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About this project

The Film: “Black Ink”

Documentary examining the contributions to the comic book industry by people of color: the challenges and the triumphs inherent in overtaking stereotypes and replacing them with archetypes that can shape generations of comic creators, fans and pop-culture. Now with movie studios and television networks mining comics for source material, as well as internet shows devoted to comic books, comics are big business and a powerful cultural influence. 

Shawn Martinbrough, Chris Williams, Anthony Piper, LeBeau Underwood, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Jamal Yaseem Igle, Joe Illigde, Regine Sawyer, Eric Battle, Tim Fielder, John Jennings and others all weigh in on the topic. Sharing their stories of struggle, personal commitment and triumph in an industry that has been described traditionally as “a hobby for white guys”. Now with movie studios and television networks mining comics for source material as well as internet shows devoted to comic books comics are big business. Diversity is the hot button topic.

The Participants

In addition to those previously mentioned, other notable artists, writers, and inkers will be interviewed. Some include:

David Walker, Chyna McCoy, Marcus Williams, Greg Burnham, Micheline Hess, Robb Armstrong, Sebastian Jones, Maia Crown Williams, Andre Batts, Roye Okupe, Jamal Pryce Campbell, Paris Alleyne, N. Steven Harris, Dawud Anyabwile, Guy Sims, Keith Knight and more all sharing their stories of struggle, personal commitment and triumph.

Headlight Filmworks

Headlight Filmworks An independent production company founded by the Rippon family. Its founding members are Craig, Jor-El, and Faith Rippon, Charity Sanders and Tahj Leron. Headlight Filmworks specializes in small niche documentaries. 

Craig Rippon CEO/Executive Producer as well as founding partner of Headlight Filmworks. Craig has worked intermittently in the comics industry for a number of years. Craig has worked as a writer for a (now defunct) independent family publication called Heritage Forum.

Jor-El Rippon Videographer, Photographer & Producer as well as a founding partner of Headlight-Filmworks. He is based in Clinton Massachusetts. Jor-El started his professional videography business at the age of 20 where he primarily worked shooting weddings, music videos and small business promotions. With the launching of Headlight-Filmworks Jor-El intends to produce specialty niche documentaries catering to select audiences.

Tahj Leron Videographer, portrait and fashion photographer, specializing in music videos and micro films. Director and founding partner of a Web Development Company called ‘1212’. Tahj Leron lends his talents to Headlight Filmworks in the production of Black Ink.

Faith Rippon Founding partner of Headlight Filmworks and Executive Producer on Black Ink. Faith plays an integral part in the overall formation of Headlight Filmworks from contributing financially to equipment to budget planning and production.

Charity Sanders Founding partner of Headlight Filmworks Charity functions as a Producer on Black Ink and assists in the gathering of contact information for outreach to the various artists.

Our Goal

So far we have 50% of the film done. Everyplace that we could travel to by car we have. However, for more distant places like California, the Carolinas, Georgia and New Mexico, where we will be shooting key interviews of some of the people (or artists) listed in "The Participants" section above — for this, we need your help. 

Why Kickstarter

We have come to Kickstarter to reach as many people as possible. We believe in the Kickstarter community. No gift is too small. When you donate, you are proving that there is an audience for a documentary such as this. By supporting this campaign, you are helping us make this documentary and contributing to an understanding of the impact of people of color within the industry.

Rewards

Here are some sample images of some of the rewards that we're offering:

BLACK INK t-shirt
BLACK INK t-shirt

 

T-shirt back option
T-shirt back option

 

T-shirt back option
T-shirt back option

 

T-shirt back option
T-shirt back option

 

BLACK INK hoodie
BLACK INK hoodie

 

Hoodie back
Hoodie back

 

Headlight Filmworks t-shirt
Headlight Filmworks t-shirt

 

Black Heroes Matter t-shirt
Black Heroes Matter t-shirt

 

Trill League print
Trill League print

 

Tuskegee Heirs artwork
Tuskegee Heirs artwork

 

Black Comix Returns
Black Comix Returns

 

Brother Man Vol. 1
Brother Man Vol. 1

 

Brother Man Vol. 2
Brother Man Vol. 2

 

BLACK INK DVD
BLACK INK DVD

 

 

Dreamcraft covers
Dreamcraft covers

Grand Total Needed: $15,465.77

Key: Figures highlighted in green are additives to be totaled.  Figures highlighted in yellow are sum totals.  Figures in bold faced blue are grand totals for the respective city listed.  

