This project means so much to me as it is inspired by my mother’s awkward first kiss, a story that she often told me to make me laugh during my childhood. This is a tale so close to my heart and I have enlisted the help of my creative and talented friends to make it come to life.
Inclusion StatementApril is a driven and determined young girl who knows what she wants, a character not often explored in cinema. I think women can relate to her hilarious and misplaced self assurance. I plan to feature POC as well as queer-identifying people with casting and through our almost all-female crew.
About The Project
In the mid 1990s, 16-year-old April is determined to make her first kiss happen at her Catholic school’s Valentines Day dance. Enlisting the help of her best friend Heather, she scours the school for the ideal candidate. When her romantic moment gets interrupted by the strict school principal, April realizes that the most flawless pair of lips belonged to her nerdy friend Isaac all along. When their braces get locked together in front of the entire school, April and Isaac find out that there is no such thing as a perfect moment.
As a YouTuber, having my audience involved in my filmmaking journey is extremely important to me. I want my films to grow up with both myself and those who have watched me throughout their teen years. My passion for filmmaking would not have existed without my YouTube channel, and for that I am forever grateful.
This film encompasses the idea of coming of age, young love, and teenage shenanigans. It follows a feisty and determined young girl who knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it. April is funny, kind, and represents the awkward teen who is getting to know her sexuality and is unsure how to proceed. I think many will relate to her drive, her friendship with her best friend Heather, and the longing for romance that film/TV emphasises, yet is not realisitic. High school is a time of raging hormones and self-discovery and I think this film captures that essence perfectly.
I want to create films where women are at the forefront of the story, stories that show the many different experiences and the diversity of womanhood and feminity. Brace Face is the start of a movement I hope to continue for the rest of my career, one that highlights womanhood and female protagonists. That's why we have decided to have as many female voices collaborate on this film as possible, to capture what being a young woman in our society entails. I also had a mostly female crew on my last short, My Alien Girlfriend.
By donating to our film, you are supporting a group of students committed to making excellent work helps the fight to create new opportunity for women in the film industry. We are experienced, ambitious, and most importantly excited to tackle this story. Thank you so much for your time and contribution.
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About This Team
This film is no singular effort. We have gathered a hardworking and experienced crew and I am so excited to work together to bring this story from page to screen. Each bringing their own perspective and creative vision to the project, there is no one that I would trust more with this story. They each inspire me in their own ways.
Scarlett Turner - Director Christian Hyatt - Producer Leah Roach - Screenwriter
Emily Tapanes - Cinematographer Brenna Brady - Production Designer, Props
Lexi Johnson - Editor Hayden Rusk - Sound Team Jordan Valdes - 1st AC
Madison Geihs - 2nd AD Spencer Santini - Costume Designer
Lindsey Rempalski - Graphic Designer