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Last updated December 2, 2018

Blasians

Blasians is a web series about Black and Asian best friends in the Bay Area who are learning to love, forgive, and grow up.

Blasians

Blasians is a web series about Black and Asian best friends in the Bay Area who are learning to love, forgive, and grow up.

$10,751
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
111
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 11 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 2, 2018

About

ABOUT THE SHOW

Blasians follows the lives of a group of Black and Asian best friends living in the Bay Area. The web series, a dramedy, explores the complicated, hilarious, and sometimes difficult things woke millennials of color go through on their path to self-actualization. The show’s major themes center around friendship, love, potential, and forgiveness.

WHY THIS PROJECT MATTERS

Blasians was created by Amie Darboe, a Black American writer and producer from Rhode Island, and is directed by Pongkarnda 'Kik' Udomprasert, a writer and director from Thailand. It's rare to see projects by women of color get the funding they need, but even rarer to see projects that are a result of partnerships between Black and Asian women creatives.

Although progress is being made, Asian and Black communities lack representation in all aspects of media. Additionally, misconceptions about Black and Asian relationships continue to add strife to our communities. Blasians aims to show that not only do Asian and Black friendships exist, but that they're fun, raw, and hella beautiful. 

THE CHARACTERS

TOM is the resourceful, witty friend you wish you had. He has an impressive ability to attract every hot guy who comes in his vicinity (gay, straight, it doesn’t matter) with his sense of humor. You can find him driving for Lyft to pay his bills.

APRIL is out here living her best life on all the dating apps swiping for days, but you won’t catch her in a relationship (Drake said ‘Nice for What’ right?). She’s currently in between jobs as she tries to find her “passion.” 

MAYUMI is a gynecologist by day, know-it-all by night. Expect her to serve you the tough love that you don’t want (but need) to hear.

JUSTIN's personal philosophy these days is “hakuna matata” (it means “no worries”). He’s a science teacher and gamer and is married to Mayumi.

BRENDA is the definition of extra. She’s also smarter than she lets on and sees the best in people, but don’t try her; she’s hella hood. She pays her bills by slaying as a Chief Revenue Officer for a major tech company. 

LIAM describes himself as a “woke male feminist” without any irony. He’s a huge people pleaser who works as a teacher for the fun of it.

WHO WE ARE

AMIE DARBOE (Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer)

Amie has been writing since she was seven years old. She is most passionate about telling stories that amplify the voices of marginalized groups, especially women of color. In addition to writing, she has produced and directed short films, short plays, and comedy sketches. She grew up in Providence, RI and lives in Austin, TX. 

PONGKARNDA 'KIK' UDOMPRASERT (Director and Producer)

Born and raised in the warm and loving culture of Thailand, Kik possesses an extraordinary ability to connect with people and their emotions on a very deep level. This quality comes through in her work as a filmmaker, as her films communicate very strong emotions. As an Asian writer/director based in the US, she aims to tell stories that put more minority representation and experiences on screen, hoping for her work to spark the dialogue that helps reunite this country and bring back its true power of diversity.

BRYANT MARCONTEL (Director of Photography)

Bryant Marcontel has been telling stories through visual mediums since he was 16. He began to focus his craft towards production and cinematography during his college years. He has a decade of experience on set in multiple capacities in both the camera and lighting departments.

ERIN LAU (1st Assistant Director)

Having been raised in the quiet valley of Kahaluʻu on Oʻahu by her entrepreneurial grandparents, Native Hawaiian filmmaker Erin Lau has shaped her career around projects inspired by her heritage, the female perspective, and the Asian Pacific community. The Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow and University of Hawaii alum has written and directed multiple award-winning shorts, which have screened at festivals around the world, including New Zealand, France, Guam, Shanghai, and Canada. Despite venturing far from home, she continues to practice the values her culture and community instilled in her, in hopes that her films will empower voices and serve as bridges between communities.

MLADAN JURKOVIC (Sound Mixer)

Mladan was born in Croatia and grew up in Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington with a double degree in Biology and Spanish. After a period of time devoted to language translation and music performance, he completed his MFA in Film from Ohio University, with a focus in directing, video editing, and audio recording. Mladan has been a professional audio mixer since 2012, working in feature and short films and documentaries, commercial and experimental audio. 

KAT RODRIGUEZ (Production Designer)

Kat Rodriguez has had a passion for film from a very young age. She firmly believes that films are a key factor in shaping culture and can be used as a force for change. It is important to her to prioritize working on projects that spotlight characters and stories that have been under or misrepresented – mainly stories about women, people of color, and the LGBT+ community as these are all facets of what make up her identity. 

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR 

We've shot a proof of concept, written the scripts, and found a dream team of collaborators to work with. We're ready to do the work. All we need is YOU. You're major in helping us finish out this project.

WHAT WE NEED THE MONEY FOR

The biggest costs for this project are:

Cast & Crew: Creating content is expensive. We believe that creatives should get paid living wages so that the stress of having to figure out how they'll pay their bills won't affect their mental health to the point where they're unable to create. 

Craft Services: Feeding a cast and crew a couple of meals for each day of shooting to make sure that they're able to be productive isn't cheap. Help us buy them coffee, granola bars, and lunch. Their bellies will thank you.

Locations: Location, insurance, and permit fees in LA County will make any producer without a high budget want to cry. 

Equipment: All the camera, lighting, and sound equipment used to make sure that we deliver a product that looks and sounds good cost a lot to rent.

In addition to those items, we need funding to cover:

  • Production Design
  • Music 
  • Post Production 
  • Publicity and Marketing

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Blasians is ultimately a story about friendship and love. We don't see too many stories about Asian and Black relationships or those that center Black, Asian, or queer people of color in media. This project can change that with your help. We can't do this without you. Help increase representation on screens.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS

We need your help getting the word across about Blasians. Share this campaign with all your networks and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A share can be a game changer! 

Thank you for visiting our campaign. We appreciate any support you can offer.

Learn more about us at blasians.tv.

Risks and challenges

As with any creative project, there are ton of factors that can arise at any time before, during, and after a production. Our crew has worked on many film and television projects in one capacity or another and, as a result, have a history of successfully overcoming whatever challenges that have come our way. Additionally, we care so deeply about this project that we've done the work to put ourselves in the position to overcome any challenges that may arise.

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    GUEST STAR ROLE

    We will write a guest spot role specifically for you and you'll get to come be in the show. (Travel and lodging costs not included.)

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    Oh hey. So you think this project is hella cool. Rad. We think you're hella cool. You get an Associate Producer credit on our website, on IMDb, and on all season one episodes as well as a signed copy of the season one script.

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    Wow, wow, wow. You're really serious about this project and telling the stories we're telling with Blasians. Okay. Cool. We love you so much you get a Co-Executive Producer credit on our website, on IMDb, and on all episodes of our 1st season. Additionally, our cast and crew (depending on availability) will take you out to a private dinner.

    You'll also get a social media shoutout, your name listed on our website, three Blasians branded stickers, special access to behind the scenes photos, our blooper reel, and special on-set content, a digital download of the 1st season, a Blasians T-Shirt, a spot as an extra on an episode, and a signed copy of the season one script.

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