Maureen Dowd wrote a great piece on the state of women in Hollywood for New York Times Magazine this week. It's great to see this topic getting coverage in major media! One crazy statistic she notes: "In both 2013 and 2014, women were only 1.9 percent of the directors for the 100 top-grossing films." Click below to read the full article!
In March, we raised $60K to shoot Zilla and Zoe, thanks to people like you (depending who you are, perhaps EXACTLY like. In which case, thank you!). Now we've finished shooting the film (Yayy!) and need to raise the next $40K for postproduction.
We've decided to do this through Kickstarter as it's a great platform for getting everyone together in one place and giving them awesome rewards. If you're somebody who enjoys watching the behind-the-scenes footage of how a film gets made, we've got some backer-rewards right up your alley. For just a $25 donation, you'll receive an Invitation to an advance Rough Cut Screening of the Film in Portland, followed by a Q&A with the Director. Afterwards, chat with us and give us your feedback on the film. Your notes will be taken into consideration for the final cut, so you will help directly shape the film!
And there are all kinds of other backer rewards at every level from $1-$10,000, so head on over to our Kickstarter page to take a gander.
While you're there, you'll notice we've set our campaign to raise only $20k, despite needing the aforementioned $40k. Don't worry, this is not because we're pessimists. It's because we have had two generous backers offer to match the total of all other funds contributed. THIS MEANS ANYTHING YOU CONTRIBUTE WILL BE MATCHED BY OUTSIDE BACKERS, DOUBLING THE IMPACT OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION! Pretty cool.
Whether you are able to spare $1 or, well, $20K, all contributions are invaluable in helping us bring this film to the screen. The more backers we have at any level, the more publicity and awareness this project will receive. Thank you so much for helping us make this film!
Matt Damon, whose work and grin I generally love, recently made this disappointing comment about trying to increase diversity of the people making decisions behind the camera (directors, producers etc):
“When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show,” he said “You want the best director.”
I think it's important to realize that even intelligent, talented, tasteful power players like Matt Damon can be this myopic about how film quality is affected by continually putting the same type of person behind the camera. They may be the best at making a certain type of film, but what about improving the quality of films we haven't already seen a million times?
Here's a link to a New York Times article with more coverage:
They Mayor of Portland joined us on the film set, making an Alfred Hitchcock-style appearance in ZILLA AND ZOE!