looking for a sense of belonging in her life. She returns to the small town where she went to college to visit the people with whom she felt she belonged. She comes to realize the horrible truth behind why she left in the first place and is forced to come face to face with the ugly side of her own past.

Featuring a dazzling cast of talented young actors from Minnesota, Chicago, and South Carolina. Some names you may recognize from Minneapolis-local productions, like Casey Hoesktsra and Joanna Harmon, while others like Gillian Strachan and Emily O'Connor may be unfamiliar. Each cast member brings to the project not only their talents and previous experiences, but unique insights into the characters and the story itself.

Ross Destiche, Matt Fitzgerald, Jenna Enemy, Matt LaBorde, Michelle Casali, Michelle Makie, and Emily Olyarchuk round out the cast list, and we are privileged to have every single one of them.

The Oxford Comma Film Cooperative, comprised of Vanessa Magowan Horrocks, the director, and Brenna Erickson, the producer, are proud to invite new collaborators Laura Walus, OK Keyes, Matt Burr, Marc Arnason, Niq Van Der Aa, Christine Parham, and Kat Lee Hong on board.

Niq is lending his considerable talents to the film's costume design, while Laura will serve as both editor and art director. Matt Burr will act as the audio engineer.  Keyes, along with introducing us to our two South Carolinian actors, will be the film's lead cinematographer with Marc Arnason on second camera.

This project promises to be a visual tour de force, and a poignant but honest look into the humanity of its characters and the complicated relationships between people.

What Do We Need?

In order to make ‘Her Tragedy’ at the production level that we want to, we are asking for $10,000 for 3 main reasons: production cost, equipment, and paying our actors and crew.


Those of us involved in the production have put together the basic needs for our production and have sorted them into 9 categories that cover most of the costs for production.




We need gas money to transport our South Carolina crew (cinematographer, 2 actors, 2 PAs)  to Minneapolis.  We will need gas as we drive the cast and crew between our 3 main locations:

St. Cloud, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Hutchinson, MN


Our talented costume, Niq Van Der Aa, has done some wonderful work translating the complicated themes and concepts in the script into beautiful costumes.  We are collecting pieces from our closets, thrift stores, and other thrifty places.  However, we do have plans to make some of the more challenging pieces by hand.  We will need funds to buy the fabric to make these designs a reality.

Props & Set Dressing

Our primary location is a old farmhouse.  We need to collect pieces from thrift stores, antiques, and our own homes to create the feeling of generations living in this rustic house in the country.  We will be looking for some furniture, dishware, knick knacks and other decorations to enhance the feeling in the filming space.


We already own a lot of our own equipment, but in every film we try to obtain a couple pieces of equipment to improve the quality of the film.  This project, we have selected wireless microphones to make the post-production audio mixing process easier.  We also want to buy the raw materials to make a jib, and maybe invest in some lights and stands.


On every project we work on, keeping the cast and crew fed is one of our top priorities.  It keeps everyone’s energy and spirits high while providing a bonding experience for the cast and crew allowing us to work together as a cohesive unit to tell the story.  And coffee.  We work long days for buying enough coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc will keep us warm, energized and working hard.

Cast and Crew

We have assembled a fantastic cast and crew of passionate people who want to make this script come to life on film.  However, these people are giving up work, school, rehearsal for shows, freelance work, and so much time, energy, and sleep for the sake of ‘Her Tragedy’.  We would like to pay the cast and crew $50/day to at least partially compensate them for their time, talent, and dedication to the project.


Music can make or break a film and changes the way an audience interacts with a film entirely.  We have been in contact with a local Minneapolis band who have expressed interest in composing the score for ‘Her Tragedy’.  We would like to show our appreciation and be able to compensate them allowing us access to their time and talent.



Adrien, one of the main characters in the film, is an painter.  We would like to hire a freelance artist to provide the sketches and paintings for the film.



What Can We Offer You?

If you choose to fund the project, we have a lot of great goodies at every level of  funding.  From a public shout-out on twitter and facebook, to a personalized on-set tour, to a special edition DVD, to Executive Producer credit on the film, we have a lot of great swag that goes along with making ‘Her Tragedy’ the best product we can.  That includes great relationships with our backers. Please take a look at all our our different contribution levels and incentives!



Why Fund this Indie Film?

Chances are that you know, work with, or are related to someone working on this project.  If you are: thank you for stopping by our IndieGogo page.  We hope you support the passion and work we are doing on this film.  If you don't know us, welcome.  We hope you like what we're doing.

The script of 'Her Tragedy' tackles some very serious psychological themes.  Part of this comes from being a drama, and part of this stems from our desire to explore a story with characters who struggle with the same existential crises that everyone does.  At times this can be a painful, dark experience. 

We want to examine sexuality and gender roles as a fluid organic thing.  We want to touch on the devastating experiences that go with domestic abuse and assault.  We also want to explore the dynamics between familial relationships, friendships, and romantic or sexual relationships.

