That Wild Woman

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thatwildwomanBy Olivia Land

Towards the end of her TEDTalk “Confessions of a bad feminist,” writer Roxane Gay makes the point that “You do not want to be that wild woman, until you realize that you are her, and you cannot imagine being any other way.” I have encountered a good deal of inspirational quotes in my time (#carpethatdiem, folks), but this was different. Rather than an Instagram ‘like” or a reblog on Tumblr, Gay’s words actually made me pause for several minutes. Such is the power of words, I remember thinking. Indeed, in one foul swoop that “wild woman” image funneled life into identity crisis I have been grappling with for months. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Six: The Money

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Six: The Money

On August 29th I rolled out of bed with mascara streaked across my face.

After my dinner date with Sal we went out dancing. And when I say dancing I mean dancing. It was one of those nights where you just try to leave it all on the dance floor. Like a whirling dervish summoning energy for the DJ to change my luck. And my luck was definitely about to change. Continue reading…

Your Moment of Ambition

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We made a web series!

When you make a movie, as I’ve learned via my two year crash course working for Dream, Girl, one of the most heartbreaking realities is that a lot of really great, thought-provoking, heart-filled material ends up on the cutting room floor.

When Erin and Komal, the producers of Dream, Girl, got the advice from their executive producers to cut the majority of the characters from the film and focus on just five women, it felt like a monumental loss.

Most filmmakers would grieve those characters and move on with the editing process, but Erin and Komal are not most filmmakers. They decided to take those moments and turn them into a 10-part web-series paired with feature-length editorial articles on women in business and entrepreneurship. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Five: The Mogul

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Five: The Mogul

Sal and I took the night off on August 28th, 2014.

I had been working nonstop to try to raise the money for our Kickstarter campaign and I was utterly exhausted. We had raised $38K in three weeks but we still needed about $20K to reach our goal, and we only had four days left to do it.

It was safe to say at this point, I didn’t think we would make our goal. I was starting to feel really deflated and it was heartbreaking to know that despite doing my best, it wasn’t good enough. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Four: The Kickstarter

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Four: The Kickstarter

Kickstarter seemed like a good idea. All I had to do was make a trailer for the film I wanted to create and raise $57K in 30 days through online marketing to make the campaign a success, or all the money would be returned to our backers and my dream would be dead. Continue reading…