Help Us Produce FOUR Original Contents Through BLACK DEAF LENS

There is a huge lack of representation of BLACK DEAF PERSPECTIVE in film & TV. Your donation helps our creative team fund a year of producing four films.
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Jade Bryan
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FIRST, we started with a STORY. Yet, we are still being overlooked, marginalized. Then, we started a Support Black Deaf Film Movement. Finally and slowly, the movie industry and the public are starting to take note. Now, we are starting an American Sign Language (ASL) Black Cinema that will center on the black deaf perspective through Black Deaf Lens as well as address issues and topics regarding diversity and multicultural perspectives within the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. THESE are our storylines for the world." - Queen Jade, Writer/Producer/Director

We're featured in Indiewire's Shadow and Act!

Black Deaf Filmmaker Wants To Address Lack Of Representation w/ Film & TV Projects

NEW CONTENT FOR OUR AUDIENCE! HELP US COMPLETE THIS ONE! SLATED FOR PREMIERE IN MARCH 2014.

DEAR INDIE FILM LOVERS AND SUPPORTERS!

My name is Queen Jade. I am an award-winning indie filmmaker who happens to be deaf. I am the FIRST Jamaican-American Deaf filmmaker, a pioneer in my own right. I have been producing and writing films for over 20 years. I am also a visionary and an activist. I believe in social change and social justice. I believe in promoting, spreading and increasing awareness about the lack of Deaf African-American actors cast in roles in the mainstream movie industry and in television. 

What I have come to notice is that we have a huge lack of representation of BLACK DEAF CULTURE who are  American Sign Language (ASL) users in FILM & TV. We especially lack representation addressing issues regarding diversity, intersectionalities and Deaf People of Color. We all have stories to share, so many! And we need your help to tell our stories.  


Now we have a new film in the works. We just completed production of "THE SHATTERED MIND." We've exhausted all production funding and are raising more for postproduction. Our goal is to complete the film before the end of 2013 and get "The Shattered Mind" submitted to Tribeca by November 29th. Since we are using Indiegogo, our campaign will run for 60 days, this way we can raise the first part of $14,000 in time to finish "The Shattered Mind." 

ABOUT THE SHATTERED MIND FILM:

The film is centered upon a proud Black Deaf family with a captivating story that has never been told before in the mainstream film industry. THE SHATTERED MIND is a 40-minute short film that explores a black deaf family's journey while their daughter, Zhane Rain struggles to overcome adversity; traumatic childhood past and hearing loss. 

Zhane Rain is a misplaced teenager who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and to overcoming unusual psychological and neurological conditions. Ultimately, her biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child.


OUR AWESOME TALENTED PRODUCTION TEAM:

Producers: Cherie Johnson, Jade, Linda Mosca-Ginis, Deborah Broadus-Muskauski, Marcia Bryan-Brown, and Andrew & Lesa Bryan.

Cinematographer: Al Rivera

Sound Mixer/Recorder: Dexter Fenner

First AC: Nelson Mestril

ALL FOR YOU WHEN YOU SELECT THE $55 PERK FOR THIS PRODUCTION!

HELP GET THE SHATTERED MIND IN THE FILM FESTIVALS IN 2014!


Urban World Film Festival, 2012: One of my admirers, Mara Brock Akil (Writer/Producer) of The Game, Sparkle, Girlfriends, The Jamie Foxx Show, Moesha and Being Mary Jane.

Urban World Film Festival, 2013: Actress Tracie Thom

HELP US CREATE THREE MORE CONTENTS FOR THE YEAR 2014!

