Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 30, 2011.

Update #18

SCORE!!!

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Hello ITM Family!

I hope this update finds everyone well, and in the best of spirits.  Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that yesterday, we recorded score for our film!  A huge step towards completion, which I'm incredibly excited about.  Over the summer, our composer Enoch Smith, Jr. and I began our work together.  EJ composed, and electronically temped out a beautiful score for our film.  After we locked picture this winter, he and I worked together to fine tune our score.  Yesterday, with the help of the additional contributions from our wonderful backers, we were able to record our film's score with a live piano and string quartet.  Electronic strings and keyboards are one thing, but real instruments lend an organic depth and richness to the overall sound and experience of the film.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to do this.  I can't tell you how amazing it was to see it all come together.  I can't wait to share it with all of you!

Again, thank you for your support thus far.  Shortly, we will be moving on to our sound mix.  I look forward to sharing that experience with you as well.  Also, we have an upcoming fundraiser next month with our supporters in Portland, and in May we are planning a special fundraising screening of our work in progress in NYC.  I'll be sharing those details soon.  You'll have the opportunity to see what we've been working so hard on thus far!

I'm leaving you with an image from our score recording session yesterday, truly, a dream come true!  Many thanks to our composer, musicians, and backers who made it possible.

With love, light and gratitude,

Nefertite


Update #17

Exciting Times Ahead!

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Hello ITM Family!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far.  It's been a tremendous year and there is much to be thankful for.  I had no idea that embarking on this journey of creating a truly independent feature film would be such an adventure.  I am constantly surprised by what a little faith and determination can achieve!  As this year winds down, I wanted to give you the latest news about our film IN THE MORNING.  It's been a long road, as we've had to move at the pace our resources dictate, but we've laid out a clear path to the finished line.... yes we are close to FINISHING THE FILM!!!

Many of you, (as am I) are anxious to see the finished product.  Your support and encouragement throughout this process has been amazing.  To be clear, the pace of completion has been deeply affected by our resources.  It comes down to the numbers. 

Here's the math:  To date, we've spent approximately $60,000 to create the film we envisioned.  Because of your generosity and belief in the film, we successfully met, well exceeded : ) our Kickstarter goal, which (after fees) meant $25,000 went directly towards the costs of production.  The remaining $35,000 needed for production, and post-production thus far, I contributed using my personal savings and credit cards.  For someone who has essentially been a freelance artist for the past decade, this is no minor feat.  But when you are passionate and believe in something, you make sacrifices.  I've had to step away and work intermittently on other projects in order to continue to support IN THE MORNING and it's been so worth it!

Here's what's needed to complete the film: Score Recording, Music Licensing, Title Design, Sound Mix and Color Timing.  Combined these fees equal $15,000 (Color Timing is the most expensive part of the post process, which alone is $8,000).  Though we've submitted our current cut to a few film festivals, we are essentially submitting a film that is unfinished, and I don't think that gives our film a fair shot.  Here's why we're excited, that's about to change!

Since we wrapped production, I've spent much time and energy applying for grants and post-production resources, frustratingly, to no avail.  Having been tapped out financially myself, this was the only path I could see to finishing the film.  A year and a half later, that has changed!  As I've learned so clearly after setting out on this course, there is never just one way.  It just takes a little ingenuity.  So I got to brainstorming, and we figured out a new path.  Our producers and I have planned a series of exciting fundraisers to take us step by step through the remaining steps towards completion.  By the Spring, we plan to have completed IN THE MORNING.  I can finally see the finished line, I'm thrilled! 

We'll be sharing more frequent updates as we forge ahead.  Again, thank you for your support thus far.  I'm am truly looking forward to sharing our upcoming milestones, victories, and soon, the film!  The progress continues!!!  A few people have asked, so I'm sharing the link to our website for anyone who would like to further support the film http://inthemorning-thefilm.com/suppor/ Speak soon! 

With love, light and gratitude,

Nefertite


Update #16

Progress!!!!

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Dear friends,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far!  After some time away, I'm happy to report on some wonderful progress that we're making on our film IN THE MORNING.  We have welcomed a new editor, Rebecca Beluk to the team.  She and I have set aside the next few weeks to work consistently together towards finalizing our edit.  I get to work on our film every day.  This is a privilege that I am beyond excited about!  I have only been able to have two edit sessions since last October, literally.  As frustrating as that has been at times, one of the many great things this process has taught me is to trust in delays.  The time spent away has given me the opportunity to continue to study my craft, and to return to the work with a clearer vision and understanding of what it needs.  I also had the opportunity to work on another project for six months, with a director I greatly admire. Along with constantly learning, this allowed me to set aside enough funds to get us through this next stage of Post Production....  Including doing some additional shooting!

