FRIENDS, WE HAVE ONLY A FEW MORE HOURS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR LOVELY FILM. AS WE APPROACH THE END OF THE FUNDRAISER, WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED, SPREAD THE WORD, FAVORITED, AND COMMENTED ON OUR CAMPAIGN. WE CAN'T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH!
What do you mean Savage? Is your film racist?
Nope! Savage is a short film directed by Wendy James. The film tells the story of Sara Maris, a young teacher at a predominantly Black high school in Brooklyn. After witnessing her troublesome student, James, get beaten by a school officer, she becomes determined to try to save him.
As Sara crosses boundary after boundary with James, she is confronted with her own repressed fears and desires. Ultimately, she must decide whether or not she can make a real connection with James, and see him as more than her pet project.
The title, "Savage", is used to provoke the following questions: What really is "Savage" behavior? Historically, people of color around the world have been defined as savages or brutes to justify their political and social oppression, so can we really call our American society "civilized"?
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTRESS
With this film, I wanted to tell a story that questioned the typical "white saviour" film, to tell something more layered and complex about race and class. Sara is a character worlds away from Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Through the film, she struggles with her own repressed anxieties around trying to help James. She has a desire she doesn't know what to do with, a strange attraction. But Sara doesn't know whether or not she can trust James, as she's seen him in his violence towards others.
These forces all lead to the troubling climax of the film.
WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR
This past August we spent six days shooting the 19-page script. Our cast and crew worked incredibly well with one another and we had a total a total of almost 100 extras at 7 different locations! There was a great sense of comradery developed on set which helped to brighten the long, hard days.
Most recently we were able to complete a rough cut of the film. We are now in the process of completing a pickup shoot for the film, in order to round out the shape of the film, and make the film as strong as it can be.
We initially received a $15,000 grant from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund towards the production phase of the film. But now we're trying to raise money for essential post-production needs and this is where we'd love your help.
WHERE THE MONEY'S GOING
We still have a long way to go to complete post-production of Savage. Part of the proceeds will go towards our pickup shoot, where we will be shooting certain shots we missed during our initial production stage. This will be a day and a half shoot in early February.
For post-production, the funds will be used to hire an editor to complete the edit of the final project, complete sound design and sound mixing, license music for our soundtrack, complete color correction, and also to use the funds towards festival fees so you can see Savage at a theater near you!
We thank you greatly for your support. Because of all the awesome people who have supported and participated, we were able to create a piece of work that says something critical about the society we live in in an engaging way. Grassroots filmmaking like this can't be done without the help of folks like you!
We are a project fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501c3 foundation. With their help, we are able to provide a tax-deductible donation system!
Here are some of the awesome gifts we'll have to offer you for donating!
SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT OUT
We'll shout you out from the rooftops to the heavens! This is our way of saying "thank you" for your contributions, no matter how humble. We know you're probably being inundated with crowdfunding campaigns left and right, so we want to make sure you know we really really do appreciate you.
Another goodie we'll be sending out for those of you who donate $25 or more is a DVD of the final film when it's completed. We can't wait to show you the final film once we're able to complete it!
PERSONAL THANK YOU CARD FROM THE DIRECTOR
One of our special gifts. Wendy will be sending out personal thank you cards and production stills ! She will choose a unique cover image for each card, like the one below of Sarah Baartman (otherwise known as the "Hottentot Venus", look her up!). The cards are meant to provoke and give you something to ponder.
SAVAGE LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT
For those of you who donate $50 or more we have this snazzy t-shirt. Show the world that you aren't afraid of labels!
Savage stars Casey Austin as the emotionally torn teacher Sara Maris. It co-stars the first time actor Hassan Coles as her troubled student, James.
Casey is a lovely and incredibly talented actress from Victoria, British Columbia. She is currently earning her MFA in Theater from Columbia University. Recent credits: Much Ado About Nothing (Extant), The Dogs of Babel (Extant), The Seagull (Extant). Regional credits: Hedda Gabler (Inconnu), Scorched (Inconnu), Death of a Salesman (Blue Bridge Rep.) As You Like It (Kaleidoscope). Film and Television: The Trophy Wife (The Lifetime Network), The Last New Year (SuperChannel), Get Off Dog (Whistler International) and Tumbling After (Jury Award, Waterford Festival UK).
