About this project
Well hello there!
Pleased to meet you! My name is Mariama and I come to you now because I wrote and will direct a short film called "SKETCH" which I am absolutely in love with and need your help to make into a reality.
I've already raised 25% of the budget doing things no person should do, and we're hoping to raise the final 75% with the help of people like YOU! So please, tell a friend, tell a foe, and let's make this thing happen.
SKETCH is a short film that follows what unfolds when a police sketch artist believes that he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings. As The Artist pursues and questions The Suspect, questions of guilt become increasingly unclear.
It only takes a cursory glance at the news (or a lifetime as a person of color!) to realize that we're in a particularly volatile moment with respect to policing, weapons, and profiling. SKETCH engages in this conversation by exploring concepts of suspicion and the way in which our perception can color reality.
Necessarily implicated in this is the viewer, who also brings expectations to the project, the director's standpoint, and the characters. I think that this creates a wonderfully concise meditation on issues incredibly relevant to the political discourse today, such as vigilante justice, police brutality and the 24-hour news cycle.
Mariama Diallo (Writer + Director)
Mariama Diallo is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mariama won a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Travel Fellowship to shoot the documentary project "I Saw a Cross," which is currently in post-production and is being produced by filmmaker Terence Nance. Along with director Frances Bodomo, Mariama cowrote "Everybody Dies!" which formed part of the 'Collective:Unconscious' omnibus that premiered at 2016's SXSW Film Festival and which The New Yorker's Richard Brody described as "a sharply satirical parody."
Mariama graduated in 2010 from Yale University as a Film Studies and Political Science double major. This course of study laid the foundation for a cinematic approach that seeks to integrate social and political themes into film.
Jack McDonald (Director of Photography)
Jack McDonald studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has over a decade of experience in the film industry. Jack has worked as a cinematographer on several films, including 'There Will be Peace When You are Done' (dir. John de Menil) and 'The Gospel of St. Jive' (dir. Vikram Chacko). He has also spearheaded the Lighting Department in roles that include Key Grip and Gaffer for many films that have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and South by Southwest. These films include 'Gimme the Loot' (dir. Adam Leon), 'White Girl' (dir. Elizabeth Wood), and 'Hits' (dir. David Cross).
Valerie Steinberg (Producer)
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Valerie attended Yale University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Chinese. Her producing career began on Broadway, working on shows such as ‘The Book of Mormon’ by Trey Parker & Matt Stone, ‘Jerusalem’ starring Mark Rylance, and ‘The Mountaintop’ starring Samuel L. Jackson. For the screen, her credits include ‘Everybody Dies!’ (dir. Frances Bodomo), which premiered in Narrative Competition at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival with the ‘Collective:Unconscious’ project, as well as 'Nikola' (dir. Zoë Le Ber), ‘White Tower’ (dir. Charlotte Rabate), ‘The Poet and the Professor’ (dir. Ariel Kavoussi), ‘Fry Day’ (dir. Laura Moss), and ‘Portraits at an Exhibition’ (dir. Ash Mayfair). She is also the producer of Ash Mayfair's upcoming feature film ‘Between the Shadow and the Soul,’ which will shoot on location in Vietnam.
Adrienne Stern (Casting Director)
Adrienne Stern is an accomplished casting director with a long history in the film industry. Films that Adrienne has cast have premiered at many prestigious film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, and Seattle. Past films that have premiered at The Sundance Film Festival include 'Broken English' (dir. Zoe Cassavetes, starring Parker Posey and Drea de Matteo), 'Adrift in Manhattan' (dir. Alfredo De Villa, starring Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, William Baldwin, and Dominic Chianese), 'The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle' (starring Natasha Lyonne, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Vince Vieluf), 'Girlstown' (starring Lili Taylor), 'The Believer' (starring Ryan Gosling), 'Thirteen Conversations About One Thing' (starring Matthew McConaughey and John Turturro), 'Online,' 'Bleach,' and 'This Revolution.' Adrienne has also worked in television, and cast 'That 70s Show.'
Yuri Leonov (In-film Artwork)
Yuri was born in St Petersburg, Russia, where he spent his early years before moving to New York. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, where he is engaged in art in a number of ways, including at Marlborough Gallery, as a teacher of model drawing, and in interior design. Yuri previously worked as a mural painter (Overall Murals, Evergreene Architectural Arts), and studio (Sean Mellyn) & gallery (Dacia Gallery) assistant.
Making a film is incredibly expensive! While this is a small project, we nevertheless have considerable budgetary demands for locations, equipment rental, permits, insurance, production design, and payment of cast and crew.
Our Kickstarter Goal, when combined with the initial 25% investment that I have contributed to the film, will allow us to just cover these demands. If we are able to exceed our Kickstarter Goal, we already have clear plans for how those funds would be spent.
Stretch goal at $14,000: Our present budget allows for us to complete production. A yield of $14,000 will help us transition into post production and hire an editor.
Stretch goal at $15,000: If we reach $15,000, we will make headway not only into hiring an editor, but also paying for color correction and sound design.
Stretch goal at $16,000: $16,000 will make it possible for us to complete post production, with an editor, color correction, sound design, titles and music.
This is a huge amount of money to ask for, and I appreciate every small contribution towards it. Please know it is money well spent!
I need your help! I believe so deeply in this project, but it's only with your support it can become a reality. Thankfully, I also believe in you! Every way that you can help is all the help I need, so please spread the word and make a contribution if you can.
Risks and challenges
With every film comes many challenges. One challenge facing this particular project is finding an appropriate venue for its screening and distribution. Short films are the redheaded stepchildren of the film industry, and most are not seen outside of film festivals. This project is one propelled purely by passion, and any challenge we will meet head on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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