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Her House Media Films & Books

Her House Media produces and distributes accessible documentary and horror films & books with a social-impact, by and about women of color.

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Project Description

 

UPDATE: NEW PROJECTS IN THE WORKS

I am beyond grateful for the support and funding from American Express 100 for 100 Program grant in partnership with iFundWomen of Color (IFWOC). Not only did it provide me with funding to expand my business, Her House Media, but it has allowed me the opportunity to create an accessible exhibition for I Am More Than My Hair film and photography book (see the video and updates below).

Here's what I've been up to:

  1. I have written and directed a horror short, Annexation.
  2. Currently in production with a documentary film titled, Seeing.
  3. In pre-production with a horror short, Douen, written and directed by me.

My goal is to expand Her House Media and provide distribution for authors and filmmakers, in the documentary and horror genre, by and about women of color. It is my hope that my recent nomination from Forbes, as the Next Forbes 1000, would provide me with the leverage to raise for funding to expand my reach.

All contributions will go towards expenses for accessibility, production, post-production, and business expenditures.  You can keep up-to-date with my current projects by visiting my website - www.Alyscia.com.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

UPDATE: I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR

Thanks to the 100 for 100 Program Grant awarded by American Express in partnership with iFundwomen of Color, to my company, Her House Media, I was able to complete the final cut of my film and have an accessible exhibition.

At this point I am focusing on securing distribution, editing an extended version, and presentations by way of film festivals and screenings, photography exhibitions, and artist talks.

Additionally, accessibility impacts the community because we can all be included in the conversation. Through my work I hope to change the dynamics of beauty by not only educating society about alopecia but also making it accessible for everyone to experience. 

 About "I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR"

“I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR” is a documentary film short and photography book, of the same title, that includes interviews of females who’ve experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition and the connection of their emotions in relationship to the media’s standards of beauty.

Check out the trailer - https://vimeo.com/373736654

Check out the exhibition video - https://youtu.be/o7Nw34dGgDQ

 

 

From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (baldness; the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows)?

Using my film as a platform, my goal is to educate the community about alopecia and to break the mold of a beauty standard as it pertains to girls and women.

 

 

I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR was initially a photography book but it evolved into a documentary film inspired by the book. It creates awareness about female hair loss and includes interviews of girls and women who've lost their hair due to a health-related condition and the connection of their emotions in relationship to the media’s standards of beauty.

The film features eight women, a mother and her 7-year old daughter, and local Dermatologist Dr. Sharleen Surin-Lord. “I Am More Than My Hair” brings awareness to alopecia and the many reasons why a female may experience hair loss, which can happen at any age. There are two versions of the film. The accessible version with embedded Audio Description (AD) and captions, has a total runtime of 29:38. The version without AD has a total runtime of 29:37 minutes.

With distribution, my goal for the extended version is to have a total runtime of 45 minutes. 

 

 

 

The book, self-published in August 2018, features 138 portraits of 46 women and essays of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. 10% of sale proceeds are donated to Children's Alopecia Project (CAP). CAP changes the emphasis from growing hair to growing confidence. It is a mission that aligns with my project.

 

To make the screenings accessible for the blind and low vision, I also plan to use the funds to hire an Audio Describer to create the audio description (AD) for my film. AD is a service for people who are blind or low vision where a recorded narrator explains the artwork or what’s happening on screen in gaps in the dialogue.

To make my film accessible for deaf or low hearing viewers, I plan on using closed caption. This allows the words to appear and show (on the screen) what is being said in the film.

 

 

The funds raised on iFundwomen will be used to cover the expenses for the final cut of the extended version. The final cut is when the project is handed over to the sound department for final sound effects, audio mixing, color correction and closed captioning. 

At this point I am working on the presentation of I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR through outreach and engagement by way of film festivals and screenings, gallery/museums exhibitions and artist talks. The film is currently circulating the film festival circuit as a fine cut. Thus far “I Am More Than My Hair” has won the “Storytelling Award” with A Show For Change Film Festival, the “Award of Merit: Women Filmmaker” with Best Shorts Competition and an “Best Documentary Short” with Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival.

However, the feedback that has been consistent is the need to finish my film into completion with sound mixing, color correction, accessibility and pixelation (fixing the dead pixels). I have the professionals in line to do the job, but funding is needed in order to complete this phase – the final cut. 

My $6,000 goal is a tight budget, but it will cover the costs for the final cut. 

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  • Post-production - sound mixing, color correction, film editing, DCP film conversion  = $4,200
  • Accessibility Services - audio description, open captioning = $800
  • Processing fees - iFundWomen fees (5%); credit card fees (3% - 5%)  = $500
  • Rewards = $700

 

 

 

 

If I exceed my goal that would be awesome! For future exhibitions, I’ve requested that galleries/museums make my art accessible. This means audio description (AD) should accompany each photograph. This will allow for blind and low vision audiences to experience the art. Additional funds will allow me the opportunity to create AD for all photographs in my exhibitions.

My vision for exhibitions will consist of twenty matted 20”x24” photographs from the book, framed in 28”x32” black metal frames and twenty 28"x32" 3D photo prints allowing blind and low vision audiences the experience via touch. 

Each photo will be accompanied by a quote from each participant (pulled from the personal essays in the book) and an audio/visual description for each image for blind viewers. The option to connect to the AD via an app will also be available. If the available, I also plan on incorporating a screening of “I Am More Than My Hair” film followed by an artist talk. Funds will also be used to hire a sign language interpreter during my artist talks for film screenings and exhibitions.

