Mission StatementGrowing up is hard enough, not to mention the pressures that come with inhabiting a physical body. As an adult who was once a girl painfully aware of her body, I am passionate about telling this story. I hope to inspire resilience and faith in each other and ourselves through the character of Jane.
About The Project
Jane Baker is fat. It’s the summer before her 8th-grade year and her parents have decided that she will be spending her summer at Blue Mountain Retreat – the weight loss camp 2 hours away from her home in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a household that isn’t afraid of ‘constructive criticism’ Jane knows that her body belongs to her family just as much as it belongs to her. In an attempt to please her parents, Jane agrees to attend Blue Mountain Retreat without a fuss and a secret hope that this summer could bring the change she’s been looking for her whole life.
Cast: We will hold casting sessions in the fall.
Risks: There are always potential risks and challenges that can happen while making a film. However, by thinking two steps ahead, and knowing all the details of the project (from Cast, Crew, Locations, Props, Costumes, Travel, Food, Equipment, Production Design, etc.) we will be able to mitigate any potential risks through an extensive pre-production process.
Covid-19 is an added challenge to making a film, and we will prepare for this. We will make sure to plan for a Covid safe set and use any methods available to us to ensure a safe filming environment that is in accordance with safety requirements, such as rapid testing, PPE, sanitization, etc.
The team has worked with the tiniest of budgets to create high-quality work and knows what it takes to be successful. We are passionate about seeing the project through to completion despite any challenges that we might face.
The Plan: We have 30 days to reach our target of $12,000 USD in order to raise the funds we need to get into production. The money will go towards cast and crew wages, housing, transportation, food, lighting, sound, locations, insurance, and Covid PPE. You can see the full breakdown of where the money will be spent under ‘Wishlist’.
We are a passionate team and hope to have the opportunity to bring this film to life and make it the best film that it can be. Your donations will go directly towards the production, and any help will make a difference in the overall production value of the film.
Production will take place in November, and we will start post-production in the Spring. Once we have a completed film, we’d love the opportunity to bring this film to the 2022 film festival circuit.
How can you help?
CONTRIBUTE: First and foremost we’d love for you to donate. Every dollar truly counts and will allow us to take the next step. All financial contributions will go towards production costs, plus you will get some fun rewards out of it.
FOLLOW: Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and FB (@janebakerfilm), and be sure to follow us on Seed&Spark to keep up with all the updates. The more followers we get here on Seed & Spark, the more rewards and discounts we will receive.
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Thanks for all your support and for taking the time to learn more about our film!
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About This Team
Writer/Director: Lauren Tepfer is a 22-year-old photographer and filmmaker currently studying at Parsons School of Design. After beginning to post her work online at age 14, she started gaining a steady audience who were enamored by her ability to transform mundane settings into something beautiful. Throughout her work, she explores themes of identity, memory, and grief while working closely with light, color, and textures. Lauren has worked with clients including Apple, Google, Nike, and Netflix.
Producer: Naomi Sedgwick is a half-Japanese writer/producer based in NY. She is constantly inspired by character-driven stories, subcultures, and the arts. Her first short film 100% Half, explored the dichotomy of being mixed race and navigating identity, based on her own personal experiences. The film won two awards, “Best Film” and “Best Screenplay” at the Women's Independent Film Festival. In addition to her narrative work, she has worked in the branded space with clients including Tinder, Apple, and Crayola. She holds a B.A. in Culture and Media: Screen Studies, and a minor in screenwriting from The New School.
Director of Photography: Denia Hasic is a budding cinematographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY with a keen interest in feminist, queer and activist-oriented projects. Since graduating from Boston University’s film program in 2013, she has shot numerous narrative and documentary shorts, music videos, and experimental film pieces. Her first short film Catharsis screened at NYC’s NewFest and the LA Indie Film Fest, and her first documentary short Life & Sand was the official selection at the New Filmmakers New York festival and won the Jury Award at the Long Beach International Film Festival and the Jury Award at the North Beach American Film Festival. Her cinematography blends elements of realism with surrealism, breathing a stylized imagery into honest personal stories. She works to challenge the normal tropes of cinematic male gaze through both her unconventional form and rejection of set hierarchy, contextualizing the notion of a “female” or “other” gaze.
Production Designer: Mia Chae is an undergrad student at Parsons with a passion for prop styling and set design. She enjoys crafting a vision through executing color, mood, and composition to help tell stories and bring aesthetic ideas to physical spaces.
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