MIRROR MIRROR director Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua

#FF Friday Fundraisers for May 5, 2017

Cheers for the weekend! Thanks for visiting and checking out the highlights of crowdfunding projects currently going strong, along with the directors looking for your support. Before getting to the list, I want to share a few more insights from my past week and half talking to female directors who had films programmed at the Nashville Film Festival 2017.

While speaking with Dorie Barton, director of Girl Flu, I was curious about her transition from on-stage theater actor to first-time film director. When she wrote the script she said she always saw herself as the director. As an actor, she felt that her directing strength would be in working with actors, but the rest she was willing to work to learn.

One key influence was the Director of Photography, Alice Brooks. As soon as Alice committed to the project she and Dorie began 4-hour skype sessions unpacking the script and all the characters. This led to a solid, trusting relationship where they could form each scene and each shot from a joint understanding of the script. Knowing that this first film was a leap of passion for Dorie, Alice challenged her with this advice:

Don’t make your 1st movie, make your 3rd movie!

GIRL FLU director Dorie Barton in Nashville with a TDL sticker!

Without time to waste, Dorie dove into directing by preparing and researching using all the tools available to her via the internet, books, and people like the stage directors she had worked with on previous projects. She says it was a conscious choice to direct Girl Flu— she had to set other things aside and pursue it with her whole being.

And it paid off! The film has won multiple awards through its festival journey, including the Audience Award in the New Directors Competition at the Nashville Film Festival. If you haven’t had the chance to catch this hilarious coming-of-age film, seek it out. It’s well worth your time.

Before you go, take a scroll and check out the campaigns below. Any one of them could be the fest fave we’re raving about next. Thanks as always for your support!

                                              — Sarah


Reminder: All of the projects listed below have female directors at the helm OR they are projects that benefit women directors (e.g., film festivals, funds, etc).  The campaigns at the top of the list are the ones ending soonest, so get in there and support ASAP (with $$ or an RT on Twitter). Click the titles to go directly to each project’s crowdfunding page, those in italics are new additions this week.

Thanks for visiting and thank you very much for helping us support and raise awareness about WOMEN DIRECTORS AT WORK!

Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, May 5, 2017

BAD EXAMPLE, directed by Kimberly Banks – @kimberlybanks2

BEFORE THE INK DRIES, co-directed by Alexandra Sedlak – @alexkaysedlak

DEAR GEORGE, directed by Emily Skyle @deargeorgefilm

MIRROR, MIRROR, directed by Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua – n/a

600 BOTTLES OF WINE, directed by Ainslie Cloutson – n/a

AN ACT OF TERROR, directed by Ashley Brim Riddle – @anactofterror

SILVER STREAM, directed by Grace Kiley – @gracekileyact

MI TIERRA, directed by Sandra Camargo – @mitierrafilm

SHAMAN MEDICINE WOMAN, directed by Sara Pozzoli – @ShamanWomanFILM

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, directed by Baley Wynn – n/a

PANS, directed by Rebecca Woolf – @pansfilm @GirlsGoneChild

PUSH, directed by Justine Bateman – @justinebateman

TANJI – led by Melinda Fox – @FoxMelinda @TanjiMobi


If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.


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