If you’re looking for cool, female-centric art to support, look no further than Dead Girl, “a short film about an actress playing dead to keep her career alive.” Created by filmmaker Rachel Sweeney, the project is currently raising money on Kickstarter. As the fundraising page explains:
Between Law and Order: SVU, True Detective, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: LA, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI — okay, you get it — there are a lot of women getting the axe on TV. The entertainment industry is obsessed with dead women.
Too often, we go an entire episode or movie without even finding out the dead woman’s name. Or, even if we do, we follow the often male detective or amateur sleuth as he uncovers the truth behind the victim’s demise — and more importantly, uncovers something about himself. Cute.
Dead Girl is about the woman behind the “Dead Girl,” who is VERY much alive.
But what about the actress playing the dead girl? What about the woman who is actually naked in the very real ditch? Or the girl in the lingerie who spent hours having liquid latex poured on her chest or bruises painted on her face?
Who are the women who play the “Dead Girls”? How does playing dead affect Rachel’s life off set?