A few years back a short horror film titled The Stylist was released. The short was directed by Jill Gevargizian, who is also known as Jill Sixx, and starred Najarra Townsend (Contracted, Me and You and Everyone We Know).
Now Gevargizian is hoping to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of The Stylist, with Townsend reprising her role from the short. To help make it happen, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the project.
You can find more info below, along with the Kickstarter video and the 15-minute original short film if you’ve never seen it before.
Hi! I’m Jill.
I’m a filmmaker and hairstylist from Kansas City, Missouri.
THE STYLIST is a feature-length adaptation of my 2016 short horror film of the same title. The short screened at over 100 film festivals across the globe and won 20 awards including the Jury Award and Audience Choice at Eitheria Film Night. Our lead actress Najarra Townsend won Best Performance in a short film at Fantastic Fest, Monster Fest, Knoxville Horror Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Fest. She will be reprising the role in the feature.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Everyone dreams of being someone else… but for Claire that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move in and out of other people’s worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client’s life – she ends it… and keeps a permanent souvenir. Her lonely life, meticulous method and shocking secrets are suddenly thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia, asks her to style her hair for her wedding.
WHY THIS FILM?
It was my intention from the inception of the story for it to be a feature-length, but I wanted more experience first. Four years later I now have over a dozen short films and music videos under my belt as a director and producer including CALL GIRL, BFF GIRLS, 42 COUNTS, and ONE LAST MEAL. I am ready to helm my first feature film. I just need your help!
I’ve been a movie-lover since as young as I can remember. My first love was sad movies. I would watch THE LAND BEFORE TIME and AN AMERICAN TALE over and over wanting to cry! Demented, I know. Then, when I got a tiny bit older and discovered horror, I fell head-over-heals. All of this made me realize I had a thing for stories that were confrontational and that made me feel deeply.
THE STYLIST is my take at mixing tragedy and horror. Claire was first inspired by Leatherface of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE – the scariest horror film ever created. Think of her as a glamorous version of him. They both wear the skin of others in hopes for an escape from themselves- an attempt to feel what it’s like to be someone else. I want to create a tragic monster like him, CANDYMAN, MAY, and MANIAC.
We’ve been working on the script since we wrapped production on the short film in 2015. I spent a year on the first draft. After that, I turned to Eric Havens (who wrote the short with me). He helped write the next few drafts. Then last year, Eric Stolze (LATE PHASES, ONE LAST MEAL) came on board and did a major revision, which only made me fall even more in love with this story.
We’ve got an amazing team assembled. Along with Najarra and Eric, more crew from the short film returning for the feature. We have director of photography and producer Robert Patrick Stern, production designer and producer Sarah Sharp, special effect makeup artist Colleen Coffman, and *fingers crossed* hopefully a lot more. Plus, lots of people I’ve worked with in recent years are joining the gang like executive producer Kyle Clark and coproducers Chris Knitter and Jordon Rioux.
Now is the time to make this film. I’ve been through a lot lately that has reinforced how precious time is. Like Claire, I desperately need an escape.
Don’t we all?
A funding goal of $46,500 has been set for The Stylist. They’ve raised nearly $18,000 thus far, so with 23 days left to meet said goal any pledges will be helpful in getting the movie made.
If interested in helping out, you can head over to the Kickstarter campaign page for even more info and to send a little coin their way.
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