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In 1976, females were let into military academies after a 174-year ban; Amy is one of the first.
Alexis Korycinski
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Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members

It's 1976...

...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.

Why This?

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.

The Impact

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 Challenge

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.




Spread The Word!

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!

Twitter & Instagram: @thehaircutfilm

Facebook: facebook.com/TheHaircut 

#afidww  #thehaircut  #ambitious  #1976cadets  #militarywomen  #girlpower

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  • $10USD

    For only ten bucks you receive: - An electronic hug through our Website, Facebook, Twitter from the cast & crew expressing their eternal love and admiration.

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  • $15USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A private link to the film!! Your chance to see the finished product in its glory!

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    A 'thank you' and digital download of the film, PLUS - One Vintage Green Toy Soldier used on set in Amy's Bedroom, handpicked by our amazing Production Designer.

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  • $25USD

    A 'thank you' and digital download of the film, PLUS - A real limited edition DVD of the film!! Crank up the volume on your TV and watch the story come to life on the big screen.

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  • $50USD

    All of the above (includes DVD and digital download of the film), PLUS - A print of a vintage Army poster used in the film representing women in the military, and a digital copy of the script!

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  • $75USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A limited edition Haircut Hat! Show your support for the film, by proudly wearing your new statement of fashion. - Your name featured in a spectacular YouTube “Thank You” Video from Cast & Crew members!

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  • $100USD

    All of the above, PLUS, - A digital download of an original painting by Thaddeus T. Chapman inspired by The Haircut; see the collaboration of Alexis' beautiful vision paired with Thaddeus' artwork. Thaddeus' work of art so perfectly encapsulates the heart of the story; this is one not to be missed! - If 100 people give $100, we will fund this film! Join us in making this a reality!

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  • $150USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A “Special Thanks” credit in the final film! Your name will be immortalized in the scrolling credits.

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  • $200USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A Limited Edition poster print #1-200 of a stylized still from the shoot, and an iPad edition photo book of behind the scenes stills.

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  • $200USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A comprehensive cocktail class from a lead bartender at one of Los Angeles' most critically acclaimed cocktail bars, 1886 at The Raymond. - For non-Angelenos, he can schedule a personal Skype Session in Cocktail History. You will leave with immeasurable tidbits of classy facts!

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  • $250USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A lunch with Alexis O. Korycinski (Director) in Los Angeles! Pick her brain, hear her phenomenal and inspirational stories, and make a new friend in LA!

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  • $300USD

    All of the above, PLUS - The secret recipe to "The Haircut", a delectable cocktail created by a lead bartender at one of Los Angeles' most critically acclaimed cocktail bars, 1886 at The Raymond. - Two tickets to our Writer’s Panel at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles this fall, featuring prominent show-runners in the biz, as well as four drink tickets for the cocktail reception (must be in Los Angeles to claim).

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    Budding Writer? All of the above, PLUS A set of coverage from SpecScout (http://www.specscout.com/) - Coverage of 3 readers from the company to provide 15 pages of notes for your new script. This is an offer you cannot refuse!

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  • $350USD

    All of the above, PLUS - Award-winning author, success coach, and our very own Executive Producer, Jenifer Madson, believes that everyone has a story to tell - a story that has the power to change lives. Jenifer will provide one-hour coaching session to help you find the power in your story, and awaken to your highest potential.

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  • $500USD

    Support a Haircut for The Haircut! All of the above, PLUS - We’ll donate 40% of this donation level to Locks of Love, bringing hope and confidence to children suffering from hair loss.

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  • $500USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A makeup consultation and Skype session with acclaimed makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor!

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  • $500USD

    All of the above, PLUS - Personal script counseling from one of the founders of SpecScout, the only site that provides comprehensive scores and coverage on all the scripts circulating the market.

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  • $1,000USD

    All of the above, PLUS - A makeup consultation Skype session with acclaimed makeup Artist Andrew Sotomayor and a makeup basket filled $500 worth of products chosen with you in mind! With clients ranging from Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Bruno Mars, and Seth Rogen, you can join the list! Check out his beautiful work at http://andrewsotomayor.com/!

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  • $2,500USD

    Associate Producer Status! All of the above, PLUS - Credited in the film as an Associate Producer (in title only) - 2 Tickets to the Premiere of The Haircut at the American Film Institute - 2 Tickets to the Premiere Party. Meet the director, the producers, and the cast, and boogie with them through the night. - Includes an Internet Movie Database (IMDB) credit. - Transportation/lodging not included.

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  • $5,000USD

    Executive Producer All of the above, PLUS - Credited in the film as an Executive Producer, and you get to join in on all the fun. - Includes an Internet Movie Database (IMDB) credit. - 4 Tickets to the premiere of The Haircut at the American Film Institute. - 4 Tickets to the premiere party. - Access to any upcoming festival screenings. - Transportation/lodging not included.

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