Promoting family & the individual while increasing foster care awareness…
I don’t know about you, but I long for the days when television did more than entertain. As a medium it also has the power to educate and inspire. We owe it to ourselves, and to the generations to come, to support media that espouses our values and offers opportunities for self enrichment. Miss Winn’s Garden is such a project. We’re bringing old fashioned values back to television.
Miss Winn’s Garden is the story of a former social worker who is disillusioned by the system but not by the children she’s dedicated to serve. She takes in five young male foster children and uses both patience and love to teach them how to accept their situation. Miss Winn teaches the children how to use available resources to build a life for themselves despite their early setbacks. One of her most useful tools is to have each boy care for a plant whose state mirrors the state of their own lives. As the boys tend their plants, they learn to accept that all living things (including themselves) need love and nurturing to grow and thrive.
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT
Miss Winn uses nature to nurture. She encourages her wards to not give up on humanity despite the cards they’ve been dealt in life. Children become wards of the state through no fault of their own, but many believe that somehow they are to blame. Anger, fear, and a lack of self confidence and trust are often the result. We don’t address all of these issues in the pilot, but this is the direction the series will ultimately take.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR – SHANALYNA PALMER
PRODUCER/WRITER – LUCY FAZELY
EDITOR – ANNA HUYSER
COSTUME DESIGNER – DeAARON LAMAR
MUSIC SUPERVISOR/SCORE – DR CLARICE
SOCIAL MEDIA GURU – WILLIAM JONES
HAIR/MU ARTIST – JACQUELYN CARDER
MISS WINN – Brenda Porter
RYAN – Daniel Tureta
JEREMY – Nick Heeter
BRAD – Mikkel A.M. Palmer
CARLOS – Tyreke Thompson
JT – Legend Williams
MRS RATHS – Barbara Hawkins-Scott
MISS HILL – Elle Trapkin
MR HILL – William Tokarsky
MORGUE ASSISTANT – Rich Robertson
YOUNG JEREMY – Alex Harp
COUNSELOR – Jonathan Kennedy
LIGHTS! CAMERA! NOW WE NEED YOUR ACTION!
We’re asking you, our community, to help us make the pilot for Miss Winn’s Garden. Make a monetary pledge online now and enjoy the thank you gifts as well as the gratification of knowing you are helping put out a message that will inspire as well as entertain.
Here is where your money will go during the 4 day shoot:
- Feed and water cast and crew. Don’t underestimate the importance of food on a shoot. Creative folk are often willing to work for peanuts on a project they believe in but there had better be a pretty great meal waiting in exchange for all the hard work!
- Pay for cast (ultra low SAG budget) and crew. We have a lot of people working for us at well below their normal rates (seriously below their rates,) but we do still need to pay our awesome actors, camera operators, sound mixer, production designer, editor, etc something for the gas, the equipment rentals, for the expertise they offer to a project they believe in.
- After the pilot is completed, we want it to be seen by as many people as possible.Festival submission fees as well as screenings for for kids in foster facilities are part of our budgeted expenses.
- Sundry costs such as insurance, office supplies, first aid kit, cars, gas, location fees and equipment.Did we say insurance? Yes. And for insurance. We are working with kids, 10 to be exact, and safety for all is a top priority.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Every contribution helps and we have pledge levels from as little as $5 to as much as you can contribute. Each pledge level has its own unique set of thank you gifts that we believe give you back value and that you will enjoy. And because we are a fiscally sponsored project, a good portion of your donation is tax deductible. Check out the gifting levels to the right to see exactly how much you can deduct at each level of giving. Shipping and handling is included in your pledge amount.
There is no catch, really. With Rockethub, we get all off the money pledged with the following exception. The only fee our project will be charged is the standard 7% administrative fee from Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor. This is good news for you because our association with Fractured Atlas is what allows most of your contribution to be tax deductible.
THE ABBEY SINGER
We know some of you are wondering why we picked the artwork “Tropicalia” by Mathiole to represent our project……. here is a breakdown of what this image represents for “Miss Winn’s Garden:”
TheTiger – represents the willpower, personal strength and courage that each of the foster children must ultimately exhibit in order to survive the foster care system.
The Lilies – (covering the tiger’s eyes) are symbols of enlightenment. It’s petals represent the struggles that children raised by the state go through and the heart break they endure when moved from family to family in an attempt to find their forever home.
The Butterflies – represent those kids who are able to transform their lives both with the help of the foster care system and in spite of the very same system that is unable to care for all equally.
Many thanks to Matheus Lopez (Mathiole) for allowing us to use this image during our production.
THAT’S A WRAP!
Miss Winn’s Garden grew out of a very personal story but it is also the story of many who are often overlooked by society. Please. Spread the word.
Twitter: @misswinnsgarden #misswinn
Rockethub Campaign: http://bit.ly/misswinn
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Spirit of Life Films is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Spirit of Life Films must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Member since: April 26, 2015
Owner of Spirit of Life Films, an Atlanta based film company that aims to inspire and entertain. We make movies that examine segments of life that are often under-appreciated and sometimes misunderstood. Our latest slate of films takes a look at what family means and provokes the audience to re-evaluate the value of personal relationships. Welcome to Miss Winn’s Garden!
I came upon Lucy Fazely’s short film Miss Winn’s Garden in 2008 on inktip.com. I immediately knew that this was a project that I wanted to bring to life. But I was a new director and Lucy was a new writer, and we weren’t ready to make a tv show. Several times over the years, opportunities came up that could have put an end to Lucy’s and my partnership. But I believed in Lucy and she believed in me. We’ve both come a long way in 7 years and are proud to have stuck together to bring you Miss Winn’s Garden!
Member since: April 29, 2015
Member since: April 28, 2015
Lucy first defined herself as a writer in high school after winning a tall tale writing contest. Life has a way guiding us to where we need to be and it took Lucy on a 30 year tangent as a free-lance quilt designer and writer. During those decades she never lost her love of writing fiction and had several romance novels e-published. After her brother’s death, she felt him guide her to take up screenwriting. “Miss Winn’s Garden” was the first screenplay that was requested. That was a few years ago, and in that time Lucy has obtained a certificate in screenwriting through UCLA Extention’s Writer’s Program, had two short films produced and she currently has a feature film in pre-production. “Miss Winn’s Garden” has finally found it’s time to shine. We hope you will join us on this journey!