Heart of a Woman Short Film

Who in the world is Heart of a Woman Short Film?

Heart of a Woman short film (true story) are three diverse individuals, one male, one female and one who’s wrestling (transgender) with the decision, are working in the sex industry to survive, while they struggle physically, emotionally and spiritually to find understanding and legitimacy in a morally corrupt world that takes no prisoners. British Director Keith Holland, Writer George Saunders, EP Angelica Ross, EP Jill Stockwell, EP Toni Newman, Producer Rena Mena and EP Alton Demore make up the team that are producing Heart of a Woman. Transgender Actress Angelica Ross, Justin Berti and Rachel Sterling are the 3 leading actors with co-stars Isis King, Jason Stuart and E.P. McKnight. The films original music soundtrack with songs by- Angelica Ross (Heart of a Woman soundtrack) and Rapper Legendary KCO (Shawty on 10).

What is "Heart of a Woman Short Film?"

HOAW is based off memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman. Toni Newman is a transwoman of color who fought poverty and discrimination to become her authentic self. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and law school student now trying to fight inequality. Most transwomen of color live in poverty and are fighting to survive every day. The story discusses love, power and truth over hate, discrimination and fear. Only when you are your true authentic self can you achieve real success and live in your own truth. SUPPORT TRUTH, AUTHENTICITY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF RACE, SEX AND GENDER.

How much is this going to cost for Postproduction and Film Festivals?

We completed filming HOAW short film on August 26, 2016 at the Nvisionate studios in Burbank. The costs for the 3 day shoot at the studio was $22,413.00. Here is the fabulous crew who worked on HOAW to help us complete filming and preproduction:

Screenwriters - Toni Newman and Alton Demore
Director - Keith Holland
Cinematographer - L.T. Chang
Assistant Director - Michael Konopisos
2nd Assistant Director - Jill Stockwell
Executive Producers - Angelica Ross, Toni Newman, Alton Demore and Keith Holland
Producer - Rena Mena
UPM - Shadow Dragu-Mihai
Casting Director - Alton Willoughby
Publicist - Kayo Anderson (Kayo Anderson Media)
Writers-Alton Willoughby, Angelica Ross, Keith Holland, Toni Newman and George Saunders.
Original Music - Angelica Ross and Rapper Legendary KCO 
Sound Mixer - John Taylor
Gaffer - Jeremy Kerr, Dwight Lay
Audio Supervisor - John Taylor
DP - Lungtao Chang
Makeup Artist - Carolyn Mitchell
Wardrobe - Reagan Whitaker
Camera - John Ngo, Xia Jun, Carol Kim, Zachary Witherspoon
Audio Supervisor - John Taylor
Boom Op - Benjamin Maus
Key Prod Assts - Sarah Snow
Prod Assts - Bill DeFrance
Script supervisor - CeeCee Sparks

We need funds now ($8,000) to complete postproduction (color correction, editing, music and sound) and to present to film festivals across the U.S. The funds raised here will go towards the various aspects of post-production, such as editing, sound design, and color correction, etc. We will then began a full marketing campaign of submitting the project to film festivals and showcasing the film around the country featuring transgenders Actresses Angelica Ross and Isis King.

Now what happens?

In 2016,  if you believe in equality, unity and love for all no matter who they are, please don’t hesitate to donate to the project and show your support and love. Hate and discrimination has no place in our world. We should all unite and love one another and be respectful of each other no matter our differences. We are all more alike than different and need unity. We would appreciate anything you can donate, no matter how small. If you can't donate, you can still assist us by sharing the page, and telling all your friends to visit: 
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So.. What's in it for me?
We have perks for those who give!

Those who give...
A "special thanks" just for you in the credits of our film!

$100 - HANG US UP!
A beautiful poster signed by our 3 leading actors and all of the above.

$250 - HANG WITH US!
Join us on the live set of the shoot August 26-28 in Burbank California. A special edition of the finished film and all of the above.

Become an Associate Producer! All of the above rewards, as well as your name in the credits as an Associate Producer, and all of the above.

Become an Executive Producer! Enjoy a unique and exclusive look at the film making process. Have your picture taken with the cast and director, and all of the above.

Enjoy a private dinner with the director, lead actors  and producers at a private restaurant, get invited to the wrap party, and receive two tickets to the premiere of the film, where you will be amongst the guests of honor, on top of all the rewards above!

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Toni Newman 
Los Angeles, CA
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