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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
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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, Aloha, One + 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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