NailedIt: Vietnamese & The Nail Industry

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Adele Pham & Adele Ray AKA Parallel Adele
Film
NY, New York
United States
3 Team Members


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Pitch Video in Vietnamese with Kelvin Pham


Documentary Synopsis

A chance encounter between 20 Vietnamese refugee women and actress Tippi Hedren in 1975, triggers the onset of the ubiquitous Vietnamese nail shop. This documentary tells the story of incredible growth and impact a small community of people have on today’s 8 billion dollar nail trade.

This independent film relies on community members who care about this subject matter. We need your help to finish shooting this film and start the editing process.

Where will your donations go?

Your donations will go toward production shooting costs of the remaining segments of the film. We will follow our main characters in 5 major cities during these final shoots. The money will specifically pay for our crew's travel expenses, camera equipment rental, and production labor fees. The funds will also go towards editing fees to complete the film in addition to editing costs for the web series that will be released on the #NailedIt Youtube Channel during production shooting.


Sneak peeks & fun perks!

Be a part of our process by receiving sneak peeks, behind the scenes footage, polish gift baskets, and mani pedi parties, and a free advanced digital download of the film when it is complete. Check out some of our fun perks:

        

        

                         

Tax Deductions for $200 or more Donations

If you donate $200 or more and would rather have your donation be tax deductible, you may choose to opt-out of a reward and donate through our fiscal sponsor, Third World Newsreel. It's exactly the same process as a regular donation, but instead of a reward, you get a tax deduction.

Nailedit will transfer your payment on your behalf to Third World Newsreel, our 501c3 fiscal sponsor.

Once your donation has been transferred to Third World Newsreel, you will receive a receipt from the organization for your tax records. Please include your mailing address for the receipt.

Backers are responsible for filing all paperwork and complying with applicable regulations in connection with tax-deductible donations. We suggest you consult with your tax adviser.

Why make this film?

This is an American story that has to be told. #NailedIt preserves and unfurls an indelible history, and gives voice to the Vietnamese women who are stalwarts of the nail salon. Although the wave of Vietnamese refugees coming to the US has slowed to a trickle, many Vietnamese have roots in the trade, and continue to use it to put themselves through school, and support their families in an unpredictable economy.

#NailedIt also explores social/environmental issues that Vietnamese Americans currently face in the nail industry, including racial discrimination by regulators, negative portrayals and stereotypes in mass media, workers rights issues, education and the development of “healthy” nail salons and products, which is met with resistance from customers accustomed to discount pricing, and salon owners who have built their business around providing high volume, low overhead service.

In other words, this is the definitive story of Vietnamese Americans and their impact on American culture and the & nail industry. Join us and make a difference!!



Olivett in front of the most awesome storefront window ever on Halloween

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can contribute so there are other ways you can help:

Our Team
The production crew has over 35 years of film & television production experience combined with credits on PBS, HBO, & CCTV. They have received awards including an Emmy nomination, exhibited work at the MoMA, the Smithsonian, and have films in hundreds of university libraries across the United States.

Producer/Director/DP, Adele Free Pham (vimeo.com/adelepham) is Vietnamese American documentary filmmaker, living in New York for more than a decade. Her film, Parallel Adele, a doc she directed on mixed Asian identity was screened at the Smithsonian and aired on PBS. She has received PBS credits for editing and cinematography for The Prep School Negro, and Rebirth: New Orleans. Her film Fine Threads a doc she directed aired on HBO. The Throwaways a doc Adele produced with Dir. Ira Eugene McKinley is currently making the film festival circuit and premiered at the Socially Relevant Film Festival, presented by Amy Goodman and Democracy Now in NYC. 

Producer/Editor, Ina Adele Ray (http://adeleray.com) has over 12 years of experience working in media production and post production. She worked with Adele Pham as Producer and Editing Advisor for Parallel Adele. She is also editor of the documentary, Futbolistas4Life. Her most recent accomplishments include her work for D3 Productions where she earned broadcast television credits as the “Editor” for several 30, 60, and 90 minute documentaries about various aspects of China and Chinese culture that aired on PBS & CCTV. I. Adele Ray has also taught media production, media theory, and cultural studies courses at the New School, NYU, and Parsons School of Design.  Linkedin Profile 

Co-Producer, Kelvin Saint Pham is the creator and producer of VietNAIL.TV, the first Vietnamese nail TV show dedicated to elevating the Vietnamese-American nail community on the internet. He has been in the nail industry for 20 years and is a well-known nail professional, salon owner, educator, and consultant. He is also owner and operator ofSt. K Nail Salon in Los Angeles, CA, which he founded in 1992.  Kelvin has traveled the world teaching and sharing his passion for the nail industry to other nail professionals. 

