Inclusion StatementAs a latina filmmaker, I'm seeking to increase representation not only in front of the camera, but also behind it. WOC filmmakers are so rarely given the space to make strange, high concept films (a la Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry) and that's something I want to change.
About The Project
About the Filmmaker
My name is Anna and I'm a 1st generation latinx comedian, artist, and filmmaker here in LA. Back in 2013, I started drawing a little doodle that would eventually become Bad Comix by Anna -- my Instagram webcomic that now has nearly 50k followers. Through my comic, I was able to process my depression and anxiety, and also my troubled relationship to cheese. Badcomix was the first thing I ever made that truly felt 100% me.
<---me in badcomix form
Since then, I've gone on to make a lot more projects. I co-wrote and starred in a surreal film called Gulp. The next year I wrote and directed 2 more films, Insomniac and Half Waltz, the first of which was an official selection in the NewFilmmakers Latinx Showcase at the Academy of Motion Pictures, and is currently streaming on NoBudge.com. I became a Sundance Lab fellow, and more recently, a Women in Film/Blacklist Episodic Lab fellow.
For the last 6 years, I've also been writing and performing comedy with my partner and fellow latina (& Floridian), Heather Alarcón Higginbotham. Together as "John Baxter Comedy," we've made dozens of comedy videos, including one that went viral -- A Star is Korn (..get it?). We've learned filmmaking through doing, pulling together cast and crew by way of favors and very little money. Through it all, we formed our own DIY production company, Pickle Films. We were tired of seeing the lack of POC and female representation in film after film, series after series. Pickle Films is our attempt to transform the industry for the better.
About the Film
Foghorn is a short film about a girl whose vagina suddenly starts emitting a loud foghorn, leading her down a surreal rabbit hole through LA. Ultimately, this is a film about women's bodies and who owns them. I've struggled with my own reproductive health (through overactive hormones and difficulties with birth control and the healthcare system) and I wanted to express that struggle in way that felt as complicated and darkly funny as the experience itself.
I've always loved surreal filmmakers like Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, and shows like Maniac, Russian Doll, and Atlanta that push the boundaries between drama and comedy, reality and dreams. Foghorn exists in a similar world. It's my contribution to a genre that is -- at least in film -- heavily male dominated, particularly behind the camera.
Your contributions will cover the following parts of the budget:
- Gear Rental: We're borrowing a camera and our talented cinematographer is donating his time, but we still need funds for camera and lighting gear, and insurance.
- Art Department: Due to the surreal components of this film, we need funds for props, set decoration, and location rental.
- Key Crew: While much of our cast/crew is volunteering their time, some key crew positions will be paid at a low budget rate given the technical difficulty and demands of their roles. These include makeup, sound, AC, gaffer, AD, and a set PA.
- Craft Services: The most important part of a keeping a low budget film running smoothly is food! In order to accommodate people working at reduced rates and for free, we need to feed them.
Any extra funds we raise will go to:
- Post-production (color correction, composer, etc)
- Festival submission fees (at $40-100 a pop, these stack up!)
- Expansion of art department & locations (we're 'borrowing' several locations and doing our best with DIY prop construction, but extra funds will help uplift the quality of production design, and provide more reliable locations)
Perks & Rewards
This wouldn't be an Anna Salinas project without Badcomix.
I've created prints, mini-comics, T shirts, and more to show my gratitude for your generosity in helping me with this film. These rewards include custom pieces -- which means you get to choose what you'd like included in the comic, and I'll make it special for you. That's a lot of comix!
Without your contributions, Foghorn would simply not be possible. This is my most ambitious film and to do it right, I need the resources that come with a slightly larger budget.
I've made dozens of videos over the last few years, and called in dozens more favors. I've produced 2 full webseries (Beautiful Fools from 2014 & the forthcoming "John Baxter" micro-series I Hate You) that required management of a full crew and budget. I've produced 3 short films on ultra low budgets, and I'm made a lot of comedy videos for nearly nothing. I know what it takes to bring a concept to life on screen, and how to keep costs low without sacrificing quality.