Hassan Coles is a gifted actor who is new to the acting game. He was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and currently resides in The Bronx. He is a an aspiring actor, making his debut performance in Savage. Hassan was very excited to be chosen for the role as he felt that he could genuinely relate to the character James and his experiences. Hassan learned a lot on the Savage set and looks forward to the next steps he will take in his pursuit of screen-acting.
WENDY JAMES - Writer/Director
Wendy James is an Afro-Latina writer/director and activist who makes films that aim to provoke a deeper understanding of the relationship between race, gender, and class in the U.S. and Latin America. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, to parents from Central America. She has been writing, shooting, and directing films since 2005, earning a BFA at UCLA in 2007. She is in her final year of her MFA at Columbia’s School of the Arts. From 2010-2011, Wendy spent a year in Panama on a Fulbright Fellowship, teaching film with a community arts program and developing research ideas for The Other Side of Paradise, a documentary film which takes a critical look at tourism in the Caribbean. Her work has shown at film festivals, including the HBO International New York Latino Film Festival, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, Rooftop Films Summer Series, and Philadelphia Film Festival.
ANDREY ALISTRATOV - Director of Photography
As a cinematographer and director, Andrey has worked on various facets of the filmmaking process from pre-production to editing and color-grading. Born in Donetsk, Ukraine, and having moved to New York City at an early age, he has had a diverse upbringing. Similarly, his work took him from finance, music, and finally to film and video production. Andrey has been the head of cinematography for DIG Films, specializing in content for the music industry, including live concert films, documentaries, and music videos. With more than 40 projects to his credit, Andrey has worked with clients such as VVUSIC.TV, Universal Music and Atlantic Records.
HAZUKI AIKAWA - Producer
Hazuki has worked in multiple aspects of filmmaking including production, directing, editing, and screenwriting. With a background in documentary production, photography, and journalism (notably science journalism), she is accomplished in converting concept⇒visuals for various audiences and managing it through to final delivery. Born and raised in Japan with an American education, she is bilingual and frequently coordinates both Japanese and US productions. Hazuki has directed projects in collaboration with NHK, Fuji Television Network, Kyodo Television, and Team Okuyama for Kazuyoshi Okuyama.
LAURIE THOMAS - Producer
Laurie Thomas is a filmmaker born in New York to Jamaican parents and raised in Miami, Florida. As a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Film M.F.A program, Laurie wrote, directed, and produced narrative short films which have screened at several film festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival and most recently the 2012 Florida Film Festival where she received the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short for her film Prima Donna. Laurie has received grants for her work from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was a project finalist for the Columbia/HBO Young Producers Development Award, was a participant of the 2011 Cine Qua Non Screenwriting Lab in Michocan, Mexico and has served as a screenwriting mentor for Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab in East Africa.
ALEXANDRA VIVAS - Producer
Alexandra Vivas Lopez was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. She graduated from Monterrey´s Institute of Technology at the top of her class with a B.A. in Communication Sciences. She is currently pursuing a MFA degree in Producing at Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division. She has been involved in the production of several short films and worked as co-producer for the MTV China show Music Check In: New York.
BLAKE SCOTT - Producer
Blake Scott is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is writing a dissertation on the history of tourism in the Caribbean. His research critically examines the past to help reimagine a future of respectful cross-cultural exchange. Blake brings both historical knowledge and personal experience to his work as a filmmaker. He has published his work in a number of scholarly journals and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Texas at Austin.
JASMYNE POPE - Associate Producer
Born in New York and raised in Richmond, Virinia, Jasmyne graduated from Emerson College where she studied screenwriting and film production in May 2011. Since the fall of 2010, she has concentrated her time working in multiple aspects of production from development to distribution. Jasmyne is currently developing a feature and plans to launch a production company in the near future.
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MUCH LOVE TO YOU!
-THE SAVAGE TEAM