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Project of the Day: ‘Scene Queen’

Project of the Day: 'Scene Queen'

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Scene Queen

Tweetable Logline: A movie about teen girls who get into fights and post them on the Internet. Will our heroine stop them, or become their victim?

Elevator Pitch: 
A video appears on the Internet. Two high school girls circle a third with cell phones. They beat her viciously, and post her humiliation for all to see on the Internet. Who does this? Why do they do it? “Scene Queen” is a 90-minute movie that explores these questions. Teen bullying is nothing new, but the Internet has brought it to a global playground. Our “bad girl,” Ashley, has 10,000 Internet followers. She’ll humiliate anyone who stands between her and Internet fame. Our hero, Jess, needs to stand up to Ashley’s bullying—or become a victim herself.

Production Team: 
Janet Harvey – Director / Writer

Janell Vela Smith – Producer / Stunt Coordinator

Grandmaster Dr. Edward Yi – Fight Choreographer 

About the film: I wrote “Scene Queen” in 2008 with the intention of shooting it on digital video, for little money. I thought the subject lent itself to a “lo fi” treatment – handheld video, long single takes, available light. The story itself takes what could be a liability – lack of money – and turns it into an aesthetic. My journey in making this movie has been discovering what a deep chord the subject of bullying strikes for people. Internet bullying is a major problem for teens today, and the response to this project has been overwhelmingly positive and welcoming.

Current Status:
Fundraising, preproduction.

For more information and to support this project: 
Kickstarter Page 

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