On a trip to South Korea, 25-year-old Shelby meets Jack and confides in him her secret. When he offers to try to take her virginity – after years of battling the pain, shame and fear of vaginismus – will Shelby finally achieve what she believed was impossible?

Winning My Virginity is a twelve-minute animated film that tells the story of Shelby’s life-changing trip to South Korea, where she learns what amazing things can happen with a little bit of patience, confidence, and chance. Though the purpose of her trip is to attend her friends’ wedding and explore everything Korea has to offer, she ends up with a lot more experience than she expected: having sex, for the first time, with a man she has just met. After years of battling vaginismus, a pelvic floor condition where the muscles in and around her vagina involuntarily contract, she never thought it would happen. Men wouldn’t give her the time of day, her body wouldn’t listen to what her mind knew it wanted. So was it meeting Jack that turned the tables? Or was it traveling to the other side of the world, throwing caution to the wind, and meeting a new version of herself? Winning My Virginity will be a flirty, funny, and sweet sex-positive film about being brave, vulnerable, and 100% completely true to yourself.

Winning My Virginity is the sequel to Shelby Hadden’s short film, Tightly Wound, about her experience with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Never Again Para Nadie translates as Never Again for Anyone. It means that no one should be a target. No one should be denied their human rights. The documentary short, Never Again Para Nadie, captures a moment when a diverse group of activists attempted to peacefully hold a system accountable for holding ICE detainees for no other reason than their country of origin. 

In the summer of 2020 a surge in demonstrations across the country supporting Black Lives Matter and social justice writ-large took to the streets to demand change, often meeting violent opposition. The documentary short film, Never Again Para Nadie, presages this moment by a year. Established by Jews, the organization Never Again Action seeks to put into practice the lessons of the Holocaust, including their support for undocumented and refugee neighbors, as they were once “strangers in a strange land.” 
 
Initially, Never Again Para Nadie, will be distributed to festivals and streaming sites. But this film will also be donated, along with a free teaching tools, to educational institutions and activist organizations nationwide. Contributions will fund free digital copies of the film, accompanied by curriculum, readings and discussion guides. From middle-school to college students, community organizers and educators, we can reach thousands of people. 

To date, Never Again Para Nadie has been primarily self-funded. Your financial support will help us reach people all across the country. 

For more information visit: neveragaindoc.com

 

A short film by Joshua Gaestel

A young woman named Gradey abuses household items, desperate to escape the pain of caring for her dying father.  She considers imperfect plans of escape offered by a local boy without the means to pull them off, and dreams of a better life.

CANDY CAKES is a 10 minute narrative short from Arborcast Films.  It is a cathartic portrait of generational trauma, and our misguided reward systems.  This drama will contrast the drab, sickly reality of substance abuse with the bright colors of advertisements and food packaging.  The cinematography, art direction, and sound design will work together to capture bittersweet dreams of unattainable paradise and indulgence.  An Elegy in icing.
 
All actors, locations, and artists will be local, and every dollar spent will be put on screen.

LOGLINE

A famous writer/director gets his laptop stolen at a local coffee shop that happens to hold the only copy of his latest screenplay.  He turns to nefarious means to get it back, while the thief decides to turn his screenplay into a movie.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

We plan on going into production this summer with the goal of attracting actors with name recognition to our project with a larger than usual short film budget.   When the film is complete, we will submit to film festivals in the hopes of turning this short film into a feature.  When you donate to this project, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

DIRECTOR BIO

Gene Pina is an Iraq War combat veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in all of 2003.  Gene studied film at Columbia University and NYU and comes from a background in editing with a BA in Music Production and Technology from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. He was a Video Editor/Associate Producer at ESPN for 7 years, where he worked on multiple ESPN/ESPN.COM shows and highlights.

He has worked on numerous student short films and directed his own short documentary, Mediacare, which had its premiere at the Rhode Island Film Festival!. Gene has also written a number of screenplays that have placed in various screenwriting competitions such as Slamdance, The Nicholl Fellowship and Scriptapalooza. While attending Columbia University, he interned at Pressman Film (Wall Street, American Psycho, The Crow) as a development assistant where he read scripts for the Producer Ed Pressman and wrote script coverage.  When he finished school he came home to Rhode Island and worked for Producer John Santilli, CEO of Aloris Entertainment as a reader and development assistant.  Most recently, Mr Santilli produced Bill & Ted 3 and the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. fight.