We have welcomed some incredibly talented artists to the IN THE MORNING family.  Jazz musician/composer Enoch Smith Jr., has joined us to compose the original score for our film.  Also, In March, the award winning cinematographer, Bradford Young and I spent a day capturing additional images with key members of our cast.  In the past few weeks, cinematographer Mikko Timonen and I spent an evening and early morning capturing additional images of Brooklyn.  I'm certain that these beautiful new images and wonderful new music will enhance and strengthen our film.

Lastly, I wanted to share with you that The Huffington Post is streaming my first short film, made in 2007 entitled 'I Want You,' as part of their Black Voices/ Breakthrough Theater contest.  If you have a moment, please visit the website and vote for 'I Want You!'  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/black-voices-breakthrough-theater-i-want-you_n_3605705.html  The winning film will receive $5,000 and if selected, I'd be able to use those funds towards the completion of our film, IN THE MORNING.  How exciting is that!?!!!

I'm leaving you with an image from our shoot with Bradford, featuring one of our leading ladies Kim Hill, along with a frame grab of one of the dreamy, sun drenched moments captured....  It was a beautiful day!  We are making progress!!!!  Thank you for continuing to support us along this journey.  Looking forward to sharing more good news soon!

With love, light and gratitude,

Nefertite
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Update #15

The Rewards Are Coming!!

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Dear Friends:

I hope everyone's New Year is off to a wonderful start.  At this time last year, we were in the final stages of Pre-Production for IN THE MORNING.  Currently, we are in the final stages of Post-Production.  Not a day goes by that I am not filled with gratitude for this journey.  For this tremendous opportunity.  Again, I cannot thank you enough for making this film possible.  As we continue to fine tune our work, the film continues to reveal itself more and more.  Now that additional resources have come together, we'll be able to shoot a bit more in the coming weeks.   We'll return to the edit with a wealth of new ideas and material to explore, and we're excited to do so! 

I am also thrilled to report that the rewards are coming!!!  With the exception of the rewards associated with the finished film (i.e the DVD and screening) all other rewards will be sent in the next few weeks.  We do have a special thank you to hold you over until the DVD arrives!  If you haven't yet, please make sure you fill out your backer rewards survey.  It's the only way we'll have a shipping address to send the rewards.  Please note that some rewards will ship separately, as they are coming from different manufacturers. 

I'm leaving you with a sneak peak of the backer reward T-shirt, designed by one of IN THE MORNING'S Costume Designers, Gary Pridgeon.  Gary and his partner Neishea Lemle are amazing collaborators who did a spectacular job with our costumes.   You can see more of his work here

Here's the shirt, and a glimpse of myself and the designers with our cast, after our first shoot day.  A happy day, made possible by YOU!!

With love, light and gratitude,

Nefertite

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Update #14

The homestretch!!!

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Dear Friends,

I hope this note finds you all very well.  Since our last update, we've continued to work on our film, the film that YOU made possible, IN THE MORNING.  We are entering the final stretch of post-production.   As we get closer to locking picture, we are gearing up for a final round of fundraising to cover those pricey but necessary finishing touches like sound design/mix, color timing, and score. Making an independent film with limited resources is a marathon, not a sprint.  It's been an extraordinary journey with many hard-won victories.  Thank you for staying with us, and cheering us on along the way.   Your words of encouragement keep us going.  We can't wait to share our film with all of you.  We'll see you at the finished line!!  In the meantime, to keep up with our progress, don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Tumblr for updates and new photos.

Here is another image from IN THE MORNING that I'd like to share with you.  It's the introduction to our circle of friends.  In this scene, old friends Bly, Ravi, Amara and Fez chat about love, life and gentrification over brunch.  Our cast: JoNell Kennedy, Hoji Fortuna, Numa Perrier and Alzo Slade had wonderful chemistry, and larger than life personalities.  Shooting these group scenes was always a blast!  This scene was filmed on our very first shoot day.  A day I'll never forget.  I look forward to sharing more with you as we get closer to completing this film, our film: IN THE MORNING.

Again, we thank you.

With love, light and unyielding gratitude,

Nefertite

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