The Green Girl - A Documentary About the Enigmatic Susan Oliver

She was almost one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Instead she wound up on nearly every TV show from '58-'75 -- and then virtually disappeared. What happened?

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The Film

My name is George Pappy, and until two years ago, I knew virtually nothing about Susan Oliver (other than the fact that she played "Vina" in the original Star Trek pilot and appeared in an episode of Twilight Zone with Roddy McDowall).

Then one day I happened to look her up on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) and was shocked at what I saw (I invite you do to the same - click the link): http://www.imdb.me/susanoliver

This remarkably-long resume left me wondering how I could have possibly missed her in so many iconic TV shows of the '50s/'60s/'70s, almost always playing major guest-starring roles.

I was even more surprised to see that she directed episodes of M*A*S*H and Trapper John, M.D. (major shows!) during the early 1980s, virtually unheard of for a woman in the male-dominated world of television back then.  (It turns out she was an original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, which still exists today.)

And this was just the tip of the iceberg.  She was also a record-setting aviator who flew a single-engine plane across the Atlantic in 1967 and was one of the first women to ever pilot a Lear Jet.  As I delved deeper and deeper into her story, I found that she was a truly fascinating and enigmatic woman, much more than just another "pretty actress" whose heyday came and went - which makes her relative obscurity today even sadder.

If you have a second, check out this short "Susan Trailer" I pulled together to highlight the amazing life she lived:

I decided her story had to be told, and I'm just the guy to do it!

(Who am I?  Click here and see for yourself: http://www.imdb.me/georgepappy)

Where Things Stand Right Now

We are already 95% of the way there.  Did you catch the entire movie shown super-fast in just under 14 seconds (above)?  Here it is again, in case you blinked and missed it:

What we've done so far:

  • Shot 40 different interviews with Susan Oliver's family, friends and professional peers (click this link to see the full list: Our IMDB.com Page)
  • Held a test screening of our rough cut and incorporated valuable written feedback into finishing the editing process to craft a very compelling story that really moves
  • Completed the final 93-minute cut of the movie (as shown in the video above)
  • Secured a pro bono commitment from one of Hollywood's A-list composers to write a musical score for the film
  • Retained/pre-paid one of the best legal firms in Los Angeles to clear the movie (with extensive archival footage and photographs) for final release
We've made the most of VERY limited funds for what has been an intense 2-year effort characterized by more than a few surprises (e.g., we had several celebrities suddenly show up in September of 2013, on the verge of locking the final cut - and yet we still managed to interview and include them in the documentary).

What We Still Need

At this point, we are lacking the funds to complete two crucial steps, without which we cannot deliver the completed documentary:

  1. Color Correction: we need $5000 to rectify the many disparities in color and brightness which inevitably occur in footage coming from so many diverse sources (dozens and dozens of Susan Oliver clips, hundreds of photos, and 40 different interviews).
  2. Errors & Omissions Insurance: we need an additional $5000 for this crucial coverage, without which we cannot publicly release our film (this is a standard requirement for any film, narrative or documentary).
Even if you can only make a minimum contribution, your support will provide invaluable help in getting us to the finish line.  And if you can contribute a little more, there are all kinds of cool perks!  (See the right side of this page.)

I promise you, we will not rest or give up - this film WILL be delivered and released!

Other Ways You Can Help

Please make as much noise as you can on our behalf!  Twitter, Facebook, Google+, word of mouth, etc.  The more people who know about this project, the better.


If you know any online journalists/bloggers/podcasters/etc., please let them know about us, too.  We'll gladly talk to anyone!

Thank You for Your Interest and Support!

     George Pappy
     Writer/Director - The Green Girl

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