‘Happy Birthday Marsha!’ Post Production Fundraising Campaign

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The trailer for Happy Birthday, Marsha has been released.

It’s a short film written and produced by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel that tells the story of Marsha P. Johnson shortly before the 1969 Stonewall Riots and stars Mya Taylor in the title role.

The production team for this film is seeking to raise $30,000 so they can finish post production of this movie and get it on the silver screen where it deserves to be.

But I’ll let them speak for themselves:

Last summer, we raised funds to shoot the film via Kickstarter (thanks to many of you) plus grants from Trans Justice Funding Project, Gil Foundation, Astraea Global Arts Fund, and many many individual donations. Since then the scope of the film has changed dramatically. Rather than making a traditional documentary, we shot a narrative, scripted film starring Oscar hopeful Mya Taylor as Marsha P. Johnson.

NOW we are raising the finishing funds needed to complete our film, so we can begin screening it for you! Raising this money will keep us on track to showing this film in early 2016! The funds raised will go directly towards:

  • Editing – paying our amazing editor who cut the picture
  • Motion Graphics and Titles – getting all our text and graphics designed
  • Score- paying for the film’s incredible original music 
  • Sound design – creating the feel of 1969 NYC through sounds
  • Sound Mix – getting the sound ready for theatres and your home speakers
  • Color Correction – capturing the gorgeous colors and textures of 1969
  • Festival submissions – paying submission fees ($20-$80) which add up fast

The world needs to see it, and I hope you’ll consider contributing whatever you can so that the production team hits their fundraising goal.   Of course, if they exceed it, that’s all good, too.

Here’s the link to the Indiegogo campaign for Happy Birthday Marsha!.

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