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Donate Now to Bring This Female-Led Film to Life!

Your tax-deductible donation directly helps us cross the finish line promoting voices of women and minorities in the industry.


Have you every wanted to be a vital part of a fun feature film that is a social agent for change?

Well, now you can!

Be a part of the new Hollywood.

Together we are more powerful than a select few.

For anyone who has had funny, colossal fiascos on the way to a dream… this film is for you!


We are finishing the film and need your help to cross the finish line, covering our production/post-production costs and submit to film festivals for an opportunity of distribution.

Thank you to the Roy W. Dean Grant for choosing our film as a “Hot Film in the Making!”

We also landed an Arts and Entertainment cover of a notable paper detailing the social value of our to-be released movie: “The tone of the movie is comic, but its purpose is serious. It both models and promotes diversity and inclusion in filmmaking.” Dan Taylor, The Press Democrat.

Your tax-deductible donation is invaluable to help us bring this movie to the screen!

We’re proud to be fiscally sponsored by From the Heart Productions, Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits five years in a row. Your donation is tax-deductible. We recently donated a portion of proceeds of funds raised to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (a branch of Feeding America) to help support families in need.

Please scroll to the bottom for perks + benefits of your donation!

Be one of our foundational donors to support the film, and feel free to share this page with others.

Just like 90% of actors struggle to make it in Hollywood, this little film is determined to make it to the screen.

And it needs YOU… to bring it to life.


Have you ever tried to succeed in an industry where thousands of struggling artists are on the ‘bottom’ of the pyramid, and a tiny portion of wildly successful artists are on top? If you’re an actor, musician, dancer, writer, crafts person or painter – statistically speaking, this is YOU.

Time to flip this model, you in? This film is your film, and represents the voices of the female and minority artists in all trades determined to make it – on our terms.

Beneath the tales touting how to succeed in Hollywood, hides the crucial information of how NOT to succeed – and what NOT to do. That’s where the gold is buried, providing a new take on Tinseltown, uncovering the pitfalls, pratfalls and punks. Time to unearth the treasure.

Brace yourself, it’s quite a ride. You might even find yourself laughing. Because let’s face it, failure is funny.

Like pioneers, we’re launching a grassroots movement to raise funds and break past the monopoly mold. We’re running past the industry gatekeepers to tell this poignant and comical story, catch us if you can.

Join us!


Some of our cast and crew members


Thank You to Our Donors!

Most recent donors: Trevor Nagle, Suzanne Schraeder and Kitty Brown


Behind-the-Scenes Video Filming our Movie

Top (left to right) – Lisa Stoll, Jennifer Burns, Yahir Alvarado (w/Lisa Stoll) and Gary Baca, Daniel Hess and JoAnn Andrus.

 Bottom (” “) – J.J. Johnson, Cheryl Humbert; Actors Karla Acosta, Deniese Garner, Adrian Gilbert and C.M. Conway; Angelica Pique

The luxurious home of Ellie, sure to be featured on Homes of the Struggling and Not-So-Famous.



Ellie is a bottom-feeder actress at the end of her rope in Hollywood, when a life-changing event happens with her gay, Latinx friend, Ben. A surreal twist unfolds with comedic results, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality on the way to her dream, as she unwittingly becomes an anti-detonator guide to prevent a failure bomb. Little does she know she’s the key to a revolutionary new take on Tinseltown.

This is Hollywood darling, even angels have agents.

The film is a combination of the whimsical world of Amélie and the amusing industry world of L.A. Story.

This funny film celebrates bodacious blunders on the way to the Hollywood dream, while shining a light on women and unknown artists in the industry – pillars of the industry itself. It contributes a flawed female protagonist to the landscape of cinema, and depicts a lead Latinx gay character in a non-stereotypical, positive light. Both cinematic rarities. The film’s actors and crew are also predominantly minorities and women, helping level the playing field pioneered by high-profile activists including Geena Davis and Regina King.



Female-Led Crew


Our crew is led by experienced women and minorities with over 150 film credits and 90 years in the film industry combined. The screenplay is written by C.M. Conway, our director and executive producer (also in the film). She spent many years inside and outside the Hollywood industry, affording her priceless experience for this film.

