Origin Story: A Documentary

At 14, Kulap found out her dad wasn't her real dad. 20 years later, she's learning what that means.
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Kulap Vilaysack
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

Update: Thank you all for helping make this a success! We appreciate all your support and are so excited to finish and show you this film. The budget is higher than our Indiegogoal was, so you can still contribute to finishing costs on our website if you missed out on the campaign. Just click the "Donate" button at the bottom of the page. Thanks again for being you!

Much love,
The Crew



From Kulap, the Director

Hi. I'm feeling equally scared and excited. Scared because this project is about me and I need your help. Excited because I have never believed more in a project and it's a story I feel compelled to share. Last summer, I bought a camera and interviewed my dad, usually a man of few words. We spoke for hours, it was as if he needed to testify. A year later, I have a lot to say, too. 

The Story

In my directorial debut, I explore my tangled family tree to find out who I am. When I was 14, I took my father’s side in an argument and my mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, I'm finally ready to learn what that means. 

Origin Story is a feature-length, international quest with stops in Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos to meet the biological father I never knew. On the road, unforeseen revelations strike as hilarious or heartbreaking, rarely in between. An avid comic book reader with a vigilante character named after me in the DC Comics universe, I must summon the courage of Katharsis, because each question is another step out on a limb. 

Origin Story is a deeply personal but universally relevant tale of immigration, conflict, addiction, and personal responsibility. Interviewees in the film include my extended family, husband Scott Aukerman, and close friends like Sarah Silverman, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael and Howard Kremer.  

The Mission

This project has been a lifetime in the making, and we need your support to get it across the finish line.

I hope by sharing my story in this way, I'll inspire viewers to seek out their own meaning of family and home, regardless of family background or trauma. 

The Funds

Our team has brought passion and dedication to this project, and I want to be able to compensate them for their time and hard work thus far, in addition to finishing the film for the audience it'll eventually reach.

Along with deferred crew payments from production, the money you donate will go toward:

1. Post-Production

2. Finishing

3. Future shoots

4. Music and score

5. Original Artwork

We're excited about the unique perks you'll receive in return for your support. Maybe you need a horoscope reading or personal life coaching session from the hilarious Casey Wilson, or perhaps want to appear on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast or say a line on the TV show. Or it could be you want to visit the set of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Maybe you just want some swag from Earwolf, or personal shout-outs and postcards from me. In any case, we've got you covered.

We appreciate and are grateful for anything you'd like to contribute to help us meet our goal. We have been extremely lucky to get as far as we have without reaching out to you guys for help, and this campaign will (fingers crossed!) exceed our goal, as we have a long list of friends who have jumped in to help, along with people who have become friends as they offered favors and time to get us to this point, and we would love to be able to compensate them.

Other Ways to Help

Whether or not you can support this project financially, we hope you'll still get involved! Stop by our website, send us love and good vibes, and share this page with your friends. We appreciate you and couldn't do this without you.

                                     

Give at the $100 level and receive this custom poster designed and donated by Alex Kelly.

*To appear on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, you must sign a confidentiality agreement. SAG/AFTRA members must be current on dues. Non-union actors must join SAG/AFTRA if they have acted or will act within 30 days of appearing on the show.



         

                                                     

                        

                     

    The Team

    Kulap Vilaysack (Director)- Kulap is a working actor/writer/comedian in Los Angeles, including roles on "The Office" and "Hot Wives of Orlando," and her popular podcasts "Who Charted?" and "Two Charted."

    June Raphael (Producer)- June is an actor, producer and writer whose credits include the feature film "Ass Backwards," "Burning Love" and "Anchorman 2."

    Erica Kraus (Producer)- Erica is a producer and development exec, working in film, television, digital media and advertising. Her credits include Yahoo Screen's "Ghost Ghirls," MSN.com's "Appetite for Life with Andrew Zimmern," multiple documentaries for ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, and feature documentary "festival." 

    Jonathan Nicholas (DP)- Jonathan has worked in television and film, including shows on NatGeo, History Channel and Discovery, and this is his second documentary feature as director of photography.

    Oona Flaherty (Editor)- Oona has been working in narrative and documentary film and television for many years; her credits include "Welcome to Me," "Rudderless," and "Home Movies."

    Michael Cassady (Composer)- Michael is an actor, composer and music supervisor; his composing credits include "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23" and the upcoming feature film "The Dramatics."

    Lauren Tyree (Associate Producer)- Lauren is a Philly-born reader and writer in LA. She received her MA in critical studies of Cinema/TV, and her background is in nonprofits and comedy podcast production.

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