It's been a while since we've sent out an update so I'm happy to say we are well into the editing phase of completing Fencing For The Edge! We also have a new intern from Ramapo College helping us out in post-production! Our goal is to reach a rough cut by the end of 2016, with a more hopeful goal of being able to screen test some of the film by the end of the summer. With the 2016 Rio Olympics right around the corner, the end of the year would be a perfect time to start submitting to film festivals. That is, if we finish the film this year.
Working on the film hasn't been easy. We have been applying for grants from all the typical documentary funding sources and are realizing that it's harder to get a grant that it is to get accepted to college! But with our fiscal sponsor and encouragement from Women Make Movies, we are moving ahead with another round of grant applications.
The film has changed from the original goals we set forward in production. Now, we have a new focus on women in sports and will be highlighting the stories of the girls teams. This is not to say the boys will be cut out of the film, but for a more focused story and for run time, we will need to stay with the girls. This was a tough decision for me as the Director because I wanted to tell a story with gender equality as a theme. But I also realized that highlighting women in sports is a way that gender equality can be achieved in the greater scheme of sports. The girls teams we filmed interact with their boys as teammates and practice partners, which is something I wish all sports offered. So by focusing on the girls, we are now able to approach different funding options and a womens issues subject and appeal to specific funders with the same goals.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved in our funding endeavors, please reach out to us! We have a long road of editing ahead and we don't want another year to go by before the film is finished. Thanks for your support and stay tuned for more updates!