About this project
(Our video was shot by Lindsey Phillips, edited by Alexis Clark with sound by Lizzie Ford-Madrid and Serina Phoenix with an amazing group of friends as extras!)
NEWEST REWARD - ARTS STREET
Many people have admired the air freshener that opens our Kickstarter reward video. It features the family you really want to spend the Holidays, the Knowles featuring Queen Bey, Solange, Mrs. Tina and of course baby Blue. This air freshener is featured in the film as a gift Alicia made for Jamila. Lauren asked her friend Aneka to create one for our video and we fell in love with it! We decided to make them a new reward for $15!
NEW REWARD - PIETY STREET
We are so excited to have an original signed work by internationally acclaimed artist Swoon as a new $2,000 reward. It is called Untitled Haiti Sketch #10 (Child in tanktop). It is 9" x 12 (framed). We love it so much! You know this would look great in your home.
Hi we're Angela Tucker and Lauren Domino. Together we wrote this film PAPER CHASE inspired by teen comedies from our youth. We are planning to shoot this feature film in New Orleans in early summer 2016 and we need your help!
What do you do when you’ve alienated your entire graduating class and have a week to pay for college? Throw the ultimate house party. PAPER CHASE is a teen comedy that follows Alicia, an ideal driven, well-meaning if somewhat pretentious New Orleans teenager ready to reinvent herself at Kensington University in Atlanta.
When her college dormitory balance is discovered unpaid, Alicia and her hardworking but cash-strapped, single mom Valerie must find a way to procure the funds. Completely unpopular, she turns to her best friend, Jamila, an outspoken, charismatic fashionista who steps in to throw the affair and mend Alicia’s relationships before they leave for college.
While Alicia’s mom, Valerie, makes the rounds asking various family members and friends for monetary assistance, the girls must hatch a plan to get 100 people to attend while battling new friends, future ex-boyfriends and the hipster art collective across the street.
WHY PAPER CHASE/ WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION
We’ve looked at the statistics regarding women in film, particularly women of color working in the film industry and the abysmal rate in which our projects get financed and made. Instead of getting depressed by these figures we got inspired and decided to create a project by black women; focusing on black female friendships. PAPER CHASE is the result of this inspiration.
Owning that the black experience isn’t monolithic this project speaks to black life we haven’t seen on camera before. The film’s lead characters are all women of color, actively working to take control of their lives and sexuality. It’s important to us to show the experience of black women on screen not of suffering but of comedic joy and agency. PAPER CHASE is a film in which women of color can identify and see themselves fully represented on screen. New Orleans and it’s influences also bring a lot to the story, and while our city is getting some media attention, the story is never told by people from the city. Though many film productions utilize the city, New Orleans appears to be little more than a backdrop. Rarely do films depict the city in all of its complexities. Filmed in locations all over the city, PAPER CHASE touches upon issues like race, gentrification and class through a comedic lens.
Like many socially awkward young people, we were obsessed with teen films. Here are some of our biggest influences when writing our film.
But what are all of these films missing ...
SO we decided to make a film featuring girls like us!
Through our company, TuckerGurl we've made some other great projects:
Now we can't wait to get started on our newest adventure!
#CREATE IN COLOR
We’ve created the hashtag, #createincolor to build an online community and champion the work of other creative of color. We’ve even emblazoned our tote bag with this call action to show we’re here making dope ass content that people want to see. Join the movement!
We have many great rewards names after the streets of our story. They include a streaming link of the completed film, a DJ mix made by our Music Supervisor, Rusty Lazer and our Paper Chase Zine including behind the scenes images, thoughts short stories from cast and crew and other creatives of color, and the struggle to make money as an art includes stories on the craziest thing we've done for money to fund a project. Some people contributing to the zine are Baratunde Thurston, Stephanie McKay and more artists to come!
WHAT IS THIS MONEY FOR?
We need this money to go into production for our film. It will be used to pay crew, to feed crew, to secure locations, all the things needed to produce a film. Filmmaking isn't cheap and believe us, we are making this film for as little as possible. These funds partnered with some additional funding from outside sources will help us to our shoot this summer.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1) BACK THE PROJECT at whatever level you can. Every contribution counts!
2) SPREAD THE WORD! Crowdfunding is about lots of people getting together to donate modest amounts of money. So, please, share our page on Twitter and Facebook. Email your friends and family. Talk us up!
Thanks so much for all of your help! We can't wait to make this film and share with you. Be a part of something truly great.
OUR CREATIVE TEAM
ANGELA TUCKER (WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR) Angela Tucker is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes (A)SEXUAL, a feature length documentary available on Hulu, Netflix and iTunes, BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series filming its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”, THE OLDER FISH, a short documentary for TIME Inc and Killer Films and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short fiction film starring Leslie Uggams that won the Audience Award for Best Short at NYC Shorts. She is the Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, AFROPOP. She is a Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK (PBS’ Independent Lens), nominated for a NAACP and a GLAAD Media Award. In 2006, she founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.
