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Project of the Day: ‘I Believe in Unicorns’

Project of the Day: 'I Believe in Unicorns'

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“I Believe in Unicorns”

“I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. #unicornsmovie #sxsw2014

Elevator Pitch: Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a
whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge. “I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.

Production Team:

Leah Meyerhoff – Writer/Director
Heather Rae – Producer (Frozen River)
Allison Anders – Executive Producer (Gas Food Lodging)
Natalia Dyer – Lead Actress
Peter Vack – Lead Actor
Julia Garner – Supporting Actress
Amy Seimetz – Supporting Actress
Toni Meyerhoff – Supporting Actress
Editor – Michael Taylor (Love Is Strange)
Editor – Kevin Messman (Dark Horse)
Sound – Steve Giammaria (Place Beyond the Pines)
Cinematographer – Jarin Blashcke
Production Design – Katy Rusch
Costume Design – Emily Batson
Composer – Sasha Gordo

the Production:
  This is a deeply personal film. I grew up taking care of my mother who has been in a wheelchair since I was two years old. For my debut feature, I returned to my childhood home and cast my mother to be in the film alongside a young actress playing a character who is raw, vulnerable, and caught up in a complex relationship that she does not yet understand. It is important to tell stories with strong female protagonists and this film hopes to validate alternative experiences and show young women that they are not alone.

Current Status: Post-production. “I Believe in Unicorns” is premiering in narrative competition at SXSW 2014.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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