Our biggest challenge is that even with your help, we're still operating on a reduced short film budget. This means we'll be borrowing as much of the gear as possible, relying on some free labor, and "guerrilla" shooting where we can. Sometimes people get "big-time Hollywood" paid work that conflicts with our indie shoot, which can result in losing resources or members of our team. That can make scheduling tricky. Fortunately, we're keeping the cast and crew as paired down as possible, and planning well in advance, to keep things simple. Plus, me and my producing partner Heather have been producing low budget video content for the last 7 years, and we're used to working on a shoe-string budget!
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About This Team
Anna Salinas (Writer/Director/Cast)
Anna is a writer/filmmaker/comedian in LA and the artist behind the viral @Badcomixbyanna on Instagram. She's made countless comedy videos with Heather Alarcón Higginbotham under the moniker John Baxter, and she performs improv at UCB with her all latinx team Menudo. Her films have appeared in numerous festivals and she's currently in development on two half hour pilots.
Heather Alarcón Higginbotham (Executive Producer/Cast)
Heather is an actor and comedian originally from Miami, Florida. She is one half of the comedy duo John Baxter, and has studied at Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she performs with her house team Ringo and all-latinx team Menudo. Heather spent years working on numerous short films and music videos as both a producer and an actor with the Indie Work Force. In addition, she helped crowdfund and produce the acclaimed indie webseries Beautiful Fools, in which she also costarred. Heather is the host of several podcasts including Well This Sucks! on Feral Audio, which chronicles her friend Danielle's struggle with breast cancer, and Baywatch Watch on Campfire Media.
Edgar Momplaisir (Executive Producer)
Edgar is a comedy writer, improviser, and filmmaker. He performs regularly with his UCB house team Leroy, and has written on various shows including The Emmys, and most recently, What Just Happened with Fred Savage on Fox. Originally from New York City, Edgar is a Sundance New Voices alum and previously held a directing residency at the Echo Park Film Center, and has directed numerous short films in addition to his webseries, Sad Boy Edgar. He is also the host of the Culture Kings podcast on the I Heart Radio network and The Wokest on Earwolf.
Colin Pierce (Director of Photography)
From winning an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Technical Achievement in a Live Daily Broadcast’ to editing the 2x platinum hip hop single “Teach Me How to Dougie” for Capitol Records, Colin Pierce has achieved a wide variety of skill sets in his nineteen years of film and production experience. In addition to live broadcasts and music videos, Colin managed and grew the entire video production branch at Cashmere Agency, working closely with Snoop Dogg, Pepsi, the U.S. Army, and Monster Energy. In 2012, Colin was appointed VP of Creative Development for 1204 Inc., and would later work in a producer role for music television network REVOLT, founded by hip-hop magnate P. Diddy. After working in film development and executive producing Garry Marshall’s last film Mother’s Day, Colin has moved his efforts towards marketing & advertising. He has directed for Lionsgate, Apple, Universal Studios, Disney, and most recently on a new broadcast spot for Stand Up To Cancer, Mastercard and Marvel that stars Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan.
Jane Kim (Cast)
Jane is an actor/writer and LA native who has appeared in numerous national commercials and performs regularly with her all-female, all-Korean improv team KPOP at the UCB Theater in LA. You can also catch her hosting the Cagematch -- one of UCB's longest running shows, every Wednesday night at UCB Franklin.
Ashley Holston (Cast)
Ashley is a comedian/actor/writer, and UCB Harold Night and Groundlings alum. She's also a member of the well-known improv team Obama's Other Daughters, whose sketches you can find on Comedy Central Digital, in addition to seeing them at their monthly live show Black Girl Magic at UCB Sunset. She also performs standup around LA and is a member of Story Pirates, an educational theater company which links professional improvisers to student playwrights.
Will Hines (Cast)
Will Hines is an actor and writer who has performed at UCB since November 2000. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he performs with the improv group The Smokes. He's been on the TV shows "Broad City," "Brooklyn 99" "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and he's also a regular on the podcasts "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Improv4Humans." He also writes sketch comedy, including his award-winning show "A Soundly Defeated Man."
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