FUN-eral takes a lighthearted approach on an otherwise heavy topic: DEATH. Following her hamster's death, Emmy narrowly avoids danger as her babysitters argue to find the "perfect" way to teach her about the circle of life. The dark comedy uses humor to depict a child's first interaction with death.
Inclusion StatementFUN-eral utilizes strong female leads and the dichotomy of the male and female babysitters to put a twist on gender representation and stereotypes. Additionally, almost all of our production leadership roles are filled by women (director, producer, DP, and PD), and our cast and crew is ⅔ female.
About The Project
Dealing with death is hard at any age, but at six years old it's something that is almost impossible to explain. This comedic short takes you through Emmy's journey of losing her very first pet hamster, Dizzy. As well as, the exploration her babysitters, Bridget and Luke, must take in order to figure out the perfect way to explain the circle of life to Emmy.
FUN-eral is a dark comedy that follows Emmy through her first interaction with death. When her hamster dies, her babysitters, Luke and Bridget, must find a way to help Emmy cope. The film flips the script on gender stereotypes as Luke reminds Emmy to feel her emotions which contrasts with Bridget who attempts to teach Emmy that she should move on. The competitive babysitters struggle to compromise, all the while Emmy is narrowly avoiding danger right under their noses.
Our core team consists of seven key players: Julia Hess (Director), Mirit Ackermann (Producer), Jonny Arruda (Editor and Sound Designer), Meredith Brown (Writer), Rachel Dougherty (Cinematographer), Sophia Ricciardi (Production Designer), and Brennan Zhou (First Assistant Director). We have been carefully collaborating for months in order to create a film that we are already so proud of.
We are also very proud to say that we are a part of an incredibly diverse cast and crew that is 2/3 female, with the majority of our key production roles held by women.
As a team, we have been putting our effort to raise funds outside of crowdfunding. Although we are raising money externally and using our own personal capital, we are still missing funds for:
- For this film, our main priority was finding a location that would look like a family home but also allow us to have full-day shoots in the house. For this reason, we dedicated the biggest percentage of our budget to the perfect location.
- We want the equipment we rent to be able to bridge the worlds of Emmy, Luke, and Bridget as well as to logistically work within the physically smaller locations we’re using.
- This film requires four shooting days, during which we will have to feed the 26 cast and crew members on our set. For these days we will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks on deck throughout the whole day.
- We are responsible for the transportation of the 26 crew and cast members, as well as, carefully transporting our equipment to and from the set.
- This is so important for this film because while we might have secured the perfect location, our production design team has constructed all of the details that make a house a home.
Moving forward with the film, we are excited to start submitting the film for film festivals. We are proud to already have won the Most Promising Pitch at The Massachusetts Production Coalition Pitch Fest, but we won't stop there! We are also looking ahead to a large screening in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2020 and the future of this film.
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