We did it baby! #TeamUs
Thank you all for the support. It literally couldn’t have been done without you.
Now... we need more than $30K to make this documentary happen. March 9th is the last day to pledge - the anniversary of Biggie Small's death.
"The key to staying on top of things / Is treat everything like it's your first project, nomsayin'? / Like it's your first day, like, back when you was an intern / Like, that's how you try to treat things like, just stay hungry" -Notorious B.I.G. (My 1st Song, JAY-Z)
In honor of Big we have a new Stretch Goal - $40K!!!
With the extra $10K we can interview the artists. Imagine the artists talking about the writers! We have some dope artists lined up...
What is this project?
Write On! The Legend of Hip-Hop’s Ink Slingers is a documentary about journalists that influenced the hip-hop culture.
If you’re like our team, we know you’d prefer to watch the video and learn all you need to know. But if you need more details in writing…
What you debate—and perhaps believe—about the birth of the hip-hop industry can be traced back to the insights and lenses of people whose names you may or may not know. Any of these ring a bell? Greg Tate | Sheena Lester | Selwyn Seyfu Hinds | Steven Hager | Datwon Thomas | Margeaux Watson | Davey D | Bobbito Garcia | Bönz Malone | Joan Morgan | Chris Wilder | Reggie Dennis | Nelson George | Michael Gonzales | James Bernard | Alan Light | Kierna Mayo | Rob Marriott | Jeff Chang | Matteo "Matty C" Capoluongo | Tonya Pendleton | Julia Beverly | Rob "Reef" Tewlow | Dan Charnas | Akiba Solomon | Mimi Valdes | Karen R. Good | Danyel Smith | Minya "Miss Info" Oh | Elliott Wilson | Bill Adler | John Leland | Havelock Nelson | Miles Marshall Lewis
Well, well, well... We have something that no one else does:
The stories of your favorite emcees’ favorite writers.
Write On! The Legend of Hip-Hop's Ink Slingers is a documentary about the writers that have shaped hip-hop as we know it. The documentary tells the stories of overlooked commentators—brilliant narrators that set the bar for what is now popular culture.
Write On! takes interviews with these and other key hip-hop juggernauts, film footage, photos, animation, and motion graphics to bring you on a journey into the minds and hearts of hip-hop’s own music writers.
What are the rewards?
For those of you who decide to join us (and help tell these stories), we've got good news: you'll get a lot more than the satisfaction of helping preserve hip-hop history. Whether you just want to ride along, or want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we've got you covered with exclusive rewards, including a digital archive pass, digital download of the film, autographed magazines, VIP entry to screenings and the wrap party, Digital Producer credits, an invitation to join us on the red carpet, and more!
The funds we raise will go directly toward the costs to complete the final 20 interviews, and post-production—including archival costs, legal/licensing fees, and editing.
Our funding goal is considerably less than the total cost for this project. If we exceed our goal, these additional resources will go toward the budget to add motion graphics and to pay the costs to submit to film festivals between 2018-2019.
Why focus on another piece about hip-hop right now?
Hip-Hop culture has become popular culture. The cultural elements and associated moguls are still dictating what is relevant across industries and sectors: including technology, sports, politics, and—more specifically—film and television.
The successes of films released in the last three years: Fresh Dressed (2015), Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015), Straight Outta Compton (2015), Hip Hop Evolution (2016), The Art of Organized Noize (2016) and HBO’s Academy Award winning series The Defiant Ones (2017), reveal the charismatic characters and naturally dramatic stories that ARE hip-hop. The mix of authenticity and Hollywood have created fans globally for The Get Down (Netflix), Atlanta (FX), The Chi (Showtime), Power (Starz), Empire (Fox), and Black-ish (ABC). Let’s not even speculate what is about to happen with the film Black Panther (2018)!
It’s time to tell the story of those who told the stories, and to bring our unique brand of documenting to the next level.
Syreeta Gates has been working on this project for over six years—as you can see from this Shoppe Black article, this Soulhead article from Michael A Gonzalez, and this Stretch & Bobbito mention. Many of the writers featured have moved on from hip-hop print magazines. Yet, they created a whole new space to participate in hip-hop, giving people outside of the culture insight into the richness, viability, and power therein. They paved the way for hip-hop in academia and beyond! It is time to honor them, by paying homage and gratitude.
Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you - Kendrick Lamar, "The Heart Part 4"
Syreeta Gates, Director + Visionary
I am a Culture Creator and hip-hop archivist. Need receipts? Served as EIC of online hip-hop publication Carter Magazine; helped to grow a 2 million+ Black millennial travel community as Creative Director (@travelnoire); produced a show on WBAI Pacifica Radio to bridge history and hip-hop; served as an archival researcher for documentaries A Ballerina's Tale and Finding the Funk; served as Associate Curator for an exhibit at the nationally renowned photo festival Photoville - “Contact High;” currently produce a culinary arts competition and podcast that bridges hip-hop lyrics, food and beverage (STAY HUNGRY and Everybody Eats), and founded The Gates Preserve—a multimedia creative collective that works to archive and preserve the contributions of those who consider hip-hop their culture. Oh, and I have a BA in Urban Youth Culture—the one and only degree of its kind in the world.
Kathy Iandoli, Screenwriter
I am a critically acclaimed journalist and author. My work has appeared in publications including Pitchfork, VICE, XXL, The Source, VIBE, Maxim, O, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, The Guardian, and many others. I co-authored the book Commissary Kitchen with the late Albert "Prodigy" Johnson of Mobb Deep, and I am also a professor of Music Business at select universities throughout New York and New Jersey.
Herman Jean-Noel, Director of Photography
I go by: visual philosopher, cinematographer, artist, father, husband, cyclist, tech nerd, and a lover of everything tropical—hailing from Anse-A-Foleur, Haiti. I look to consistently expand my knowledge and creativity in the world of community building, art, documentary and feature filmmaking, digital video, food, spirituality and technology. My style is a by-product of my multicultural upbringing, mixed with a love of nature and fine attention to details and the ability to capture the mood and emotions of the most mundane or the most remarkable of moments.
These people have been putting in work and supporting behind the scenes. #teamUS is a verb!
Kat Delva, Alphonso Jordan, Ashley Mui, Natalie Marrero, Sallome., Erica Boisaubin, Melissa Kimble, Alvin Dollow, Malik Mack, Quan Lateef-Hill, JP Reynolds, Omoyele Mcintosh, Veracity Savant, Miguel Ortiz, Danielle Pointdujour, Mike Tonge, Pavel Konoplenko, Shantrelle P. Lewis, Yaba Blay, Cenne Anderson, Ronnie Brown, Erica Kane, Kamilah White, Rico Caine, Paula Ramirez, Kleaver Cruz, Ish Islam, Nadia Lopez, Alex Colby, Rel Francis, Ali Muhammad, Esther Armah, Randall Wilson, Lorenzo Escalante, and Brian Chu
My People Put Their People On
There are a variety of ways you can support this film.
PLEDGE. CONNECT. SHARE. TELL YOUR STORY. PLEDGE!
- Like us on Facebook
- Check out the Website
- Check out #WriteOnTheDoc // @WriteOnTheDoc on Twitter & Instagram
We appreciate you contributing to the campaign! Now go on, and PLEASE TELL EVERYONE THAT YOU DID! We are firm believers that #TEAMWORKMAKESTHEDREAMWORK therefore we need you to SHARE IT!
Whether you're on Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Facebook PLEASE SHARE ABOUT THIS FILM!
Are you a blogger? BLOG ABOUT IT! Please reach out and share this story with your readers and encourage them to support the campaign! Want an interview? Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and let's make it happen!
Got friends in media? MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN!
TELL YOUR STORY.
Were you influenced to pick up the pen by one of these writers? Did you hang up that Nas 5-Mic review from The Source on your bedroom wall? Was Honey Magazine your holy grail? Do you still constantly check Twitter for Elliott Wilson’s RT’s? We want to hear from you! Please send your story, name, hometown, and Twitter/IG handles to: email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks and challenges we face aren't from this Kickstarter, but attaining the archival footage. Getting clearance to use photos, magazine covers and music will change the game for Write On!. And because we are committed to getting it right, we must go hard or go home! BUT we are firm believers that "Your word was everything, so everything you said you'd do // You did it" So...LET'S DO IT!
This history needs to be shared. We hope that you all have the opportunity to see our film very soon :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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