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A supernatural queer coming-of-age film about love and death.
Aubree Bernier-Clarke
Portland, Oregon
United States
1 Team Member

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My name is Aubree Bernier-Clarke, and my short film, I WANT TO BELIEVE, is going to be produced through the Directing Workshop for Women at AFI. I just relocated to LA from Portland where I spent the past decade playing guitar in bands and making films. I've directed music videos for Mirah, The Thermals, The Corin Tucker Band and more, and worked as a camera operator on the show Portlandia. My first short film, based on the novel Valencia by Michelle Tea, is premiering at Frameline in SF in June. 

I WANT TO BELIEVE, is a supernatural coming-of-age love story about a 17-year-old tomboy, Morgan, who's best friend Olivia has just died in a freak accident. At her wake, Olivia comes back to life and convinces Morgan to take her on a secret late-night roadtrip, giving Morgan the opportunity to finally express her true feelings for Olivia.

The budget for this film is $25,000. AFI will be closely monitoring all expenses, so you can be sure that all funds are going to the hard costs of producing this film. Shooting in LA is expensive, and we’ll need to pay for permits, location fees, production design, props, costumes, and most importantly food to feed 30 people for 5 days. We’re also going to have a lot of post-production costs to cover, including sound design, color correction and audio mixing.

Every contribution helps! If you can't donate, you can also support this project by telling your friends, posting online, etc.

T H A N K   Y O U  ! ! ! ! !




Writer / Director - Aubree Bernier-Clarke

Aubree Bernier-Clarke left her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in 2002 for the greyer pastures of Portland, OR. After spending her early 20s playing guitar in the bands Swan Island and Half-Seas-Over, she pursued a career in film, working with director Lance Bangs at his company Field Recordings and as a camera operator on the television show Portlandia. 

She has shot and directed music videos for The Corin Tucker Band, The Thermals, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and Mirah, as well as her first short film, VALENCIA, CHAPTER 3, based on the eponymous coming-of-age memoir by Michelle Tea, which will premiere at Frameline in San Francisco this June. She is a 2013 participant in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women.


Producer - Pin-Chun Liu

In 2007, Pin-Chun graduated from National Taiwan University with a BA in Sociology. She began producing independent films in Taiwan in 2008. Her first short, WAITING ALL OF MY LIFE FOR YOU, was selected for the 36th Brussels Independent Film Festival in 2009. Her first feature, an American-based independent film called THE TAIWAN OYSTER, premiered in the narrative competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. But Pin-Chun got her first real taste of the Hollywood life while working as a translator and liaison on Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI. She is now enjoying Los Angeles as a producing fellow at the AFI Conservatory and is in post-production on both her first Los Angeles-based feature, ABBY IN THE SUMMER and her AFI Thesis FIlm WAY IN RYE.


Cinematographer - Michelle Lawler

Michelle is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who has worked in film and television since 1999. In 2009, she directed a feature documentary called FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT, which received a Frameline completion grant and has won numerous audience awards including Outfest 2010 (Los Angeles). Michelle has shot several short films and recently completed two feature films including Outfest Grand Jury Award winner WILDNESS 2012 directed by Wu Tsang and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER 2012 starring and directed by Brea Grant. Films shot by Michelle have also been in several museums including MoMa and the Whitney Biennial 2012. She recently graduated from the American Film Institute (AFI) with an MFA in Cinematography. Michelle is currently a Project Involve Fellow in Cinematography at Film Independent.


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  • $5USD
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    You'll get a personal Thank You on the film's Facebook page!

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    You'll get an exclusive Digital Download of the film when it becomes available. You'll also be thanked on the Facebook page!

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    You'll get an awesome Legalize Gay Divorce! t-shirt (lavender with white text) or tank top (black with purple text) designed by Aubree! Message me as soon as you donate to reserve a particular size (S-XL) and style (t-shirt or tank). Quantities are limited. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film and a thank you on Facebook!

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    You'll get thanked in the CREDITS of the film! You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film and a thank you on Facebook!

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    Aubree's alter-ago DJ SNOWTIGER (of Portland's Gaycation fame) will DJ your party or event! Must be on a mutually agreed-upon date in Portland or LA. Other destinations possible if travel expenses are covered. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film and a thank you on Facebook and in the CREDITS of the film!

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