Bury Me Not
“Bury Me Not” is a Western short film that challenges the cultural and societal norms of what was considered "right" and "wrong" in the 1860’s. Surviving and protecting the things we love comes at a cost.This film explores the consequences of decisions based on our personal code rather than the law.
Inclusion StatementAs filmmakers, our commitment to telling diverse stories includes incorporating people of color within our cast and crew. We are committed to hiring at least 50% of our crew from the JTC List WOC Group. Our project is created, written by and stars two strong female leads and passes the Bechdel test.
About The Project
Texas, 1861: Sophie, a widow with a good heart, Charlie, her 8-year old son and Ingrid, a German outsider, receive a surprise visit from The Sheriff.
He is investigating the murder of Ingrid’s husband and considers Ingrid a suspect. But the truth is much more complicated and the women will stop at nothing to protect their secret.
What We Need
We are striving to change the narrative of the Western to include female-driven stories and in doing so we need our community, we need you to help us drive this change. Entertainment remains one of the most powerful ways to use our voices because…who doesn’t like to be entertained? If we can reach a widespread audience through entertainment while fighting for inclusion, we know we’re on our way to better representation for us all in TV and film.
Your contribution gives us the ability to pay for things such as costumes, sets, camera equipment, editing software, permits, crew, and much more. You give us the ability to make this happen.
What You Get
By supporting our campaign with your contribution, you have the opportunity to receive a variety of perks while also giving us the opportunity to share our gifts with the world. Some of the perks include a personal shout out on the film's Facebook page, a private link to view the film as soon as it is released, a ticket to the film's premiere, or even an executive producer credit on the film!
The impact of this project is an important one. Our goal is to transform the Western by honoring the courage of women. In telling these stories, we hope to transform the current norms around race and gender. Your contribution can make this a reality.
Our mission is to create a film that showcases the diverse perspectives of under-represented groups like minorities and women so that we can be the change we want to see in entertainment. It starts with us. It starts with you.
Other Ways You Can Help
Our project is only as successful as the people surrounding it and for us to reach our goal, we need as much help from you as possible. Through your contributions and your social media reposts and shares, you can help us tell this important story.
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About This Team
CREATOR & WRITER
Ellie Araiza was planted and grown in Mexico and is blossoming in the United States. She is an actor, writer, singer and voiceover artist. She has recurred on the FX shows The Bridge and Legion (Marvel) across
Dan Stevens, Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger, and guest starred on Southland across Regina King.
She has written several features as well as the one woman show Turtle Love. Her passion for storytelling and how it helps people connect to their humanity is what drives her to portray a variety of characters as both an actor and writer.
CREATOR & WRITER
Jul Kohler was born and raised in Berlin,Germany.
She started in the entertainment industry when she was 4 years old, and has worked all around the world in everything from Film, TV, Stunts and Voice Overs to dancing for Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lou Bega and New Kids On The Block. She has written two features and is currently developing two TV shows. She has always had a deep love for writing and creating meaningful stories about characters that inspire others.
While other Berliners were playing on the playground, Jul would run outside to shoot her recurve bow and practice her stage combat.
Charlene A. Bagcal is a Writer, Director, Producer, and Photographer. She is most notably known for her mysterious, provocative, and hyper-visual films -- grasping between the surreal and reality. Her films have screened internationally in festivals in the UK, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, South
Africa, and the United States.In 2015, she co-founded LA-based creative production company, REMA. In 2016, she received a development deal from Producer, Astronauts Wanted, a joint venture between former CEO of MTV Networks - Judy McGrath and Sony Music, for her series, The Un/Desirables.
Soon after, she collaborated with the studio, Crypt TV, for her horror short film, The Neighbors that reached almost 5 million views. Most recently, Charlene was a 2018 Ryan Murphy TV HALF Initiative director fellow on FX series American Horror Story.
Eric Feliciano born in the Bronx, NYC, is a Puerto Rican actor/producer who started his career in film/tv as a commercial actor and print model. Soon after, Eric moved into film and television where he has acted in 20+ films. Feliciano’s acting credits include, Alice In Wonderland, Tropic Thunder and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, among others. Eric wrote the stage play “Mom’s Ashes” which received raving reviews.
Feliciano is in Production on “Frankie & Paulie”, a television series chronicling the zany next comedic chapter of the original play.
Later, Eric became the Co-Founder of A Day Before Productions which released their debut award-winning feature, “Beach House Way”, in
2015. He is also the Co-Founder of Nubian Pictures as well as numerous projects at various production stages in association with iZwe Media and Luna Blue Productions.
Marisilda Garcia, a Texas native and Mexican American, dreamed of making her way to Los Angeles to pursue her acting and singing career. In the years since moving to Los Angeles, she’s helped organize the Center for the Cinematic Arts, CFCA, and been a part of several award winning projects as an actor, singer/songwriter ad associate producer. She started CINELadies in January 2012 with the intention of providing women in entertainment with a platform to encourage and support one another. CINELadies now includes over 1700 members. She is also the founder and CEO of Luna Blue Productions. Her commitment to changing the way women are seen in Hollywood allows her to continue her artistic endeavors while fueling her role as a leader in the industry.
Eduardo Rivas Servello, AMC specializes in cinematography, from the world- renowned, Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos - UNAM, also know as “CUEC”, in Mexico City. A Mexico City native, he began studying still photography at the IPN, where he began his journey into the world of images. At about the same time, he began studying visual arts at Centro de Educacion Artistica (CEDART) at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, where he acquired his specialty in the field. His journey took him to Facultad de Artes Plasticas de la Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico where he studied Art History, Photography and Fine Art. Eduardo has worked in a wide variety of formats in Chile, Mexico,Venezuela, Cuba and United States.