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Women on the Verge: Crowdfunding Picks


Everyone has moments of desperation, moments when you are sure nothing in life will ever be quite right again. The women at the center of this months crowdfunding picks bring these moments of desperation to life, but also demonstrate how they can be overcome, especially if you have someone you can depend on.

Our first pick examines a mother, daughter, and grandmother in the aftermath of a divorce. “Beast,” from co-writer/director Leonora Lonsdale, uses elements of fantasy to give audiences a sense of the way a child’s world can be rocked by trauma. Lonsdale also uses the premise of divorce to explore how a young girl develops a sense of self and views the world around her.

“Roya” also tells the story of a mother and daughter with a special focus on the way external factors influence a relationship. Set in Los Angeles, the story examines an Iranian mother and daughter, and how much the outside world informs a woman’s perception of herself.

Writer, director, and star Rachel Sweeney tells a more darkly comic story in “Dead Girl,” which follows an actress on the brink of insanity after portraying the ubiquitous dead woman on television one too many times. By spotlighting the way women are often used as props in our stories, the film seeks to give audiences a rare look at the psychology of the “dead girl.”

In “Passage” another trio of women are forced to come together following an unexpected tragedy. When Jessie loses her job and has no choice but to move herself and her daughter to her mother’s small trailer, all three begin to reckon with their priorities and how to live a more fulfilling life.

Here is our latest round of women-created and women-centric crowdfunding picks.

Beast” (Short) — Co-Written and Directed by Leonora Lonsdale


Beast” is an unconventional story about divorce. Co-writer and director Leonora Lonsdale uses a child’s perspective and fantastic imagery to examine the way bitter break-ups can be monumental for children. When young Alice (Poppy Polivinick) hears her mother describe her father as a “beast,” Alice begins to question her own identity. Using children’s logic, “Beast” shows us how the actions and words of adults can inadvertently shape a kid’s entire identity.

You can support “Beast” via its Kickstarter campaign.

“Roya” — Directed by Shaina Pakravan; Written by Shaina Pakravan and Nadia Pakravan


Also an exploration of the ways children relate to their parents, “Roya” follows a traditional Iranian mother living in Los Angeles. Roya (Shila Ommi) clashes with her daughter Nikki (Rebecca Penner), who rebels every chance she gets. Director Shaina Pakravan is interested in telling a story specific to Iranian culture in Los Angeles that also manages to feel universal. As the film progresses, Roya learns that she needs to accept her daughter as she is, and focus less on how others perceive her family.

Support “Roya” by contributing to its Kickstarter campaign.

Dead Girl” (Short) — Written and Directed by Rachel Sweeney

Dead Girl

A darkly comic short film, “Dead Girl” infuses its central figure with the kind of desperation that only a floundering career can create. The film follows Rachel, a classically trained actress who can’t get cast as anything but the dead girls that populate so much of television. Rachel Sweeney, the writer-director and star, uses this problematic trope to break down how it feels for an actor to play dead over and over again. “Dead Girl” examines the way women are often used as props instead of characters, and uncovers what this says about how we value them.

Support “Dead Girl” by funding the project on Kickstarter.

Passage” (Short) — Co-Written and Directed by Linda Palmer


In “Passage,” a mother and daughter must rebuild their lives after Jessie (Julia Parker), the mother, loses her job. When she and her young daughter (Kruiz Mauga) move in with her bohemian mom, all three characters begin to reconsider their priorities. Co-writer and director Linda Palmer is interested in telling stories that marry elements of comedy and drama, and that combination is especially potent in this film. When the characters reckon with an unexpected loss, their outlook on life is turned upside down. “Passage” is an intimate story about women who struggle, but know they can always rely on one another.

You can contribute to “Passage” via Indiegogo.

To be considered for Women and Hollywood’s biweekly crowdfunding feature, please write to womenandhollywoodinterns@gmail.com. All formats (features, shorts, web series, etc.) welcome. Projects must be by and/or about women.

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Mpse Golden Reel Awards: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ Win Sound Editors Awards

Mpse Golden Reel Awards: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ Win Sound Editors Awards
Sound editors united at the 61st Mpse Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 16 with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas dubbing them “the backs on which the entire film industry rests.”

Lucas was there to present longtime friend and director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, Randy Thom, with the Mpse career achievement award.

Before Thom received Mpse’s highest honor, he took the stage to collect his Golden Reel for “Epic,” beating out “Frozen” for best sound and music editing in animation. “I wasn’t ready to be nervous yet,” he said.

