Morgan Leigh Stewart & Lissandra Leite / Loading Docs

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In the exhilarating and male-dominated world of dirt track racing, stock car driver Brooke does what she loves most: races. The fiercely determined Brooke navigates the pits, the track, the past, and the future of NZ's most beloved motorsport.

SHE SPEEDS is an insight into the world of New Zealand dirt track racing through the eyes of Brooke Clarkson - a fourth generation racer, and one of the few female drivers in her class.

We explore Speedway, and Brooke's part in it, before the light turns green and then we are taken for a ride deep into the mind of a race car driver.

This film will explore the concept of impact through the eyes of one of the only women in this motorsport - a sport that has its fair share of literal impacts as well…

The Film
We are going to capture a small slice of the fun, dirty, colourful, energetic, gritty, exhilarating sport that is stock car racing on film. We are super stoked to be a part of Loading Docs this year - particularly with the IMPACT theme. We can't wait to make an impact with this film and believe that starts here - with you.

What will we do with the donations?
For this short documentary we want to really get inside the mind of a racer - and to do this we want to achieve a heightened experience through using multiple small cameras and microphones inside Brooke's car. To do this professionally and safely we are not only hiring some of the best camera people and sound recordists - but we will be hiring out a track for a day.

All donations to this project through Boosted are tax deductible and you'll get a receipt to prove it to your accountant!

Why crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is an awesome way to build our audience from the beginning of the filmmaking process - we can take you on the wild ride that is making a film!

Loading Docs is supported by NZ On Air, the New Zealand Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho, and more incredible supporters who all want to see this film get made: they will provide an additional $4000 but only if we hit our funding goal of $2000.

Where will you be able to see the film?
You will get to see it online, anywhere in the world! And for FREE. We are excited to make this film, and to share it with as many people as possible.

Come for a ride!
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. And if you can't donate - please share the project and look out for the end result too!

The team

Morgan Leigh Stewart - Director
Morgan has produced over 40 features, short films, commercials, and music videos. Projects include the lauded splatter comedy feature DEATHGASM (SXSW 2015); K Rd Stories- a digital story project, and dark comedy short Stick To Your Gun (Palm Springs ShortFest 2016).

Morgan has worked with local and international festivals and industry organisations including Melbourne International Film Festival, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film Auckland. She has been involved in producing the 48Hours Furious Filmmaking competition (including entering one year and reaching the Grand Finals!), the Make My Movie project, and the New Zealand Film Awards.

She has previously participated in the prestigious short documentary program Loading Docs - producing Joe Hitchcock's Blood Sugar. Morgan is currently hard at work producing the 13th Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival, and continues to work with filmmakers around New Zealand on events, films, television and digital projects.

Lissandra Leite - Producer
Lissandra has been working in the screen industry for the last 20 years, having started in London working for Nickelodeon Television. She also worked in well-established London production houses on TVCs and documentaries.

Her producing work ranges from television, music industry, TVCs, short films, documentaries, music videos as well as online and video content, and has worked across a wide range of budgets, crews and productions.

Her most recent work includes producing music videos for top kiwi artists such as Kimbra, Julia Deans, Salmonella Dub, Tiki Taane, and Alien Weaponry. Lissandra has also produced commercial for such brands as Countdown and Vodafone.

Lissandra is also an accomplished photographer, and continues to work in production with a huge selection of local talent.

UPDATES

  • Not long now!

    1 WEEK AGO

    Hello team! We just wanted to quickly update you that the film is very nearly done! And will be released in a few weeks. We couldn't have gotten here without your support and we are eternally grateful! 

    Here's a pic of our superstar Brooke in the VO booth. She smashed it!

     

    Not long now!
  • Smashed it!

    4 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you to everyone for helping us reach this goal so quickly! You are all legends.

    STOKED. We are now looking at a stretch goal of $4k - this will help us to explore behind the scenes and under the hood of speedway in more detail. It’ll also help with music and an ace sound design - so you can FEEL the speed through your screen!

    More donations = more badassness.

    Smashed it!

Loading Docs

Loading Docs is a unique New Zealand documentary initiative that aims to captivate and inspire audiences as well as develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent. Since launching in 2014 Loading Docs has touched audiences all over the world. Our films have been seen online, on TV, in film festivals... even on airplanes!

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