Figures highlighted in red on page 9 are add on expenses which include food, tolls, fuel, and baggage fees for all equipment.

L.A., California Trip & New Mexico  $5,651.00 

(LAX Airport)

Total Estimate

Numerical Breakdown:

Air Fare Estimate: $1806.00

Detailed Breakdown:

Airline: Delta

From Albany to L.A. 

$168.00 per person (x3) = $504.00

From L.A. to New Mexico

$115.00 (x3) = $345.00

From New Mexico to Albany, NY

$ 319 per person (x3) = $957.00

Leaving Feb. 3rd, 2017

Returning: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017                    

Hotel Stay Estimate: $2100.00

Detailed Breakdown:

Hilton Los Angeles Hotel, Los Angeles

5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

310-410-4000 

2 Double Beds – Non Smoking Hotel Property

Check In Date: 2/3/17  Check Out Date: 2/10/17

$212.00 per night plus taxes and fees for a total of $1690.00

Emergency Fund: $410.00 in case of unavailability

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $875.00 

Detailed Breakdown:

Pick Up: 02/03/17  Drop Off: 02/10/17

HERTZ CAR RENTAL

LOS ANGELES AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES AP, CA (LAX) - Shuttle Off Airport

9000 AIRPORT BLVD, LOS ANGELES AP, CA 900450000

310-568-5100

Hours Of Operation

24 Hrs 7 Days

Rental: Mini Van

Estimated Rental: $675.00 (This includes taxes, fees and all insurances including personal stolen property coverage).

*Renting with a credit card is easiest.  Only a credit card and photo i.d. is needed.

To rent with a debit card, one must have the total amount of the vehicle plus  

Additional $200.00 on the card. 

New Mexico Stop: (Car Rental and Hotel Only)

Total Estimate: $869.80  ($529.80 + $340) =  

                                   Car Rental + Hotel Stay

New Mexico Breakdown

Car Rental Estimate ($529.80)

Numerical Breakdown

Albuquerque International Airport

3400 University Southeast 
Albuquerque , New Mexico  87106-3247 
United States

Show Nearby Locations

Phone: (505) 842-4235

Fax: (505) 842-7014

Pick Up: 2/10/17

Drop Off: 2/12/17

Rental Estimate: $160 per day + Taxes, Fess, & all insurances

Total Vehicle Rental Estimate: ($329.80) (Taxes, Fees, insurances & unlimited mileage included

Additional Hold of ($200.00) if using a debit card

Hotel Stay Estimate: ($340.00)  

Numerical Breakdown

Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel

·        2910 Yale Boulevard S.E.

·        Albuquerque,

·        New Mexico

$120 per night + taxes & fees = ($240.00)

Emergency Hotel Fund: ($100.00)

2 night stay

 Detroit Trip:  

(Detroit, Michigan Airport)

Total Estimate: $1,873.77

Air Fare Estimate: $800.00

Detailed Breakdown:

From Albany to Detroit and Back

Mock Dates: Leaving Albany, NY on 02/03/17

Returning on 02/06/17

Round Trip Air Estimate: $400 per person(x2) for a total of ($800.00)

Hotel Stay Estimate: $401.27

Numerical Breakdown

Four Points by Sheraton, Detroit Metro Airport

8800 Wickham Road, Romulus, MI

 734-729-9000

3 Night Stay February 03 to February 06

 4 Guests, 1 Room, 2 Double Beds

1 room / 4 guests

$118.00 per person +Taxes & Fees

Estimated Total = ($401.27) (Taxes & Fees included)

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $672.50

Numerical Breakdown:

Pick Up: 02/03/17  

Drop Off: 02/06/17

Vehicle Type: Mini Van, Company: Hertz

DETROIT METRO INTL AP, DETROIT, MI (DTW) | Shuttle Off Airport

289B LUCAS DRIVE, DETROIT, MI 48242-1290

Estimated Total = $472.50 (Taxes, Fees, Insurance and unlimited mileage included)