Thom has been nominated for 14 Oscars, an Emmy, a Grammy, and has won two Academy Awards for “The Incredibles” and “The Right Stuff.”

Lucas used to call Thom the “sound Buddha” because for the first 10 years working together Lucas never heard him say anything. “[Thom] just adds things in without having to question everything,” Lucas said.

Thom returned the praise
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Skoll Foundation and Sundance Institute Present Celebrating .Stories of Change. Panel at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Skoll Foundation And Sundance Institute Present

Celebrating .Stories Of Change. Panel

At 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Fifth Stories of Change Convening for Filmmakers and Social Entrepreneurs

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Skoll Foundation today announced a special Celebrating .Stories of Change. panel to be held at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The panel celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Stories of Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary initiative, dedicated to exploring film’s role in advancing knowledge about social entrepreneurship.

At this special event on Tuesday, January 24, 3:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg will moderate a thought-provoking dialogue between award-winning filmmakers (including clips from their work) and innovators who are impacting millions. Panelists include Joia Mukherjee (Partners in Health), Jehane Noujaim (Director, Control Room), Bunker Roy (Founder, Barefoot College) and Kief Davidson (Director, The Devil.s Miner). Ticket information is available atwww.
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As if L.A. hasn’t had enough already, now comes ‘Alien Armageddon’

As if Battle: Los Angeles and Battle of Los Angeles (the obligatory Asylum mockbuster) weren’t enough for the poor citizens of Los Angeles, now comes an Alien Armageddon… Directed by Neil Johnson, the film stars Katherine McEwan, Don Scribner, Rochelle Vallese, Benjamin J. Cain Jr, Claudia Wells (of Back to the Future fame), Julia Parker, Will Tulin, Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks), Eric Nyenhuis, DeeDee Bigelow and a cameo by Virginia Hey (Road Warrior, Farscape).

When the world is invaded by an ancient race of aliens, the city of Los Angeles is fortified as an alien stronghold. The only way to fight is from within.

And hey, what’s not to like about a film that features aliens, monsters, gorgeous women, strong men, blood, guts, stuff blowing up and (of course) flesh-ball babies! Just check out the trailer and images we’ve been sent for the film:

Alien Armageddon will receive it’s premiere in,
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Alien Armageddon Trailer + Poster & Images

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Battle: Los Angeles has been and gone and now it’s time for Alien Armageddon! As you’ll see from the trailer below, this movie has been done on a much smaller scale than Battle: La was but it looks rather a lot more fun! There are aliens, monsters, gorgeous women, strong men, blood, guts, stuff blowing up and of course flesh-ball babies! What more could you want?!

Alien Armageddon is directed by Neil Johnson and stars Katherine McEwan, Rochelle Vallese (Humanity’s End), Don Scribner, Ben Cain, Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), Julia Parker, Will Tulin, Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks), Eric Nyenhuis (The Jerky Boys) and Virginia Hey (Road Warrior/Farscape).

Check out the trailer for the movie below and click the images and poster to enlarge and make sure you tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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Alien Armageddon is Set to Takeover Los Angeles Screens with an Alien Invasion and Theatrical Premiere July 6th

There is another alien invasion film set in Los Angeles, which is set for a theatrical release July 6th. The title is Alien Armageddon and the synopsis sounds strangely like Battle: Los Angeles and also The Asylum's knock-off Battle of Los Angeles. Skyline could also be lumped in with these films and this reviewer is starting to get the sense that certain Los Angeles filmmakers want the City of Angels to burn to the ground. With the financial setbacks for S.E.T.I. (Search for Extraterrestrial Life), director Neil Johnson will have to wait a little longer for Los Angeles to crumble and burn under alien attack. For now, sci-fi fans with similar interests to Johnson, can have their wish fulfillment somewhat satisfied by visiting the Crest Theatre in Westwood July 6th, to watch Alien Armageddon on the big screen!

The short synopsis for Alien Armageddon is here:

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New Poster and Stills for Alien Armageddon have landed!

We will probably see many of these kind of films coming our way thanks to the popularity of Battle: Los Angeles. Up next is Alien Armageddon and judging by the stills and poster, hey it could be a lot of cheesy sci-fi fun! Morphius Films will be bringing us the movie that is directed, written and produced by Neil Johnson and will star stars Virginia Hey, Katharine McEwan, Ben Cain, Claudia Wells and Julia Parker. Dig on the poster up top and the cool stills below and let us know what you think!

Short Plot:

When the world is invaded by an ancient race of aliens, the city of Los Angeles is fortified as an alien stronghold. The only way to fight is from within.
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