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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 16 2017 6:34 PM UTC +00:00
$10,211
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
173
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 16 2017 6:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR BACKERS! Thank you for pushing us over the $10K MARK! To me, that's an accomplishment! Since we did not reach the $25K funding goal here, we'd like to ask all loyal backers to transfer all their pledges to our Indiegogo campaign. We're going to continue to raise the rest of the funds.  SAME TITLE, SAME PERKS, SAME EVERYTHING! AND THE GOOD NEWS IS, WE GET TO KEEP ALL THE FUNDS! Please follow us there! We can now produce our first pilot!!!! Thanks to you!  Please join us at Indiegogo! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-two-essences-tv-sitcom-pilot/x/27566#/

AWARD-WINNING DEAF FILMMAKER, JADE OF #RESIST THROUGH OUR EYES: OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM HAS BEEN FEATURED IN HUFFINGTON POST! RISE OF #DEAFTALENT

Aspiring show-runner, producer and content creator, Jade Bryan is on a mission to see the first #sitcom with predominantly Deaf people of color in lead roles becoming a reality. Help fund her kickstarter. It's time for the network to stop overlooking Deaf Talents.  #POCDeafLivesMatter #Tellingourstories #TVseries #Pilot #Representationmatters #ASLCinema #blackdeafperspectives #pocdeaftalent #contentcreator #hiredeafwriters 

We'd like for our pilot to appeal to all audiences. As content creators, we have a passion for creativity while championing for a group that is consistently ignored by society. There are 70 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people living in the USA and aboard. They are looking for stories they resonate with. We have two written pilots and would like for one of them to become a reality this fall. We're introducing universal contents, through television paralleling the definitive depiction of deaf individuals with the often-tenuous relationship between characters and social issues.

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 Please watch a short clip of the staged reading. 

 ABOUT THE TWO ESSENCES © (Genre: TV Sitcom) Logline:

Essence Chamberlain-Dubois is a free spirit, snappy, 38 year-old self-taught freelance Day Trader and part-time housewife with three children, who decides to go back to school to pursue a degree in business at a black school where her 18 years old self-centered deaf daughter, Zoë Essence, also known as Essie, is also attending.

This is a story about a first and second generations mixed race Deaf and Hearing family that has never been told anywhere before on mainstream television. We hope you will help us raise the funds to produce the pilot in the fall of 2017.

The Production budget is $50,000 to shoot 6 episodes. We will raise the first part for $25,000 and the second part for $25,000. The third part is for $25,000, which is for postproduction. We will focus on the first two and raise the rest for postproduction later. The fund is primarily to finance our production costs. $50,000 does not include post production, but it will cover the things we need right now, like lighting equipment, legally necessary permits and production insurance, cameras, memory cards, hard drives, gasoline, car rental, lodging, feeding cast and crew. Creating the look of the shows are expensive! 

$50,000 to shoot 6 episodes.

$25,000 for postproduction. 

Overall production budget: $75,000!

YOUR INVESTMENT

Almost all the films produced by Jade Films are solely independent productions and has been self-financed up until this point. However, making a pilot series is an expensive endeavor and we want to make sure we have the financial support to take the film on the next level, where we will need at least $75,000 to produce a pilot series of high quality and caliber.

When the final product is completed, we will market it to various festivals, including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance as well as popular streaming networks such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, etc.

Passionate people make all the difference with something like this and every single person's contribution will make a difference. One of the main reasons we decided to use Kickstarter was because we loved the idea that our campaign, like our pilot project, will be a collaborative effort by people who truly care about our stories. Your help and support will be invaluable to us on this journey. 

CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?
Yes! If we can surpass our $75,000 production goal, it would not only be a dream come true, but it would allow us to finally produce a great show based on our perspective that millions and millions of deaf and signing people have been longing for! Exceeding our goal would help offset our significant expenses, which include the costs to rent the space, locations, pay for sign language interpreters, feed our actors/crew, actors pay, equipment rental, travel/lodging, hire a good crew, script copies, postage, and postproduction. 
 

OUR PRODUCTION TEAM

Jade Bryan - Creator/Writer/Producer/Director

Juliana Shadlen - Added Writer/Director of Photography/Editor

Al Rivera - Director of Photography/Gaffer

Damon L. Tidwell - Added Director of Photography

Lisa Dennett (maybe) - Casting Director

Gaetano Semillia - Interpreter Production Coordinator

Katina White - Sign Language Master

RED CARPET PREMIERE AND Q&A FOR THE SHATTERED MIND WITH CAST (10/2014)
RED CARPET PREMIERE AND Q&A FOR THE SHATTERED MIND WITH CAST (10/2014)

 From 2015- 2017, Jade Bryan’s THE SHATTERED MIND has won 16 awards from touring 44 film festivals around the world bringing awareness about Black Deaf Perspectives and increasing positive representation of Deaf Talents of Color.

