The Bra Mitzvah

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Comedy, LGBTQ

Stacy Jill Calvert

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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We need your help to make THE BRA MITZVAH! Help us tell this coming-of-age comedic short!

About The Project

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Mission Statement

I'm a 40+ year old queer jewish woman and most of the people who are behind the scenes are also female-identified, queer and range in age and backgrounds.

The Story

 

WHY THIS FILM?

The idea for The Bra Mitzvah came from my own mortifying experience as a pre-teen in the midwest. My uncle was getting married and my grandmother said that I needed a "real bra" for my dress. I was barely 9 years old and my body decided that it was time to start puberty. Nana took me to the local lingerie shop, where very old, Jewish grandmothers with cold, clammy, hands fawned over me as they fitted me for my very first bra.

 

 

WHY NOW?

This is my second narrative short, and my first project since I finished my MFA. I'm excited to be working with some amazing people who believe in the project and also want more queer films out in the world.  This is a story that has been marinating in my head for a long time, and I am so excited to be able to bring it to fruition!

 

(Directing an episode of the web series, Lucky 7 in Grad School) 

 

THE CAST

We couldn't be more excited to showcase these amazing talents! 

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

 

With your donation, we can get The Bra Mitzvah out of the training (pre-production) stage and move straight into that push up bra (aka production).

Be a part of our fundraising family and help us meet our goal!

 

CINEFEMME FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

We are so proud to announce that we have been accepted into the Cinefemme Fiscal Sponsorship program! Any donation over $100 will receive a tax deduction letter. 

 

 

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Location, Location, Location!

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The Crew

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We have a talented crew, ready to help us bring The Bra Mitzvah to life!

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Wardrobe/Props

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Equipment

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We have a small, but mighty crew, but we still need some help acquiring some gear for our shoot!

Talent

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We couldn't be producing this fun comedy without our hilarious cast!

PostProduction

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This is where the magic happens! Help us sparkle!

Marketing & Festivals

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We want to be able to showcase the film in festivals and events all over the world! Help us!

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About This Team

Stacy Jill Calvert

Writer/ Director
Stacy is a filmmaker/educator who lives in Los Angeles with her wife and two cats (aka little monsters). Stacy is the Film Festival Coordinator for the ClexaCon Film Festival and is a leader of the Los Angeles chapter of the Cinefemme Directors Collective. 

Rachael Stone 

Actor - "Becca"

 

 I was born and raised (for the first half of my life) one hour east of La La Land, until my parents said, "We're moving."   Now, here I am.  You can often find me stuck in traffic on either the 405 or 5 freeway heading to or from an acting audition or simply trying to get from one spot to another spot in Los Angeles (not an easy task or speedy task.)
  Before training as an actress,  I was a ballet dancer and was part of many different ballet productions from ages 6-16.  I attended Summer programs with the American Ballet Theatre JKO School in New York and in Orange Country and with the San Francisco Ballet School.   I even got the opportunity to dance on stage with American Ballet Theatre during their world premiere of Sleeping Beauty at The Segestrom Center in Orange County.  It was very exciting.   At 16, I took my first acting class and fell in love with it.   I've been acting ever since.  I hope to continue to grow as an actress and I am loving every step of the way.

 

Jasmin Singer

Actor - "Jen"

Jasmin Singer is the author of the memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough, the co-host of the long-running Our Hen House podcast, and the Digital Director and love columnist for VegNews Magazine. She was named a "40 Under 40" by The Advocate (which is a relief, because she's 39 and a half); has been seen in lots of thisses and thats including The Dr. Oz Show, a bunch of documentaries about veganism, and a comedy show entitled "Mortified" in which she reads from her middle school journal; and she has a Tedx talk entitled "Compassion Unlocks Identity" that she really, really wants you to watch. She lives between Los Angeles and New York City and does a lot of important things, as well as some completely frivolous things. 

