We've always supported Emily Hagins ever since she was an 11-year-old directing her first feature-length horror film back in 2006. That movie was Pathogen, and its unique story was the focus of a really entertaining documentary called Zombie Girl: The Movie. Since then Emily has continued to feed her dream of making movies by directing two additional feature films, The Retelling and My Sucky Teen Romance, the latter of which scored her a premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and a distribution deal through Dark Sky Films (watch My Sucky Teen Romance now on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/VOD). Now Emily is back -- she's older and wiser -- and she's taking her next feature film to Kickstarter for assistance in funding what will be her first movie that isn't set squarely in the horror genre.
Titled Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Emily pitches it as a Halloween-set coming-of-age comedy for people too old to come of age. From her Kickstarter page, where she's looking to raise a pretty manageable $75,000: "Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and everything to do with that crystalline moment in time everyone has when they realize life marches forward and they’re the youngest they’ll ever be. It’s a coming-of-age story, but this isn’t an indie drama about a boy becoming a man. It’s a comedy about Tony Phillips, a guy who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date."
Check out the pitch video below ...
Emily's story is a fascinating one, and it's been fun watching her grow as a filmmaker. Here's a girl who was rejected from film school while having a film premiering at SXSW, and instead of letting that derail her, has instead rallied around those who've supported her all along: her friends, family and the city of Austin, Texas. This new film feels very much born out of those sorts of experiences that have shaped Emily over the past few years, and we can't wait to see how it turns out.
For more on the film (in which our own Peter Hall is a producer), its production process and the sorts of nifty rewards you'll receive for donating, hit up the film's official Kickstarter page.