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19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 26 2014 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Sisters: the Web Series tells the story of the Wilson sisters’ struggle to accept the fact that life at 40 looks nothing like they planned—or even expected. They chased the dreams of being married to the ideal man, living in the perfect house, having the perfect children and successful careers. But life has its curveballs.

For the Wilson sisters (Alexus Rhone, Tanya Alexander, Tamarra Graham and E.D. Brown), it all starts when they’re hit hard with the realities that their mother—once the family’s strong and nurturing backbone—is growing quite frail. And it’s happening faster than they could have ever imagined as she’s once again hospitalized following a traumatic fall. This time, the sisters have to make the serious and dreaded decision about their mother’s future care. In the nine-part series, the constant bickering and misunderstandings among the sisters may end up doing more harm than good—especially as they face head on their own fears about getting older and being unfulfilled.

Why contribute to Sisters: the Web Series?

We’ve laid the groundwork for Sisters: the Web Series. You’ve met the Wilson sisters and have a glimpse of what they're about to face. Now, everyone has asked—what’s next? In the next seven episodes, you will meet their mother Arlyn and a host of others, and in the middle of all the bickering, you will travel down memory lane with the Wilson sisters.  

We were able to produce the first two episodes on a minimal budget—shooting at three locations over the course of a weekend. But we want to raise the bar on production for the final segments of the series. Here’s where you contribution will be of great help!  

  • We will be able to boost our cast and crew size, which will be needed to shoot at our multiple locations throughout Los Angeles. There are definitely more than three sites.  
  •  Multiple locations also mean we will have a longer production schedule. It will be a consecutive 7-10 day shoot. 
  •  Multiple locations also add to our art design, costuming, hair and makeup. 
  •  Then, there are those expenses that aren’t really mentioned: film permits, production insurance, location fees and transportation. And don’t forget we have to feed our cast and crew.

So, check out who we are!

Meet the Creators of Sisters: the Web Series

As we told you, Sisters: the Web Series began as a conversation on the beach between us. But you may be asking-who are we? 

Avril Speaks, writer, director and producer
Avril Speaks, writer, director and producer

Avril Speaks has over nineteen years of experience as a filmmaker to include credits as a producer, writer, director, and editor. While earning her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University, she made her directorial debut in 1999 when she directed her first feature film The Round Table, then later went on to complete the award-winning feature film Sophisticated Romance. Recently, Avril has directed and edited various film and video projects, including Defining Moments, which screened as part of The Woman’s Angle Project in 2007, and has since won the award for Best Film in the Undiscovered competition on Conversantlife.com. She also directed the film Class Picture, and edited the award-winning feature-length documentary Faithfully Divided. Avril has taught film production for several universities including Howard University in Washington, D.C. and currently Azusa Pacific University. She recently graduated with her second master's degree in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a regular contributor to the online publication and podcast Reel Spirituality.

Monée Fields-White, writer and producer
Monée Fields-White, writer and producer

Monée Fields-White has enjoyed a more than 15-year career as an award-winning journalist and writer, producing a broad spectrum of stories for leading publications in three of the largest markets—Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago. After earning a bachelor's degree from Occidental College and master's from Northwestern University, she honed her skills in radio, television and print media--working for Bloomberg News and Crain's Chicago Business. Her portfolio of stories have ranged from an investigative piece on Kirk Wright, the black Bernie Madoff, to profiling American Express Co. CEO Ken Chenault. She's also written news features for American Banker Magazine and Washington Post’s online site TheRoot.com. Since leaving the newsroom, Monee has found a new niche in the nonprofit world, where she's currently the senior writer for be.group--one of the leading providers of senior housing and healthcare services.  She's also tapped into her creative side, working on her first novel as well as various short stories. 

Meet the Wilson sisters

Alexus Rhone as Angie
Alexus Rhone as Angie

As Angie, Rhone portrays a career-driven woman who seemingly has it all. Traveling the world, she's an empowerment coach, motivational speaker, talk show host and columnist. She even has a man who's devoted to her. But amid it all, she's a bit too self-absorbed to clearly see her own reality.

Alexus is a successful young adult author of four novels, candidly tackling the many issues that teens face today. She’s producing her first play based on her first novel, Premature Pleasures.    

Tanya Alexander as Karen
Tanya Alexander as Karen

Karen, who’s been married for nearly 15 years, has been a stay-at-home mom throughout the entire course of her marriage. Shuffling between being the doting wife and nurturing mom, she’s starting to feel the mundane aspects of her life—that has led her to a breaking point as her 40th birthday approaches. But is divorce the only answer to rescue her?

Tanya is also a poet, and has been a featured artist on Def Comedy Jam. She also has made appearances in “Tomb Raider,” “Bones,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and “The Shield.”

