Hartford, Connecticut | Film Short


Melissa Torriero

1 Campaigns | Connecticut, United States

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SWAN is a documentary celebrating the 10 year growth of the women-only SWAN Day CT event in Connecticut. It features dauntless organizer, Jennifer Hill, and will inspire you to Support Women Artists Now. Be a part of the SWAN movement!

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Mission Statement

SWAN = Support Women Artists Now. It is an annual global event that showcases the talents and work of female artists (anyone who identifies as a woman or as gender neutral). SWAN Day CT is organized, performed, and attended by adults of all ethnicities and belief systems.

The Story

“Support Women Artists Now Day"/SWAN Day is an annual international celebration of women’s creativity held on the last Saturday of March and celebrated throughout March and April” WomenArts.org.


Our uplifting documentary visits the ten year history of SWAN Day CT, as it has been celebrated in Connecticut. Produced by Jennifer Hill, aka The Murderous Chanteuse, the event has been wildly successful despite sexist controversy.


In a decade of organizing SWAN Day CT, Jennifer has been faced with venue owners who mocked the all woman line-up, who breached contracts, and who locked up stage equipment in an attempt to sabotage the show. She has found venues that were not up to fire codes as promised.  She has been threatened with lawsuits. A mayor of one town threatened her with arrest because they deemed the burlesque portion of the show “inappropriate.” But Jennifer has never backed down in the face of trouble, and she has never given in to unfair demands. Every year, for ten years, she has executed the region's "event of the year."


In Connecticut, this indoor event turns one of our regional landmarks into a kind of festival village swirling with activity, drawing hundreds of attendees.


Almost any kind of creative expression is likely to be seen there. Some of the women (aged 15-80) who have participated are fashion mavens, live painters, burlesque performers, photog queens, fire dancers, filmmakers, stilt walkers, singers, bands, DJ's, and body painters. The event features music of all genres... from rock to jazz to funk and alternative.


“SWAN,” our new documentary, is a glimpse into SWAN Day CT history culminating in the 10th year Gala held at the beautiful Trinity-on-Main concert hall in New Britain, Connecticut on March 25, 2017.


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Costs $300

We used a Canon Vixia HF R700.

Film Festivals

Costs $500

We want to show SWAN to as many people as possible, but sending submissions to Festivals includes fees.

Editing Software

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Editing Software Subscriptions enable us to access the best tools for creating the film once we have captured it.


Costs $200

Yes! Filmmakers need insurance.


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DVD's, postage, packaging... whew! It takes a lot of little pieces to make the dream a reality.


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Accepting contributions costs money: credit card fees, platform subscription fees, grant application fees, etc... you get the idea.

Premiere Screening

Costs $500

Private Premiere Screening & Wrap Party... we will show the SWAN documentary and have a surprise performance.

Cash Pledge

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About This Team

Melissa and Sarah are both long-time members of the vibrant, interwoven circles of filmmakers, artists, and musicians throughout New England. Between them, they have written, produced, edited, and directed more than 15 films. They first worked together when Melissa invited Sarah to join her team for the 48 Hour Film Project, New Haven in 2015. Sarah did the inviting this time, asking Melissa to co-produce this documentary.


As Writer, Director and Producer, Sarah E. DiMeo narrates and conducts interviews in the film while Producer Melissa Torriero works off camera, developing and promoting its fundraising efforts.


The biggest part of the team, however, is the network of "Swans" the Swan Day performers, artists, and vendors. It is Mamma Swan Jennifer's relentless drive to put on THE event of the year, each year, despite obstacles, that inspired Sarah to document its success.

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