Help us make Luann’s birthday wish come true!

Hi everyone!

Today is the one-year anniversary of when our web series succeeded in meeting its goal of raising about $13,000 to cover the costs of production! Thanks to all of our amazing backers, we were able to create the pilot episode of Gabby Smashes that you see online today. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into that pilot and we’re so proud of what we’ve created and the opportunities it’s provided our team in sharing the show with more audiences.

Today is ALSO my birthday. 😉

And we’re now in the pre-production stage of filming the rest of the season and we need your help! 

Between Dawn and I (director and co-executive producer) we have been fortunate to travel to different cities to share Gabby Smashes through local screenings and film festivals, but the cost of travel and labor often comes out of our pockets. And as we move into the writing and editing stage of new episodes, funding for that labor of our writing team also isn’t covered.

Students at Oregon State University after a workshop led by Luann Algoso and before a screening of Gabby Smashes.

So today, on the anniversary of us achieving our goal of raising funds through our Seed&Spark campaign, AND on my birthday, I’m asking for your help to raise $1000 to support this women of color-led project! 

Your donation would help cover: 
– Film festival submissions
– Travel to screenings and film festivals
– Labor of our writing team (to be announced soon)
– Marketing/promotions

Having funds to cover the labor of promoting this project and the writing process supports the ongoing needs of our expanding team. Dawn and I especially, have put in countless hours of work during this time in between production and often the labor of producing, marketing, promotions, traveling for speaking engagements and so on, can go unrecognized and is exhausting but absolutely worth it if we want to reach more audiences and supporters!

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart in your continued support of this project that started out as a mere dream. Your contribution keeps this project alive, so anything you can give today makes a huge difference!

My deepest gratitude,

Luann Algoso
Series Creator


Most of the cast and production crew from the last day of filming the pilot episode of Gabby Smashes.

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