 

Moore Rhys

Actor - "Zoe"


Moore Rhys is a passionate vegan of 25 years, mom to Lucy the dog and stepmom to Stella the cat, real life partners with her movie wife Jasmin, and a prolific sewer of bow ties (as well as other crafts that dismantle toxic masculinity). She grew up in Washington, DC—as a professional performer, not politician. Her strong belief in prison abolition directed her to contribute her time and talents to the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Years ago, Moore had enough of the misogynistic world of screenwriting, and embraced her career in the field of human research ethics. In addition, she and Jasmin are working on creating a really fun musical about a dead dog. 

 

 

Robin S. Roth

Actor - "Marti" 

 

A real-life Nana originally from Queens, NY, Robin is thrilled to be part of “Bra Mitzvah.”  She has loved theater since her debut as a witch in the 4th-grade Thanksgiving play, and will soon be seen in “The Elephant Man” at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.  Her favorite roles have run the gamut from con artist/bank robber to post-apocalyptic warlord, with many mothers in between.  Feature films include “Jessie The Golden Heart,” “You Should Meet My Son 2!” “Goin’ Around” and “Alien Anthropologists.” IMDB.me/robinroth   Instagram @rothrobin24

 

Bridget McManus

Actor - "The Concierge"

 

Bridget McManus is a television host, screenwriter, producer, director and award-winning performer. She created and hosted two television shows for the Logo Network: the award-winning comedy talk show, Brunch with Bridget, and Bridget McManus Presents: That Time of The Month. She hosted the self-help series The Jam, The Stonewall Inn's 40th Anniversary Benefit in New York City, FabFitFun's weekly pop-culture talk show Throwback Thursday and was a correspondent for the 8th International Gay Games in Cologne, Germany. Her writer and producer credits include the original mockumentary series McManusland, the romantic drama series Maybelle, the horror series Buyer Beware, the relationship talk show Happy Wife, Happy Life, the romantic comedy Alice & Iza, and satirical news series We Have Issues.

 

McManus had a recurring cameo in season four of the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series Transparent. 

McManus has been featured in Universal's blockbuster film Wanted, alongside Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, and in the romantic comedy feature November Rule. She also had a starring role in Guinevere Turner's film festival favorite, Post Apocalyptic Potluck. She has appeared on the MTV comedy sketch series Acting Out, and Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. She was Queen Latifah’s sidekick on The Queen Latifah Show, and was regularly featured on The Jeff Probst Show and Talk Show the Game Show.

 

McManus garnered a Best Actor nomination at London's Raindance Webfest for her romantic drama series Maybelle.  She also earned a Best Writer (Drama) nomination for the series from the International Academy of Web Television Awards. Maybelle won the Best Drama Award at OutWebFest in Los Angeles and the Best Director award at the Raindance Webfest in London. 

 

McManus has starred in five comedy specials: Bridget McManus: Chaos & Cleavage, Bridget McManus: Live at Chicago's Mayne Stage, Laughing Matters: The Next Generation, and Logo TV’s One Night Stand Up and, most recently, Bridget McManus Live at ClexaCon in Las Vegas, which will be released later this year on tello Films.

 

McManus is one of the few female warm-up comedians in television, and her credits include Fox's Teen Choice Awards, NBC's The Wall and Last Comic Standing, Netflix's Chelsea, Netflix's The Fix, CW's Young Women's Honors, FOX's The Real, Netflix's Awake, the EPIX Wanda Sykes comedy special What Happened...Ms. Sykes?, Facebook Live's Make Up Or Break Up, FOX'S The Preachers and The Boris & Nicole Show, Ellen DeGeneres’ game show Heads Up!, ABC's The FABLife, RUPAUL, USA Network's Big Star Little Star and According To Chrisley, Throwing Shade, Family Fortune, Keke, Breakthrough with Dr. Steve Perry, What Happened Was..., and Sports Desk USA.

 

McManus graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama from Playwright's Horizon's Theater School. She completed The Second City Conservatory Program in Los Angeles and studied at The Groundlings. In 2016, McManus was named Vice President of Development at telloFilms. 

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