Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary film on the Broadway legend directed by Chiemi Karasawa, has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise its "finishing funds", with a goal of $50,000. To check out the film's Indiegogo page, click HERE.
Donations will go toward the final phase of production, including final editing, music and film clip licensing, color correction, audio editing and mixing, and mastering. If more than the $50,000 is raised, the excess will be used for promotional materials and more opportunities for Elaine Stritch to promote the film in person.
Rewards for donations include a special message from the director, an Elaine Stritch: SHOOT ME "backer" T-shirt, a chance to get your hair done by Stritch's stylist Piét in NYC, a "special thanks" credit in the film, an autographed movie poster and DVD, tickets to the NY premiere after party, a personal photo with Stritch, a personalized voicemail for your phone, or a chance to chat with Stritch and director Chiemi Karasawa at the Carlyle Hotel over cappuccino!
The film's synopsis reads: "What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on 30ROCK, giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges."
Director Chiemi Karasawa is an award-winning Producer who founded Isotope Films in 2005 to develop and produce content based on true stories. She won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Ellen Kuras' epic "THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)", which was also an Oscar Nominee in 2009. "BILLY THE KID" (2008), a portrait of an adolescent with Asperger's Syndrome won the prize for Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival and was subsequently released theatrically and on HBO. Additional films include: TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: PORTRAIT OF Maurice Sendak (2009), directed by Spike Jonze for HBO; ELEVATE (2011), a story of a Senegalese basketball academy; "LOVE ETC" (2011), about five New York love stories, and "Harry Dean Stanton: PARTLY FICTION" (Venice Film Festival Official Selection 2012). She is currently finishing "Aretha Franklin: AMAZING GRACE. "Elaine Stritch: SHOOT ME" is her directorial debut.
A release date for the film has not yet been announced.