Plus ($200.00 deposit )if using a debit card

North Carolina Trip: 

(Charlotte, NC Airport)

Total Trip Estimate: $1,898.30

Total Breakdown

Air Fare Estimate: $ 936.00

Numerical Breakdown:

Leaving from Albany, NY to Charlotte, NC on 02/03/17

Returning: 02/07/17

Round Trip ticket per person: $468 x 2ppl = ($936.00)

Hotel Stay Estimate: $451.89

Numerical Breakdown:

Hampton Inn & Suites

2731 Little Rock, Rd

Charlotte, NC 28214

704-394-6455

Check In: 2/3/2017

Check Out: 2/7/2017

$97 per night x 4 nights = 388.00 + $63.89 (taxes) = $451.89

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $510.41

Numerical Breakdown: 

Pick Up: 02/03/17

Drop Off: 02/07/17

Mid Size Car w/ full coverage

Company: HERTZ

Pickup Location: 5489 Josh Burmingham Park, Charlotte, NC

734-941-4747

Vehicle Cost: $310.41

Plus $200.00 deposit 

Maryland Trip: $1,958.66

(BWI - Baltimore, Maryland Airport)

Total Estimate

Air Fare Estimate: $1331.20

Numerical Breakdown:

Airline: Delta

Leaving from Albany, NY to Baltimore, Maryland on 02/03/17

Returning on 02/05/17

Flight Estimate: $665.60 per person (x2) = $1331.20

Hotel Stay Estimate: $178.00 (Taxes and Fess included)

Numerical Breakdown:

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore BWI Airport

Check in: 2/3/17 to 2/5/17

Nightly Rate: $89.00 per night (x 2) plus tax (Price subject to change -à increase)

2 Twin Beds for 4 adults

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $449.46 (Taxes, Fees, Insurance and unlimited mileage included)

Numerical Breakdown:

Pick Up: 02/03/17

Drop Off: 02/05/17

Vehicle Type: Mid Size Car with coverage

Vehicle Company: Hertz located at/near BWI Airport

Rental: $249.46 (includes taxes, fees and unlimited mileage)

Plus $200.00 deposit if using a debit card

Georgia Trip 

(Atlanta, Georgia Airport)

Total Estimate: $2,443.69

Total Breakdown:

Air Fare Estimate: $ 976.00

Numerical Breakdown:

From Albany, NY to Atlanta, Georgia and back

$488.00 per person x 2ppl = $976.00

Mock Dates:

Leaving 02/03/17

Returning: 02/08/17

Hotel Stay Estimate: $758.70

Numerical Breakdown:

Checking In: 02/03/17

Checking Out: 02/08/17

$127.60 per night x 5 nights = $638.00 + $120.70 (taxes & fees)

Estimated Total = $758.70 (Taxes & Fees included)

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $708.99

Numerical Breakdown:

Pick Up: 02/03/17

Drop Off: 02/08/17

Rental Estimate: $(508.99)

Deposit ($200.00)

Ohio Trip 

(Toledo, Ohio)

Total Estimate: $1639.95

Total Breakdown:

Air Fare Estimate: $ 920.00

Numerical Breakdown:

From Albany, NY to Toledo, Ohio

$460 per person x 2ppl = $920.00

Mock Dates:

Leaving 02/03/17

Returning: 02/05/17

Hotel Stay Estimate: $393.00

Numerical Breakdown:

Hilton Garden Inn

4900 Emerald CT, SW Cleveland, OHIO

Checking In: 02/03/17

Checking Out: 02/05/17

$109.00 per night x 2 nights = $218.00 + 175.00(taxes & fees)=  $393.00

Vehicle Rental Estimate: $326.95

Numerical Breakdown:

Pick Up: 02/03/17

Drop Off: 02/05/17

Rental Estimate: $(126.95)

Deposit ($200.00)

Risks and challenges

We want to complete Black Ink as soon as we possibly can, but there may be production delays along the way because of interview scheduling and rights issues. This will in turn delay the expected delivery for rewards associated with the film itself. If this does happen, we will be sure to update our contributors and be completely transparent. With your help we are confident we will overcome any obstacles we may face.

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