Trichster

Trichster

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Living with the most common disorder you've never heard of.
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We'll give you a shoutout on our facebook page and post your name to the contributor list on Trichster.com!

Estimated Delivery : July, 2014
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About the project

Director Jillian Corsie grew up with a friend who kept their trichotillomania hidden for a year. As a result, Jillian is using her love of filmmaking as a tool to raise awareness about a community she cares deeply for.

Trichster unfolds through those who live with trichotillomania, showing the very real day to day affects the disorder can have on people and what it is like to live with varying degrees of it. While the film  highlights an often embarassing and isolating disorder, it ultimately acts as a tool of inspiration and hope, showing the prevelance of trichotillomania and why it is important to understand.

Synopsis

Trichster follows seven individuals, ranging from eight years old to late twenties, as they navigate the complicated emotions surrounding trichotillomania and the effect it has on their daily lives. Whether dealing with family and friends to budding relationships and careers, each is affected differently and have unique obstacles to overcome. Ultimately each must decide how much they allow their disorder to define who they are as people.

So what is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania, or trich for short, is a disorder where sufferers pull out their hair. This includes scalp hair, body hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. It is currently defined as an impulse control disorder but there are some objections about how it should be classified. Recently, it’s been associated within the family of “body-focused repetitive behaviors” (BFRBs), which includes skin picking and nail biting. The ultimate takeaway being that this is a behavior that the sufferer cannot control. They can’t simply stop pulling.

Fifteen million people in the United States suffer from this disorder – that’s three times the amount of those who suffer from anorexia or bulimia – yet the disorder still remains unknown to the majority of the public. Trichster aims to normalize this disorder, which often isolates and alienates its sufferers, by showcasing the perspective of those who live with it every day.

Trichster is a story of overcoming life’s challenges and finding the inner strength to accept your true self. It is the goal of this documentary to present this disorder honestly and accurately while showing the emotional and human side of each sufferer. It is our hope to be the first steps toward starting a larger conversation about hair pulling and other BFRBs. By raising awareness both inside and outside the trich community, we hope to generate interest and ultimately empower those who are suffering silently to come forward and seek help.

 

ABOUT THIS TEAM

Trichster is comprised of a team of industry professionals who are lending their time and talents to a film they all believe in. A group of editors, cinematographers, and producers, the Trichster team is working hard to produce a film with high production value.

Schedule
Friday, June 1, 2012 to Sunday, October 13, 2013
Distribution plan

Finishing in 2014, the Trichster team will be submitting the film to various festivals anticipating a year-long international festival run after which the film will be released for online streaming and for purchase on DVD.

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UPDATES

On May 18th, 2014 Trichster successfully completed our third crowdfunding campaign. This means that to date, we’ve raised a little over $30,000 for our documentary. Considering how this project started, that figure is incredible. It shows us that we’re not alone in our desire to raise awareness of trichotillomania (a hair-pulling disorder). It shows us that people all over the world are in support of our project and the hard work that we have all put in to create this film. It has made us forever thankful to the hundreds of individuals who are making this film possible by their continued support.

 

It’s really incredible what we’ve been able to accomplish on such a small budget with five first-time independent filmmakers. We found amazing people who were willing to share their stories with the world, flew across the country and even to London to film with them, and made incredible life-long friends in the process. We still have a ways to go in order to finish the film, but it’s a bit surreal knowing that the production process has come and gone; I never imagined the film would garner as much attention as it has.

 

Trichster started as a simple idea. For years I had wanted to make a film about Trichotillomania after watching a childhood friend live with it. A few years ago I met my friend Amanda (at the time a writer/producer for VH1) for a drink in the Lower East Side and told her I had been contemplating shooting some interviews about trich. I was surprised at how interested she was in helping and before I knew it the two of us were in Union Square asking people what they knew and thought about trich. We had two cameras and a microphone. Embarrassingly, we were fairly new to our equipment and didn’t really know what we were doing but I think we both had a pretty good time figuring it out. As it turned out, almost no one knew the word trichotillomania, but most people knew someone who pulled out their hair. We were on to something.

 

We enlisted the help of three other friends in the industry and just like that we had a team of creative professionals who were all invested in this single idea. Ultimately, it was pretty incredible how we came together- two producers, two camera gurus, and a director, all with a shared passion.  It was difficult trying to schedule shoots; we all worked full time and often worked late hours, making it tough for the five of us to be in one place at the same time. When we were able to get together, however, we collaborated well and really pushed each other to explore all of our options as novice, zero budget filmmakers.

