Here Comes Frieda

New York City, New York | Film Short


Victor Gallo

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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As yet another superstorm bears down on a desperate, weary city in the year 2040, a blind woman seeks to redeem her winning sweepstakes ticket for a better life in a low Earth orbit paradise.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Through HERE COMES FRIEDA we aim to help bring a more diverse array of voices to the world of filmmaking. Alongside the production of the film, we are launching an apprenticeship program. Five teenagers, all young people of color, will have the opportunity to learn the craft of filmmaking first hand

The Story

The Story

The Setting


HERE COMES FRIEDA is set in the year 2040 as yet another superstorm bears down on a desperate, weary city. Lily, a young and fiercely independent blind woman, seeks to redeem her winning sweepstakes ticket for a better life in a low Earth orbit paradise. As she prepares to escape to these greener pastures, she discovers a cruel and sinister operation at work.

Our Main Character


Lily is a fiercely independent blind woman who seeks to live life to its fullest extent in her hostile surroundings. She packs her bags and prepares to be whisked away to her glamorous new life. But no one comes, and Frieda is fast approaching.


Over the course of a single evening, Here Comes Frieda portrays Lily’s plight to redeem her ticket and escape to Upper Paradise. Will her unwavering determination win the day, or will the superstorm overtake her?



What We Need

Unique and diverse stories deserve to be told, especially about controversial issues such as global warming. But we can't do it without your help!

Film and TV are powerful platforms because they reach a wide audience. But raising production costs for a high-quality show can be challenging. In order to bring our vision to life, we need to pay for things like props and costumes, sets, post-production, camera equipment, editing software, permits for locations -- the list goes on and on. To make things simple, our budget breakdown looks a little something like this:



What You Get

We would like to personally thank each and every one of you in advance. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, makes a huge impact in the making of our film. By supporting our campaign, you will have the opportunity to help us spread awareness of the looming repercussions that come with climate change. You will also get to help us ensure the inclusion of minority groups that are usually underrepresented in the film industry.


We also offer our contributors some fun incentives for supporting our project! They are listed on the right side of the screen, go check them out!



The Impact

One of the main focuses of Here Comes Frieda is the issue of climate change. The goal of this production is to spread awareness and motivate others to take an interest in humanity’s quality of life. Demonstrating the possibilities of where our current environmental track may take us is key in the meaning of our production. We hope Here Comes Frieda becomes a call to action to fight climate change.


We also believe that the representation of minority groups is extremely important in the world of film. Alongside the production of Here Comes Frieda, we are mentoring five teenagers, all young people of color, in the art of filmmaking and storytelling. Through this mentoring program, we intend to do our part to help bring a more diverse array of voices to the film industry. Our long-term goal is to make this an annual apprenticeship program. We want to provide our young apprentices with an opportunity to learn the craft of filmmaking hands-on through the production of this film. We want to be able to give them their first film credit and the opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals.





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Cash Pledge

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Costs $3,300

We want to give our film a realistic feel, which means we must rent and permit all our locations.


Costs $100

Wardrobe is important to telling an authentic story. Help us put our actors in the clothes we need.

Camera Rental

Costs $2,200

In order to give our film the best look possible, we want to rent a studio-professional camera.


Costs $4,300

We will be hiring some of the best professionals in the field to make our show the best it can be.


Costs $2,900

This will help us afford to pay our actors for their hard work bringing these characters to life!

Craft Services

Costs $2,000

A well-fed cast and crew is a working cast and crew. This keeps everyone happy and moving!

Sound Equipment

Costs $900

Sound Mixing and recording is important to recording the actors clearly and with good quality.

Lighting Equipment

Costs $1,500

Camera, Lights, Action...! Lighting is a crucial part of making your favorite films beautiful.

Props and Set Dressings

Costs $1,300

Any films set in the future need extra attention to create a believable environment.

About This Team

Director: Robin Takao D'oench



Robin Takao D’Oench is a writer/director/producer, born, raised and based in New York City. His short film, Tadaima, about a Japanese American Family returning home after the closure of the Japanese American Concentration Camps, screened worldwide at over forty film festivals including the Rhode Island Internal Film Festival, Hollyshorts, CAAMFest, the San Jose International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Film Festival. The film won Best Narrative Short at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and was featured in Comcast-Xfinity’s March 2018 Filmmaker Spotlight Series on X1 OnDemand. His Produced works include Shawn Mendes’ music video, Treat You Better, about domestic violence; the video was nominated for a 2017 MTV Video Music Award and is ranked in the YouTube Top 50 All Time Viewed videos with over 1.5 Billion views. A former Zamboni and New York City Taxi Driver, Robin is a graduate of New York University and has a degree from the Tisch School of the Arts and the Stern School of Business. Robin is dedicated to making films of historical awareness, social impact, and commercial value. 



Writer: David Lavine



David Lavine co-wrote and co-produced the acclaimed comedy web series Plant: The Second Coming, nominated for Indie Series Awards’ Best Writing - Comedy and NYC Web Fest's Outstanding Achievement in Writing. He has written for the public health series HIV is Still a Big Deal and the web series The Suzy & Duddy Show, and has co-written and developed commercials and branded shorts for such brands as Mercedes Benz, BMW, H&M, Michael Kors, and Prada. His screenplay The Unconjoined was a Scriptapalooza Quarterfinalist. His plays have been produced or workshopped at Portland Center Stage (JAW Festival), New York Theatre Workshop, Abingdon Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, South Carolina Repertory Company, New Jersey Rep, and both the New York and Columbus Fringe Festivals. Recognition includes O'Neill Conference finalist and semifinalist placements (That Bright Fog, The Ocean All Around Us and Poking Kitty Purple), and the Heidi Award for Best Original Short (Smugglers Three). Publication includes 4 Plays by David Lavine by Original Works and The Ultimate Audition Book: 222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Underby Smith and Kraus.



Producer: Victor Gallo




Victor Gallo is a producer, writer and director working in television, film and the web. He also sits on the board of Ripple Effect Artists, a not-for-profit arts and activism organization committed to producing work that addresses social issues and makes a positive impact. His most recent work is as the editor of El Gran Fellove - a feature-length documentary directed by Matt Dillon. Victor is also currently developing two projects: Away Game, a soccer-themed docuseries, and RED22, a science-fiction thriller that is Victor’s first stint as a feature film producer. Among Victor’s most recent works are TNT Television's NBA All-Star Saturday Night, as well as stints as a producer and director of original content at digital media companies like The Atlantic, Mashable and Great Big Story. Previously, Victor served as VP of Development at Ten10 Entertainment, a New York-based film production company, and he also launched an after-school film program for teens at El Puente, a community organization in Brooklyn.


President: Jessica Jennings


Jessica Jennings is the founding Board President for Ripple Effect Artists.  Jessica received a B.F.A. from The University of the Arts.  She has managed multi-million dollar retail at Rockefeller Center and at Grand Central for L’Occitane; and she interned in Development at Spanish Repertory Theatre.  Her development has won grants for three theatre groups in NYC, and she has been intrinsic to developing REA’s “talk-back” events, bringing master speakers such as James P. Clark (World Technology Summit), and Charlotte Walker-Said (Assistant Professor of Human Rights and International Law, John Jay College).  She is an accomplished, award winning actor and director for Shakespearean productions in NYC, receiving multiple Jean Dalrymple Awards as well as a Princess Grace Nomination.  She has danced internationally, and was an off-camera dance coach for Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Cherry Jones, and William Hurt in M. Night Shyamalan’s film "The Village," 2003.



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