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Jezebel : a true story

$26,700 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 263 people in 18 months

My name is Numa Perrier. I'm an artist and filmmaker living  and working in Los Angeles.  I'm raising finishing funds to get me through post production on my first feature film.

This is my story.

When I was 19 years old, I had to crash with my sister, my brother, my sisters boyfriend, and her 3 year old son, in a tiny studio (furnished weekly rental) apartment in Las Vegas, NV.  Our Mom was in the last days of her life due to diabetic complications.  When she died we all went scrambling.  What would we do next? And more urgently - how would we get next weeks rent paid?


My sister, who was a phone sex operator at the time, suggested I try "internet modeling" at a fetish site.  This was the very early days of the internet (remember dial up?) which completely caused a surge in the adult industry -  much similar to the tech boom that came a few years later.  


I was hired as their only black girl and I actually liked working there a lot. I learned a great deal about myself, men, and my sexuality. I also connected with people who were just lonely like me and looking for someone to talk to.

One of them is a special person  who is still part of my life today.  Yes, 15+ years later.  

This somewhat bizarre sexual coming of age story  is what the film Jezebel is all about.



This is my first feature. We filmed 5 days in Las Vegas and another 4 in Los Angeles. 

Making a feature is a FEAT.

I've had to juggle money.  I've had to borrow money.  Some loans are long, some are short.   I have cast and crew to pay and post production to get through- editing, music, etc,  as we are on the fast track to film festival deadlines. 

Many of you have asked how you can get involved.

Come with me.  Join me.  Fund me. 

See you at the movies

Much love

Numa 
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Hey Everyone!

Here is the first tease of Jezebel.

We had a toast last night in Los Angeles with cast and crew and this morning I'm up and at work to raise the final funding and be ready to shine at SXSW!
It all feels so real to me now!

the official film website is up as well.
There is a thank you page up just for you all!!

https://www.thejezebelmovie.com

Enjoy. <3
Numa
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I am so excited to announce that

Jezebel will have its WORLD PREMIERE at SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 8-18!!!


https://deadline.com/2019/01/sxsw-seth-rogen-charlize-theron-comedy-matthew-mcconaughey-the-beach-2019-film-lineup-1202536158/

I am beyond thrilled and honored!

Thank you all tremendously for your support.

Please come to the festival in AUSTIN TX! I would love to see and meet you all. I will have exact screening times in the coming weeks.

I personally feel moved and emotional knowing the opportunities that a huge platform like this can bring to the film. This story will be seen and known widely, a story I almost didn’t tell. I’m so happy that I didn’t give up, and we now have more gust underneath our sails.

Now to the next phase.

We are now officially in the final POLISH of the film and as such are extending our funding goal to $40K we have raised 27K so far which has gone to some crew payments (there are more to make) - editing and the first round of sound work.

Namely we need a full professional sound mix now and the final graphics of the film completed so it shines fully at its premiere!

So I am offering producer credits on the film:

co producer- end credits $2500
producer - opening credits $5000
executive producer - opening credits $10K plus points on the film

You can email me directly regarding this or mark it in a personal note along with your contribution.

missnuma@gmail.com

ALSO

If you can give again- or find a friend a to give and match your last contribution we will meet our goal swiftly.

I will be updating frequently with a filmmaker diary here as we countdown to the big day!

Talk soon and much love!

Numa
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Hey Everyone -

Here with a piece of good news!

I'm happy to announce that Tribeca Film Institute has selected Jezebel for the first ever Work In Progress program at this years festival. Tribeca has been an early supporter of my work and the script when it was just at 15 pages. This program is for projects in post production to secure finishing funds and/or early distribution. It includes 3 days of networking followed by a screening on the 4th day. Jezebel is one of only 3 narrative films selected for this screening and I'll be showing 20 minutes of the film to industry executives only.

Our executive producer- Livia Perrier, and our producer Winter Dunn will be joining me.

I believe this program will mark an exciting turning point for Jezebel and I expect to come back to you all with even more good news soon.

Here's the press link for more details and as always you can let me know if you have any questions.

https://www.screendaily.com/news/tribeca-film-institute-to-launch-works-in-progress-programme/5128264.article

Much love

Numa
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Hey Everyone-

These last few months have not been easy.

In October I screened a rough cut of the film to a small audience in LA. This was for feedback. Does the film land? Will it make its mark on peoples emotions and pull them into this bizarre world that I experienced?
Yes. It did.
Jezebel in its rough form was well received.
Some of you were present.

I'm very proud of this film. It's everything I want it to be - raw and authentic and sensual and singular. I was on a high after this screening and all of the rich feedback.

Then I hit a lull. Suddenly plans I had for further finishing funds didn't pan out. Got some rejections from producers, festivals and other programs. Eeeek. I know rejection is part of the submission process - but damn some of those were tough blows to deal with. Everywhere I am applying will bring opportunities to the film - so the disappointment had me feeling unsteady. How will I finish? How will I find and deliver this film to its audience?

I don't want to disappoint my cast, crew and supporters. I don't want to disappoint myself. We have come so far.

Then I remembered how I got this film off the ground in the first place. It has been with my team behind and in front of the camera bringing all of our talent and enthusiasm to the table and not waiting for any approvals at all!

It has been with you all chipping in - flowing encouragement and funding my way. Introducing me and the film to people who can help. You all believe in me as an artist and together this is moving forward.

The funding that was raised so far was used to pay our editor and other crew, and to cover the films insurance which was pretty pricey with an out of state shoot.

We still have sound design, sound mix, and coloring to make the film a final polished piece ready to be seen! We also have a few crew members to pay who have been very patient.

So, if any of you can add any amount to your contribution, I'm asking that you please do so now.

This will get the wheel moving again.

I appreciate how generous you have all been and how swift you all moved to join me this far.

I'll be in touch soon with more updates.

Much love

Numa
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