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A film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships in one day.
A film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day.
A film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day.
256 backers pledged $27,195 to help bring this project to life.

2/20/16-- SAVE THE DATE!!

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Dear Friends,

The time has finally come! I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to share our film, the film you helped make possible, IN THE MORNING, with you! On February 20, 2016 at 09:00 am (Brooklyn time : ) you will receive your pre-release streaming link via email. The video will be available for 7 days to watch at your leisure. Mark your calendars!

It’s been a long road for our film and I’m so proud of how far we’ve gotten, together. None of this would be possible without my community. Now it’s time to celebrate! We’re calling this exclusive online screening: ITM - The Experience.

Let’s create an experience together. One of the things we hear often from IN THE MORNING audiences after screenings is how much they loved seeing beautiful black and brown folks celebrating love and friendship in our film. For this exclusive screening event, we’d love for you to have the full ITM Experience by hosting a home screening with your circle of friends.

Join us at the ITM - The Experience Facebook event page here for fun content and updates. We’ll be sharing bespoke cocktail recipes inspired by the film + opportunities to join post-screening discussions online with me and our cast. IN THE MORNING was created as a conversation piece, to spark dialogue about love, intimacy and vulnerability. Tell us your stories of #LovingWhileBlack + tag us in your pics/videos and we’ll feature you on our social profiles.

Also, we've begun sending an external newsletter, as I've been told not all of our backers have been receiving the updates. We want to be sure we don't miss anyone! Again, thank you so much for your support and see you online at ITM - The Experience. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about IN THE MORNING!

With love, light & gratitude,

Nefertite

Pre-Release Screeners and a Multi-Platform Release Coming Soon!

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Hello Friends,

I'm hoping this note finds everyone well.  2015 has been a beautiful year for our film IN THE MORNING, we've won multiple awards and, it's been truly amazing to share it with audiences at film festivals throughout the country and in France and Italy.  Now, thanks to another successful Kickstarter campaign, this spring IN THE MORNING will finally have a broader release.  Our film will be available in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta (for starters!), as well as everywhere via video on demand.  

Working on IN THE MORNING has been a long, rewarding journey that continues to teach me new things every day.  I'm thrilled that our film will now be able to connect with a wider audience.  None of this would be possible without you, thank you.  For those of you whose reward included a DVD copy of the film, they will not be available until our theatrical run concludes, but you will all receive DVD’s as promised once available.  In the meantime, we are offering you a special private pre-release digital streaming link of the film in early 2016.  Please respond to my message sent through Kickstarter to confirm delivery.  (You can do so by logging into your Kickstarter account.)

A reminder, for those of you who'd like more frequent updates, you can follow us on Facebook by 'liking' the film page here: https://www.facebook.com/inthemorning.thefilm or follow the film on twitter @hollywdafricans or me @NefertiteNguvu. Also, our website is kept up to date with all film related info: http://inthemorning-thefilm.com/

Wishing you all a warm, wonderful holiday and bright new year ahead!! Thank you for your incredible support of IN THE MORNING. 2016 here we come!!! 

With love, light and gratitude,

Nefertite

The Homestretch of the New Campaign!!

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Dear Friends, 

We have officially reached the LAST WEEK OF THE NEW CAMPAIGN. There are FIVE DAYS left to fund IN THE MORNING's distribution! It has been an exciting couple of days, as we have crossed $15,000 and are 62% funded! We have five days left to get to our goal of $25,000 so that we can bring the film that you all helped to make possible to audiences everywhere. I know we can get there! I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity, without you, IN THE MORNING would not exist. Since we launched this new campaign, the outpouring of support has been tremendous. It really has been incredible, to share this vision with so many others.

If we reach our funding goal by Monday at 10:00pm EST, we'll be able to bring IN THE MORNING to audiences everywhere this spring. We can do it, and I am once again, asking for your help.  Please consider becoming a backer of the new campaign, or show your support by sharing the link with your friends (http://kck.st/1ZQv04w) via email or on Facebook and Twitter (or get old school and pick up the phone : ) and let them know why you support IN THE MORNING and encourage them to visit our new campaign and see what the film is all about. Send reminders to those who expressed their support, now is the time to become an official backer! Help us spread the love, so we can bring our film about love and all of its complexities to the masses.

