Profilez is about a Black NY teen caught within a racial profiling and Stop-and-Frisk era, challenging stereotypes & racial constructs.
November 14 is the deadline, less than a month away!
Any donation will help in all the biggest ways possible.
We are in the late stages of pre-production, securing permits for police assistance, costume rental and location contracts. The film confirmed a cast whom you can check out in this video from Wednesday's mini-rehearsal on location. The production shooting dates are November 15-16 all day in Brooklyn, NY.
"Worm strolls his Brooklyn neighborhood on his way home from having lunch, but gets stopped in his tracks by a meddlesome crew of hoodlums and a lingering White cop."
The 5-10 minute short film displays minorities in the average everyday life breaking myths on their interactions with each other. (i.e. Middle Eastern bodega clerks aren't angry, they're easy going! Not all cops are dirty, but are forced to do certain things they don't want to.) This project also complements the ongoing struggle between basic privacy rights and the controversial program that cracks down on urban crime.
Funds will go towards:
NYC Mayor's Film Office Permit - $300
1,200 feet of 16mm Kodak color film stock - $350
Processing, Development and DV Transfer of stock by Technicolor/Postworks - $350
NYC Police Uniform Costume and Insignia rental - $350
Sandisk 32GB Compact Flash Card + Card Reader from B&H Photo - $100
4-6 Crew, 7-8 Cast and Equipment Transportation - $300
Meals for Crew and Cast - $250
Rewards for backers and meals for extras - $300
Props and Wardrobe - $250
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Being a student filmmaker, we are expected to run into certain obstacles such as permits falling through, unexpected weather conditions, unproperly exposed film, overmodulated sound recording, but it is our duty to overcome or bypass these challenges through careful planning and funding. With your help and with the aid of our SAF Fund Grant, we can make sure that our racial profiling film can succeed without a hitch as well as soar beyond academia and into film festivals. I want to follow in the footsteps of filmmakers like Spike Lee and Sofia Coppola who began their film careers as directors and producers while attending university. They believed in their future and invested on their student projects not because they thought this will launch their chances to get distributed or recognized, but because they enjoy and live for the art form. They were all in or nothing. I don't want to skip on the opportunity of using these resources, like rare 16mm cameras, on forgettable school assignments. I want to treat this school film as the real deal, the real world of cinema, a real production. And it will get shot by the end of November and edited no later than February 2014... it has to, and it will; it's for a grade anyway.
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