Why am I making this DOCUMENTARY?First, please take a second to answer these questions: Are you black? Why are you black? Why are you not black? How can you tell if someone else is black?
Growing up as a black person in America, there have been many times throughout my life that the authenticity of my "blackness" has come into question. This could have been because of the way I spoke, the way I dressed or even the way I thought. Whatever the reason, I noticed that I was not the only black person being confronted with this question, and it was not only black people who challenged my "blackness". This documentary poses a few questions: What is the definitive example of true blackness? Who has the authority to define blackness? What is Black in Fact?
I started this project eleven years ago as a college sophomore. My format was simple: I walked around my campus randomly interviewing not just Black people but White, Asian; Latino. Essentially, I interviewed whoever was willing. I encountered a variety of people telling me that blackness was defined by their environment; by their friends. Others felt that being Black was simply a genetic condition or it meant you were of a certain economic class. At the time, I did not have the emotional maturity to complete the documentary. The material hit so close to home for me, and in some of the last interviews I found myself personally offended by certain answers. Rather than allowing the story to develop organically, I soon found myself steering the answers to confirm my own biases.This led to a time of reflection and ultimately a halt on the project; but since then, I have had a variety of personal and professional experiences that have given me the objectivity necessary to proceed.
This time around, the production team will include far more than just me, a camera and a microphone. The team will include a Director of Photography, an Audio Engineer, a Gaffer, a Grip, Production Assistants and an Editor. When the film is ready to be shared with the public, the plan is to also have a marketing team in place to expand the awareness of the project.
The Documentary will be driven by the following questions:
Are you Black? Why Are you Black? Why Aren't You Black?
Interviewee ages will range from 13 and older and we will seek to include all genders and races. These questions will be asked to black people but are open to anyone willing to share their opinions and beliefs on blackness. The goal is to capture many walks of life and gain as many perspectives on the topic as possible.
Getting from START TO FINISHAn
essential part of this film's completion lies with the ability to
attain financing. If you believe this is an important conversation and have an interest in seeing this film brought to
fruition, any donation--whether it be a cent or any dollar amount--is a step further to reaching that goal. To give you further insight into this production, I am providing a close estimate of the breakdown of funds necessary to take this film from start to finish.
As director, producer and editor of "Black in Fact" I am able to waive those cost and allocate all funds into the absolutely essentially places. The majority of the funds will go to paying the production team for their work, purchasing or renting the necessary equipment, transportation, accommodations, promotions, permits and insurance.
The Goal is to raise $100,000.00 to not just complete the film but to spend the proper time promoting it. How will the funds be
I have compiled a detailed budget for your review. Please click the link below:
Contributions to this film project are not investments; they are true donations, and I urge everyone to only donate if they feel this is a worthwhile endeavor.
If you choose to contribute to the Black in Fact Documentary Film campaign, their are six different Perk Packages based on the amount of your contribution.
is a sample rendering of the commemorative plaque that you could
receive by contributing to either the Benefactor or Benefactor Plus Perk
It's not just about the MONEY
This film cannot succeed without the support of willing and interested people. The fact that you have taken the time to review this campaign is already a victory, and I thank you so much for
that. If a monetary donation is something that you are unable to provide, that is okay because money is not the only way to help this project succeed.
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