What is it?
The Hepburn Girls is an independent feature film shot in rural Kentucky.
What is The Hepburn Girls about?
A reclusive librarian’s life turns upside down when she discovers the high-spirited younger sister she never knew existed.
Katherine Sherard has worked hard for her soliatry life. She has no close family, rarely dates and has only a small handful of friends--just the way she likes it. That is, until she meets Audrey Adler: an outgoing, high-spirited 17 year old who reveals herself to be Katherine's half-sister in desperate need of a home.
Now with the responsibility of raising her newly discovered sister, Katherine's world is turned upside down. Through a series of events, it seems as though Katherine needs Audrey to help her through life's struggles as much as Audrey needs Katherine.
Who are we?
Rachael Yeager Ashley Raymer-Brown
Ashley Raymer-Brown created SonRise Productions in 1997 at the age of 17 with nothing more than the dream of someday becoming involved in media entertainment. After an impressive feature length documentary for her local High School's 50th Anniversary Reunion, she focused on breaking into performances fields in order to learn all aspects of the business.
In 2000, she was cast in her first community theatre production and since then has performed in over 20 productions (Big River, Moon Over Buffalo, Radio Gals, Carousel), directed seven plays (Cactus Flower, Radio Gals), written five plays, co-written one play, photographed 20+ shows, designed the poster and program for 10+ shows, and acted as the videographer for nearly 50 shows.
In 2007, Ashley began venturing over to film where she has acted in one commercial (AAA), one infomercial (Metropolitan Urology), one short, and three features (The Perfect Gift, 1 Message and No Lost Cause.) No Lost Cause (winner Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Williamsburg Film Festival in New York and Third Place in the Feature Film Category at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival in Texas) is her first co-direction of a film. She also acted as the Senior Editor, Foley Artist and Publicist, among many other positions.
Rachael Yeager has been passionate about the arts from an early age. While in high school, she took vocal lessons from a family friend and mentor to "cure her of her tone deafness." Soon after, she started building her acting resume with roles such as Kate Clinton in Never Too Late, Toni Simmons in Cactus Flower, Joann in Big River, and Rosie the Riveter in One Nation Under God.
In 2007, she was given the opportunity to learn the craft of filmmaking through a local film company (Kelly's Filmworks). Rachael worked her way up the ranks, from Production Assistant to Script Supervisor, then 1st Assistant Director. In 2010, she formed her own production company, Proverb Films. Rachael wrote, co-directed, and produced the company's first feature film, the award-winning No Lost Cause.
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Why do we need your help?
The Hepburn Girls has been shot and edited and our goal is to have it premiere locally before Christmas. We need additional funding in order to pay professionals in the industry to have the film look and sound just as we envisioned.
This is an amazing and inspiring film that won’t be able to see the light of day until our sound designer and color grader have been paid to tackle these two difficult and important tasks in the post-production process!
Any additional funds raised will be used to master the film, or convert it to a format that will be viewable on DVD and in a theater, and to make DVD copies to sell locally.
If we raise $1500: our sound designer will be paid in full and all dialogue/music/sound effects/foley in the film will sound spectacular!
If we raise $4800: our color grader will be paid in full and all the shots/visuals in the film will look aesthetically pleasing!
If we raise $6300: we get the best of both worlds!
If we raise $8300: we get the best of both worlds and The Hepburn Girls will be mastered for DVD (including bonus features)!
If we raise $10,000: we are able to obtain all of the above, plus create and sell the DVDs of The Hepburn Girls.
If we raise $12,000: We get to have our premiere in addition to ALL OF THE THINGS!
What is the goal of this film?
While No Lost Cause was about forgiving someone else for wronging you, we wanted to portray a character who was struggling with forgiving herself. So Ashley created Katherine and Audrey—the two women whose bodies she had inhabited at one point in my life. The carefree teenager who loves old movies, nostalgia, and bounces back (fairly) easily from her relatively sheltered life’s problems. And then there was Katherine, the recluse shattered by tragedy, the person who was kind to everyone but herself, and who used humor to deflect attention without getting to the root of the problem. She’s already a Christian, but she’s still this fragile, damaged woman. And it’s completely her own doing. She lives a structured, boring life because she thinks she deserves it. There is such freedom in the forgiveness of Christ, but we have to give Him those issues. We can’t keep hanging on to them or they will literally destroy us and our future happiness.
There is a lot of humor in this film—and a lot of sadness too. That’s real life. We live this messy roller coaster of up and downs and we try our best with what we’ve been given. We’re human. But thankfully, God is faithful.
And as long as we can, we want our movies to have happy endings; because sometimes life doesn’t always provide the happy ending we want or need for ourselves.
What is Indiegogo?
Indiegogo is “...the crowdfunding solution that empowers ideas and enables people to donate funds easily.” Their missions is to give people like us, or you, the platform and opportunity to raise funds for our creative endeavors!
How does it work?
If you are interested in helping us fund the post-production process of The Hepburn Girls, pledge any amount you desire! Indiegogo is a secure network and accepts credit cards.
Depending on what you’re willing to pledge, you are eligible for certain incentives and perks! Below is a list of what you could receive.
Minimum of $10: “The Great Cashby.”
A thank you email as well as a permanent fixture on our “Thank You” page on social media platforms.
$25: “Cashablanka check.”
A 5x7 print of the poster of The Hepburn Girls signed by the directors of the film, as well as a personalized thank you.
$50: “The Dude(ette’s) abide.”
DVD copy of The Hepburn Girls after its release, 5x7 print of the poster, and a personalized thank you.
$200: “Greed is [not] good.”
Two tickets to the premiere of The Hepburn Girls, a DVD copy of the film, 5x7 print of the poster, and a personalized thank you.
$500: “Show us the money!”
All of the above AND a benefactor credit in the film!
$1000: “Go ahead. Make our day.”
All of the above, a private dinner with members of the cast and crew, and the title of co-producer!
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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” --Emile Zola