I'd like to share with you the below message from Arthur Jafa, the Cinematographer and one of the Producer's of IN THE MORNING (noted for his cinematography on films such as Julie Dash’s 'Daughters of the Dust' and, Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’). Collaborating with him has been a dream come true. I'm incredibly proud of our film and I look forward to sharing it with all of you. Again, we thank you for your support. There is an endless list of friends, family, fellow artists, as well as new friends and supporters who've championed IN THE MORNING, and I'm forever indebted and forever grateful for this--- thank you for believing in me.

With love, light and boundless possibility,

Nefertite

A Message From Cinematographer Arthur Jafa:

From the very beginning, we’ve made the cinema we dream of. Works that more than fulfill my mantra, “ a black cinema with the power, beauty and alienation of black music.” ‘Killer of Sheep,’ ‘Passing Through,’ ‘Bush Mama,’ ‘Sweetsweetback,’ ‘The Cry of Jazz,’ ‘Chasing the Moon,’ ‘Chameleon Street,’ ‘Losing Ground,’ ‘Ganja and Hess,’ ‘Daughter's of the Dust,’ etc. But I’ve come to realize, that the history of Black Cinema is, to a certain degree, a series of amazing one offs. 

Toni Morrison’s first novel was ‘The Bluest Eye.’ What if she’d never been allowed to publish another novel? If Killer of Sheep is Charles Burnett’s ‘The Bluest Eye’, what might his ‘Song of Solomon’ have looked like? If ‘Daughter’s’ is Julie Dash’s ‘The Bluest Eye,’ what would her ‘Beloved’ look like? And on and on and on. We have to deliver even after we’ve delivered. And this delivery requires sustained (but not uncritical) support. 

Nefertite is a stone cold warrior, which is to say, Nefertite is a stone cold criminal. And “In the Morning” at this moment, is the cinema we dream of. Help us to steal away. Support the distribution, really the emancipation, of our dreams. 

--Arthur Jafa 

On the set of IN THE MORNING with Arthur Jafa
On the set of IN THE MORNING with Arthur Jafa

New Awards and More Love for the New Campaign!

Hello Friends!!

I hope this note finds you all well. It's been an amazing week in the life of our film IN THE MORNING. Our film won two awards at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta: Best Feature Film, and Best Overall. The Best Feature Film award came with a $5,000 prize, that I intend to use towards our theatrical release plans. I'm 100% committed to getting IN THE MORNING out into the world! Our number of backers for the new campaign to raise funds to independently release IN THE MORNING has nearly doubled in the last week, and we are now 47% funded, that is major. Our project video has been viewed over 1,000 times, and a few new write ups helped awareness of our campaign spread even further. I'm confident that we'll make it to our goal if we keep pushing! Our film is so much closer to being released!  Here's the round-up:

While in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to speak on WABE, NPR's Atlanta station, chatting in my very best public radio mellow tones about IN THE MORNING : ) here's a link to hear the story... http://news.wabe.org/post/film-festival-promotes-atlanta-hub-filmmakers-color

A blog I love, ChicRebellion.tv allowed me to share more about my passion for telling our stories, by any means necessary, with their audience. Here is an excerpt: Q--- "When we spoke at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2014 (where In the Morning won the Audience Award for Best Feature), you were very transparent about investing all of your money–credit cards, whatever it took–to get this film made. In what ways did doing so, investing in yourself, empower you?" A--- "Investing in yourself as an artist is incredibly empowering. If I hadn’t invested in myself, my only choice would have been to keep knocking on doors asking other people for permission to create. I believed, so I did what needed to be done to get the film made. Had I not invested in myself, I’d still be waiting for someone else to give me the green light. I knew that it would not be easy to get In the Morning made, as our film doesn’t fit within the narrow lens in which most films about Black lives are viewed; but I am committed to telling our stories, no matter what it takes." You can read the entire article here: http://chicrebellion.tv/video/community/in-the-morning-nefertite-nguvu/

Another blog I love, In Her Shoes, gave me the opportunity to list my TOP FIVE reasons to encourage support of IN THE MORNING on Kickstarter. Here was my Reason Number One: Black Love Matters! Our need/capacity to love and be loved is ever present. Seeing ourselves in our vulnerable and intimate spaces is life-affirming and matters tremendously. Everywhere the film has shown, I’m constantly told by our audiences that they feel like “In The Morning” is their story, that this is the film they’ve been waiting for. Read the complete list at http://www.inhershoesblog.com/23294-2