Lisa Stoll is our director of photography, a visionary in the field and the fifth female to graduate with a MFA from The American Film Institute, in addition to receiving the honors below:

Awards and Achievements

  • Best Independent Film Cinematography: Canadian International Film Festival
  • Best Independent Film Cinematography: Great Britain International Film Festival
  • Best Independent Film Cinematography: International Film Festival, Belgium
  • Gold Seal Award: International Film and Video Festival
  • Great Britain Bar in Bronze: Film Festival der Nationen, Austria
  • Mention d’Honneur: Festival International du Film et D’Exploration France
  • Diplome: Festival International du Court Metrage De Mons, Belgium
  • Best Independent Film: Ippodromo di Montecatini International Film Festival, Italy

Music is also an integral part of our project. Our singer, songwriter and composer is the lovely Hope Levy, adding her heartfelt compositions and songs to our film. Her music will cue the inner world of our protagonist.

This film is powered by women in leadership positions, to help balance the playing field in the industry.

Our fiscal sponsor is the non-profit organization, From the Heart Productions, led by the incomparable Carole Dean. Your donation is tax-deductible!

Top row (left to right): Cheryl Humbert, Lisa Stoll and Angelica Pique.

Center row (left to right): Jennifer Burns and J.J. Johnson.

Bottom row (left to right): Carole Dean, C.M. Conway and Hope Levy


Film Budget

Donation Levels and Perks



$25 – A sincere thank you and access to our exclusive tribe and fun journey of making this film to screen. Includes receiving a few secret (how-not-to-succeed) tips!

Close Friend

$45 – Benefits above, plus shout out on our social media (if desired).  

Family Friend

$100 – Benefits above, plus our fun themed photo filter of YOU to share (please send hi-res photo of yourself when you receive our thank you). AND a thank you in the credits of our film.

Awesome Friend

$250 – Benefits above, plus our cool journal to detail all of your celebrated mistakes, and your fun photo filter image posted on our social media (if desired).

Super Friend

$500 – Benefits above, plus promotion of your business or website on our social media posts AND private online access to the film BEFORE it is released.

Best Friend

$1,000 – Benefits above, plus our Fun in Failure merchandise kit (mug, stationery and tote).

Exclusive Friend

$2,500 – Benefits above, plus two invitations to the premiere of the film (not including travel and accommodations).

Juggernaut Hero/Heroine

$5,000 – Benefits above, four invitations to the premiere of the film (not including travel and accommodations), plus a dedicated blog post featuring an approved topic of your choosing (and website link).

Advocate – Sponsorship Level

$10,000 – Benefits above, an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit, plus five VIP invitations to the premiere of the film (not including travel and accommodations), ongoing marketing on our social media, plus inclusion on our press releases and significant thank you in our film’s credits + more!

Sustaining – Sponsorship Level

 $15,000 – Benefits above, six VIP invitations to the premiere of the film (not including travel and accommodations), two tailored marketing consultations with our executive producer + more!

Trustee – Sponsorship Level

$25,000 – ONLY ONE GIVEN (STILL AVAILABLE)! Benefits above, a 30-minute podcast interview featuring you or your brand’s story, two professional storytelling consultations with our executive producer to boost engagement for your brand, personalized merchandise + more!

Underwriter – Sponsorship Level


Any questions? Please direct message us on Twitter.


Our film inspires a larger movement of celebrating mistakes and finding the funny in failure. Many women (and men) experience embarrassment around failures. This film aims at questioning and lifting this stigma and liberating women by embracing their colossal fiascos, just like the lead woman in the film. This helps generations of women learn from each other and navigate the path ahead, using slip-ups as stepping stones to reach their truth, goals and potential. Once personal and collective stories are shared, they empower all of us.

Women’s personal stories are strikingly resonant, and this film will promote them.

Join the parade.

If you’ve made it to the bottom of this fundraising page, let’s just take a moment to say thank you!

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Thank you for donating to How to Successfully Fail in Hollywood (Female-Led Film)!
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Kitty Brown

$49.50 March 12, 2021

This looks like fun with a message!

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Suzanne Schraeder

$27.50 January 12, 2021
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$110.00 May 28, 2020