 

The first step was raising some money so that we could rent extra equipment and cars to go to New Jersey (where some of our cast lives), and travel to the Trichotillomania retreat. I was completely petrified. We really needed $10,000 to get started. Who was going to give us this money? Where was this all going to come from? After a leap of faith, we launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes that complete strangers would care enough about our project to help fund it. Donations came pouring in. By the end of the first day we were 20% funded and receiving large donations from people all over the world who we had never even met. My confidence soared.

This new support came with a plethora of new responsibilities. I was no longer only obligated to myself to make the film, but to the 169 backers who believed in me and our team. Suddenly our “little side project” was not so little. I had to finish the film and do my best lest I let people down. We started getting press. People wanted to be involved. Emails from our website filled my inbox and I rushed to answer all of them. We branched out and started to shoot in higher-profile locations which cost extra money and time. We ran another crowdfunding campaign, this time with the startup company Seed&Spark. The release of our first trailer got us a bunch of new hits and to date has over 30,000 views on Youtube.

 

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In April of 2013 I experienced one of the proudest moments of my life. With the money that we raised we were able to book 5 hotel rooms, hire 5 new crew members, and bring four cast members together for the Trichotillomania Learning Center conference in New Jersey. I rented a giant van and bravely faced the streets of Manhattan to pick up hundreds of pounds of rental equipment and drive a car full of people through the Lincoln Tunnel towards Newark airport. For three days we shot in three places at once with two full camera crews and a hallway “confessional” booth. I never sat down. My nerves were high. What if people were upset we were shooting? What if we couldn’t get the needed releases? How do you negotiate a location agreement with a hotel that requires a million dollar insurance policy for film crews? Thankfully, our team was able to pull it off. On the last day of the conference, the crew was upstairs making sure we had all of our equipment together and checking out of the rooms while I said goodbye to some of the new friends I had made in the trichotillomania community. Though I had only known them a short time, I felt this incredible connection to them and really struggled leaving them. We drove two cars of crew back to the city and dropped off all the equipment. When I got back to my apartment I broke down in tears. The realization that my dream was coming true was overwhelming. We had done it! Months of planning and a year of shooting had panned out well and we had really been able to accomplish this, all while having full time jobs. I was so grateful for the team that made it happen and for the people of the trich community who had let us into their lives and accepted us. Rebecca Brown, one of the cast members in our film, was staying with me at the time. She quietly approached me and asked me if I was alright, if I needed a hug. I started laughing.

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Having just completed our third crowdfunding campaign, that overwhelming feeling is back. Everything we’ve done over the past three years has been steadily building and I can feel the finish line approaching. We are so close to being finished with the edit of the film. I’ve spent the last 10 months editing the footage and crafting it to tell an honest story about people who I’ve grown to really care for. I can’t wait to finally watch it on a big screen.

 

So what’s next? Talented friends I’ve made in New York are generously donating much of their time to help finish the film. We have an incredible composer who is at this very moment writing music to match our picture. Our graphic designer and brilliant color corrector will be working nights and weekends to make Trichster look incredible. Our talented audio mixer will bring the sound and music together and make it sound awesome. Once all these elements come together, we’ll have a finished film!

The next thing the Trichster team is tackling: film festivals. None of us have much experience with film festivals, so there’s a learning curve. We’ll be budgeting the remaining funds to go towards applications and deliverables. As soon as we figure out when and where we’ll be screening, you’ll be the first to know! Words cannot express how thankful I am to everyone who has followed us, contributed to our campaign and supported out film. You are all a huge part of Trichster. I so look forward to sharing our “little film” with all of you, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for us.

Thank you all, for everything.

Jillian and the Trichster team

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Jillian Corsie 3 months ago

Hello all of our lovely supporters!

We have a big announcement!

After going back and forth about it for months, I...

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

The conference is upon us! In just a short week from today we will be shooting for an entire weekend at the TLC Conference in New Jersey. Rebecca...

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

Last weekend was really important for Sophie! She showed her parents her photography for the first time at the Mentor Show. Thousands of people...

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

This morning Trichster was named one of the Top 5 Trochotillomania Moments in Film and Television. Check out the article here:

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

Hello everyone!

I can't believe it's been over a year since we started working on this project and just a year away from...

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

To thank all of you for your support, we are (semi) proud to present this dancing video for your viewing pleasure:

 

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Jillian Corsie 1 year ago

Wow everyone, I don't even know what to say. If I could send a glass of champagne to all of you I would. All of you are...

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  • Carolyn Maher Line Producer
  • Amanda Giordano Producer
  • Oluwaseun Babalola Director of Photographymore
  • Kathleen O'Loughlin Director of Photographymore
  • Alison Corsie First Assistant Cameramore

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