We’re Doing a Victory Lap!

Victory LapWe’re doing a Victory Lap!  We know some people missed the end of our crowdfunding campaign, so we wanted to give you another shot at the crowdfunding incentives!  For ONE WEEK only, if you contribute on our website (via Dwolla, see the “Contribute to our Film” box to the right?) you get the same incentives as during our crowdfunding campaign!

Our Victory Lap ends on Wednesday May 6th at midnight PT!

The incentives are:

$5 or more: A thank you on social media! If you donate $5 or more we’ll send you our gratitude via Facebook or Twitter! Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to make sure you see it!

$15 or more: A personalized Thank You from Help! the Hang In There Kitten posted on social media.  If you donate $15 or more you will get a Thank You directly from our mascot, Help! the Hang In There Kitten!  Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to make sure you see it!

$25 or more: We’ll make a personalized video for you!   If you donate $25 or more we will make a 15 second video and share it on Facebook, direct from us to you!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$50 or more:  Exclusive access to The (Not So) Average Girls’ Mixtape Videos!  Claire and Jean are creating four videos to share some songs that have meaning to us in relation to the film.  Music is an important part of the creative process for us, Jean even has a TAGGTS playlist that she writes to!  Donors of $50 or more will have exclusive access to these videos!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$75 or more: A digital download of the movie when it’s commercially available.  Patience is a virtue!  We have a long ways to go to make this movie, but if you donate $75 or more you’re first in line for the digital download of the film!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$100 or more: Your name in the “Seed&Sparklers” section of the film’s end credits.  If you donate $100 or more, your name will appear in a section of the film’s end credits exclusively for Seed&Spark donors!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$150 or more: 2 VIP seats at our Green Light celebration.  If you donate $150 or more, you’ve got two VIP tickets to celebrate the end of the Seed&Spark campaign with our cast and crew!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$250 or more: A pre-production visit (not including travel) or a Google Hangout with the writer/director and a cast member.  If you donate $250 or more, you get an insider’s look at what it’s like to make a movie!  Come visit us during pre-production and hang out with our cast and crew.  Or if you can’t make it to where we are, we’ll hang out with your online via Google Hangout!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$500 or more: Pick a name for a character in the film!  If you donate $500 or more you get to name a character in the film!  You can pick your own name, or name a character after your friend, family member, or arch nemesis.  It’s up to you! (You will also get the incentives above!)

$1,000 or more: Special Thanks in the end credits of the film!  If you donate $1,000 or more, we owe you a Special Thanks!  Your name will appear in the Special Thanks section of the film’s end credits, and you have our eternal gratitude!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

$5,000 or more: Patron Credit in the film’s end credits!  If you donate $5,000 or more you join the Patron section of the film’s end credits.  You are a Patron of the Arts, and  we are immensely grateful for your generosity!  (You will also get the incentives above!)

We’re getting things moving on our next steps and we look forward to sending you updates soon!

Love,

Team TAGGTS

 

WE DID IT!!!

IMG_7671WE DID IT!  We finished our campaign with a Green Light and we’re SO excited to be on our way to bringing this film to life!  Thank you SO much for all of your help and support, we really REALLY appreciate it!

We will keep you updated on our progress, and be sure to follow us on social media for all the updates!  We’re on Facebook, Twitter @taggts_, and Instagram @taggts.

So much love!

Team TAGGTS & Help The Hang In There Kitten

We Got The Green Light!!

green-lightWE GOT THE GREEN LIGHT!!!!

This means we will get the contributed funds and be on our way to getting this film made!!

Thank you all SO MUCH for all of your support!  We literally can’t do what we do without you!  We appreciate every dollar contributed, every Facebook share and Like, every Tweet and Re-Tweet, every hug, high-five, word of encouragement, and ALL the ways you’ve shown support!

This film means SO much to us (Jean may or may not be crying tears of joy right now), and we’re so glad to have you as a part of it!!

If you haven’t contributed, it’s not too late!  We have 3 more hours of our campaign, back a winning team!  http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide

So much love!

Team TAGGTS

Teamwork Tuesday & We’re at 66%!!

What a difference a day makes, we’re at 66%!!  We have one day left, help us get to 80%!

We’re celebrating Teamwork Tuesday to recognize how important teamwork is in filmmaking and especially crowdfunding!  Our campaign has 156 Supporters and 167 Followers, you’re all part of our team and we’re so grateful!  We call ourselves Team TAGGTS because it takes a whole team to make a film.  We can get so much more done working together, it helps to have teammates to brainstorm with, laugh with and celebrate when you hit your goals!

We also want to recognize all the different teams we’re part of, that are helping to make this film happen:

First off, Team Seed&Spark!  The Seed&Spark Staff helped us prepare for the campaign and make sure we had all of our ducks in a row, they’ve been there every step of the way, tweeting and re-tweeting, helping us with tech support, and cheering us on!  Major love to the Seed&Spark founder Emily Best, Community Manager Nicole Malek, Community Director Erica Anderson, and Operations Czar Max Silverman.