We have two new TV-oriented pilots we'd like to produce for the year 2014 and a feature film. We want to expand an American Sign Language (ASL) Black Cinema for the mainstream, be it film, television or web-series. THE TWO ESSENCES is a dramedy, a contemporary story about a modern-day deaf mother-daughter relationship; a day trader mother, who one day quitted her job to go back to school. The other pilot is an original drama series entitles KAOMI'S THREE CHARMS, about a New York hard-of-hearing filmmaker who befriends a deaf playwright, an actor and a musician. Finally, CLEOPATRA'S DESIRES is about a writer who struggles to make sense of her dark past. Last year, we pitched KAOMI'S THREE CHARMS to BET. They liked it but decided to give it a pass. We also submitted a fully scripted pilot, THE TWO ESSENCES to Will Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment in a screenplay competition for their new TV show. Of course, they received thousand of submissions that we did not have a chance. Honestly, I say we produce these babies ourselves! 

We are setting the funding goal on Indiegogo for $75,000. $5,285 goes to Indiegogo and Paypal for fees. We hope to surpass $100,000, which will gives us the capacity to produce all four production quality films: THE TWO ESSENCES, KAOMI'S THREE CHARMS, CLEOPATRA'S DESIRES and especially our current film, THE SHATTERED MIND. This is the only way our audiences can thrive. More contents will be created and broadcasted, and more jobs will be created for deaf and hard-of-hearing talents of color.

PLEASE SUPPORT FRESH VOICES IN ASL BLACK CINEMA. We have several perks that may interest you. Please select the one that is right for you. 

ALL FOR YOU WHEN YOU BECOME AN AUDIENCE MEMBER OF ASL BLACK CINEMA ($25) PERK!

Please participate in helping our team produce all four contents! Just pick a level in the right hand column and click to donate — it only takes a minute. 

Check out our other stuff & other reviews:

DEAF BLACK FILMMAKER BREAKS NEW GROUND IN FILM

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE: THE SHATTERED MIND

5TH CINEMA - FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: THE INDUSTRY NOT READY FOR US.

OLD FILMS BASED ON BLACK DEAF PERSPECTIVES

In 1991, while I was attending NYU studying film, I produced my first short film, CUTTING THE EDGE OF A FREE BIRD about a black deaf mother-daughter relationship. I received support from Oprah Winfrey, Miramax Films, Bill Cosby, and the Hudlin brothers for this film. It won several awards.

RELEASED IN 1993

Since then, I've written and produced other films. But something bothers me. I cannot help but notice the lack of visibility of black deaf people and actors of color in film and TV. It became my passion to focus on producing more films about my people. We need to bring the black deaf experience to the mainstream.

In 2003, I wrote, produced and directed my first indie guerrilla style feature film, IF YOU COULD HEAR MY OWN TUNE. I am proud of the work because it is the first ever feature film about black deaf culture. Help me to break new ground in film about black deaf culture.

Read review by Film Threat. " Indeed, it is startling to see a new drama with a deaf central character (Children of a Lesser God came out nearly a quarter-century ago) and it is equally rare to find someone other than Tyler Perry making a contemporary film with African Americans as the romantic leads."  

RELEASED IN 2011 (SELECT THIS PERK $25 AND GET A DVD COPY!)

If you are interested in a partnership opportunity with our production company, Jade Films and Entertainment, email us at jadefilms@gmail.com. You also have the option of donating by check made out to DeafVision Filmworks: PO Box 1276, Cathedral Station, NY, NY 10025. Our organization, DeafVision Filmworks is 100% tax-deductible with a 501 (c)3 status. Please ask us for our federal I.D. to receive a tax-exempt receipt for your donation. Thank you for supporting.

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  • $10USD
    OFFICIAL AUDIENCE BACKER!

    Thank you for becoming an official audience backer of ASL Black Cinema! We will deliver shoutout on Twitter. You'll also receive an Official Backer Button and your name on the Thank You page of our website, plus a shout-out on our Facebook page!

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  • $25USD
    DVD COPY "..HEAR MY OWN TUNE"

    Shoutout on Twitter and Facebook. You will receive a DVD copy of Jade's first feature film, "If You Could Hear My Own Tune" about an African-American deaf woman's search for Mr. Right. Released in 2011. The film is in American Sign Language (ASL), Voiceover, music and English subtitles.

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    AUDIENCE OF ASL BLACK CINEMA!

