Kickstart This: Female Low Rider Documentary 'The Unique Ladies'
by Ben Pearson
October 14, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring a documentary that details a subject that's never been covered: the competitive culture of low riders seen through the eyes of San Diego's only all-female low rider club. It's called The Unique Ladies, and with your help, it'll go on to hit the festival circuit and gain more attention. Check out the video below, support the filmmakers, and come back and leave us a comment letting us know what you think. Watch!
In a culture traditionally dominated by men, a few ladies are sticking together and making their mark on the San Diego low rider scene. Director Gloria Moran needs your help to highlight these women, proving that females don't necessarily have to be relegated to the cover of car magazines or dressed up as sexy objects of desire waving checkered flags at the end of street races: they can hang with the guys, too. This one-of-a-kind documentary takes a totally different perspective than anything else that has touched the same kind of subculture, and it looks like they have a story worth telling.
The ladies need some help getting through post-production on their doc in order to reach the deadline for film festival submissions, so they don't have long to finish it if they want to take their project to South By Southwest, Slamdance, and some other big name festivals in early 2013. Some of the funds they raise will also go to their newly-acquired Grammy-nominated music producer, Greg Landau, who will help create an appropriately funky soundtrack in order to avoid costly licensing fees from existing songs. (I guess War's "Low Rider" is out of the question.) Check out the pitch video for The Unique Ladies:
For more on The Unique Ladies, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Gloria Moran and her team are hoping to secure $20,000 by Monday, November 5th, so try and help support them if you can. But if you're all out of cash, maybe you could help them out and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, hire a pilot to describe the project by skywriting… you know, the usual.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're constantly looking for feedback, so please sound off with any suggestions for this column in the comments below or better yet, shoot me an e-mail at: BenPears85@gmail.com. My personal inbox is always open, and I've received some fantastic suggestions from you guys, so keep firing any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way and there's a chance you'll end up seeing them featured here in a future column. As always, I want to thank you guys for supporting these indie projects, because they definitely couldn't exist without without the help of film lovers just like you. For our complete Kickstart This archive of past projects, visit here. What do you think?