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The Kickstarter campaign for Save Me is underway with 19 days to go! Directed by Kirsty Hamilton, the project is seeking a target of $20,000 to help cover production costs. The short film brings together a group of talented individuals, including producer Lynnaire MacDonald and cinematographer Jess Charlton (Loimata, The Sweetest Tears).

Kirsty Hamilton participated in DEGANZ’s inaugural Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator in 2017. After being delayed due to the pandemic, the team is now working full speed ahead towards making Save Me.

Written by Suzanne Adamson, Save Me is about the well-intentioned but sometimes misguided sacrifices we make to try and heal the one we love from grief and suffering. 14-year-old Kirsten is desperate to help her mother move beyond the grief she is chained to, but what Kirsten needs is to be seen and loved by her mother again.

If you are keen to support the filmmakers of this powerful and thought-provoking film, visit their Kickstarter page. Good luck to Kirsty and the rest of the Save Me team!

There are just 7 days left to donate to the Boosted crowdfunding campaign for Vivie, a heart-warming tale about a woman and her relationship with her body. DEGANZ member Hweiling Ow is the short film’s writer and director and is joined by producers Mia Maramara (DEGANZ) and Morgan Leigh Stewart.

The Boosted campaign ends on 29 May. Funds raised will help create a human-sized vagina costume for the short’s heroine.

A story about personal consent, Vivie follows Amy, who has a love/hate relationship with her vagina. Every time she tries to have sex with a new lover, her vagina – Vivie, will not give her the pleasure to do so. Amy gets increasingly frustrated with Vivie for that, and equally, Vivie is frustrated with Amy for not listening to her. It all comes to head when Amy is in mid-coitus, and Vivie, again refuses to allow her the intimate moment she so desires.

Click here to help get Vivie made.

The team behind Dirty Dishes, a heartfelt short drama, is seeking support for their boosted crowdfunding campaign. 

Written, directed and produced by Palmerston North member Arka Gupta, this short film follows teenager Max who begins re-evaluating the relationship with his single mother after he has a sudden encounter with his estranged father.  

Arka’s previous short, Distancing, was recognised internationally at various film festivals. After moving to Palmerston North to undertake a PhD at Massey University, Arka became heavily involved in the theatre community. Speaking to Stuff, he outlined his decision to take on a sole director role following Distancing

“Because I…was doing 20 different things at once, I couldn’t direct my actors as much as I wanted to. The director should be the one just to collaborate, he or she should be open to collaboration.”

Dirty Dishes aims to bring attention to the film and wider art community of Palmerston North as it features a local crew. 

There will be a public fundraiser at the Hancock Community House, Palmerston North, from 4 to 6 pm on Mar 26 where the cast will perform a scene from the script.

Help bring Arka’s vision to life. Learn more about the project and donate here.

The team behind Just Kidding, I Actually Love You, a bittersweet romantic comedy, is seeking support for their Boosted crowdfunding campaign.

In this autobiographical short, co-written and directed by member Anna Duckworth (DEGANZ Incubator 2019), we follow Sophie, a runaway fiancée who returns home to win her ex back with a surprise romantic gesture. Confronted with evidence that he’s happier without her, and the disturbing realisation she might be the asshole, she must decide between her selfish fantasy or his happiness.

Just Kidding, I Actually Love You will be a satisfying rollick that ends in a gut-punch and a pat on the head, leaving audiences in bittersweet introspection.

Help bring Anna’s vision and whacky story to life! Learn more about the project and donate here.

The team behind HEADLANDS, a short film anthology shining a light on anxiety, is seeking support for their Boosted crowdfunding campaign. The team features several DEGANZ members in the director’s chair: Nicky Cameron, Harriett Maire, Mia Maramara, Claire van Beek, and 2020 DEGNZ Incubator alumna Stella Reid.

Tackling the various ways that living with anxiety can manifest in oneself, HEADLANDS aims to shift perceptions and build community around mental wellbeing. The anthology series is adapted from and inspired by Naomi Arnold’s Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety, a book of different stories by New Zealand writers, poets, journalists, and the like.

HEADLANDS will work like a concept album, with stand-alone stories of differing genres. Together the stories will weave “threads of a collective fabric, honouring the unease in our lives.”

After a successful fundraiser in 2019, HEADLANDS has nine finished scripts, with production teams ready to go, and platform support from RNZ and Attitude Live. Now facing a production funding application to NZ On Air, HEADLANDS needs your support to reach their goal in order to have the best chance possible of making this project a reality.

The deadline to reach their goal is November 29. As match donor for the HEADLANDS Booster crowdfunding campaign, The Body Shop will match any contribution made up to the value of $5,556.

Learn more about the project and donate here.