KEPLER X-47 is a dystopian sci-fi film about a woman who struggles to adjust to a new life as a human zoo exhibit on an alien planet.
That’s right. In this world, we’re the ones on display. We’re the ones being studied and observed, by an even more intelligent life form – on the planet, Kepler X-47.
Through this film, I’ll be exploring the dark side of pursuing the American Dream and some of the absurdities of modern day living.
KEPLER X-47 is really special because I will be directing this film as part of American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Since 1974, AFI has offered this tuition-free training workshop and opportunity to direct a digital short. This program has helped further the careers of many directors. You also may have heard of AFI from their “100 years…100 movies” lists, or from the AFI Film Festival.
Some notable alumna include: Maya Angelou, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft and Patty Jenkins.
Each year, AFI selects only eight women for this prestigious workshop, and I’m really excited and honored to be part of this year’s class.
Why is this so important?
According to the Directors Guild of America, women direct only 7% of films and 11% of television programs. But 25% of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women alumna have professional directing credits. You may have seen some of the programs and films they’ve directed: MAD MEN, NEIGHBORS, BREAKING BAD, UNITED STATES OF TARA, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD – the list goes on.
Science fiction can be an expensive genre to depict on film, and we are currently raising funds to cover production (set design, costume design, sound stage, locations, etc., etc.) and post production costs (VFX, color timing, sound mixing and design, etc.). Here is a link to donate and help us make this film a reality (donations made directly through AFI at this link are tax deductible): https://support.afi.com/
Stay tuned for more updates on the film as well as a sneak peek at some concept art that I’ve been developing with the help of some very talented VFX graduates of the famed Gnomon School of Visual Effects!