The Beginnings of My Heart Feature

Hello
Thank you so much for helping out with our last Campain! Raising $12,000 is still a total win for us! Sadly the last one won't allow us to keep what we raised since we didn't meet our full goal. Thats ok that why we have round two! We think it's fair that since you believed in us, that we would set up this campaign till the end of the week. With this amount of money we can start going straight into production with everything besides the built sets. 

Thank you so much for believing in us, you rock, and can't wait to share with you more exciting creative adventures!

From Gabriel, Devery, MorningStar, Patricia.

About this project

The Beginnings of My Heart is a feature film that tells the story of a Native American girl ("Heart Girl") who is experiencing love for the first time. Hidden secrets from her past, that she has not yet come to peace with, come back to haunt her and steal her heart. She will have to travel through her apartment hallways to find the spirits that have stolen her heart and convince them into giving her heart back by having them come to peace with their own past traumas.

Our film is one that shows the challenges of insecurities and trauma. It speaks of when you find true love for the first time and have to make sure not to focus on your perceived faults. This could lead to bad spirits, for they will take what you don't appreciate. A first panic attack can feel like a heart exploding.

As a Native American family growing up on the reservation, we learned to make our own toys and build our own forts in the mountains. Making the choice to steer away from CGI and instead incorporate stop motion and real built sets felt appropriate. Films like City of Lost Children, Fifth Element, The Brothers Quay, Little Otik, The Cream Master Series is how we fell in love with cinema. Using traditional techniques for Heart Girls journey will give us the chance to grab that piece of her heart as a viewer.

Gabriel Mozart Steven Abeyta, the Writer and Director, was 17 years old when he first made The Beginnings of My Heart. This was also one of the first short films that Gabriel made when he attended his first art high school in Chicago (The Chicago Academy of The Arts). For the last 9 years the once experimental short film became a short narrative in Vancouver Film School.

At 2016 Indian Market, Devery Jacobs and MorningStar Angeline announced there collaboration as leading roles in the project. After hard determination, dedications, and patience Gabriel has never given up on seeking his goal, to build his ideal cast and crew for the project. 

We worked really hard to get to the point where we are ready to start building the artistic set that the spirits are held in. We believe in combining the the inspiration of installation art, stop motion, fashion, and all forms of art, to bring to life storytelling in a different way then we tend to look at Native American Film.

Donations (0)

  • Jessica Foran-Jurgutis 
    • $35 
    • 32 mos
  • Lariel Joy 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
  • Ariel Meshenberg 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Bran Don 
    • $30 
    • 33 mos
  • Tyanne Benallie 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer

Gabriel Mozart Steven Abeyta 
Organizer
Nashville, TN
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