Finally, film festivals are a great way gain visibility! Additional funding will allow me the opportunity to apply to more film festivals and cover the expenses of travel and lodging for the festival screenings (out of town).

If I exceed my goal, I can expand my budget to $53,380 to also cover the expenses listed above.  Here's a graph to show where the funds will go.

 

 

  • Post-production - sound mixing, color correction, film editing, DCP film conversion  = $4,200
  • Accessibility Services - 3D printing, audio description (film and photographs), open captioning, sign language interpreter = $33,750
  • Presentation Fees - exhibition materials, film screenings and festivals = $8,000
  • PR & Marketing - $3,500
  • Processing fees - iFundWomen fees (5%); credit card fees (3% - 5%)  = $1,930
  • Rewards = $2,000

 

For additional info, including the option to make a tax-deductible donation via my fiscal sponsor (Women in Film & Video), see the FAQs or feel free to contact me with any questions at info@Alyscia.com.

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the potential risks and challenges of this project and how you plan to overcome them to complete it?

A: The biggest challenge for crowdfunding is raising the entire goal amount. I'm raising $6K, which will cover the fees for the final cut as well as the rewards and shipping. I kept the rewards simple so that the expense wouldn't too high. If I'm also applying for grant funding to help with my expenses.

Q: How can I make a tax-deductible donation?

A: Please donate via my fiscal sponsor, Women in Film & Video - https://www.wifv.org/events/#id=11036&cid=783&wid=401

QI'm not able to make a monetary contribution, how can I offer support?

A: Caring is sharing! Please share my campaign with your family and friends as well as your social media platforms.

Q: Can I connect with you via social media?

A: But of course! Here's my social media handles:
Instagram - @AlysciaCunningham
Twitter - @Alyscia_c
Facebook - @AlysciaCunninghamImages
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/alysciacunningham
LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyscia/

Q: I have additional questions. How can I contact you?

A: Email me at info@alyscia.com

 

 

Karen Cahn
09/08/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Ann Perper
02/10/2021
Get a copy of the book & bookmark
$50
Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon
02/02/2021
Get a copy of the book & bookmark
$50
01/17/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
American Express
11/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25,000
Maxine Cholmondeley
07/16/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Trista Hendren
06/30/2020
See the fine-cut
$25
Angela McCrae
06/29/2020
Get a copy of the book & bookmark
$50
Dianne R Lorenz
06/29/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Bhaska Harbin
06/27/2020
You're In the Film
$100
Monetary Contribution

Thank you for caring about my campaign. I appreciate you and will add your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website. If you prefer not to be included, it's not a problem. Please contact me and let me know.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
A Public Video Message

A video message answering questions from my backers -- pick this reward and I'll answer your burning question about my project.

1 Supporter
None available
25.00 USD
See the fine-cut

You get...

  • Digital access to my film (limited time access). It will be available for you to view for one week (after my campaign ends).

  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Official Movie Poster

This reward gives you...

  • Get the movie poster -- it's official as well as a limited edition. Printed only for iFundWomen campaign.
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
1 Supporter
None available
100.00 USD
You're In the Film

This reward give you...

  • You're in the film! I'll give you a shout out for your contribution in the "Special Thanks To"... section of the film.
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
5 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Swag Pack

It's a limited... limited edition -- "I Am More Than My Hair" swag pack combo. It comes with:

  • Digital access to film 
  • Book & bookmark 
  • 2020-2021 calendar
  • Official Movie Poster
  • Tote bag
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
1 Supporter
None available
1,000.00 USD
Be my guest at the next Film Fest!

Be my guest -- join me at the next film festival where "I Am More Than My Hair" will screen. The exact film festival is TBD. *This reward includes the entry ticket to the film festival. You are responsible for all travel related expenses.

You also get your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

0 Supporters
None available
5,000.00 USD
Executive Producer Credit

You helped produce the film! As a thank you, I'll add you (or your company) in the credits as an Executive Producer.

Your name will also be added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

0 Supporters
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Thank you for caring about my campaign. I appreciate you and will add your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website. If you prefer not to be included, it's not a problem. Please contact me and let me know.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
A Public Video Message

A video message answering questions from my backers -- pick this reward and I'll answer your burning question about my project.

1 Supporter
None available
25.00 USD
See the fine-cut

You get...

  • Digital access to my film (limited time access). It will be available for you to view for one week (after my campaign ends).

  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Official Movie Poster

This reward gives you...

  • Get the movie poster -- it's official as well as a limited edition. Printed only for iFundWomen campaign.
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
1 Supporter
None available
100.00 USD
You're In the Film

This reward give you...

  • You're in the film! I'll give you a shout out for your contribution in the "Special Thanks To"... section of the film.
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
5 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Swag Pack

It's a limited... limited edition -- "I Am More Than My Hair" swag pack combo. It comes with:

  • Digital access to film 
  • Book & bookmark 
  • 2020-2021 calendar
  • Official Movie Poster
  • Tote bag
  • Your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website
1 Supporter
None available
1,000.00 USD
Be my guest at the next Film Fest!

Be my guest -- join me at the next film festival where "I Am More Than My Hair" will screen. The exact film festival is TBD. *This reward includes the entry ticket to the film festival. You are responsible for all travel related expenses.

You also get your name added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

0 Supporters
None available
5,000.00 USD
Executive Producer Credit

You helped produce the film! As a thank you, I'll add you (or your company) in the credits as an Executive Producer.

Your name will also be added to the "Special Thanks To"... section of my website

0 Supporters
None available