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Week 1 – Operation: Make a Film (Summary)

Tomorrow marks the end of the first week of our Crowdfunding Campaign, and week and a half of our Social Media Campaign.  Thanks to all who have helped make this first week-ish a success!  At the moment, our current tally is $1250 of $6000.  Or 21% of our goal, which is quite fabulous.  Thank you to all those who also reached out behind-the-scenes to offer their advice, support, and a helping hand.  We still have much work to do, but this promising start gives us courage!

As many of you know, we’re raising funds to hire our Cast & Crew… with real money.  Not Monopoly money.  But real money.  So that they may pay their rent.  Buy themselves some time to write that screenplay they always wanted, or to shoot that little film that they’ve always dreamed of.  So they won’t all quit on us and become lawyers.  Is that such a bad thing?  We won’t answer that.

As for our Cast, we will be auditioning in the coming weeks.  But know that your contributions will also go to paying them– all local Toronto-based emerging & diverse talent.  How can you lose with that?!

And so, this week, Associate Producer/Production Manager Jessica Wu and I (Steph here!) will be sitting down on Tuesday to go over our Casting Workbook submissions.  At that time, we’ll decide on releasing our preliminary casting breakdown on Mandy.com and other sites.  Because we know that finding our child lead of Sally Khan is going to be our greatest challenge, that’s where we’re focusing our efforts at the moment.  In the New Year, we will be auditioning the rest of our leads and roles– of which there are plenty to go around!

We will also be locking down an audition space.  At the moment, I’ve reached into my ghosts of theatre past– yes, I’m pretty sure none of you remember that about me– but that’s okay.  I am a filmmaker now!  Muhahahaha!  So we’ll see how that goes.  We’ve also had some amazing help from my former mentor, Sarain Boylan, which I’m super grateful for.

In the meantime, we’ll be continuing our Crowdfunding and Social Media Campaign– because it really is a full-time job– and oh my God, what did I get myself into?  But it’s worth it.  I really will fight to pay my Cast & Crew, or go down trying.  I may end up going down… that has always been a real possibility.  But I’ll try my best.

Because some of you have asked, we’ll be running our campaign right up to Principal Photography, which we have planned for Spring 2012 (end of March/April).  We’re intending on finishing and delivering the film in August/September.  Of course, the sooner we can raise our funds, the sooner I can focus on other things!  Like actual Casting and Pre-Production.  And my other side career, umm, writing. 😉

If you’re interested in helping us out, for the price of a coffee, or even a cupcake, you can help us support the careers of over a dozen local emerging & diverse filmmakers and artists.  Plus, you get our cool Perks!  And for you aspiring writers, you get my team’s awesome Script Notes/Coverage expertise.  ‘Cuz we got script notes experience up the wazoo.  You can quote us on that. 🙂

Thanks to all our supporters!  We will remember your love & affection forever.  For real.

~ Team Little Miss Jihad

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About littlemissjihadfilm

When 10-year-old, Afghani-American, Sally Khan, discovers that the father she never knew disappeared on September 11, 2001, she becomes convinced that he is a terrorist. Now if she could only figure out what that means! LITTLE MISS JIHAD is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a child's imagination running away with her.

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