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TLC Retreat

TLC Retreat

Well we’re back in New York after shooting at the TLC Retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains in California. Valerie and I had a great time, though it was difficult to adjust to sleeping in the woods, in a tent, on a hill after living in New York! We met some incredible people and truly had an amazing experience.

I want to thank everyone at the retreat for opening up to us and inviting us to share their experience. I know it was difficult for some people to get used to having cameras around, but we did our best not to intrude on everyone’s privacy. I’d like to thank a few people that we met at the retreat:

Julia, Hope, Avery and their mothers
Rachel
Christine
Marika
Renae
Candice

And especially Kaija, Shannon, Sera, Cynthia, Kim, Sera, Xochitl, Doug, Samara, Jennifer, Susan, Laurie-Ann, Sara, Megan, and Lauren and her mom for sharing their stories with us. You are all incredibly brave and I feel so privileged to have met you.

I also want to thank Christina for allowing us to take part in the experience and believing in us to tell honest stories.

We look forward to seeing you all at the conference in April!!

Below are some pictures we took while shooting:


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Shooting With Grace

Shooting With Grace

The production of Trichster has been moving right along. This weekend we spent the entire Saturday with Grace and her family. It was so much fun! Grace and her sisters are just as sweet as they can be and they kept us entertained all day. After a long day of shooting, Grace’s parents invited us to dinner and we shared a delicious meal of pasta with vodka sauce, broccoli rabe, and awesome garlic bread. The crew was happy!

That’s Grace in green on the far right with her sisters Anna and Julia.

I should also mention that we had a bit of trouble getting there, as you can see from the video below:

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The Team + Rebecca!

The Team + Rebecca!

Last night the Trichster team had our initial interview with Rebecca Brown, also known as Beckie0. We had so much fun, she’s such a lovely girl and we can’t wait to see her in London! Below is a picture we took just after the interview. Girl power!

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Guest Blog: Sophie

Guest Blog: Sophie

Below is a guest blog from our photographer friend Sophie who is starting to generate buzz in the trich community.

I am entering my senior year at the School of Visual Arts in
Manhattan, majoring in Photography. This summer I began taking sketch
comedy classes at the Upright Citizens Birgade theater in NYC, and in
the Fall of last year I was a Photography Department intern at
Saturday NIght Live. People know me as being very outgoing and funny
so when I decided to document my struggle with Trich, people were so
surprised by how well I hide that part of my life. I think it is
important to not be afraid to come out and tell people that you have a
disorder. Everyone has their own struggle and this is ours.

As a part of my Senior Thesis project, I would like to photograph
people with Trichotillomania or
Dermatillomania in order to raise awareness for the disorders. I
myself, have both disorders, and have been struggling with them for
about 12 years. Unfortunately, I was not diagnosed with the disorders
until 8 years in, so I just thought I was a freak and the only one in
the world who was suffering from this weird habit. Now there is more
information available online, but whenever I search for images of
Trich, they are always really frightening images. I would like to
change the perseption of the way people look at us and our disorder
and I would like to photograph people in a beautiful way, but still
acknowledging the fact that they suffer from Trich or Dermatillomania.
I have already been photographing myself for 3 years, and now it is
time for me to branch out and learn about how others handle the
stressful life of a “trichster.”

I am looking for people who aren’t afraid to tell their story (through
photographs) and want to assist me in spreading awareness for the
disorder. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome to contact
me! I am located in either the NYC or DC/MD/VA area. I will be
working on this project for at least the next 6 months. Please e-mail
me at Sophe89@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions!
You can see some of my self-documentary work at:

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Trich-or-Treat/3785672

Thank you!

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Kickstarter Success!

Kickstarter Success!

Thank you so very much to all 167 people who backed Trichster. We could not be more thrilled that we not only met our goal of $10,000 but also managed to climb to $12,000 in just 35 days! Please keep tabs on our progress and check the updates section of the kickstarter page for posts. We’ll be filling you in every step of the way! While we have just begun production and have a ways to go before the film nears completion, we hope you enjoy the finished product. This is your film too! Together we will make a difference in a community that desperately needs awareness and introduce trichotillomania to the world. From the entire Trichster creative team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We could not have done this without your support and we look forward to sharing this film with you!

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