Here's the deal...
We're artists. As artists tend to do, we (Kiyoko Hairston & Gilbert Glenn Brown) get in the habit of talking about... well,things. So, of course after politics, social media, the ecology etc. we always get around to the ever popular, projects we've done, haven't done and/or would like to do. We've been batting around the idea of working together on a project that would showcase us not only as actors, but also as writers and producers plus allow us to work with some of our talented colleagues in front of and behind the camera. In essence providing opportunities across the board and creating a product we feel the world sorely needs and we feel would be just dawg-gone fun to do. The He Said/She Said Chronicles is the brainchild of that process.
The Chronicles focus on our couple, Tarell & Felicia's topsy-turvey, quirky, off and on again relationship and the (mis)adventures that ensue that usually revolve around Felicia's "bright ideas" and their respective POV's on the relationship, their significant other and the situation at hand. What's more... the stories featured in The Chronicles... are based on actual events! Hence our tag line: You just can't make this stuff up...!
The Phone Debacle will be our first foray into their world, it takes a hilarious looks at how the couple's simple trip to the grocery store goes awry over a possibly lost or stolen cellphone. The story unfolds with an accusation and confrontation, culminating in a hilarious finale broadcasted on the evening news. It is our intention to expand this short into a sitcom.
How often, have we clicked on the television, flipped around and found nothing worth watching? We've all done this, don't get us wrong. There is some quality out there, but at times, it appears so far and few between. We want to see something we haven't seen before. We want to see more people like ourselves on television. We want more interesting and entertaining television. We want an honest and original look at the female/male dynamic without taking it too seriously! We've decided to stop sitting and clicking and b!#+@ing and started creating. We've done that, now we are ready to start the actualization process. Here's why we need your support. We're not independently wealthy (yet ;-D) and are not backed by a studio; so, we reach out to you. We offer an opportunity to take part in the creation of something amazing and to sign on as a producer by donating to our project.
A Bit About Who We Are:
As a teenager Kiyoko moved to New York on her own from Birmingham, Al. She studied acting at T. Schreiber Studio, The Groundlings, the Pit and Lehman College (CUNY). She booked her first acting job in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" after being directly cast by the star and director of the film, Barbra Streisand. In addition, Kiyoko has been heard all over the country on the popular radio soap called "It's Your World" which aired on (nationally syndicated) The Tom Joyner Morning Show. She was also a member of the cast which earned a COLSAC award for "Best Ensemble" for "For Colored Girls" and "Shaking the Mess Outta Misery" on Theatre Row in Los Angeles. Kiyoko has written comedic segments which aired on the Tom Joyner Show and 102.3 KJLH in Los Angeles. She has also made appearances on television in "Are We There Yet", "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Mad TV" and also a Sears national campaign. While she enjoys her moments in front of the camera, she makes it a point to actively share her time and knowledge with the young people that she has closely worked with for the past several years in Los Angeles and currently in New York. She thanks you in advance for helping to manifest jobs and quality material for creative people.
Gilbert Glenn Brown
Received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, garnering numerous awards and acclamations including: 3 NAACP Theatre Award nominations, COLSAC Best Lead Performance Award, along with a Drama Critic and a LA Weekly Award and Ovation Nomination; some of his stage credits include: Martin: A New American Musical, The Mountaintop directed by Chey Yew opposite Anika Noni Rose at the Inge Theater Festival, Harriet Jacobs at Kansas City Rep & Civil War Christmas at the Huntington Theatre, both directed by Jessica Thebus, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at the Taper directed by George C. Wolfe, Forgive Me directed by Trazana Beverly Miss Evers Boys, DWB in Beverly Hills, Jeffrey's Plan, Has Anyone Seen My Rainbow?, For Black Boys Who Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much. Some of his film credits include: Dreamgirls, Rain, Juice, The Eavesdropper, Raising the Heights , A Long Night, Concrete River, The Good Fight, Bobby G. Can't Swim, Warmtide, Drama, Children of the Struggle, The Court and Romeo & Juliet Revisited. His television credits, which include Mercy, E.R., Shark, The O.C., CSI Miami, Cold Case, The Shield, Roswell, The Parkers, and Days of Our Lives, While pursuing his acting career, Gilbert has always managed to stay connected to the education and empowerment of young people through the arts. In Los Angeles he volunteered his time with after-school programs in southern Los Angeles and the Girl Blue Project. He also volunteered with and became a teaching artist with The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company in which he served as director, acting instructor and technical adviser. He continues to give back to the same group that first gave him his start, The Positive Youth Troupe as a way of repaying what he received as a young, hopeful artist.
Cindy Malika Birch
Received her BA degree in Journalism and Mass Media at Rutgers University and her MBA degree with concentrations in Marketing and Arts Management from Rutgers Business School. She is an award- winning Producer, Writer and Director. During her TV career, Cindy has served as a Programming Consultant for TV One network and Development Executive at a NY production company, while producing her projects through her own DraMAma Media. Her project, �Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later,� for the revamped BET News, won a New York Association of Black Journalists award in 2010. In 2009, she won a Silver Telly award as Lead Writer and Associate Producer on TV One's four-part series, �Murder in Black and White.� The series was also nominated for a National Association of Black Journalists Excellence Award and hailed as an Emmy contender in the LA Times. In 2003, she was awarded the COLSAC Best Director and Best Play awards for her production of "Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery". Her production of �For Colored Girls�� also earned a COLSAC Best Ensemble award that same year. Cindy's TV projects have aired on Fox, ESPN2, TV One, the BET family of networks and the Africa Channel.
What We Need & What You Get
We have set this particular fundraising goal at $6500. However, when calculating festival fees and insurance we hope to raise $10,000. All money donated to this project will be put towards costs for pre & post production, equipment, craft services etc. and to pay cast and crew for their time and energy. We are asking you to contribute whatever you possibly can! If you have $6,500.00 or even $10,000 by all means contribute! But, if what you have is $5 dollars, then please be assured that it will all be helpful to the cause!
Other Ways You Can Help
Hey guys! If you can't donate right now please feel free to spread the word about our fundraiser on Facebook, Twitter or even via email to your friends, colleagues etc. We can use all the help we can get and you can still make a huge difference in our lives and the life of this awesome project.