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As a creative I need to be able to balance my time more efficiently so that I have enough of it to reflect on, develop, and produce the work as well as administer and hustle. You can make that happen by becoming a patron. Your monthly contribution allows me to spend my time doing what I am best at— creating things.
My goal is this: make the films I want to make in the best way that I can with each film increasing in quality. I want to make these films with people I love to collaborate with, people who respect each other and the process. I want my work to be well-produced stories about women (and men) that ring true and are life-affirming but still edgy. I want to collaborate with, hire, and mentor as many other women as I can along the way. I will continue to use inclusivity and transparency to build my community and to get my movies made.
I am ready to jump full throttle into developing my second feature film, but I need the headspace to get there. Your support will make that happen!
Why work on the second project now?
I want to strike while the iron is still hot. I plan to leverage the community and audience that I have already built around STUCK to make the second film. What I learned on STUCK regarding my strengths and weaknesses is still fresh in my mind and will be used to make the second feature better than the first.
Where does this film fit into my career path?
I started my feature career with the hardest script first. Now it's time to backpedal and produce a more manageable and commercially accessible project. I have two scripts already in the hopper. Like STUCK, they are massive undertakings. I am not in a position to ramp up so quickly. The second feature is a more manageable film that will allow me to further develop my skills, continue to build my audience/backer base, and produce a higher quality, more accessible calling card to use as proof of "the Jenni Tooley" brand- which will lead to higher budget productions. I also need to get over the second film hump- I sat on a panel where two notable indie producers talked about how the second film is harder to make than the first. I want to prove them wrong.
Practically speaking: where does your money go?
Where it is most needed. First off, funds will go to paying my salary. As we grow, money will go towards growing the business by purchasing equipment, paying creative contractors, paying legal or accounting professionals, festival submission fees, travel expenses to festivals…all kinds of things that run a creative business. I will be transparent and keep you updated!
I look forward to getting to know you all better and continuing to build up this great community!
Thank you so much for supporting my work. I truly appreciate it!
Jenni Tooley is a filmmaker, actor, producer, and writer. In 1990, she began her professional acting career as an ensemble member at Dallas’ Undermain Theatre, where she performed in more than a dozen productions. Jenni also created, produced and acted in site specific performance art pieces that took place in parking lots, bars, diners, rooftops, and creeks around Dallas. She was received Dallas Observer’s “Best Actress” award, was a Leon Rabin Award Nominee and received a Dallas Critics’ Forum Award.
Jenni is perhaps best known for her work as Annie, Ethan Hawke’s second wife, in Richard Linklater’s award-winning Boyhood. Additional film and television credits include Walker Texas Ranger, Wishbone, Arlington Road, and Wes Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket. In 2007, she wrote, directed, produced and edited a short film called The Safety of Others which she shot in Dallas. The film premiered at South By Southwest, toured 12 cities in the US, Canada, and Great Britain, and won WorldFest Houston’s “Best Comedy Short.” She has also served as a unit production manager and producer for numerous short films and a feature shot in New Jersey called Montclair, which won Cinema City’s “Best Produced Screenplay.”
Jenni’s most recent project is STUCK, an independent feature film. Jenni served as screenwriter, producer, and director and has a lead role in the film. STUCK was funded through crowd-funding campaigns and grassroots efforts. With a $250,000 budget and 250 backers, cast and crew, STUCK was produced in late 2016/early 2017. The film is 99.5% Dallas cast and crewed and was shot on location in the cities of Dallas, Richardson, and Arlington. It is slated for completion and festival release in August, 2018.
Jenni has also had two poems and two short stories published, won an award for an experimental photographic work at University of Texas at Dallas, won an award from Austin Pet’s Alive for a photo that was used in their marketing, knits and sells Mantra scarves, is known at Austin venues for some serious blues dancing, and enjoys making artist’s books.
Jenni’s full film/TV resume can be found on IMDB.
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