Help me make a documentary – “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story”
Hey everyone! This is your friendly neighborhood Fight Nerd AKA Matthew Kaplowitz (who also runs this site), and I need your help to make one of my projects become a reality.
For over two years, I have been working on a documentary, called “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story.” The doc is about two female fighters from “The Girl Fight” gym, an all-female Muay Thai academy on The Jersey Shore, and follows them around for 18 months as they prepare for fights and deal with the life’s obstacles thrown at them outside of the ring.
Here is the teaser trailer below to get you pumped…
And here is the full story trailer below to give a better explanation of what this documentary is about.
In case you were wondering why I have been posting less on this site for the past few years, this is part of the explanation!
“Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” has been a labor of love for me, and a departure from the typical things I have filmed in the past. I do not consider this a fight doc, but a documentary about two women trying to find their place in the world through Muay Thai. The fights mirror what they are feeling outside of the ring, and this doc gives you a glimpse into that mental part of fighting. Being a male director, it has been an interesting challenge to document two female fighters and to also make a movie that is targeted not just for my MMA fans, but for a larger audience of people that barely know what kickboxing is. It’s been a struggle to accomplish this, but I believe I have a documentary that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and understanding who you are through surviving the tough times, and that is a universal message for any gender.
Now that the movie has been filmed and edited, this is where you come in. The documentary is 95% done at this point, with the final audio mix happening as we speak. The next step is getting this documentary seen by the masses, which means paying for film fest entries, DVD production, promotional materials, getting a PR person, travel expenses, and other things that will come up as we head towards the finish line.
As of Wednesday, May 20, at 9 PM EST, we have launched an official Indie GoGo campaign to raise the remaining funds to get this movie off the ground. I am seeking a reasonable amount of $5K to wrap things up in a tidy bow (the movie has been self-funded up until this point). We have some cool rewards for contributors, including some great ones for anyone living in NY and NJ, and will have some stretch goals that will be announced as we move along.
If you can not make a monetary contribution, it is just as helpful to share the Indie GoGo link on your social media pages to alert other people that might be able to donate, or follow the social media pages for the doc to help that grow, too.
If you are able to make a donation, I urge my fans to please do so as soon as possible. It is important in this early stage of the campaign to get some momentum, since that will help push people who are not familiar with myself or the project to take a look and maybe make a contribution too. Keep in mind, this is Indie GoGo and not Kickstarter, and I am using a flex system where the movie will keep the money, whether or not we meet the goal (which also means you will still get your rewards even if we do not complete it).
If you have any questions or want to tell me how awesome you were by donating, hit me up on Twitter! Please help make this movie become a fully-fledged reality and let’s show the rest of the world what it truly means to be a fighter!