Milan’s First Day is a story about the challenges a young girl faces on her first day at a new school. Milan does everything she can to avoid going to school. Once arrived in her new class, she meets rambunctious Adelaide, whom she initially perceives as an adversary. After a few altercations and mishaps, however, Milan finds out that she has something in common with Adelaide.
The idea for Milan’s First Day came to me after witnessing my daughter’s difficulty in adjusting to her new elementary school. Making new friends, getting to know her teachers was all a bit overwhelming for her. At the same time she had to leave her old school friends behind.
Very rarely do we see on the big screen a film that looks at school and coming-of-age tribulations from a young girl’s perspective. In fact, rarely do films explore the world of girls as a stand-alone environment separate from men’s needs and desire. The sphere that the “other half” occupies is rife with stories waiting to be told.
It was also important to me to present a more gentle and considered take on middle school than we have become accustomed in popular culture, where adolescent boys and girls seem to invariably be depicted as either hostile and belligerent (HBO series The Wire) or precocious and worldly beyond their years (Disney Channel series Hannah Montana).
At the start of the production, $6,000 was raised to complete the shooting of the film. Our goal is to raise another $5,000.
The funds donated to this film will cover the cost of:
- professional color correction
- sound design
- film festival submission fees
- deliverables (dvd authoring, duplication, and art)
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees as well as gift fulfillment and shipping costs (approx. $1200 will be deducted from the funds raised).
Investments of any size are greatly appreciated. If you are not able to give at this time, please pass this link with someone or share our Kickstarter page on Facebook and Twitter for others to see.
I’m excited to share this project with you.
With great love, appreciation and gratitude
KEY CREATIVE PERSONNEL:
Laura Fielder (Writer/Director/Producer) is an educator, storyteller and musician. She has worked in a producing capacity on several short film projects, including Little White Lies, End of Season and The Flower Shop. She has also written or co-written several short film scripts, among these, Payback, made as part of the 2012 Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab) 72 Hour Film Shootout. She recently completed her first full-length feature script, The Scorpion Twins, written specifically for the Latin American film market. Milan’s First Day is her directorial debut. Laura Fielder is also a mother of three.
Nina Gielen (Producer) is a filmmaker living in New York City. Her mother-daughter-themed short film End of Season premiered at the UK-based Electric Lantern Festival in September 2013. Other projects include Sunny Acres Farms (2012), a satirical PSA involving factory-farmed humans which she conceived, wrote and produced on behalf of PETA; and the short Geometry (2008), written, directed and edited by Gielen, which was nominated for Best Gay and Lesbian selection at the 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival. Her first narrative feature, Magic Window, is now in the early stages of development.
Stephanie Jones (Associate Producer) is a writer, producer and performer. She has worked on programming development for Investigation Discovery and Nickelodeon networks. Stephanie worked on the sets of both film and television projects for directors such as Spike Lee and Otis Sallid.With twin sister, Suzanne, Stephanie has performed asThe Jones Twins. Their autobiographical musical performance piece, The Jones Twins do Bebop Muzak, was presented at major venues throughout New York City and beyond. Their spoken word performances have been heard on both radio and stage. Stephanie wrote the text and lyrics for full-length music theatre piece Lil Budda, starring Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose. She is especially proud of the one-act musicals Ideal Man and A Tree Fell.Stephanie, her husband and their two young daughters are proud citizens of Brooklyn, New York.
Aharon Rothschild (Director of Photography) is a cinematographer who has worked on diverse narrative and documentary projects. Aharon wrapped his first feature,KWHAAB, shot on location in India
and Dubai, in 2011, and currently works
and resides in Brooklyn, NY. His work as a Bollywood DP received notice for
its intelligent use of minimal lighting and his kinetic and visceral
camera work. As a colorist, Aharon specializes in RED post-production and has
logged hundreds of hours grading footage. His website is possibleimpossible.com.
Crystal Johnson(Set Designer) is a visual artist and interior home designer. As a fine artist, she has worked in stain glass and portraiture for over 25 years. Her works have been exhibited at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City Department of Design and Construction, International African Arts Festival, Great Neck Library, as well as various galleries throughout New York City. As an interior home designer she has restored brownstones, and redesign client spaces/rooms. She also refurbishes and repurposes home furnishings.
Milan Howard (Milan) – Milan started her career in acting at the early age of five. After her third audition, she was cast for a principal role as Kelly Cooper (Chris Rock’s daughter) in 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife. Since her debut film, she has starred in several commercials and public service announcements. Shortly after her first film she became a SAG member.
Adelaie Fielder (Adelaide) – Adelaie is a vivacious and outgoing young girl who is currently in the seventh grade in a middle school. She loves Girl Scouting, playing the guitar, crocheting and playing with her friends. Milan’s First Day is her big screen debut.
Marcie Henderson (Mother), Linda Blackstock (School Secretary), Regina Bain(Teacher), Kwasi Osei (Gym Teacher), Deanna Frederick (Secretary)
Yonah Brown, Emerson Dudley, Gillian Dudley, Sierra Edwards, Archellus Fielder, Kitana Higgins, Kaylum Howard, Patrick Inosanto, Emily Koike, Ryan Mitchell, Leah Moogan, Daina Potter, and Asaru Wahls (Students).