LAUREN DOMINO (WRITER/PRODUCER) Lauren Domino is native of New Orleans, her film producing work includes season two of the acclaimed web series BLACK FOLK DON'T, the short films JUST THE THREE OF US, THE EXCEPTIONALLY EXTRAORDINARY EMPORIUM, and THE ROVING VILLAGE a series of shorts made with female directors for New Orleans Airlift and their experimental musical architecture series The Music Box. She is also co-producer of THE OLDER FISH, a short for TIME Inc and Killer Films. With a passion for increasing the profiles of women and people of color in film she has worked with The New Orleans Film Society to launch Emerging Voices a mentoring initiative for people of color. She also launched Women and Girls Matter a series of panels and events showcasing the role of women in documentary film with Arts Engine, Inc. With an extensive background in event management and sponsorship, she previously served as the Director of Columbia University Film Festival, Event Manager for Media That Matters™ and The New Orleans Film Festival, and Sponsorship Lead for ESSENCE Festival. She has coordinated events and photo shoots for The New Yorker and Microsoft 1 MSQF.
DJ MCCONDUIT (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) DJ McConduit is an award winning Director of Photography based in New Orleans, LA. DJ attended the prestigious American Film Institute’s cinematography program where he learned the art & craft of cinematography. At AFI, he was mentored from a list of accomplished cinematographers such as: Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Bill Dill, ASC, Robert Primes, ASC, Charlie Rose, AIC, etc. In addition to his narrative work, he has a strong body of work in commercials, documentaries, and music videos as well. DJ is proficient in all formats from 35mm film to all the various cameras in Digital Cinematography. When not shooting, he also teaches cinematography workshops at local film training non profit - NOVAC.
ZOE E. ROTTER- CASTING DIRECTOR Film: The ADK, Ce sentiment de l’été (NY Casting), THE GIRL IN THE BOOK, TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, BEARCITY, Shorts: SOCKS AND BONDS, JUST THE THREE OF US and MOUNTAIN LOW. Broadway: WAITING FOR GODOT/NO MAN’S LAND and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. West End: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Regional: GUADALUPE IN THE GREEN ROOM, PINKOLANDIA and SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND (TRTC), WILD SWANS (A.R.T./Young Vic). World Tour: EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH. Zoe is also in her fifth season of casting Symphony Space’s reading series ‘Selected Shorts’ and just finished her third season of PBS World’s ‘AFROPOP.’
RUSTY LAZER (MUSIC SUPERVISOR) Rusty Lazer is a New Orleans based DJ, drummer, artist and manager. Though known primarily as the live DJ and creative partner of Bounce rapper Nicky Da B, and formerly as Big Freedia's manager/DJ for 3 years, as a solo DJ Rusty Lazer plays the music he loves from both New Orleans and afar. Other Music Records in New York calls his sets "a sweaty, mega-mix crash course in the hard and nasty sound of New Orleans. Rusty Lazer ain't for the prudes, but it's some of the most infectious dance music you'll ever hear if you're not familiar." In 2013 Rusty appeared as a Big Freedia’s DJ/Manager and assisted production as a consultant on the hit Fuse TV show “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce’. As a drummer and DJ he has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., China, Japan, Australia and Mexico. He has also created soundtracks for circuses, plays and performance art spectacles at locations including MOMA, P.S. 1, Deitch Projects and many more. Rusty co-produced several Bounce videos including Big Freedia's "Y'all Get Back Now", "Excuse" and Nicky Da B's "Express Yourself" (w/ Diplo) and "Hot Potato Style”.
ALEXIS CLARK (ACTRESS - ALICIA) Alexis is a Junior at Tulane University, majoring in Digital Media Production. She began working with TuckerGurl in Spring 2015 and since has assisted in the creation of multiple projects such as THE OLDER FISH and BLACK FOLK DON'T .
OLIVIA WASHINGTON (ACTRESS - JAMILA) Olivia Washington graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, by way of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, with a B.F.A in drama. She recently made her Off- Broadway debut in THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, playing the role of Laura Winfield with Masterworks Theater Company. Other credits include the Hangar Theatre’s production of "CLYBOURNE PARK", a Pulitzer and Tony award winning play by Bruce Norris. Film & TV Credits include "LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER”, EMPIRE (FOX), MADOFF (ABC), SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (short film).
Risks and challenges
All creative projects are challenging but this film has been the best kind. Collectively we have raised money for three Kickstarter campaigns and have delivered every single time. Everyone has gotten their rewards. Everyone has seen a finished product.
Yes making films is difficult but we are an experienced team. We are doing this film at a low budget so that we will be able to get it to you as quickly as we can. The only risk here is the one that you are taking with us: to tell a story as authentic and funny as we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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