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A GIRL AWAKENS FROM A COMA WITH A HEARING LOSS. [A huge representation opportunity for Deaf People of Color in film & TV.]

We're featured in Indiewire's Shadow and Act: Black Deaf Filmmaker Wants To Address Lack Of Representation with Film & TV Projects and Sinuous Magazine.

Image below is from a scene from the short film, The Shattered Mind 

 DEAR INDIE FILM LOVERS AND SUPPORTERS!

My name is Queen Jade. I am an award-winning indie filmmaker who happens to be deaf. I am the FIRST Jamaican-American Deaf filmmaker, a pioneer in my own right. I have been producing and writing films for over 20 years. I am also a visionary and an activist. I believe in social change and social justice. I believe in promoting, spreading and increasing awareness about the lack of Deaf African-American actors cast in roles in the mainstream movie industry and in television.

What I have come to notice is that we have a huge lack of representation of BLACK DEAF CULTURE who are American Sign Language (ASL) users in FILM & TV. We especially lack representation addressing issues regarding diversity, intersectionalities and Deaf People of Color. We all have stories to share, so many! And we need your help to tell our stories.

Now we have a new film in the works. We just completed production of "THE SHATTERED MIND." We've exhausted all production funding and are raising more for postproduction. Our goal is to complete the film by January 10. 

ABOUT THE SHATTERED MIND FILM:

The film is centered upon a proud Black Deaf family with a captivating story that has never been told before in the mainstream film industry. THE SHATTERED MIND is a 40-minute short film that explores a black deaf family's journey while their daughter, Zhane Rain struggles to overcome adversity; traumatic childhood past and hearing loss. 

Zhane Rain is a misplaced teenager who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and to overcoming unusual psychological and neurological conditions. Ultimately, her biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child. 

 OUR AWESOME TALENTED PRODUCTION TEAM:

Producers: Cherie Johnson, Jade, Linda Mosca-Ginis, Deborah Broadus-Muskauski, Marcia Bryan-Brown, and Andrew & Lesa Bryan.

Cinematographer: Al Rivera

Sound Mixer/Recorder: Dexter Fenner

First AC: Nelson Mestril 

Please help put our film, THE SHATTERED MIND in the festivals! I am appealing to the Kindness in your Hearts to give what you can. Thank you.

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In 2003, I wrote, produced and directed my first indie guerrilla style feature film, IF YOU COULD HEAR MY OWN TUNE. I am proud of the work because it is the first ever feature film about black deaf culture. Help me to break new ground in film about black deaf culture.

Read review by Film Threat. " Indeed, it is startling to see a new drama with a deaf central character (Children of a Lesser God came out nearly a quarter-century ago) and it is equally rare to find someone other than Tyler Perry making a contemporary film with African Americans as the romantic leads."

RELEASED IN 2011 (SELECT THIS PERK $25 AND GET A DVD COPY!)

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WHAT ARE THE OTHER PLANS FOR THE SHATTERED MIND

Once we wrap up postproduction, a couple of things will happen. Other than bringing the rough cut of THE SHATTERED MIND to Sundance Film Festival to search for viable investors, we plan to submit the finished product to both domestic and international film festivals for 2014-2015 screenings. We really, I mean, implore you that you help us raise a few more thousand dollars so we do not run into any bumpy roads that will slow us down. We cannot afford to.

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 this film. And lastly, we would like for you to believe in us. Friends, business partners and our social network connections have witnessed the journey we have to carry the film this far, breaking our backs to collect over $18K in less than 6 months to complete the filming production of the movie. Persistence is in our DNA! There's no stopping us. And we hope the Kickstarter staff is with us as well. SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!

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    Shoutout on Twitter and Facebook. You will receive a DVD copy of Jade's first feature film, "If You Could Hear My Own Tune" about an African-American deaf woman's search for Mr. Right. Released in 2011. The film is in American Sign Language (ASL), Voiceover, music and English subtitles. Estimated delivery: April 2014

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    HELP EXPAND OUR AUDIENCE! WANT TO HOST A SCREENING OF OUR FILM? We come to your school, agency or hometown to show "The Shattered Mind." You provide the venue and reception for the audience. Flight and hotel not included. Only in USA. "The Shattered Mind" in digital format is expected to be available after May 2014. (Includes the above perks) Note: We do not send our film in DVD copy until it is released in home vide. (Why February 2015? Our film will be touring the film festival circuit seeking distribution deals).

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