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A genderqueer widow carries a child using their late wife's embryo, creating a family that will forever link them to the love of their life.
Devon Kirkpatrick
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Los Angeles, California
United States
6 Team Members

Meet our protagonist played by Mel Shimkovitz:

Aloha Friends!:

Why Ma/ddy Matters:

  • Ma/ddy features Skylar Murphy, a genderqueer butch who lost their wife, Katie, in an accident. Before her death, the couple had been trying to conceive using invitro fertilization. It is now a year after Katie's passing, and Skylar has made the decision to carry their child using one of Katie's fertilized embryos. Skylar works as a veterinarian at a rescue shelter in Los Angeles. At its core, Ma/ddy is a story about facing grief through enduring love and the obstacles Skylar must overcome to create the family they've always dreamed of.

  • This film is significant as it features a genderqueer butch character in a starring role. We are witnessing a radical change in American culture as ideas of family are being redefined personally and projected in the media. The queer community especially is at the heart of this idea of "alternative families" as legal support increases for gay adoptions and marriage equality state by state. Ma/ddy represents a current generation of the queer community contending with the unique challenges in creating a family and creating one that is authentic to them. These challenges aren't just within the larger context of mainstream society, but also in the nuanced ideas of gender and identity among fellow queers.

  • A recent article in Slate magazine comments on the lack of butch characters in mainstream television, "A blunt-spoken butch could easily fit the archetype of a fool who speaks truth to power. A wisecracking butch would make for an ideal sidekick. A hypercompetitive butch would be a fun villain, while a sensitive butch could be a hero." Read the full article here. By participating in this campaign, you can be a part of making this shift happen!
  • Huffington Post LIVE featured a video piece about what BUTCH and 'manly women' can teach us about maleness. Check out the video here!

The G&T (Give and Take):

  • As a fellow in AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, I will have the  opportunity to hone my directing skills under the guidance of acclaimed directors Jamie Babbitt (But I'm a Cheerleader), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), and Patty Jenkins (Monster). Though AFI provides  many technical and educational resources for filmmakers, we fellows are responsible for raising all funds needed to get our movies made!

We are lucky enough to have a significant portion of our funding in place, however now is the time when we need your help!

  • My Indiegogo fundraising goal of $8,000 will cover a myriad of crucial production costs, that will get us ready to go into production this summer. From gas costs to location rental fees, from breakfast burritos for our awesome crew, to the equipment they'll be using!

Ma/ddy Merch:

We've got some awesome perks in exchange for your generosity! Every donation will also be thanked in the credits of the film. 

$25 - Custom-designed Ma/ddy magnet:
Slap it on your fridge.

$35 - Personalized Thank you Video cards from Devon's Dogs!
How much would it blow your mind to get a personalized video thank you video like this one from one of THESE GUYS??

$50 - Eden's Savory Sap's:
Limited Quantity!!

The perfect addition to any cocktail or mocktail ~ Eden's Savory SAP is lovingly handmade by Eden and her friends in Los Angeles.  Click here to learn more!

$60 - Custom-designed Ma/ddy Tote Bag:

For all your toting needs...Notebooks, groceries, diapers, what have you... 

$75 - Artist-made Custom Baby/Pet Collage by Amy von Harrington!
Participants at the $75 level will receive a custom collage made by visual artist Amy von Harrington featuring your kid, K9, feline, bird, or whatever it is you call your "baby". Digital copy as well as printed and framed version! KA-BOOM!

$100 - Palaka print Hawaiian bow-tie made by Alohabows!
Contributions at the $100 level will enjoy a hand-sewn bow-tie made by Alohabows! Palaka is the "denim" of the original Hawaiian cowboys, or cowgirls, and the perfect accessory for your tough guy image... Check me out in mine! Limited Quantity Available!


Like what you see? Feel like giving more? Check out the side-bar for information about what our high-level participants can expect!

$500 Commissioned Pet Portrait by Actor/Artist Mel Shimkovitz!

Two lucky contributors at the $500 level will receive a framed 8.5x11" custom pet portrait by our lead actor and visual artist Mel Shimkovitz. This is a perk not to be missed! Get it while you can!

Help a Brutha Out:

I understand that not everyone can contribute financially, but there are so many other ways that you can participate in this project!

  • Post a link to this campaign on facebook or twitter! Don't forget to hashtag #AFIDWW and #Maddyfim
  • Check back often to Indiegogo and Creative District, where I will be tracking the film's progress and blogging updates over the coming months!

Find This Campaign On
raised by 130 people in 1 month
104% funded
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Verified Nonprofit
$8,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on May 27, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Social media shout out!

    For $10, team Ma/ddy will smother you in online hugs and kisses!

    10 claimed
  • $25USD
    Magnet & Thank you!

    Custom-designed Ma/ddy fridge magnet as well as a link to the finished film!

    30 out of 100 claimed
  • $35USD
    Magnet & Puppy Love!

    Check out those sweet pups and their jaunty kerchiefs. Participants at the $35 level will get a special video thank you message from Nalo and Theo as well as the Ma/ddy magnet.

    9 claimed
  • $50USD
    Eden's Savory Saps!

    A contribution of $50 will get you a 'Sapler Pack' from artist Eden Batki (read more on the left!), as well as a custom-designed Ma/ddy sticker!

    4 out of 15 claimed
  • $60USD
    Custom Ma/ddy tote bag!

    Participants at a $60 level will receive a custom-designed Ma/ddy tote bag as well as a thank you video from Nalo and Theo!

    11 out of 50 claimed
  • $75USD
    Specialized Baby/Pet Collage!

    Contributors at the $75 level will receive a custom collage featuring your kid, K9 or feline (or bird, whatever you call "baby") made by the incredible visual artist Amy von Harrington! You'll also receive a custom thank you from Nalo and Theo!

    6 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    Palaka Print Bow-tie!

    Participants at the $100 level will receive a Palaka print bow-tie made by Alohabows.com !

    6 out of 10 claimed
  • $250USD
    Invite to Premiere!

    Participants at the $250 level will receive an invite to the Ma/ddy film premiere at the American Film Institute, as well as a custom Ma/ddy tote bag!

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD
    Be an EXTRA in the film!

    Ready for your close up? Participants at the $500 level will have the opportunity to be an extra during the July shoot in Los Angeles! You will also receive an invite to the premiere and a custom Ma/ddy tote!

    3 out of 5 claimed
  • $500USD
    Custom Pet Portrait!

    Two lucky contributors at the $500 level will receive a commissioned 8.5x11" framed pet portrait by our talented artist and actor Mel Shimkovitz.

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Be an Associate Producer!

    Contributions at the $1,000 level will be invited over for dinner at my house to celebrate the fact that you've come onboard as an Associate Producer of Ma/ddy! (You'll also receive 2x tickets to the AFI premiere and a Ma/ddy tote bag)

    0 claimed
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