And finally Gene had a successful film festival run with his short film Warrior.  The film played at numerous festivals around the country including two Academy Qualifiers, LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island Film Festival, the latter winning him the 2018 Grand Prize New England Director’s Award.  Currently, he is producing corporate videos for a national mortgage company.

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A Massachusetts teen finds himself stuck on an island off Cape Cod in a program for wayward youths with a handful of idealistic do-gooders. Designed as a Huck Finn world to help “castaway boys build better lives”, the Penikese Island School serves as a last resort purgatory between freedom and jail for teen delinquents, like him, who must decide to struggle for peace or repeat the habits they know. 

In the Company of Crows is a short film about a naïve teenage girl with autism who turns to the offerings of crows she’s befriended to save herself after being victimized by her degenerate neighbor and classmate.

 

The Story

As a teenage girl with autism, Mira lives a solitary existence with her single mother Evelyn at their lake house. Mira’s intense focus on crows and their habits has led to a special bond with them that outweighs her connection to people. When Mira’s neighbor and classmate Victor takes note of her distinct behavior, both at home and the Catholic school they attend, his interest is peaked.

Evelyn warns Mira about Victor, but Mira’s inability to pick up on social cues, along with a draw to him she doesn’t fully understand, makes her ignore Evelyn’s advice. When Victor takes advantage of her innocence and crosses the line, Mira is forced to save herself, finding unexpected salvation in the relationship she’s built with the crows.

What Makes This Story Important

While I was aware female characters with autism are underrepresented in cinema, I still wasn’t prepared for the strong reaction the audition notice for Mira inspired. I immediately received letters from multiple female actors on the autism spectrum thanking me for writing this role. Their heartfelt gratitude was further motivation to tell this story and the portrayal of an individual with autism accurately. While the film is fiction, I believe storytelling is a powerful tool that can empower and humanize individuals that may not have that voice in the real world.

The story is also poignant beyond Mira’s autism, exploring the vulnerable world of teenage girls at the hands of boys who may not have good intentions. Power dynamics and aggression among teenagers is unfortunately all too common. Storytelling as an example can be a source to empower individuals, whether it be a female teenager on the autism spectrum or anyone who doesn’t fit into what society labels the norm.

My hope is that In the Company of Crows can provide insight into a subject that is often misunderstood while at the same time inspiring conversation and further education on autism.

Our Goals

Your Support
Your tax-deductible contribution will directly fund the development, production, distribution, and public outreach of the film. With the goal of raising autism awareness, we hope to share this story with as wide of an audience as possible in the film festival circuit. Any funds raised beyond the budget to cover these costs will be donated to autism research organizations.

Milk Money is about two brothers, who grow up on a dairy farm and come back as adults to help their parents through a difficult period.  The older brother is the White, while the younger brother was adopted from China as a baby.  Their desire to save the farm is complicated by their strained relationship.  Each wants to be the good son, but it eventually leads them down a dark path.  If you like gritty family drama/heist movies, then Milk Money is the short movie for you.  

      

I, Jimmy Nguyen, am the writer and director of Milk Money.  I live on a 13-acre farm in Fauquier County that is less than ten minutes from the two dairy farms where most of our scenes will take place. Throughout my life I’ve worked on five different fruit and vegetable farms that sold through CSAs or farmers’ markets.  In that time, I never interacted much with dairy farms.  That all changed when I moved to Fauquier County and was surrounded by them.  I’ve gotten to know some of them as neighbors and have met some through my wife, who is the county’s 4-H Extension Agent and helps manage several 4-H livestock clubs.