Tamarra Graham as Nadine
Tamarra Graham as Nadine

Nadine, the eldest twin, is the faithful churchgoer among the sisters and believes that ‘God will supply all of her needs,’ including finding her future husband. The lack of prospects has her questioning God and her faith—especially at age 38. However, she would never openly acknowledge her fears because of the concern her women’s fellowship will label her as less than a Christian. She puts up a good front, but she has doubts.

Tamarra trained at Second City. Her theater credits include “Sarafina!” and “Black Nativity.” She’s also performed in various film and television productions. 

E.D. Brown as Melodie
E.D. Brown as Melodie

Melodie, who is the most eccentric and whimsical sister, is the youngest twin. She truly lives life as the starving visual artist, frequently camping out on Angie’s couch. Though considered the most irresponsible among the sister, she has sacrificed everything for her art, only to find herself going in circles. The uncertainty has her weary but she fights to keep her passion alive.

E.D. is also a dancer and her theater credits include: “Stomp/Stomp Out Loud” in New York and Las Vegas, “For Colored Girls,” “A Few Good Men,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” She trained at Second City.

Now, you've met us. Why wait? Join the family!

Risks and challenges

We’re all taking a leap—particularly taking on the all-or-nothing approach established by Kickstarter. We’re new to the web series format, and so there will be many stumbles along the way. We faced several obstacles while producing the first two episodes. Those range from losing our original sound designer to a producer traveling miles away from set to get dinner to recent troubles uploading the episodes. We could face similar difficulties in this next phase. But that’s all part of the process. Through it all, we’ve persevered working long late nights because we truly believe in our project.

Yet that's not the key risk and challenge of producing a project like Sisters: the Web Series. WE NEED YOU! It’s that simple. And here’s how it works:

• We’ve set our goal: $20,000. And we’ve told you what that entails.

• We have a deadline: 45 days, which ends July 25.

• Next, you make your pledge based on what you can give toward our goal. We have fantastic perks!

• Two things to keep in mind: your credit card will NOT be charged until July 25, when we meet our goal. But we can’t meet that goal unless you first make your pledge. These two go hand in hand. Oh wait--you get your rewards if we make our goal!

• Last but not least—and most importantly, we BELIEVE in this project!

So we need you to take this leap of faith with us! We think it's a worthwhile ride; so again, join the family!

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    Welcome to the neighborhood! You will get a personal shout-out on Facebook and Twitter thanking you for your generous gift and joining the Wilson bunch!

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    It's a Wilson family reunion! You will receive a personalized invitation and THANK YOU from the director and producers for your generous gift!

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    Let's build a family tree on our website! Outside of getting the perks above, join our sisterhood (and brotherhood) by sharing your fondest family memory or what family means to you in short note. We will post your note on our "Family Tree."

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    Get to visit the Wilson family first! So of course, you will receive everything above--PLUS a sneak preview of the remaining episodes of season one!

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    Your own family reunion video--(well, almost!) You will receive a limited edition Season One DVD of Sisters: the Web Series--PLUS all of the above perks.

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    We can't have a family reunion without a T-Shirt! So get a limited edition Sisters: the Web Series t-shirt--PLUS all of the above perks.

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    So we threw in a coffee mug, too! You will receive a limited edition 'Go Live, Go Love and Succeed!" autographed coffee mug from the Wilson Sisters--PLUS all of the above perks.

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    We are family! So you will get a big thanks from us on Facebook, Twitter, join our family tree, receive a coffee mug, t-shirt and DVD--now, you will receive a personalized and autographed photobook of the entire set.

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    'We are family! I got all my sisters with me. . .'
    Send a video shout out about what family means to you and we will post it on our website and social media pages--PLUS the amazing perks above!

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    Family picture time! We've shared some family photos in the credits of episodes 1 and 2. Now, it's time to share yours. Send us your best candid family shots and we will add to the credits of the final episodes. Also, you will receive a big thank you! Keep in mind, there's limited space, so don't hesitate!

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    Come meet the Wilson sisters! We invite you to visit the set for a day and see how the story is coming together--and you will receive all of the above perks. (Travel expenses and accommodations are not included.)

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    Still come and meet the Wilson sisters (if you're not in Los Angeles!) Receive a live stream update of the shoot for a day--and you will get all of the above perks.

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    Thicker than water now! Get an Associate Producer credit for helping to bring Sisters: the Web Series to everyone--and of course all of the other perks above.

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    Family Circle! This is the ultimate. You will be named an Executive Producer for the Sisters: the Web Series; and to top it off, you will be able to make an appearance in the series--PLUS the perks above. (Travel expenses and accommodations are not included.)

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