[spilled milk]** is the third and final film in a three-part series of shorts based on idioms.
Along with the first and second films, THREE birds and grist,*** respectively, the film centers a complex and empowered black woman. [spilled milk] revisits Hannah, the protagonist from grist, a few years later, with a closer look at her personal and professional life and how they intersect.
Central themes in the film include personal ambition, societal expectations and pressure, and the meaning and nature of success and legacy - particularly as it relates to womanhood.
*** For reference, rent my first two shorts (THREE birds and grist) here: https://watch.reelwomensnetwork.com/products/three-birds
[spilled milk], a riff on the idiom “no use crying over spilled milk,” revisits Hannah (the protagonist from grist) contemplating loss (and eventual gain) as a milestone birthday approaches.
Making a film consists of three stages: pre-production, production, and post-production. Chart below reflects overall expenses at $15K for the completed film - from start to finish!
My immediate goal is to fund pre-production and production, to shoot the film or “get it in the can” in filmmaker-ese. The minimum $8K goal would allow me to do that. Money raised beyond that would go towards post-production - the final stage in completing the film itself - and film festival submissions, which add up.
** IMPORTANT NOTES
Note that [spilled milk] is an alias title for the film. As with the first two films in the series, the actual title of the film will be publicly announced at some point during post-production.
ALSO: I (Shannon Harris) am a proud union (AEA | SAG-AFTRA) actor as well as a non-AMPTP independent producer who supports SAG, WGA, and all striking workers. [spilled milk] is produced under SAG's Micro-Budget Project Agreement and does not violate the current strike.
* “Advanced viewing” Incentive Restrictions
Restrictions regarding private streaming link incentive: 1) non-downloadable link, 2) available for a limited time, and 3) donor must agree in writing to keep the film confidential. Public screening and/or posting forbidden.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP!
Tremendous thanks for taking the time to learn about and support my third short film!
I (Shannon Harris) founded my production company Tricoastal Productions, “TCP” for short, to produce my films. TCP's broader mission is centering and amplifying the voices and stories of underrepresented artists - starting with my own.
When you contribute to [spilled milk], you not only help me complete a years-long three-part project, you contribute to making the entertainment industry better reflect the diverse world that we live in.
Together we change the world for the better one more story at a time.
Shannon Harris is an award-winning NYC-based actor and independent filmmaker. She founded Tricoastal Productions, "TCP" for short, to produce her films THREE birds and grist, the first and second in a planned three-part series of shorts based on idioms. [spilled milk] is the third and final film.
grist was awarded Best Micro Short for the 2022 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. THREE birds won Best Comedy; and grist won Best Cast for the 2022 NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival. grist also won Best Narrative and Best Actor (Stephen Cofield, Jr.) at the 2021 Mott Haven Film Festival.
Shannon wrote, produced, directed, and plays the lead role in both films, which have been official selections at - combined, to date - over 20 local, national, and international (in-person, online, or hybrid) film festivals.
Her production company TCP’s broader mission is to center and amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented artists, starting with her own.
Other actor screen credits include The Blacklist, Ray Donovan, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Happy!
Shannon attended Barnard College in NYC and trained as an actor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. To learn more about Shannon’s work – including on stage! - visit TheShannonHarris.com.
Katy is a cinematographer, director, editor and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to film making, she performed all around the world as an actress and comedian. She toured the country with her comedy band opening for famous musical acts and headlining comedy clubs. She brings her years of performance experience with her on set, which is a huge advantage when working with actors, directors and creative people.
She has edited on projects for clients such as the Biden/Harris campaign and the Essential Workers Union. She's worked in various roles (filming, directing, editing, content creating…) for companies such as the New York Post, Elle Magazine and ArtGrid. She has also shot and edited many music videos, short films, and TV/Web series pilots.
We passed the $4K minimum goal One of the BEST birthday gifts EVER!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has contributed to date.
Special shout out to my dear friends Teresa (“Reesie”) and Petunia (“Twin”) and my mom () for getting us past the $4K threshold
I was on the phone with my mom when I saw text from Petunia that she’d made the donation that tipped us over.
I also want to thank the over 20 family, friends, colleagues, and supporters who attended last night's Zoom event!
At Double Short Film Screening and Filmmaker Q & A, I screened my first two short films THREE birds and grist along with the crowdfunding pitch video. Afterward we had a thoughtful and fun discussion about those films, my upcoming short, and the crowdfunding campaign.
HUGE THANKS to ALL who have contributed to the crowdfunding campaign to date!
Every donation helped us get where we are today:
- Less than 20% away from the $4K minimum goal AND
- At 40% of the $8K target goal
… with almost two weeks left!
I'm feeling great about the prospects of reaching both the minimum and target goals in the time left - THANKS to your generosity, support, and partnership!
I want to highlight TWO milestone donors:
- My grandma Marsha - who became my first executive producer last week AND
- Dale H. who got us past the $3K mark last night!
JOIN ME on Zoom next Wednesday, September 20th at 8pm ET on the 4th anniversary of the 9/20/19 cast and crew premiere screening of my first short THREE birds! 🎉
RSVP here: http://evite.me/S9C2wpxCpW(Note that you may have to copy and paste link.)
At this year's event, I will screen BOTH of my two short films, THREE birds and grist, which are the first and second in my planned three-part series of shorts based on idioms.
Afterwards, I'll answer (your) questions about the first two films and the filmmaking process - AND share about my third short film, [spilled milk], for which I'm crowdfunding!
The upcoming short is the third and final film in my planned three-part series of shorts based on idioms.
See you there! 🎬
HUGE THANKS TO ALL who have donated thus far with a special shout out to Kate E. who got us past the $1K mark! CE-LE-BRATE GOOD TIMES, indeed!