Directed by Amy Marquis, this project funds the first of ten short films following the personal stories of visitors whose lives have been changed by America’s National Parks. The films are being timed to celebrate the upcoming 2016 National Parks Service centennial.
As explained on the project’s Kickstarter page, it looks like they’ll start with this one:
“Love in the Tetons.* This September, something really special is happening in Grand Teton National Park: A wedding. But not just any wedding. The groom is a young Mexican-American from south-central Los Angeles, who had no connection with nature until an urban-youth program introduced him to the national parks and completely changed the trajectory of his life. The bride hails from a long line of migrant farm workers in Texas, but in 2006, at age 21, she left home for the first time to visit Kenai Fjord National Park in Alaska– an experience that empowered her to break out of the migrant-worker cycle. Today, she serves as both an interpretive ranger and the youth and diversity outreach coordinator in Grand Teton National Park. We’ll embed ourselves with their families, dig into stories about the generations of hard work and sacrifice that helped guide them to this special day in the Tetons, and reveal an important new vision of the “American Dream”– one that blooms out of our living, breathing national parks.”
Click here to go to the Kickstarter page for National Park Experience and support women filmmakers!
By now you may have heard of this one. It’s the documentary project on Alice Guy-Blache, who in 1896 became the world’s first female director (and one of the world’s first filmmakers, period). She created her own movie studio and made over 1000 films over the next twenty years, pioneering film technology and developing techniques such as the close-up. Yet she has been lost to history, as have so many of the women who trailblazed the film industry in its earliest years.
Now a couple of filmmakers, Pamela Green and Jarik van Slujis, are raising money on Kickstarter to tell Alice’s story in a documentary feature film. They have raised over $70,000 but they need $200,000 for the project to get made. They have five days to go in their Kickstarter campaign, and if they don’t raise the rest of the $200,000 in that time, they will forfeit the $70,000 already pledged. Now is a great time to get yourself over to Kickstarter and throw in a few bucks for this incredibly important project!
Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blache on Kickstarter
As have so many before me, I recently fell in love…with Kickstarter. It’s such a fine resource for filmmakers and it’s so fascinating to watch new film projects come together. I love how the site lets me be a part of the process by kicking in a few bucks. Frankly, crowdfunding gives me hope for the future of film because it takes the funding process out of the hands of studio execs and puts it in the hands of Internet randoms like myself. If you wonder about its possibilities for women’s film and women’s concerns, just take a look at this stopmotion short project called Henrietta Bulkowski, directed by Rachel Johnson. Be sure to take a look at her earlier short, The Toll Collector. I love how that one digs down deep into the soil of women’s insecurities about their own bodies using detailed animation that allows us to get lost in the toll collector’s little world. I expect great things to come of Johnson’s new short!
If you want to support women’s films, Kickstarter is a great way to do it, and Henrietta Bulkowski is a great place to start.