I want to make Milk Money to show a slice of rural America that people don’t often think about or will never get to see.  It’s safe to say that dairy farming and milk are contentious issues. Regardless of where someone stands on animal farming or nutrition, I want audiences to appreciate the hard work, dedication, and financial and emotional stress that comes with being a family-run dairy operation.  The past few years have been difficult for dairies as prices have bottomed and costs continue to rise forcing many dairies to go out of business.  It’s gotten so bad that a Northeast dairy cooperative sent out notices to member farmers that lists contacts for suicide prevention hotlines. Milk Money offers a glimpse into a family that is struggling with some of these issues. 

Come on this ride with us as we make a great movie and try to get it onto the big screen at film festivals around the country and possibly internationally.  We intend to enter the finished product into local Virginia, D.C. and Maryland film festivals and some of the bigger ones like Sundance and Palm Springs International Shortfest.   

We intend to begin shooting by late March 2019 and ask for your help in making this movie. Thanks for your donation and/or general good mojo directed towards this project.  We will deliver a great product for you.  

Incentives

 $65 – Movie poster

  1. Receive a 18″ x 24″ Milk Money movie poster
  2. Signed script
  3. Link to watch movie online

$100 – Premiere on the Farm

  1. One ticket to the Milk Money premiere on our 13-acre farm in Bealeton, VA.  There will be snacks and drinks provided.
    *Note: Does not include travel to and from the event or lodging.  Camping on the property is allowed.
  2. Signed script
  3. Link to watch movie online.

$130 – Bee seminar
Come to the Bealeton farm and go through my beehives, where I will give a 1-2 hours seminar on bees and beekeeping.  You also get:

$160 – Credits

  1. Get a special thank you in the movie credits
  2. Premiere on the Farm (you can bring a +1)
  3. Movie poster
  4. Link to watch movie online

$275 – Associate Producer

  1. Associate Producer credit
  2. Premiere on the Farm (+1)
  3. Movie poster
  4. Link to movie

$1,000 – Executive Producer

  1. Executive Producer credit
  2. Premiere on the Farm (+2)
  3. Movie poster or hand salve
  4. Signed script
  5. Link to the movie

MOTORCYCLE MAN is a short documentary about a man who has pursued a single passion in life: motorcycle racing. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, competing on exotic vintage bikes at racetracks around the world and winning a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

But Roper is hardly an adrenaline junkie. He takes a philosophical approach to racing, viewing it as a test of mental and physical abilities. As he enters his twilight years, Roper reflects on the unconventional path he has followed in life, the dangers he has faced and the choices he has made.

MOTORCYCLE MAN follows Roper from a workshop in Brooklyn to his home on Long Island to a racetrack in Canada. Along the way he encounters autograph-seeking admirers, old friends and fellow racers eager to test their skills on the track. It also delves into Roper’s past, including his historic win at the Isle of Man TT, a notoriously dangerous race in the UK, in 1984. 

MOTORCYCLE MAN celebrates the speed, sweat and thrill of motorcycle racing, while offering a meditation on craft, obsession and what it takes to pursue your dreams.

https://www.motorcyclemanfilm.com

Andy was born with congenital brain damage and he remembers his childhood as challenging; he spent his days following garden hoses and staring at clocks while his “rageaholic” father threatened to have him institutionalized. But his mother nurtured his interests, and eventually Andy went to college and then to graduate school. He knew he was different but didn’t find out why until he was 48 years old, and diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Today he fully embraces his “Aspie” identity, and is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner. “Running is the perfect Aspie sport,” he tells us, describing the repetition of one foot in front of the other for very long periods of time as being “soothing, simple, and serene.” He is also a prolific artist, and recently quit his job delivering mail for a Boston law firm to do landscaping and yard work for private customers. “It perfectly blends my love of repetition and being outdoors with my artistic talents,” he says. Andy’s story is about following passions and discovering self-esteem.  

On the morning of April 22nd, 2008 two U.S. Marines, LCpl. Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, were standing gate watch in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide truck bomber barreled toward their post. Haerter and Yale had six seconds to act, firing their weapons until the driver was brought to a halt. The truck exploded, killing both men, while sparing the lives of 150 Marines and Iraqi Police.

Less about glorifying warfare or the true event itself, the film aims to provide context to the unimaginable: to show these young men as everyday people put in extraordinary circumstances, and explain why there was never doubt in their actions and decisive sacrifice that fateful morning.

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