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A feature film about a strong black teenage girl pursuing the American Dream.

Set in Harlem, New York.
A feature film about a teenage girl pursuing the American Dream.

Set in Harlem, New York.
A feature film about a teenage girl pursuing the American Dream. Set in Harlem, New York.
147 backers pledged $25,242 to help bring this project to life.

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Striver’s Row is a feature film set in Harlem about a teenage girl with the dream of getting a great education, and fighting for a better life.

We have been developing the project for the past 2 years. We need your help to close the last financing gap and start production.

We are Kickstarting $25,000 in order to get the film into production this Summer. These funds will go towards paying the inner city NYC based crew and toward closing our last financing gap.

We are a team dedicated to making films that have a positive impact on the world. Telling stories of women...mostly women of color--in a divided nation where a government is attempting to discredit the integrity of individuals like our writer and her heroine, is needed more than ever.

With the final stretch of funding still to go, the "Striver's Row" team is turning to Kickstarter to jumpstart us into production, and involve the community as it really does take a village to make a film.

As Martin Luther King Jr put it, “It is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps.”

However, with insight and action, the ideals that bring so many immigrants from countries all over the world to the U.S., live on. It is what has always made the United States that shining city upon a hill.

Kalani is a black teenager living in Harlem with her older brother Jacob, and her younger sister, Bebe, while her mother struggles to make ends meet for the family. As Kalani's siblings get caught in a myriad of hardships, Kalani teeters on the brink of ruin as she struggles to keep both her family and her dream intact.

Striver’s Row reminds us that hard work, optimism, and perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity is the essence of what it is to be an American.

 

New York City is the melting pot of the world and we are very eager to shoot later this Spring in Harlem, relying on inner city local crew, actors, and vendors to get this movie made. It is essential for us to shoot the story on location.

 

Already in pre-production, we plan to go into production later this Summer, and submit to film festivals next Fall.

 

This campaign represents the last funds we need to jumpstart into production. We have an investor, and we have already invested as much as possible of our own funds. If the Kickstarter is successful, the feature film will become a reality.

What connects us all is the struggle for a better life. In an increasingly classist world, with opportunities and resources often too tightly held, it’s important to remember what brings us together — a notion that with hard work, drive, and focus, all things are possible no matter where you are born.

Leveling the playing field and upholding these ideals is how we’ve discovered our tongue-tied prophets, our savvy entrepreneurs, and our most inspiring artists.

This is a celebration of that ideal and we thank you for taking the time to check out our campaign and help us reach our funding goal by contributing.

 

 

A Harlem native, Sha Risse has been writing for many years. This will be the first of her five screenplays to go into production. Sha Risse has a deep personal connection to this story as she draws from the experiences of her past and those closest to her to create an authentic perspective of growing up in Harlem. The result? A powerfully empathetic protagonist and a strong sense of realism about the community she is a part of.

Directing for over a decade, Robert has completed hundreds of projects ranging from commercials to documentaries to feature films. He has directed and produced documentaries with Jane Goodall, Harvard law professor Roberto Unger, and actress Mariel Hemingway. His most recent documentary, “7 Days in Syria” played at over 50 film festivals, including Britain’s House of Lords.

Robert studied at UCLA Film School, and he received a B.A. in philosophy from UC, Berkeley in 2010 where he received The Eisner Prize, the highest award for creativity at Berkeley. He later opened his production company, Aletheia Films, which is based in Los Angeles where he focuses on the creation of entertainment that makes an impact on the world.

Roberta Marie Munroe is an award-winning filmmaker, author and international short film expert. Her book, How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer (Hyperion, 2009), is a provocative and practical insider’s guide to making and distributing a great short film and has remained an Amazon Bestseller since its publication.

From 2001-2006, Roberta programmed short films at The Sundance Film Festival during which time the Online Film Festival won several coveted Webby Awards. She was instrumental in launching The Blackhouse Foundation, a group that supports African American filmmakers, and has served as their founding Artistic Director.

Piper Dellums was the Senior Vice President of EGTVN Television network, is the CEO/founder of Essential Artist Group Talent Agency as well as the CEO/President of Piper Dellums Productions where she helms award-winning documentaries and narrative projects.

She graduated from UC Berkeley where she studied Psychology, Biology, and Theater, as well as studied Drama Therapy at NYU where she received her MA.

Piper Dellums is also a United Nations CSW Delegate, drama, writing and arts therapist- specializing in issues of aging, child/domestic/sexual abuse, addiction and trauma. She continues to speak out about her beliefs, encouraging and inspiring all of those around her.

Scott Rosenfelt is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

He is one of Hollywood's most trusted independent producers, elevating the independent film world. His film"Smoke Signals"  won the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at Sundance Film Festival. In addition to "Smoke Signals", Scott has also produced iconic films such as "Home Alone" and "Teen Wolf."

Eric Eppinger is a Rutgers graduate now base in Oakland, California that has been in the film industry for nearly 10 years. He directed his most recent short film, "A Night at the Office" that is available on IndieFlix.

Tobias is an Austrian filmmaker with more than 13 years of experience in creating digital visual arts. Tobias developed and taught the only Cinematography class at UC Berkeley. He also is an expert in physical production on independent film projects in which has helmed more than 100 in various leadership roles.

 Tobias is also involved with the creative side of production, running the magazine "Cinema of Change" where his mission is to connect the entertainment industry with academic research in order to further understand how media influences us. His main intellectual pursuit is understanding how film influences us - and how this impact can be used effectively and ethically. He owns and manages LA-based Prodigium Pictures LLC, a production company specializing in social impact entertainment.

Hiroki is a Japanese filmmaker and media entrepreneur. He worked as a line producer on projects for SONY, Samantha Thavasa with Miranda Kerr, and many more. In 2011, he also co-founded Prodigium Pictures. Hiroki specializes in Post-production and has supervised and successfully executed the post production on dozens of film projects.

 Using his versatile production experience, Hiroki joined a start-up team to launch Vook and created a platform in Japan for filmmakers to share and archive production notebooks. He believes in the dissemination of knowledge and passing on skills to the next generation.

Ace is a producer from Long Island, New York. In 2011, he executive produced and raised the finances needed for his first television pilot, "EastSandstone," which was represented by CAA and shopped to the Weinstein Company and Lionsgate. In 2015, Ace co-produced a horror feature film, "Drifter," which secured both North American and foreign distribution and will be released in theaters in 2017. He then continued to produce an action film, "Sleepless," and recently finished co-producing his third feature, "FML." Ace believes it is the messages and themes conveyed through film that can unite global audiences into a global community.

 

 

Risks and challenges

As you may know, making a feature film is a lot of work, and the path to finishing a film is full of pitfalls and unforeseen difficulties.

This is why we spent more than a year assembling a powerful team to shepherd the project from start to finish. Do reach out to us directly if you're interested in helping in a bigger way.

-The Striver's Row team

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