For those of you who'd like more frequent updates, you can follow us on Facebook by 'liking' the page here: https://www.facebook.com/inthemorning.thefilm (we post new content daily) or follow the film on Twitter/Instagram @hollywdafricans. I'm on Twitter @NefertiteNguvu. Also, our website is kept up to date with all film related info: http://inthemorning-thefilm.com/

We have two more weeks in our new campaign to help bring IN THE MORNING to audiences everywhere, I know we can do it! Help us by continuing to spread the word, and sharing the good news about IN THE MORNING, or consider joining the new campaign here http://kck.st/1ZQv04w. I'll keep pushing as well!! Leaving you with my favorite photo from Bronzelens Film Festival, greeting one of the lovely members of our audience.  That is what this whole journey is about for me, the people I make films for.  Thanks again for your continued support.  I look forward to bringing our film IN THE MORNING to audiences everywhere. Look forward to sharing more good news soon!

With love light and gratitude,

Nefertite

New Teaser, New Screening, New Press!

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Hello Friends,

Hoping this note finds you all well. Just wanted to update you on a few new and exciting things.  We had a great week last week of our new Kickstarter campaign.  I launched this campaign to raise funds to bring IN THE MORNING to theaters and also make it accessible to audiences everywhere via Video On Demand.  A few key write ups helped awareness of our campaign spread even further.  We a that much closer!

Color Lines Magazine featured us in their Fundraiser Friday section with this lovely lead in: "Nefertite Nguvu's acclaimed ensemble drama focuses on the lives of nine black thirty-somethings in Brooklyn as they fall in love with one another and deal with the aftermath. Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "like 'The Big Chill'—if written by Zora Neale Hurston," the movie's stunning cinematography (courtesy of legendary cinemaographer and short-film director Arthur Jafa) and immersive script tell the story of black lives not often displayed with depth in contemporary cinema. With rising stars Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Middle of Nowhere," "Miles Ahead"), Kim Hill (formerly of the Black Eyed Peas) and Jacky Ido (Shonda Rimes's "The Catch") included among the exemplary cast, "In The Morning" is a powerhouse film for all manner of fans." You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.colorlines.com/articles/fundraiser-friday-morning-director-crowdfunding-independent-release

Also, AFRO PUNK (woohooo, I'm such a fan!) did a great piece about the film and our plans to independently distribute IN THE MORNING. Here's a small excerpt: Q- "How did you choose to present intimacy in the movie (both visually and in the story-writing) and why? Is it a way to "re-humanize" Black characters, present them in a more subtle and diverse way? A- Writing about intimacy and vulnerability were very important to me. I don’t think there are enough films about Black life that explore those themes fully. Often times films about our lives are about how we are responding to external trauma—which is real and true and ever present, but our need/capacity to love and be loved is ever present as well. I wanted to explore our intimate spaces: what it means to be vulnerable, which is something simple human and true. In the script writing, that meant creating characters with intellectual complexity and emotional depth, then putting them in situations our audience could relate to. Visually, we’re always working backwards from the emotional intention of the work. IN THE MORNING was photographed by Arthur Jafa, our goal was to create a film that possessed an elevated art-house Cinema sensibility, that also felt like it possessed the rawest, deepest, darkest, blackest, most visceral, most beautiful, elements of soul music. The goal was to be truthful and soulful in our approach. Above all else, I want to help expand the lens through which we see ourselves." You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/interview-new-teaser-premiere-filmmaker-nefertite-nguvu-opens-up

Afro Punk also debuted our new 'B-Side' Teaser. The new teaser is the flip side companion to our earlier released trailer. It takes a look at the film's emotional world, without words, just images. You can see it below:

I'm in Atlanta now, where our film will screen as part of BronzeLens Film Festival on Wednesday night. If you're here or have friends in the area, we'd love to see you! Ticket information can be found here: http://bronzelens.com/in-the-morning/

We have three more weeks in our new campaign. We still have a ways to go, but I'm certain all things are possible with community! Please consider joining the new campaign, every bit helps!  You can read more here: http://kck.st/1ZQv04w you can also help us by spreading the word.  I'll keep pushing as well!!  Thanks again for your support and helping to bring IN THE MORNING to audiences everywhere. Look forward to sharing more good news soon!

With love light and gratitude,

Nefertite