VOWS is an odd-couple buddy comedy about two women from wildly different backgrounds -- one Turkish immigrant, one first generation Haitian-American -- united by a love of acting and a green card marriage. When an ICE agent shows up at their door, they have to give the performance of their lifetime.
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Inclusion StatementVOWS is created, written and produced by two women of color. On-screen our story calls for LGBTQ actors, immigrant actors and actors with diverse body types. Behind the camera, we are committed to hiring a diverse crew.
About The Project
THE SUMMARY: Vows pays homage to the odd-couple buddy comedy genre. We're a little New Girl; a little Grace and Frankie and a whole lot of underrepresented voices and experiences on TV.
THE PILOT: When Claire Joseph, first generation Haitian-American, and Selin Polat, a Turkish immigrant, decide to get green-card-married they think their only concern will be paperwork and pictures, but when Claire’s clueless cousin, Wesley, shows up to their apartment on the same day an indulgent Immigration official is paying a home visit, they come to realize that marriage is hard work, especially when you’re FAKING it.
THE SERIES: In a world of dating apps and constant sharing, the show will follow Claire and Selin as they attempt to live their separate lives privately, but publicly as a same-sex married couple. Through the lens of the immigrant artist experience the series explores class, the nature of female friendships, intimacy, spirituality, and possibly some fart jokes.
.......definitely some fart jokes.
WHO WE ARE
Isabelle Pierre is a first generation Haitian-American raised in New York whose mother introduced her to the arts in the hope that she would cultivate expensive tastes and stay out of trouble. In 2011 after trying a bunch of careers, she started acting again sending a final blow to her mother's immigrant dream of seeing her daughter become a lawyer. Shortly after she received an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.
(can you guess who's who?)
Nazli Sarpkaya came to the US from Turkey when she was 18 (alone) to study business (like the good immigrant that she thought she was). She soon discovered that she couldn’t keep the drama in Turkey. Not only did she finish school and receive a diploma in business, she went back to school for a second undergraduate degree in theatre, and like that wasn’t enough she went BACK AGAIN for an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.
(More details about why we're SUPER QUALIFIED on The Team Page.)
WHY THIS? YOU NEED A REASON? WE GOT A BUNCH!! HERE'S 4:
- Nazli is on an artist visa and knows how difficult, subjective and scary the process is. People are always asking her: why don't you just get married?
- Isabelle wants to help a friend and make her own content. People are always telling her to just: put a video on YouTube.
- We found a third producing partner/director Ginny Leise who's had her own crowdfunding success. See more about Ginny on the team page and her website.
- We're interested in showing the funnier/lighter side of our own cultures.
We took all of our post-election anxiety, our career lulls, the disappointments, and turned them into something beautiful and funny and personal to us. And we think that’s important. Inroads have already been made, but there are more barriers to knock down in terms of representation.
VOWS: The Series has lots of opportunities for artists of color, queer artists, women and immigrant creatives as performers and as crew. (SERIOUSLY! We’re still crewing-up, so if you want to come play with us, please submit all relevant info (links, etc) to email@example.com)
WHY WE NEED YOU
We became hyphenates (actors/writers/producers) because we wanted to take ownership of our careers and be part of the revolution of new artists creating content that reflect the richness of their experiences.
With your help we can support our cast /crew, make the Pilot look amazing, insure the team/equipment, secure a location, make the project next-level gorgeous with a kickass post-production team, and stomp it out on the festival circuit.
Ready to join us? Welcome to the Team! We're happy to have you!
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Wanna talk about us, but not sure how? Check out some shareables and #hashtags below:
- Marriage is hard, especially when you're FAKING it. Watch @Vows_TheSeries teaser & support their #crowdfundingcampaign #womeninfilm #immigrantartists https://goo.gl/mKedwu
- A Haitian-American woman & a Turkish woman walk into a bar--it's probably a bad joke, but with your help it could be an awesome pilot. Follow @Vows_TheSeries on @SeedandSpark #crowdfundingcampaign https://goo.gl/mKedwu
- I supported @Vows_TheSeries a show about a green card marriage & the American Dream. #womeninfilm #pilots #seednspark https://goo.gl/mKedwu
#crowdfunding * #crowdfundingcampaign * #immigrantstories* #immigrantartists * #artistVisa * #firstGeneration * #seednspark * #TVpilot * #womeninfilm
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About This Team
Isabelle Pierre is a writer and actress living in Brooklyn. She's been featured on NBC's Shades of Blue, Blacklist: Redemption and Hulu's The Path. Isabelle has been featured in many readings and workshops. The NY Times referred to her comedic performance as "matter-of-fact state of confident deadpan that Samuel L. Jackson would envy." In addition to writing and rewriting the show bible for VOWS: The Series, Isabelle is working on her first feature film. You can see her reel and stay connected with her here.
Nazli is an actress and writer from Ankara, Turkey. She has been pursuing a creative career in the States for the past 8 years. She has performed in countless plays/workshops/readings locally and regionally. Right after obtaining her O-1 Extraordinary Ability Artist Visa in 2017, she performed in her Off-Broadway debut Angry Young Man at Urban Stages in New York City. You can see her full resume, keep up with her upcoming projects, and even find a fun 'about me’ section on her website that’ll give you all the random facts about her that you didn’t ask for but sure will love!
Ginny Leise is filmmaker and comedian. She has written and produced two short films and two full length comedy pilots. Her first short, Pillows, won the Indieworks Best of Fest award in November 2015. Splitsider said of her second short, Smile, “...watch and be wowed.” Smile was a 2017 Official Selection at the Lower East Side Film Festival. Her comedy pilot Urban Teach Now is an 2016 Official Selection at the New York Television Festival, iTVFest and a third round finalist for the Sundance Episodic Story Lab in 2017. In 2017, Ginny made her directorial debut with the series Quiet Tiny Asian which racked up 150,000 views on YouTube.
Callie is a creative based in New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their big dog, OB. Notably, she has had the pleasure to collaborate with the Avon Foundation, Aquafina, Samsung, and the Comedy Cellar. Callie loves to laugh, paint, and do the NYT crossword puzzle. This fall, she will begin her studies in documentary filmmaking at The New School.