About the Film"Two Lives" carefully and thoughtfully deals with sensitive issues such as abortion, poverty, and class differences, by looking at the struggles of two teenage mothers. Society has a habit of judging these young women, and I wanted to make something that forced people to question their assumptions and promote discussion.
I wrote the script for "Two Lives" my sophomore year at SVA, but it was too ambitious to shoot that early. I spent the last two years fine-tuning the script, and finally gained the experience needed to share it with the world.
I decided to shoot this in my hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, because the story and characters are so authentic to the area. Unfortunately, this means I must transport my entire crew and all my equipment from New York City, and that costs money!
Which is why I need your help to make this film possible.
What We Need
This is where the money is going:
- Transportation (buses, cargo vans, gas) - $1,860
- Food - $300
- Location Permits - $500
- Equipment - $1180
- Housing - $304
- Campaign fee - $165.76
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The Importance of "Two Lives"As a filmmaker, I feel a certain social responsibility when it comes to
my work. I realize the power and impact this industry has on society,
and I would almost feel selfish if I never took that into
consideration. "Two Lives" is not only a film that I deeply care about, but a film that I think people should see.
Teen pregnancy was a huge issue at my high school. We had a daycare center with a waiting list, and our city's free clinic was moved into our building to provide easier access to knowledge and contraceptives.
Society has a pretty bad habit of dehumanizing young mothers, and over-simplifying their actions. I want to remind everyone that these girls are still complex, beautiful, flawed, and terrified human beings just like the rest of us.
I know some viewers might hate one character and love the other. Or maybe they might hate both of them altogether. But I want to give the audience the opportunity to see this film and form their own opinions. The only way I can do this is with your help.