“Give Me An A” is a genre anthology from a diverse group of women and allies inspired by their recent reactions to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. On June 24, 2022 we began our days CRYING, SHAKING, and SCREAMING. The assault on WOMEN’S RIGHTS and DEMOCRACY had begun, lead by our very own Supreme Court. Now we’re ANGRY, PASSIONATE, and HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. We are a group of women with unique perspectives and reactions to the overturning of Roe v Wade. We’ve united to create an anthology of short films to be a STATEMENT, CONVERSATION TOOL, and OUTLET for the undeniable pain of losing rights as a citizen. We are calling upon our COMRADES, ALLIES, and SUPPORTERS to help us tell our stories.
A REACTION to THE overturning OF Roe v Wade
"When the ROE RULING hit, I crumpled to the floor sobbing and didn’t even know how I got there. Realizing being a puddle on the bathroom floor wasn’t going to help, I PULLED MY SH*T TOGETHER and a week later held a zoom for a group of powerful female filmmakers (in LA and ATL) to find a way to use our PAIN, FRUSTRATION and ANGER and do something MEANINGFUL." - Natasha Halevi
FOUR WEEKS LATER we've COMPLETED PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY on 15 FILMS and are now entering post production.
For a moment we were powerless, but NOW WE HAVE A VOICE.
GIVE ME AN A is an anthology of women’s unique reactions to the overturning of Roe v Wade. Each story is specific to each creator's background, experience, upbringing. GIVE ME AN A will be packaged as a feature length anthology with a wraparound to support each short segment.
This project is lead by Executive Producer Natasha Halevi who has done everything in her power to make this happen, from securing camera donations, to developing scripts, to driving the camera truck, to fixing the teradek. WE ARE ALL MULTI-HYPHENATE on this project and we all are doing what it takes to make OUR VOICES HEARD.
The Producing team includes:
NATASHA HALEVI (Producer/Writer/Director)
GISELLE GILBERT (Producer)
JORDAN CRUCCHIOLA (Producer)
JONNA JACKSON (Producer)
JESSICA TAYLOR GALMOR (Producer/Assistant Director)
ALYSSA MATUSIAK (Atlanta Producer)
CHARLENE FITZGIBBON (Communications/PR)
ERICA WRIGHT (Associate Producer)
LEXX FUSCO (Associate Producer)
Mentor producers gave notes on scripts and will give notes on first cuts:
JUDY GREER (Actress)
SARA SMITH (Executive Producer, Marvel)
FALGUNI LAKHANI ADAMS (ExecutiveProducer, ViceTV)
An anthology film at about 90 minutes run time made of episodes/segments that weave together responses to the overturning of Roe v Wade through a wild ride of different perspectives and filmmaking styles.
There are 15 filmmaking teams who wrote scripts, directed films, and are now in post production. We’ve all worked together using a peer review process to make the scripts and final cuts the best possible. We support each other and lift each other up.
ANTHOLOGY WRAPAROUND - NATASHA HALEVI (director/writer)
MEGAN ROSATI (director/writer)
BONNIE DISCEPOLO (director/writer)
AVITAL ASH (director/writer)
MEG SWERTLOW (director/writer)
THE LAST STORE
LOREN ESCANDON (director/writer)
SARAH KOPKIN (director/writer)
DANIN JACQUAY (director/writer)
MARY C. RUSSELL (director/writer)
DANIELLE AUFIERRO and LAURA COVELLI (writers)
VALERIE FINKLE (director)
LEXX FUSCO (writer)
FRANCESCA MALDONADO (director)
OUR PRECIOUS BABIES
ANNIE BOND (writer)
ERICA WRIGHT (director)
ROWAN FITZGIBBON (story by) & LEXX FUSCO (writer)
MONICA MOORE-SURIYAGE (director)
MADISON HATFIELD (writer)
CAITLIN HARGRAVES (director)
SAVANNAH ROSE SCAFFE (writer)
HANNAH ALINE (director)
A FEW OF THE STORIES:
We are moving fast because this a REACTION!
This way of filmmaking is unique and unusual - we are sharing resources to bring our stories to life. We support each other and rally hard!
6/24: Roe v Wade is overturned
7/1: First zoom meeting COMPLETE
7/8: Loglines and outlines due COMPLETE
7/15: First draft of scritps due COMPLETE
7/27 - 8/8: Filming - we ran 3 sets each day in LA and Atlanta COMPLETE
8/8: Wrap on principal photography COMPLETE
8/15: First edits due
8/29: Final edits due
8/31: Whole film assembly
9/1-9/5: Color and sound pass
9/5 and beyond: Get this seen at every film festival that will take us.
From Natasha Halevi:
"Honestly, if I knew how much this would cost before we started, I'm not sure I would have had the ovaries to make this.
All I knew was we HAD to make this!"
Once we had donations from Keslow (in LA and Atlanta) and a huge discount from Panavision (in LA) I knew we had to spend the extra money to give each film the production value it deserved - this meant costly grip, electric, lighting, good locations, realistic set pieces and props.
With each step of the way I found a way to cover the costs - personal loans, credit cards, that downpayment account that I've had since I was 18. Each team has also put in their own funds for additional costs for their segments."
This film, this work, matters so much more than money. We cannot let women across this country suffer, or worse die, without putting up a fight. I cannot stand next to my fellow women knowing that the Supreme Court can take away our rights so easily. I cannot listen to threats on same sex marriage and contraception and pretend I didn't hear it.
We're fighting for women, we're fighting for other threatened people, we're fighting for equality, we're fighting for our democracy.
Just posting in socal media isn't enough, even voting isn't enough, we have to do more. We have to find ways to discuss and make change - for us that's through story and film as a communication tool, we have to use our talent and skills for change.
Help us pay back our credit cards, help us pay back our loans, help us fund post production, help us fight through art.
Here's what our spending looks like PER PROJECT
(Total of $9,505.67 per segment | $133,079.34 for whole project | our VALUE is much higher due to donations)
HELP US GET THIS PROJECT THROUGH THE FINISH LINE.
We're only asking for a portion of finishing funds, but, we'd be so grateful for more to help pay back costs to teams and to "production" aka Natasha's credit cards.
Please help me do everything and anything to turn this particular pain into something that can start conversations and make change. Please help us FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS!
THIS IS WHY WE MAKE FILM - TO HAVE A VOICE AND DIALOGUE WITH AUDIENCES. OUR VOICES MATTER.
A director recognized for her FEMALE FOCUSED GENRE work. She is a founding director of FATALE COLLECTIVE who screened at festivals including Fantastic Fest and FrightFest. Her ALLFEMALE short ‘Beauty Juice’ won the Atlanta Horror Film Festival Audience Award and is available on CryptTV. Her FEMALE DOMINATED sci-fi micro-series ‘After Ray’ won Best Series at multiple festivals and was acquired by DUST. Halevi has been a GUEST PANELIST at San Diego ComicCon, Dragoncon and FILM JUROR for FilmQuest and Grimmfest.
A communications consultant and event producer with a passion for music, culture and the arts. Her investment in the arts is driven by a fierce belief in its power to shape positive impact in the world. Fitzgibbon is focused on collaborating with creatives to develop and produce experiences and programs to tell compelling stories, drive meaningful connections, and build community globally.