...and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes.
Girl power is important, especially today. When I was selected as one of 9 women into AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, I wanted to make a film that showed a strong woman – someone who, against all odds, overcame opposition to change the course of society.
...and that’s what the first female cadets at West Point did in 1976. With The Haircut, we have a unique opportunity to highlight a groundbreaking moment for women in American History, one that is rarely given a cinematic platform. These women were pioneers staking claim in a hostile patriarchy and withstood repeated assaults on their dedication to service, country, and self.
This project is not just about making a beautiful film, but about showing girls that ambition and “girl power” is important to the growth of our country. Women can do anything that men can do, and this film shows that.
Think about this statistic: the US Armed Forces had already been around for 174 years before women were finally allowed to serve. 174 years! That is an awfully long time for women to stay on the sidelines and watch. The Haircut is about those women who did not want to sit back and watch – they wanted to act!
And act they did.
Through the eyes of our main character Amy - and through your generous support - we will see that her perseverance and strength serves as a reminder of how brave the first to break through must be. It is important to stand up for your beliefs. That is what Amy did, and that is what we are doing with The Haircut.
We Can't Do It Without You!
With your help, we will be able to pay for numerous aspects of the film, such as equipment, production, food for our hardworking cast and crew, location and travel, music, sound, post production fees, and much more! The Haircut has already reached a level of professionalism thanks to the generous people that donated their time and effort. Please help us match that level from a financial standpoint; we know we can do it together.
To sweeten the deal, we have some fabulous perks available to you!!
A Vintage Green Toy Soldier, an Army Poster Print, even the secret recipe to The 'Haircut' Cocktail! You can watch your digital download of the film at the comfort fo your home, donning your ‘Haircut’ hat, enjoying your ‘Haircut’ cocktail… all available in our perks! Doesn’t that sound like a great Friday night?
We also are featuring Lunch with the director, film credits, mixology sessions, a coaching session with our executive producer Jenifer Madson, a makeup consultation with makeup artists to the stars Andrew Sotomayor, even a donation to Locks of Love on your behalf! We are thrilled to share these exciting gifts with you, and to have you join The Haircut Family!
The film is already in the can, with a commitment to lock by the end of August. This means we are all taking a huge leap of faith – together – that all the necessary elements will come together to finish the film and carry its timeless and important message to the world.
Since beginning this journey, we have received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, through which we were able to shoot the entire film on the ARRI Alexa camera with Super Speed lenses, the Creative District Grant, for which were chosen out of the entire pool of 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women participants, and were also given Dolly’s and Jib’s from Chapman Leonard Studio Equipment.
Please join the cause by donating whatever you can to support #GirlPower and #Ambition. Every little bit helps.
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Please help us carry the message of The Haircut by "making some noise" about the campaign, using the Indiegogo share tools. Whatever, whenever, and however you can help us, please know that we are all so grateful for your support!
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