“When we first started writing this script, we were excited to tell a story inspired by historic events. What we didn’t realize as we were working on this script, was how eerily similar it would end up being to current events.” Unwavering, inspired by real events, tells the fictional story of Carolyn Kim, a Korean-American college student who fights to start an Ethnic Studies program on her campus. The story is inspired by the Third World Liberation Front student strikes in 1968 that took place throughout college campuses in California to start the first Ethnic Studies programs.
Unwavering is written by Christine Hughes (BFA Screen Acting, 2018), directed by Sarah Hendry (MFA Directing, 2020), shot by Sarah Reddy (MFA Cinematography, 2020), and produced by Alex Iseri (MBA/MFA Film Producing, 2020). Christine- in addition to writing the script- will also play a supporting role in the film. When we asked Christine how she brought her crew together, she said: “I am so grateful for the amazing Chapman alumni network we have. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to work with- so reliable, creative, and problem-solving. Our education at Chapman really prepared us for the real world- whenever I need a crew, I have so many amazing people to reach out to. Thank you Chapman and Dodge for cultivating such a collaborative community.”
The team plans to film this summer, after wrapping their crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark. Their campaign will continue until June 6th. If you’re interested in helping bring this story to life and supporting Chapman alumni, check out their pitch video, share, and make a pledge to their campaign at seedandspark.com/fund/unwaveringthefilm. You can also follow their journey on Facebook (Facebook.com/unwaveringthefilm) and Instagram @unwaveringthefilm.