Manhattan Film Festival, 2015
Manhattan Film Festival, 2015
 
RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 2015
RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 2015

 

 We've also got some fun perks - a few of them are listed below! 

The Shattered Mind t-shirt, poster & DVD ($55 Pledge)
The Shattered Mind t-shirt, poster & DVD ($55 Pledge)

•Appear as an extra in the pilot or choose an Associate Producer credit!

•Your character name!

•Tickets to the premiere!

•Exclusive on-set production experience!

•An executive producer credit!

•Co-director credit!

CREDITENTIALS/INTERVIEWS/REELS

Jade appeared on Bric TV and The Alarmed Show to talk about her award-winning film, The Shattered Mind.  

Published on Nov 15, 2016 Simon introduces us to Jade Bryan, a Filmmaker, and advocate for representation of the deaf and hard of hearing - particularly of color. Jade shares some challenges she's faced in breaking into the industries, and recommendations she has for those in positions who might make new opportunities available to these communities.

 View our award-winning reels, The Shattered Mind. 

 

 

 Other work sample. 

If you have any questions or comments or would prefer to donate by check, we would be happy to send you mailing information! Please e-mail us at: Jadefilms@gmail.com. Our organization, DeafVision Filmworks is 100% tax-deductible with a 501 (c)3 status. Please ask us for our federal I.D. to receive a tax-exempt for your donation.

Thank you very much for your time and for supporting my campaign mission to execute my first ever pilot series. We will make you proud!

Follow us on Twitter: @Jade_Films

Follow us on Facebook: The Two Essences

Risks and challenges

Every project is filled with potential risks. Please know that we will do everything in our power to live up to the faith you've placed in us with your remarkable generosity. We are extremely persistent and we believe in our pilot. It's the only way we can get the networks to take our pilot more seriously by turning the pilot into reality rather than submitting a hard copy script and compete with other writers. Our chance are slim to none. We rather just make the pilot.

There's a show on ABC Family network, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, which featured mostly white cast who are deaf. However, it lacks diversity. Understand that our original content is relatively unique, which features Deaf Talents of Color and that it has never been broadcasted before. You are taking part of a revolutionary new voice in television that will give these actors of color a chance for visibility on television. We believe we have an extremely high chance. If done well, we will be able to WOW the producers of the networks so that we could get an opportunity to air our pilot on television. We deserves that chance. This is will be our prime time and breakout year in 2015! Our creative team is ready to knock their socks off! Let's do it!

Additionally, if we do not reach our goal, some of the challenges we will be faced with would be paying actors, getting filming equipment, location rights, transportation cost, special effects funding, paying for sign language interpreters, food/drinks, green screen, make up/hair, etc.

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    Digital download of The Two Essences Pilot when it's completed. (See it before anyone else) and behind-the-scene clips. Shoutouts on social media and email as well as a movie poster.

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    Invitation to the Set

    Receive an invitation to the production set during the taping of our pilot in NY, eat with the crew/cast, earn associate producer credit and all the good stuff! ($10 S/H fee included)

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    Walk on role

    Walk on role in The Two Essences. We will create a line for you. You will also receive all the good stuff, DVD copy, t-shirt, etc. (S/H fee included)

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    ATTEND WRAP PARTY

    ATTEND WRAP PARTY IN NY (transportation not included). Receive 2tixs to cast and crew wrap party. 2tixs to pilot screening, asso. producer credit and perks. (S/H fee included)

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    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT

    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT Your name appear in the closing credit in pilot episode and IMDb page! VIP guests (2 tixs) to red-carpet pilot screening, included the perks. (S/H fee included)

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    HONORARY CO-DIRECTOR

    HONORARY CO-DIRECTOR FOR OUR 1ST TV PILOT! Spend a week on the set, yell action, wear a co-director cap, get all the attractive perks, etc. YOUR NAME appearing in the opening and closing credit in pilot episode and IMDb page! (Travel not included) (S/H fee included)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT AND A CHARACTER IN YOUR NAME appearing in the opening and closing credit in pilot episode and IMDb page! Your character will get cast and interacted with the main actors! We will create several lines just for you when you select this perk. Two VIP tixs to pilot screening. You get all the perks as well!

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    • Digital download of The Two Essences Pilot
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Funding period

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