Melanie Abramov is a Brighton Beach native who is quickly carving a history of pushing the envelope in the film world. Sheepshead Bites featured an interview with Abramov in 2011 concerning her life and her short film Dame Factory. Now Abramov is back, relying on Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to film her latest movie, No Milk, a bold dystopian feminist tale that explores themes concerning women’s bodies. Here is a summary of the interesting concept.
AMERICA, 2036. BREAST MILK IS THE KNOWN CAUSE OF A DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND A REBELLIOUS TEEN GIRL IS ABOUT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE.
Sasha is beautiful and tough. When she’s not at school battling bullies, she spends her days hanging out with friends and challenging authority in standard hormone-fueled fashion.
But Sasha’s world is anything but standard; it’s an alternate futuristic world where breast milk has become unfit for human consumption and is strictly regulated by the militaristic medical arm of the government.
Until now, Sasha’s main concerns in life have been BFFs and boyfriends, but boys find her ample cup-size revolting and her friendships are dissolving before her eyes.
Suddenly she’s facing a bigger, sharper problem that cuts deeper than teen angst and could alter more than just flesh.
Can comfort be gained at the edge of a surgeon’s knife, or should Sasha choose a whole-bodied future? In a state that grants only the illusion of freedom, does she even have a choice?
Wow. It is worth noting that any funds raised beyond the 25,000 goal will be donated to a breast cancer foundation.
It is also worth noting that once fundraising is completed and filming begins, Abramov will be filming across Southern Brooklyn and at Murrow High School if given permission. Fascinating I am looking forward to the hopeful completion of this project. If you would like to donate, click here.