Waking Hour - A Short Film

In Waking Hour, a young trans woman is pursued by a potential lover. As she balances concerns about her safety and her desire for intimacy, she must figure out what she wants before she can go for it.

Now more than ever, the world needs stories about the lives of trans women, especially trans women of color. The impact of violence and hate lobbed at trans women is monstrous and destructive. Waking Hour is part of an effort to build a safer, more compassionate world. You can join the effort by supporting this project!

Waking Hour was born from a script by Nava Mau, who will also direct and star in the film. Chloe Webster joins the team as a producer, and Aja Pop is on board as director of photography. The team is thrilled for this chance to make some magic.

The Details
Filmmaking is expensive, so the Waking Hour team needs you to help us bring it to reality! We need your help to cover costs such as:
-camera rental
-lighting equipment
-sound equipment
-location fees
-production insurance
-filming permits
-cast and crew
-catering services

We will be growing our team to include roles such as sound engineer and a professional video editor. These roles will require compensation for their talent and labor—and we’ll be announcing collaborators as they come on board!

The film is scheduled to shoot in Oakland and San Francisco in mid-March, which is right around the corner. Please join us in our excitement about this film. Are you as awake as we are?

Of course, we want you to donate! If you can’t donate today, please help us out by sharing this fundraiser with your friends and networks. Magic only requires more magic to multiply.

Much love,
Nava & Chloe

About Nava
Nava Mau made her performance debut as an 8-year-old in Mexico City, with a solo in a kids production of Cats. In high school, she wrote, directed, and starred in annual sketch comedy shows. While a student at Pomona College, she performed a lead role and contributed script edits to Drawing the Shades, a play about survivors of sexual assault. She then completed an independent study on television writing, and she never looked back. For two years in a row, Nava has been a part of Peacock Rebellion’s Brouhaha comedy program; first as co-producer and co-host, then as a coach and featured artist. She recently completed a course on acting for the screen at Nancy Hayes Casting, and she is now ready to join the filmmaking world.

About Chloe

Chloe Webster has written, produced, edited, and directed several short films using both 16mm and digital formats.  She graduated from Pomona College with a double major in Media Studies and French.  She then worked in the independent film financing and sales department of a leading talent agency in Los Angeles, where she collaborated with independent producers, financiers, and distribution companies.  Currently, Chloe works in development at an Oscar-nominated director’s production company with an exclusive deal at Fox Studios.

About Aja
Aja recently served as Director of Photography for Transfinite, an omnibus feature film composed of seven short stories surrounding supernatural trans and queer people—starring Harmony Santana (Gun Hill Road) and D’Lo (Sense8) and currently in post-production. In 2014, her cinematography extended into horror feature film. Vampariah, based on ancient Filipino folklore of the aswang (vampire), debuted at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Fest.

As a music video director, she’s collaborated with rockers Beta State for their single “Let’s Start a Clean Slate,” which was deemed Buzzworthy on MTV.com and featured in Alternative Press. In 2012, she shot and directed alternative-rock band Seeking Empire, the side project of bassist Paul Thomas from platinum-certified rock band Good Charlotte.

The previous short film Aja lensed, Dropping Penny, is in post-production and will premiere at Frameline Film Festival in 2018.

Check out her reel: https://vimeo.com/234737343
And her website: http://ajapop.com/
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