Film Advisor, S. Leo Chiang is an independent documentarian. His Emmy® Award-nominated film,A Village Called Versailles, picked up eight film festival awards, aired on PBS Independent Lens series, and has been acquired by more than 200 libraries. His most recent documentary, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, won the Inspiration Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2013. His other films include To You Sweetheart, AlohaOne + One, and Safe Journey. Leo is currently in post-production on Out Run, which profiles the only LGBT political party in the world. 

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      Classic out of print issues of Hyphen Magazine (5 issues to a bundle) Hyphen is an Asian American magazine that covers arts, culture and politics with substance, style and sass. Also get, "Same Same" novella signed by author Ly Nguyen & ALL THAT SWAG!

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      This earns you a personalized postcard, addressed to you, featuring unique nail art from the film! Also get a shoutout on FB and twitter. (Add $5 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      Private link to a digital download of the film at least ONE WEEK before it's commercially available, 2 different shades of Premium Nail Polish, POSTCARD, a shoutout on FB and Twitter, receive updates on the film's progress. (Add $15 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      In addition to the AND ALL THAT SWAG perk, receive the novella, “Same Same”, signed by the author Ly Nguyen, about the life and struggles of a nail salon owner AND “As Is: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese Americans” (a pocket-sized book).

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      POLISHED PHILANTHROPIST!

      One bottle of salon quality polish autographed by the director, Adele Pham, a colorful nail file, AND ALL THAT SWAG package, the postcard, a shoutout on FB and Twitter, and receive updates on the film's progress. (Add $15 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      TREASURE IN HAND!

      Prefer to own a DVD copy of #NAILEDIT? In addition to ALL THAT SWAG package, we will send you a colorful crystal nail file, and a DVD copy of the film personally signed by the director once it's commercially available, the postcard, a shoutout on FB and Twitter, and receive updates on the film's progress. (Add $15 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS KID!

      In addition to the ALL THAT SWAG and TREASURE IN HAND package, you will get a THANK YOU credit in the film, and an invite you to film screenings in NY, LA, and the Bay Area to SEE YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS. For those who wish to opt out of this reward, your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions". (Add $15 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      NAIL ARTIST PACKAGE

      ALL THAT SWAG, TREASURE IN HAND, YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS KID, a book "DIY Nail Art: Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions for 75 Creative Nail Art Designs", SHANY Nail Art Set (24 Famouse Colors Nail Art Polish, Nail Art Decoration), Bundle Monster New Pro 20pc Nail Art Design Painting Detailing Brushes and Dotting Pen / Dotter Tool Kit Set. Or opt out of this reward, and your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions". (Add $25 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      Receive a LED Professional Nail Gel/Shellac dry lamp and gel/shellac polish and top coat to do YOUR OWN MANI-PEDIS. We will include a gel polish demo video starring producer Kelvin Saint Pham, and of course ALL THAT SWAG! For those who wish to opt out of this reward, your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions". (Add $25 USD for shipment outside of the U.S.)

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      RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTION!! Nailedit will transfer your payment on your behalf to Third World Newsreel, our 501c3 fiscal sponsor. And we will send you a letter with proper tax id that you can use when filing your taxes. More info to the left under "Tax Deductions". You will also get a SPECIAL THANK YOU credit in the film.

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      MANI-PEDI PARTY FOR YOU + 3

      Receive a MANI-PEDI party for you and three of your friends in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. As well as DVD compilation of Director Adele Pham's short film Parallel Adele, and Producer Ina Adele Ray's, El Paso Vietnam. And of course ALL THAT SWAG! For those who wish to opt out of this reward, your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions".

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      Receive a "Co-Executive Producer" credit in the film, seen in the film's MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE - and you’ll become a core member of our team. Receive TWO (2) tickets to the WORLD PREMIERE of the film (or any other screening of your choosing, including your own private screening, attended by director Adele Pham, ALL THAT SWAG, an a limited edition Nailedit T-shirt. Your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions".

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      MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORY ON FILM

      Director Adele Pham will fly out to your location at our expense and record your personal story of your American Dream (like recording NPR’s StoryCorps but on film) in high definition for your own personal library. A one minute excerpt of your interview will be featured on our website, youtube, and vimeo pages. Your pledge can be made TAX DEDUCTIBLE! More info to the left under "Tax Deductions".

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