One of our primary goals in this film is to explore these existential themes and motifs without glamorizing or sexualizing the inherent violence that these character in vulnerable situations are experiencing. We want to approach these controversial themes with respect, sensitivity, and accuracy.

We have spent a lot of time researching and examining this material with psychological professionals to help ensure that we have captured the most accurate portrayal possible. 

We think these themes, while difficult subject matter to approach, are social issues that don't receive much attention even though they affect the lives of lots of people. We want to raise awareness and talk about these difficult issues through our film, 'Her Tragedy'. 


Thank you for your time and consideration.




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  • $5USD
    Skip Your Starbucks

    That’s all it takes to make a difference! $5 will get your name in the credits of the film and a ‘thank you’ shout-out on all of our social media! Every cent makes a difference to us, and your Starbucks might become our gaffer’s reflector, our lead actor’s necktie, or most likely, our crew’s way-cheaper-than-Starbucks coffee.

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    Tune In

    In exchange for your donation, you will receive a digital download of the ‘Her Tragedy’ Theme mp3 – in addition of course to the thank you! $15 may seem like nothing, but no amount is small to us. $15 can buy us a light, an important costume piece, or a pack of chemical hand warmers for shooting outside in the Minnesota Winter!

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    Keep Your Eyes Open

    For just $25, in addition to the aforementioned rewards, you will get your own copy of the film, on DVD or if you prefer, by digital download! You will get to see your name in the credits, while you will tweet about it from your phone that has the theme song as its ringtone – we’re taking for granted that you will get as obsessed with this film as we are.

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  • $50USD

    In all seriousness, every cent you give us will be used to make the best film possible. This means, if you donate $50 to ‘Her Tragedy,’ you are giving us literally 5000 cents to make the best film possible. With those cents, we can pay our audio guy, fill a gas tank, or feed the crew for a whole day. $50 is no small amount, and to thank you for your investment and faith, you will get a gorgeous ‘Her Tragedy’ poster signed by the cast and crew.

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    Collector's Edition

    For $75, in addition to all of the great incentives offered thus far, you will receive an autographed SPECIAL EDITION DVD or Blue ray of the film full of special features, behind the scenes footage, and commentary tracks! Learn the who, what, where, when, why, and how of ‘Her Tragedy’ and see where your money went!

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    Red Carpet

    For $100 you will get to join the cast and crew, and other $100 and up investors for a special private advance screening of the film, red carpet and all, but minus the fashion police. This screening will include a Q and A talk back with the filmmakers, photos, and free popcorn! Unfortunately, if you are far away we can not pay to get you here, but you can still get the invite – which we promise will be fancy.

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    Artistic Types

    $150 is no small chunk of change. This will buy us 2 wireless microphones, a C stand, a focus puller, and much more. $150 is an amazing investment, and so we want to offer you an amazing incentive in return. For a donation of $150 you will get a signed copy of the script complete with director’s notes, plus your choice of concept art - either a scene’s worth of story boards or an entire page of costume sketches – plus the great incentives offered so far!

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    Better Than a Picture Window

    We are thrifty people, and so $200 could buy us, well, a lot. In exchange for your donation, you will receive all of the cool swag we have offered plus one of the masterpiece paintings or sketches hung in Adrien’s hayloft, done by none other than one of the most amazing artists we know, Savannah Horrocks!

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    All of the Things

    For $250, you will receive the aforementioned rewards and so much more. One of our favorite things we have to offer is a print book of the paintings and sketches hung in Adrien’s study. In addition to being a great coffee table book, this will serve as a great conversation starter, “Ah yes, that book. I got that for funding pretty much the greatest film of all time. You haven’t seen it? Well it just so happens I have the SPECIAL EDITION BLUERAY right here!”

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    Make Yourself At Home

    $500 is an incredible amount of money to low budget filmmakers. While on a Hollywood set this might go to pay the sushi chef for one hour, on our set it will go to feed everyone for the week. For your donation, you will receive each incentive that we have offered, & a video message from the cast & crew thanking your personally for all that your money was able to make possible. If you make a donation of $500 you can see what your money is used for first hand in your Personalized Video Se

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    The Producers

    For this donation, there is really nothing we can say except for thank you. We promise that every cent of your donation will go towards making a truly wonderful film. In return we will give you every incentive we have to offer plus Associate Producer credit on The Internet Movie Database (imdb) and in the credits. $750 is the entirely of our prop and costume budget. Or the our transportation costs – and that includes the cost of bringing the South Carolina team up.

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    The Biz

    At a certain point, your money becomes invaluable. All we can do is make the best movie possible, and put your name on it. $1000 is an Executive Producer credit on the project. This will be in the film’s credits, as well as on Internet Movie Database (imdb). You will get all the awesome rewards we offer, but this title is better than a poster or all the director’s notes you can read – it is truly being part of something bigger than yourself. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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