About ten years ago, I was bored one day with my cousin. I decided we should try out this new "YouTube" thing everyone's been talking about. From the day I made that decision onward, I knew making movies was the thing I had to do for the rest of my life.
Since then, I've spent a lot of hours of my life trying to make video content I can be truly proud of. With that, I've found someone that helps me to make content I can actually take pride in. And her name is Jenny Whipple. Besides being my girlfriend for four years now, she's been by my side in the movie-making process too. She started with a passion for illustration, but in the last few years we've been creating together, I've watched her become the best cinematographer a director could hope for. From the small little skits we used to make in early high school, to the crew-hired, bigger scale-production short films we work on today, we've really evolved quite a bit. And today, we have ourselves an opportunity we never imagined possible.
Last year we made a short film called "You Must Be Artificial." The concept being about the question of what defines reality versus artificiality. This all done in the form of a five minute short about an artificial being trying to evoke emotion out of another artificial being. The short film ended up winning the Silver Tripod Award for best writing and the Jury Award for best film at last year's Boston Campus MovieFest. Since then, the film's made its way all the way over to France, to be featured in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2018.
This is the largest career opportunity we've ever had in the film industry, and the experience would be indescribably valuable. From the loads of industry panels, to the workshops, to the networking events, to actually walking the red carpet on awards night. Being a part of the festival is an actual dream come true.
Though with great trips, come great prices. And by great, I mean expensive. The trip, between the two of us, will cost about $10,000. We're doing what we can to save up our own money, as well getting some help form our parents. Though the price is too much for us alone. So here we are, looking for whatever help you can offer. We'd be incredibly grateful for anything you can give, as every cent helps us out.
As stated, the festival is something we only dreamed of, and now it's becoming a reality. Thank you so much for hearing us out this far, and if you're willing to help us out financially, we will be immensely thankful.
Thank you all so much.
Chris & Jenny
- stacey foster
- Lisa McNeil
- Carmela & Sam Pustizzi
- Loredana Griffith
- Stacie Lemerise