Toronto, September 9 – Award winning director/producer Nimisha Mukerji (65_RedRoses, Blood Relative) and producer Kaitlyn Regehr (“Re-Vamped”) participate in today’s Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! Competition at TIFF today for a chance to win $15,000 in funding to complete their feature documentary, Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen. Immediately following this, the team launches a Kickstarter campaign, one of the first to be featured on Kickstarter Canada.
Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen is the only feature documentary selected to be one of six films participating in Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! Competition. Each filmmaking team is given six minutes to pitch their project. Winners are announced at a reception following the competition.
Kickstarter Canada begins its support of Canadian content on September 9th. Mukerji and Regehr’s Kickstarter launches as Kickstarter Canada kicks off its support of Canadian content, running September 9 – October 9.
According to producer Kaitlyn Regehr, “the fact that Kickstarter has opened up its doors in Canada is huge for the Canadian arts community. It means that Canadian artists are able to generate interest and gain investors much more efficiently and on a larger scale then ever before.”
The team is aiming to raise $40,000 on the crowdfunding site, explaining that the support of those interested in the film will be integral as Kickstarter requires you to reach or exceed your goal. Otherwise the team forgoes any funding received.
Immediately following their participation at TIFF 2013, the team flies to LA to participate in the West Doc Conference’s PitchFest.
Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen chronicles the life of burlesque role model Tempest Storm. The sex symbol dated Elvis, was mistress to JFK, roommate to Marilyn Monroe and, at 85, has just finished recording an album with Jack White. Touching on themes of sexuality, aging, eating disorders and, of course, being a sex symbol, Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen chronicles the adventures, struggles and scandals of the living legend.
To learn more or donate to the Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen Kickstarter:
@Nimisha_Mukerji @kaitlynregehr @RealTempest