    Congratulations! You have just became an audience member of ASL Black Cinema! This means you will receive a shirt and button! We will deliver personal shout-out on our social media platforms.

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  • $30USD
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM!

    Shoutout on Twitter and Facebook. Name in program book, digital download of one of our films, "The Shattered Mind" when it is released in home video, and a movie poster signed by cast.

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  • $55USD
    YOUR OWN DVD COPY!

    Your very own DVD of one of the films, "The Shattered Mind" signed by the director when it is released in home video, a t-shirt with movie title, and a movie poster signed by the cast.

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  • $55USD
    AUDIENCE MEMBER: FILM & SCRIPT

    Congratulations! You have just became an audience member of ASL Black Cinema! You will receive a digital download of a special edition copy of the finished film AND digital download screenplay of "The Shattered Mind." Because this film is shot as a short film, you will receive the feature screenplay version.

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  • $110USD
    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    SEE YOUR NAME IN THE CREDIT! Become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in our film, "The Shattered Mind"! You receive movie poster, a t-shirt with associate producer graphic text on it, and DVD copy. Poster and DVD signed by cast/director. (Please list your size)

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  • $250USD
    ASSO. PRODUCER AUDIENCE MEMBER

    Congratulations! You're an ELITE audience member of ASL Black Cinema! Your name will be recognized in our program book, website and Facebook page. IN ADDITION, you will receive onscreen associate producer credits in all THREE FILMS! *THE SHATTERED MIND, THE TWO ESSENCES and KAOMI'S THREE CHARMS!! You will receive all of the above: DVDs of "If Your Could Hear My Own Tune, "The Shattered Mind", t-shirt, movie poster, and screenplay. (Please list T-Shirt size) Only *The Shattered Mind available.

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  • $265USD
    WALK THE RED CARPET WITH US!

    Receive an invitation to cast and crew VIP party in our suite, an invitation to red carpet premiere when we release "THE SHATTERED MIND," earn associate producer credit and all perks above.

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  • $550USD
    RETURNING LOYAL BACKER!

    BE OUR ELITE AUDIENCE MEMBER OF ASL BLACK CINEMA and RECEIVE VIP TREATMENT! Have lunch with Jade and a video phone (Skype, Facetime, etc.) chat with Jade. Claim associate producer credit, be Jade VIP guest to the Red-Carpet screening premiere, ride in the LIMO with Jade and sit with the cast/crew, plus all the perks. IN ADDITION: You will receive onscreen associate producer credits for our next two films: "The Two Essences" and "Kaomi's Three Charms."

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    BE AN ACTOR IN OUR NEXT FILM!

    Have lunch with Jade the writer and she will write a line or two for you in our next film, "The Two Essences." You will also receive associate producer credit.

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  • $2,250USD
    HOST A PRIVATE SCREENING!

    HELP EXPAND OUR AUDIENCE! WANT TO SHOW OUR FILM? We come to your school, agency or hometown to show "The Shattered Mind." You provide the venue and reception for the audience. Flight and hotel not included. Only in USA. "The Shattered Mind" is expected to be available in March 2014.

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  • $5,500USD
    PRODUCER

    PRODUCER CREDIT! Your name will be honored in the OPEN and CLOSING CREDITS for our film, "The Shattered Mind" only and on a chair. You will receive credit our IMDb page! Be our VIP guests (3 tixs) to red-carpet premiere, ride in the limo with us, included all the perks.

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  • $10,500USD
    CO-PARTNER: ASL BLACK CINEMA!

    Congratulations! Thank you for being a FORWARD-THINKER! You are now a HUGE part of the new VOICE in independent filmmaking! Be our co-partner and executive producer for our next three films: "THE TWO ESSENCES", "KAOMI'S THREE CHARMS and CLEOPATRA'S DESIRES!" You will receive IMDb page, great investment package and all the VIP goodies! What an awesome investment! Let's talk! NOTE: This does not include ownership of the films, share profits or gives you creative control of the contents.

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