The Chanticleer

A sensational ride through the subversive clashes of the 1950's-exploring the Red Scare, the early civil rights movement, and government-sanctioned homophobia.
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Becky Lane
Film
New York, New York
United States
1 Team Member
Nice Girl Films is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Nice Girl Films must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Nice Girl Films (NGF) is a woman-centered film/video production company with footprints in Ithaca and New York City, NY. We have created award-winning short films and are currently in pre-production for "The Chanticleer" a film set in 1955 which promises the high production value and entertaining content found in our previous films. We are raising $15,000 for PHASE I of the project, including preprodction, website development and location/set building! We have already produced 3 great webisodes, and they look fantastic!  We are now focusing our effort to create a feature-length film.


The film centers around Edie Chaucer, who inherits a bar (The Chanticleer) and returns home to find it in disrepair and debauchery.  She vows to make the place her own. But when she hires a new bartender, a woman who has Communist ties and prefers to dress in men's clothing, she learns firsthand the impact of the Red Scare and anti-gay witch hunts of mid-century America.

The team is:

Writer/director Becky Lane. Her short films, “Hens & Chicks,”  “Poker Face” and “Happy Hour” have collectively screened at over 80 film festivals worldwide, garnering great acclaim and awards, including Best Short Film Audience Award in Rochester, Barcelona, London, and Durham.  Lane holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.  As a sociologist and filmmaker, Lane's distinctive projects entertain while exploring provocative cultural complexities.

Editor Noni Korf has been working in film since she started out with a single-8 camera making stop-motion animations in grade school. She’s continued working in photography, film, and video, graduating from Cornell with a self-designed media arts degree. Her love for image-making and interest in all aspects of film and video production led her to work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York City as a production manager for industrial films, television commercials, news features, and music videos. 

Composer Mary Lorson studied film at Ithaca College and the University of Massachusetts.  Lorson has performed extensively in the US and Europe, releasing ten albums over the past twenty years; her most recent release, BurnBabyBurn, received critical praise (NY Times, Mojo), and features two videos created by Becky Lane. Lorson's songs and voice have been featured in over twenty films and television shows, including "The Sopranos," "Alias," "Felicity," "Motherhood," "Mad Love."

Director of Photography Karen Rodriguez is an award winning film and video artist and curator living and working in Ithaca, New York. Her films have screened in festivals internationally. Recently, she curated the two Upstate Shorts screenings as a part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in Ithaca, NY. Her film Notes on Liberty was selected as one of 30 films in the 2010 American Documentary Showcase sponsored by The U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ms. Rodriguez traveled with a delegation to Poland to present the film along with other independently produced documentaries. Ms. Rodriguez completed the Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa Department of Communication.

Watch POKER FACE,  one of our award-winning short films here


Read the Ithaca Times feature about Nice Girl Films

Check out the latest perk! Stainless steel cocktail mixer!



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    It might only be a buck to some, but to us it symbolizes your best wishes and thoughts for our project. Thank you for taking the time and energy to connect and for believing in us and what we do. We send our best wishes back to you. :) (fully tax-deductible)

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    Cheers!

    For the price of a cheap draught, you can help us make the film a reality! We will toast you on our Facebook wall. (fully tax-deductible)

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    Jukebox Junkie

    Get an online toast and mp3 download of the awesome theme song "On the Other Side of Town" by Mary Lorson! (amount over $2 is tax-deductible)

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    All Access Pass

    The online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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    Showgirl (or boy)

    SWAG! Add a cool COASTER SET (4) with the film cast photo and film logo. They're almost too pretty to set your drink upon, but we think you'll manage. ALSO- get the online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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    LIttle Nip

    SWAG! Add a mini acrylic COCKTAIL SHAKER (8oz.) with the NiceGirl Films logo. Perfect for mixing yourself a little refreshment. We'll even send a couple of COASTERS your way too! ALSO- get the online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow. (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

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  • $75USD
    Smokin' Hot

    SWAG! Snag a custom metal CIGARETTE CASE/MONEY HOLDER emblazoned with the Chanticleer cast pic. Limited supply! It's really that hot. Plus a COASTER SET for when you cool off with a frosty bev. ALSO- get the online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow. (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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    Ithaca is Gorges

    The Chanticleer is set in Ithaca, NY. If you know anything about this lovely town, you'll recognize the slogan "Ithaca is Gorges." We're celebrating with a special perk! Choose a box of ITHACA'S GORGES CHOCOLATE for your donation of $75 or more. It's clusters of milk and dark chocolate with almonds, cherries, and coconut. YUM! It also comes with a vintage postcard celebrating Ithaca history. (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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    BarBack

    SWAG! Nab a custom STAINLESS STEEL CHANTICLEER HIP FLASK to slyly transport your favorite beverage. Plus a COASTER SET, because you still need to be tidy, yes? ALSO- get the online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow. (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

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    Mixologist

    SWAG! Score a custom 16oz. STAINLESS STEEL COCKTAIL SHAKER with the NiceGirl Films/ The Chanticleer logo, along with the COASTER SET and FLASK. It's a shiny bundle of goodness. ALSO- get the online toast, theme song, and all-access code to download NiceGirl Films' award winning films "Poker Face and "Hens and Chicks." AND and a digital copy of the sexy music video "Happy Hour," featuring popular burlesque dancers Erin Griffeth and Danielle Dangr of Whiskey Tango Sideshow. (amount over $40 is tax-deductible)

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  • $500USD
    After Hours at The Chanticleer

    Get invitations to our exclusive WRAP PARTY and LAUNCH EVENTS. Plus the all the SWAG, DOWNLOADS, and SHOUTOUTS! It's all the stuff, all for you. (amount over $75 is tax-deductible)

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    Barfly

    All the SWAG and PARTIES, plus spend a half day on set! You'll have your own host (a GENUINE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT!) telling you what's what as you watch movie magic happen. Lunch with the crew ala craft services! (Travel/housing not included) (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    Walk on!

    All the SWAG and PARTIES and BE IN THE FILM, too! We will create a nonspeaking role for you, get you costumed up, and place you in a scene. Lunch with cast and crew!. (Travel/housing not included) (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    Hey, Big Spender!

    All of the above swag, downloads, walk-on, plus an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit! You made a movie! How many people can say that for realsies? (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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