THE ATAVIST is a sci-fi adventure about two women saving time. Jax, a time traveling young woman from the future, is hooked on nostalgia. Hen, from our present day, believes the best is yet to come. When Jax leaves behind items that alter history, the two of them must team up to set things right.
Hometown Heroes Rally
Inclusion StatementOur story is about two strong, thoughtful, complicated black female characters. Our lead actors, cinematographer, director, producer, editor, and screenwriters are all women and 50% of us are women of color. We partner with companies owned or populated by women, and underrepresented storytellers.
About The ProjectPlease follow our campaign to help us qualify for the Hometown Heroes Rally! We're competing to get the chance to have the Duplass Brothers join our team as Executive producers. Not only will this open many doors for our film in production and distribution, but it also gives us the chance to earn up to $25,000 toward our production!
Hey there, this is Cameo, the one talking in that video up there. I love science fiction. Sci-fi film at its best imagines that our world is starkly different in some way, and juxtaposes that against familiar elements, and universal themes. Our film is about time travel, girls, and optimism about the future. I invite you to explore the world of The Atavist.
Our story begins a hundred years in the future with Jax, a young woman living in the small working class town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Things are rough in the Pittsfield of the future, especially for Jax. She's living on the streets. The bright and shiny future is not so shiny for her, and she spends her days imagining the past, and particularly the 2010s. One day, Jax is inadvertently transported into her past, our present day. She meets and quickly befriends Henrietta (Hen for short), in present-day Pittsfield. Hen is Jax's perfect complement: she's a scientist trying to research a breakthrough, and she can't stop thinking about the future and how exciting it could be.
Jax finds that people are impressed by technology from her time, and she leaves behind a few things that don't seem very important to her. But the things she leaves behind alter history and put her future in peril. She has to get everything back, but that's easier said than done. Can she retrieve every last item, with the help of Hen and her other new friends? Will the future be restored? Can Hen and Jax make peace with their places in time? Help us make The Atavist and find out!A great story needs great characters. Meet the fascinating people who live in our world. We've already begun casting for these roles and may have some exiciting updates as the campagin continues!I have always loved telling stories and acting. I was in the Wizard of Oz as Toto when I was 5, and knew I wanted to be in theater or movies. I only had one movie when I was a kid—Amadeus. I watched nearly every day until I was 11 and my family opened a video store in my hometown. From then on, I watched a few movies every day, and I was lucky enough to watch a huge number of wildly diverse films during the 7 years I worked at the store full time. In high school I was a founding member of a weekly high school television show, MMTV, and I did camera work and editing on VHS for our weekly show, and gained a great deal of experience.
You read all the way to the end! You're probably wondering how you can help.
First, scroll back to the top and click the blue Follow button. The more followers we get, the better chance we have of being chosen for Hometown Heroes! You may have to spend a bit of time creating an account, but it's a huge help.
If you're able to support us financially, click the green Make a Pledge button.
Use the WishList to pledge cash and loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an incentive directly.
About This Team