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Funding
I'm just here: a short film
"Be the one that survives."
Marri Savinar
Los Angeles, United States
$3,779 USD raised by 58 backers
38% of $10,000 
flexible goal
2 days left
Overview
I’m Marri Savinar and I am an actress, writer, and producer living in LA. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to LA after I graduated from Chapman University. I have always been very passionate and very vocal about my stance on LGBTQIA rights - they are HUMAN rights. I personally feel that one of the most impactful ways that I can contribute to spreading awareness is through making films, so I am doing exactly that.

I wrote this thing…

I wrote, am executive producing and acting in a short film titled I’m just here. It is a project that is very close to my heart for many reasons. My step sister recently came out to me as transgender and is currently transitioning and since then, something struck me as concerning. I realized that while there has been a push for more LGBTQIA characters in film and television, there are very rarely trans characters and the few times that there are, they are almost always stories of extreme tragedy. While I think it's important to honor the darkness that so many trans people have experienced, I also think it's important to show people stories of hope and inspiration. I hate the idea that on the rare occasion there is a trans character that my sister connects with, she is consistently shown a story almost exclusively of sadness. So I wrote a script. It respectfully acknowledges the struggles of a character who is trans but in the end is a story of encouragement and light. 

Another topic this story addresses is suicide prevention and mental health. The rate of suicide within the queer community is heartbreaking and within the trans community is even worse. A horrifying 41% of people who are trans have attempted suicide and we want to change that. The story of I’m just here tackles this topic head-on and sheds a light on it where many fear to go.

 

Some cool things about I’m just here

One thing that makes this project special is the talent that has been drawn to it. We have cast a top actor who has instrumental in LGBTQIA television history. Another thing that sets this project apart is that we have cast an actor who is actually transgender to play the role of the transgender character - an opportunity that is rarely taken in Hollywood and has received much criticism lately. We felt it was very important not to make that mistake and cast authentically. 

 

Another thing that makes us unique is that we are an almost entirely female crew - something that very rarely ever happens. It was important to all of us to give women opportunities to be involved because, sadly, they aren’t given as many as their male counterparts. 

 

#goals

Our goal is to make this short and get it into as many festivals as possible and spread awareness and education. We as filmmakers believe that our story has the ability to connect with a very diverse audience and has the potential to save lives. 

 

What we need from you

We need $10k (more is great, too!) in order to make this thing go. We will be using your generous donations to pay the incredibly talented people who have come aboard and agreed to lend their brilliant minds to the project. We will also be using the funding to apply to film festivals. By donating to our film, you will literally get to see your kindness spread awareness, touch peoples hearts, and potentially save lives. 

 

For our international friends

We know that some countries aren't able to donate through indiegogo, so we welcome any donations you'd like to make via paypal! Our paypal email address is: imjustherefilm@gmail.com. Don't hesitate to shoot us an email if you're having trouble or would like a confirmation that your donation went through. Thanks so much! 

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Thank you for your support! You will receive a social media shoutout via twitter or instagram from one of our star team members! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - A social media shoutout
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Ticket to private LA screening
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  • Social media shoutout
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Script signed by the cast
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Associate Producer credit
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Skype Session with Osric Chau
A 30 minute Skype Session with Producer Osric Chau. Ask any questions you may have about the film, discuss the subject matter and themes in more detail or talk about a project of your own.
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Overview
I’m Marri Savinar and I am an actress, writer, and producer living in LA. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to LA after I graduated from Chapman University. I have always been very passionate and very vocal about my stance on LGBTQIA rights - they are HUMAN rights. I personally feel that one of the most impactful ways that I can contribute to spreading awareness is through making films, so I am doing exactly that.
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A personal thank-you
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Your name in the credits
Thank you for your support! Your name will be shown in the credits of our film! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - Your name in the credits of our film
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A social media shoutout
Thank you for your support! You will receive a social media shoutout via twitter or instagram from one of our star team members! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - A social media shoutout
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A personal thank you video
Thank you for your support! You will receive a personalized thank you video from one of our star team members! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - A personalized thank you video
Items included:
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  • Your name in the credits
  • Social media shoutout
  • A personalized thank you video
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Ticket to private LA screening
Thank you for your support! You will receive a ticket to our private LA screening of the film! Travel not included. Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - A ticket to private LA screening of the film
Items included:
  • Personal thank you
  • Your name in the credits
  • Social media shoutout
  • Private LA screening ticket
  • A personalized thank you video
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Script signed by the cast
Thank you for your support! You will receive a copy of the script signed by the cast! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - A copy of the script signed by the cast
Items included:
  • Personal thank you
  • Your name in the credits
  • Social media shoutout
  • Private LA screening ticket
  • A personalized thank you video
  • Signed script
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$1000
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Associate Producer credit
Thank you for your support! You will receive an Associate Producer credit! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - Associate Producer credit
Items included:
  • Personal thank you
  • Your name in the credits
  • Social media shoutout
  • Private LA screening ticket
  • A personalized thank you video
  • Signed script
  • Associate Producer credit
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$3000
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Executive Producer credit
Thank you for your support! You will receive Executive Producer credit! Included in this perk: - All of the above perks listed - Executive Producer credit
Items included:
  • Personal thank you
  • Your name in the credits
  • Social media shoutout
  • Private LA screening ticket
  • A personalized thank you video
  • Signed script
  • Associate Producer credit
  • Executive Producer credit
0 out of 5 claimed
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SOLD OUT
$250
USD
Skype Session with Osric Chau
A 30 minute Skype Session with Producer Osric Chau. Ask any questions you may have about the film, discuss the subject matter and themes in more detail or talk about a project of your own.
Items included:
  • Your name in the credits
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Estimated January 2018
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