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A Ghanaian family travels to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure their violent daughter.

Where do you belong when you belong nowhere?

BONESHAKER follows a Ghanaian immigrant family taking a road trip to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure their violent daughter. As the family journeys to a tent revival at the ends of the levee-less Louisiana delta, they discover the complications of trying to perform a traditional ritual away from home. BONESHAKER focuses on the feelings of homelessness, landlessness, and rootlessness that accompany immigration.


BONESHAKER is my Second-Year Film at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. This is a personal, autobiographical story in which I finally get to put years of learning into a project that exemplifies my unique experiences of home and self.

It excites me to say that I am finally ready to do this! And yet this story can only be told with the help of donors (that's you!). Despite receiving professional equipment, free film stock, production insurance, and post-production facilities from NYU, telling this untold story requires close to $18,000 (yep, film is expensive).


I am attempting to raise about half of my budget ($10,000) on Kickstarter. This will:
- pay for transportation to/in Louisiana
- cover the cost of accommodation
- feed the cast & crew
- pay for costumes & props
- pay to keep the cast & crew safe as we shoot in water
- pay to develop film stock & transfer it for editing
- pay for film festival submission fees so we can get this story out there!
- pay for the Kickstarter/Amazon fee (about $1000)

By supporting this project, you are not only supporting me but also supporting a new generation of Afropolitan filmmakers who are asking questions and making conceptually strong films that bring Africa to the forefront of international discourse.

Every dollar counts and every penny is much appreciated. But even if you're broke, I'd really appreciate you spreading this Kickstarter page around by word of mouth or with personal messages.

For larger donations (or just because you're curious), check out my prospectus & feel free to pass it on: http://www.mediafire.com/?bc4wx84chvz1rv8

I can't wait to share this story with you all!

Love,
Frances

FAQ

  • YES! It premieres in New York City in May 2012. After that I hope to send it to film festivals in America, Africa, Asia and Europe. If you live in New York be sure to catch it when it eventually plays at some of the many cinema series(es?) we have in this town.

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  • Dude. I've been there (and I'm still there)!

    But even if you're penniless, there are a few ways to help:
    - send this page to friends & acquaintances interested in Africa, film, the American South, female filmmakers, immigrant stories...
    - tweet this page
    - share this page on Facebook
    - put a link on your Tumblr / Wordpress / Blogger / MySpace / LiveJournal / WhatHaveYou

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  • After one year in the NYU Grad Film Program, my filmmaking expertise has grown exponentially. They've taught me to use a film camera, record location sound, edit on professional software, and do much more. This new knowledge informs every facet of my directing. I feel I am finally ready to tell the untold stories I've seen in my lifetime.

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  • I don't get any money and this film doesn't happen! It doesn't happen in Louisiana and it doesn't happen on film, at the very least. That or I try to recreate the bayou on a New York soundstage. Without your help we lose the chance to tell this story authentically and cinematically.

    Your credit/debit card will not be charged.

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