After ten years of development, the musical that Chloe, Maggie, and Gus have created is flying towards Broadway. But now thirty, Gus wants a baby. As opening night approaches, Chloe reluctantly donates an egg, Maggie signs on as surrogate, and relationship lines become irreversibly crossed.
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Inclusion StatementBeyond our key team of women and queer creatives we have a diverse below the line crew. Especially since this story takes place in the theatrical New York community which is made up of people of all colors and sexualities we are committed to that representation both in front and behind the camera.
About The Project
Two things have remained constant in my life for as far back as I can remember: a deep, visceral, love for musical theater and the idea that someday everyone has babies. The musical theater art form somehow touches my soul. Babies, somewhat less so. From when girls are little we’re given “baby dolls” and taught to take care of them to prepare us for “the inevitable.” Many films have been made about female pain wanting to have children, the devastation of an abortion, or the tragedy of losing a child. I thought I would make a film that flips the script on the traditional narrative by having the lead women be unapologetically ambitious while their male best friend is the one who slowly drifts away from his Broadway dreams to embrace fatherhood. He becomes the one who doesn’t want to miss any moments with the pregnancy while leaving his creative partners. The film also explores the joys and consequences of donating an egg, what motherhood really means, and the societal reaction to men (specifically queer men) who want to have a child without a partner. All of these pressing issues are portrayed against the backdrop of the creation of a piece of art and what happens when three people’s lives are so twisted and combined that personal and professional lines become blurred in ways that no one could have foreseen.
We’re currently in the middle of production. We’ve filmed around half the movie so far and we’re so excited to film the rest of it. Our plan is to take a brief hiatus and use some of the footage we’ve shot to raise the rest of the funds that we need to finish the film in a way that does justice to the script and the story. We’ve already begun this process and plan on picking production back up at the end of August.
What started out as a passion project, quickly expanded when close colleagues saw the script of what we were working on. They signed on as EPs to be part of this independent musical. that closely examines what it means to be someone who considers themselves the parent of an art baby but who doesn’t know how to lean into having a human baby in her life as well.
We’ve shot the most logistically complicated part of the film which was the musical sequences set at a Broadway Theater, Off-Broadway Theater, and dance rehearsal spaces. In order to achieve this we had to have music written, arranged, rehearsed, recorded, mixed, choreographed, and finally shot listed and filmed. This is a feat on any budget but at the independent level it was definitely a challenge and our whole team is so excited about breaking the ceiling of what we thought was possible on a small budget.
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About This Team
Besties is an independent production company born in NYC. We focus on telling stories that give voice to those that Hollywood has left behind while employing inclusively in all departments and keeping their sets as green as possible. Provocative. Immodest. Unfiltered.
Marzy is a Russian/Jewish award-winning actor & filmmaker. Her joy of telling stories & exasperation at the lack of representation of women/POC/queer in entertainment pushed her to expand her skill set to include writing & producing. Walking the walk, Marzy founded Besties Make Movies with her work-wife Stacey Maltin to tell the stories they weren't seeing, populating the casts/sets with people who aren't getting the opportunities they deserve. She is currently judging films for the 2019 Revolution Me Film Festival as well as touring the festival with her award winning short film JONES (Winner: Best Drama Short, Nominee: Best Actress, Best Director).
Jay DeYonker is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he spent 5 wonderful years living abroad in Prague. Acting credits include Christian in Netflix's Same Sky, Alexander Graham Bell in PBS' American Experience; Murder of a President, Sean in Czech TV's Vyprávěj, and Avi in Landing Up. Since returning to NYC in 2016, Jay wrote and/or produced three short films (Head, Linked, Stronger Together) which have been accepted into various film festivals (NewFest, Queen's World Festival, Sene Festival, and more). Interested in creating fresh, untold queer content, Jay is currently in pre-production for his first feature film, Head, written with co-writer, Stacey Maltin.
Stacey wrote, produced, and acted in her first feature film “Landing Up” (Dances With Films, SOHO Film Festival, Best Feature and Best Actress Nominee.) The film was picked up for distribution by Random Media and The Orchard and is currently available worldwide! Her short film Stronger Together premiered at NewFest as is currently repped by Shoreline Entertainment. Her pilot Linked premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in 2019 and is currently in development as a full series. HEAD, the first feature she wrote with writing partner Jay DeYonker was a finalist for the Outfest screenwriting lab. She is the co-founder of Besties Make Movies and Bold Compass Films.
Jackie Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2014, she co-created & produced a digital series called Rare Birds of Fashion, which champions the plus-size community and female entrepreneurs. Since then, she's produced three web-series, which have premiered and won awards at various festivals throughout the country. Her latest project is a comedy horror pilot in association with YouTube Studios and Troma Entertainment. She previously worked as an associate producer at Fully Branded Media, collaborating in the production of films such as The Romantics, Margin Call, and Kill Your Darlings. Jackie is a proud advocate of self-love and a board member of Realize Your Beauty., an organization dedicated to promoting positive body image to youth through theater arts. She currently lives in NYC and is working on her satirical memoir: I Only Came for the Food.
Not 2 years ago, Carrie Radigan made the jump from stage production to film production. In that short amount of time, she's worked as a producer and post supervisor on short films and music videos. You can catch her award-winning short film The Invaders, written & directed by Mateo Marquez, racking up awards on the film festival circuit. She is working with Besties on Self(ish), 2 WEEKS, and Jones. Additionally, Carrie is currently developing the feature Turner Falls, directed & written by Adam Dicterow and Dash Finley, and producing Dave Scala's film Engaged. Carrie also holds down the fort running Post Factory by Sim. When she's not producing projects, you can find her at brunch with her girlfriends finding the best bottomless deal in New York City.