Sexual violence is a residual animalistic passionate instinct among humans that have prompted too many men to be willing to act it out and too many women unable to prevent it happening. In the 1990’s, my wife Bonnie and I created a stage production entitled, “I’m Still Here” that demonstrated the propensity of men from the era of prehistoric cave men era to the present to act out sexual violence upon women. The message to be conveyed by the production was that through all of the sexual violence and torture women have experienced at the hands of men, women survive to say, “I’m Still Here!”
Four cavemen hit a woman over the head with a club and drag her to cave to have non consensual sex with here by raping her. Four contemporary men drug a woman’s drink in a club hitting her in the head to drag her to a cave called hotel to have non consensual sex with her by raping her.
The stage production was successful in the 1990’s and we determined to develop it into a screen play. We pitched the screenplay to friends as a dry run before approaching investors and were challenged with the idea of why we didn’t produce it ourselves.
We set a budget at $100,000. Prepared only with a script and idea and the willingness to commit our own incomes to the task, we decide to give it a go. We looked at our friends, people we worked, with and people we went to church with as the pool of human resources for the task. We went a step further by reviewing online social networks like Model Mayhem, Myspace, and others featuring local men and women to invite to screen for potential roles.
We established the venues we would need to shoot in. To tell our story visually, we went into the Arizona Outback to a place called Fossil Creek to shoot prehistoric scenes. We went across Arizona to select natural environments. We were able to shoot on al these locations without cost.
The securing of a camera professional came by a bit of luck. One of the actors was attending a local film school. A film teacher became camera, lighting and sound professional for the task. Along with him came all of the schools equipment at no charge.
Contractual agreements were made with all acting and technical personnel on the project with our film company called Hummingbird Pictures. The film has been a work in progress over the pas three years to avoid debt. When finished, the feature film will be a 45 minute film and 45 minute documentary.
The film will portray sexual violence as it exists. The documentary will feature real women sharing their experiences of sexual violence from Hong Kong to Arizona. It will also provide information on prevention, protection, and how to get help to recover from the experience of sexual violence.
New technologies have made it possible to produce film without deep pockets. A clear vision, a developed plan, the human relations skills to draw the right people to your project and the patient commitment see it through will produce a successful outcome.
Our film project will be released in the fall of 2011. We will farm it out to the film festivals but are prepared to distribute through our own networks in Arizona and online through Film Baby and other online distributors. The financial goal for the project is $1.5 millions of dollars in the first 18 months after release. Sexual Violence Needs to End!
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