Another team we’re proud to be a part of is Film Fatales!  You may have seen the Film Fatales logo our Seed&Spark page under Partners.

Film Fatales Badge.JPGFilm Fatales is a group of female directors, which has chapters in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, New Orleans, Detroit, London, Toronto, Sao Paolo, Sydney, and is expanding!  Jean is a member of the Los Angeles chapter, and it’s been an amazing source of inspiration and support.  Empowering women and women in film is important to our whole team, and we love to partner with organizations who share the same goals!

We’re also a part of Team USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Joselito, Nick, and Jean are all alums, and we appreciate the support of our film school friends who have contributed!  We also got a Twitter shoutout from fellow alum Rian Johnson (writer/director of BRICK and LOOPER) today, as well as the USC Women in Cinematic Arts.  Social media sharing helps us spread the word, so we really appreciate it!

Want to share the social media love?  Here’s a suggested post:

#Teamwork #Tuesday: Help dark comedy @taggts_ get to 80% on @SeedandSpark by tomorrow! #SupportIndieFilm #WomenInFilm http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide

We’re so excited to be getting closer to our goal, we have about 24 hours to hit 80%!  Our campaign ends at 1:11pm Pacific Time, so please share on social media, tell your friends, and if you haven’t contributed yet, every dollar gets us closer to our goal!

Hang In There!

Love,

Team TAGGTS

Mental Health Monday & We’re at 50%!

First off, we want to celebrate that we’re at 50% and thank everyone who has contributed and has been helping to spread the word about our film!

We’re calling this Mental Health Monday because we want to talk about the ways we hope this film can start discussions about mental health issues, and foster understanding and empathy.  We’re making this film because we’ve lost people to suicide who we cared about, or we’ve had family and friends who have struggled with mental health troubles, or we’ve struggled ourselves.  We want to help create spaces for people to share without judgement how suicide and mental health issues have affected their life.  When we talk with people about the film, they often tell us how suicide has affected their lives, and it seems like people want and need to share these stories.

We choose to address these topics with dark comedy because levity helps with such heavy topics, and as they say, “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.”  As a comedian, Jean has found that some of the best comedy comes from dark times or tough experiences.  She’s written some articles about her own mental health struggles that we look forward to sharing with you soon.  As a filmmaker, she likes to make films that are like spilling your guts and laughing at how weird guts look.  And many suicide survivors who we’ve talked to or who have read the script enjoy the humor in the film.  Suicide is still a taboo topic and comedy can be a way to open up the conversation.

We have two days left in our campaign!  If you can, share via social media:

#MentalHealth #Monday: dark comedy @taggts_ hit 50% of their @seedandspark #crowdfunding goal, help them get to 80%! http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide

Thank you and Hang In There!

Love,

Team TAGGTS

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We’re at 47% and Here’s a Video to Celebrate!

We’re at 47%!  We have 3 days left in our Seed&Spark campaign, and we’re excited to be getting closer to our goal every day!

Our campaign ends at 1pm on Wednesday April 22nd, so in the next three days please share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or you could even tell people you know in real life!

Tell your friends, “Help make a film that can save lives: @taggts_ is at 47% of their @Seed&Spark goal! #SupportIndieFilm #WomenInFilm http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide”

To celebrate how far we’ve come, we’ve put together a video of one second of video from everyday from our campaign so far! (Using the 1SecondEveryday app.)  Thank you SO much for the support you’ve shown so far, and help us cross the finish line!

Love,

Team TAGGTS

It’s $5 Friday and We’re Almost to 45%!

5-dollar-fridayIt’s Five Dollar Friday again!  Contribute today to get your name in the Seed&Sparklers section of our film’s end credits (usually a $100 or more contribution perk)!  www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide

In extra exciting $5 Friday news, we’re only $10 away from 45% of our goal!!  We have 5 days to go in our campaign, and we’re thrilled to be getting closer to our goal each day!

We appreciate your contributions and helping us spread the word!  Share on social media: “$5 Friday! @taggts_ is $10 from 45% of their @seedandspark #crowdfunding goal, contribute today! http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/average-girls-guide-suicide #SupportIndieFilm”

Our director, L Jean Schwartz, wrote an article on Bitchflicks called Being Bossy, Unbreakable, and Daring Greatly, about being a female director, Strong Female Characters, and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Check it out here!

Happy Five Dollar Friday, Hang In There!

Love,

Team TAGGTS

It’s Five Dollar Friday!

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It’s Five Dollar Friday!! Today ONLY, if you contribute $5 to our campaign you’ll get a personalized Thank You from Help The ‪#‎HangInThere‬ Kitten!(normally a $15 contribution perk!)

AND everyone who contributes today will be entered in a raffle for their name in the “Seed&Sparklers” section of the film’s end credits! (normally a $100 contribution perk!)

That’s right, for ONLY FIVE DOLLARS you could get your name in the credits of our film!

Or if you’ve already contributed to our campaign, let your friends know that Five Dollar Friday is a great time to join our team!

Love,

Team TAGGTS