Roxe15

An edgy virtual reality programmer discovers a brutal virus invading her prized software. And then the virus comes after HER.
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Celia Peters
Film
NYC, New York
United States
2 Team Members

THE PROJECT

Roxë15 is a next-generation science fiction short film that gives this genre a new face, a new voice and a new view of technology.

I'm Celia C. Peters, and I wrote/directed this film. I'm hopelessly in love with the craft of filmmaking...AND I'm a total science/math/sci-fi geek, so making science fiction film was pretty much inevitable.

Join us in bringing a new voice to science fiction and indie film!

WHY/inspiration
This story was inspired by something a machine spit out at me. In 1999/2000-ish, many an afternoon/evening found me at the huge internet café that was on 42nd Street in Times Square. Vending machines sold computer time on tickets with printed log-in codes. One day, the log-in code on my ticket was ROXE15. I looked at it and immediately thought, ‘this is so sci-fi.’ (No doubt being surrounded by computers helped.) I was already a screenwriter, so my mind started inventing a story. Now that story has finally come to life. (And I still have that ticket somewhere.)

I made this film is because I wanted -- no, needed -- to present a fresh black female character. American media has a legacy of being overloaded with highly distorted, highly problematic depictions of black women, many of which are still alive and well. I know I’m not alone in wanting to see a different representation of women, particularly women of color, onscreen and at the center of a story. Not a maid, a pissed-off baby mama, a subjugated victim, a tricked-out jump-off with a heart of gold, an uptight prig nor any other simplistic projection of someone else's fantasy. I want girls and women (as well as men and boys) to see a different variation of who we are....an authentic representation in all of her quirky realness. Balance is critical and the character who has been unrepresented is the memorable woman of color who is smart, strong, flawed, confident, lovely to look at, focused, vulnerable, driven and most of all, on her own journey. A human being ---  at the center of a story.

WHAT/synopsis
NYC, 2051. The City is a stark, even more stratified place where natural resources are sparse and technology is the new currency. Roxë is a brilliant, hungry virtual reality programmer developing a game-changing educational software called Mind Expansion for research she's doing with her mentor, Dr. Elliot Robinson. They're bound by a mutual need for success, but it's hard to tell who needs it more: Elliot is fighting to stay relevant in the cutthroat tech world but Roxë is counting on this project to get her out of a dead-end job and a home where she's no longer welcome. The corporation bankrolling the project cuts their deadline back and at the 11th hour, a brutal virus appears invades Roxe's software. And then the virus comes after her.

Our inspirations, both thematically and aesthetically, include Blade Runner, Gattaca, 2046, Sleep Dealers, Code 46, and eXistenz.


What We Need & What You Get

We've finished shooting, but we must finish the film at a level that does justice to this groundbreaking project. We need to raise $6,000.

The money we raise will pay for:

  • video editing
  • computer graphics
  • a sound mix
  • music licensing
  • festival submissions and marketing materials that'll get this film to audiences. 

The perks we're offering give our backers a piece of this film. We want those who support Roxë15 to have a piece of it for their own --- whether it's a memento featuring original artwork or access to an experience that brings you together with the people who made this film happen.


DIRECTOR'S NOTE
The originality and imagination of American independent film can bloom magnificently when the right elements come together. Supporting this project will make you a part of a movement to bring a new voice to the indie film conversation. Science fiction is not the domain of any particular demographic. It's high time science fiction film reflects the real world....a world where people of all kinds, colors, creeds and genders are doing all kinds of things to explore the complexities of mind, machine, science, time, space and technology. The narrow vision of yesteryear is obsolete!

No more same old, same old: the time for the future is now.


Other Ways You Can Help

If financial giving doesn't make sense for you right now, please share this campaign with anyone and everyone who you think will be into kick-ass, cutting edge sci-fi!
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$2,430USD
raised by 45 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on September 30, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Friends for Life

    Thanks for the fin and big up for supporting Roxë15. You've helped make it happen!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Badge of Honor

    Thx for sticking with us... Backers at this level will receive our sincere thanks and a commemorative Roxë15 sticker. Perfect for a laptop, a skateboard or a forehead!

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    Collector's Corner

    Be first to have Roxë15 in your collection! Backers at this level will receive our sincere thanks + your very own digital download of Roxë15.

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  • $50USD
    Roxë-on-the-Go

    Backers who give at this level will receive previous-level awards +PLUS+ a commemorative Roxë15 keyring featuring original artwork of the finest futuristic sort.

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  • $75USD
    Futuristic Floss

    Futuristic Floss. Be among the first in the world to see a sci-fi trailblazer hit the big screen! Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ 2 VIP tickets to the Roxë15 Premiere Party in NYC (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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    Bottoms Up!

    Have a sip in honor of your favorite cybergeek bartender, Ms. Roxë Jones. Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ a cyber-sleek ceramic Roxë15 shot glass. (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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    Futuristic Fashion

    Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ a fresh-to-death, limited edition Roxë15 t-shirt (available in women's or men's styles and sizes). Represent! (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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  • $500USD
    A Work of Art

    Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ a limited edition, framed Roxë15 poster featuring striking original artwork signed by the artist. (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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    In the Cut

    Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ Associate Producer credit in the film's final cut. (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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    VIP, Baby!

    You're a Roxe15 insider... Backers at this level will receive previous-level rewards +PLUS+ a private dinner with cast, director and producer in the Big Apple. (Supporters must provide their own transportation to/accommodations in NYC)

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