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I Love Cinema a comedy about sex race & politics in a so-called post racial world. Jennifer Williams formerly of Basketball Wives stars

Professor Layla Laneaux reenacts some of her favorite movies, like Josephine Baker's films.
Professor Layla Laneaux reenacts some of her favorite movies, like Josephine Baker's films.

Professor Laneaux is obsessed with film both in the classroom and the bedroom but the Professor's Film Fantasy World is shattered by racial controversy and a crazy media circus all seemingly out to get her.

For More Information on 'I Love Cinema The Movie'

Contact Leslie Harris ilovecinemathemovie@gmail.com

 WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

Actor, MALIK YOBA , from Tyler Perry’s 'Why Did I Get Married?', 'Why Did I Get Married Too?', SyFy’s Series 'Alphas' and many other classic films and TV series joins the cast of ‘I Love Cinema’ as Professor Cary Malone Phd, Layla's husband. 

CHECK OUT MALIK’S VIDEO BELOW 

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Why Writer/Director Leslie Harris chose Kickstarter?

Studios execs and traditional film financing sources said I was crazy to make a comedy about sex, race and politics in today’s ‘so-called’ post-racial world.

Are you kidding? Have you seen some of the ridiculous political pundits on Cable TV? Or heard outrageous comments on talk radio? And Women from PTA's to the Board Rooms can't stop reading the best seller, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'!!...like my central character, Professor Laneaux, sexual fantasies are definitely on a lot of women's minds!

So, to make a satirical, provocative and sexy comedy that deals with real stuff going on today and a film I think you’ll enjoy... I came to Kickstarter. 

Here are a couple of quotes from two really cool people:

"The thing I like the most about this story is that I haven’t seen it before." Director John Sayles (who has seen 2,000 movies) Independent Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Author Go For Sisters, Matewan, Eight Men Out, The Brother from Another Planet, Passion Fish,

“Leslie Harris is a grand artist and courageous filmmaker. I don’t miss any of her powerful works!”-Dr. Cornel West Activist, Professor Author of Race Matters, Hope on a Tightrope, Brother West: Living and Loving, Out Loud.

And Spike Lee gave us a shout out on twitter:

Okay...What’s ‘I Love Cinema’ about?

‘I Love Cinema’ is the story of Professor Layla Laneaux who is obsessed with cinema both in the classroom and the bedroom. She's educated, sophisticated and she lives in a bit of a fantasy world but the Professor’s world is turned upside down, by a host of outrageous fictional characters and one in particular, a political pundit. Ya know the type, they're all over today's media, one that comes to mind, his name rhymes with Lush... Uh oh, but back to the movie!

I love movies that’s why I wrote the screenplay 'I Love Cinema'. It has the tone of some my favorite classic films like “Network”, “ A Face in the Crowd’ and “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' ... but 'I Love Cinema' has a contemporary twist with college students dealing with real stuff, an actor (playing Layla's husband) from some of your favorite movies and TV shows and musical artists from our slammin’ Hip Hop and R&B soundtrack!

I'm thankful for all my loyal 'Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.' fans on Netflix and You Tube. Your encouragement and wonderful comments kept me from giving up on making a comedy about our 'so-called' post-racial world and giving in to execs who wanted to water down the script. Thank goodness there are crowd-funding places like Kickstarter!

If you haven’t seen my first feature’ Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.’

Please see it!

Being one of the first African-American women to get a feature distributed wasn’t easy. I financed the film myself with the help of grants, support from wonderful cast and crew and great people who believed in me. ‘JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T.’ went on to receive Official Selection in worldwide film festivals like Toronto, Tokyo and Deauville and won a Sundance Special Jury Prize. The film was even distributed by Miramax!

Not bad for a film no studio wanted to make.

Now YOU, the people, can greenlight a movie.

It's time for a new comedy...

I Love Cinema

And, yes, once again the studios aren’t biting…

That's where YOU come in... If you’d like to see a film that deals with REAL STUFF ...that’s FUNNY, SEXY and SATIRICAL. You can be a part of making a film that will definitely shake things up!

ANNOUNCING GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED ARTIST ANGIE STONE HAS JOINED THE 'I LOVE CINEMA' TEAM

Angie Stone, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, will be both executive producer on soundtrack and artist among many other talented musicians on the feature film,  I LOVE CINEMA.

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We'd like to share some 'I Love Cinema The Movie' Behind The Scenes Bonus Footage

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Who will play Professor Laneaux?

I think talented actors can be discovered in all avenues of the entertainment industry: music, dance…and yes, Reality TV. There are some dynamic talent emerging from that genre, whoda thunk it, huh??!!!(smile)

I’m so happy to announce:

Our lead actress is Jennifer Williams who appeared in the Hit VH1 Reality Series ‘Basketball Wives'. 

...There are many sides to Jennifer that you haven’t seen…Oops! that sounds a bit risqué...but 'I Love Cinema' is risqué.(smile). Jennifer will definitely surprise you!!

Click Below to hear Jennifer candidly talk about her role as Professor Layla Laneaux in ‘ I Love Cinema’.

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What actor would you like to see sit in this chair?

An outrageous and comedic Cable TV/Radio talk show host creates havoc on the quiet college campus.

He's hilarious, outrageous and devious…and has the #1 Talk Show in the country.

Just click on comments above. We’d love to hear your choice for an actor!

Here are some of the responses we received for the actor to sit in CableTV/Radio Talk Show Chair:

  • Steve Buscemi 
  • Terrence Howard 

 Please comment we'd like to hear from YOU!

MEET OUR INCREDIBLY TALENTED PRODUCTION DESIGNER

INA MAYHEW

INA’S SUPER CREATIVE WORK CAN BE SEEN IN THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:

  • FOR COLORED GIRLS 
  • DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN 
  • ABOVE THE RIM 
  • GET ON THE BUS 
  • GIRL 6 

…AND MANY OTHERS!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT SO INA CAN CREATE FABULOUS PRODUCTION DESIGN

Auditions & Rehearsal are key to any film production. 

The I Love Cinema Team is so grateful to Marc Isaacman Executive Director and Founder of  One on One, a place for actors, casting and studios rental in supporting I Love Cinema. 

Meet Marc

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 So you might be asking Why Kick it Off with Kickstarter?

I think Kickstarter is really exciting. It gives an opportunity for YOU the people to be part of the filmmaking process. We’re looking forward for you to come along with us during this 30 day journey and tell your friends, family, students and co-workers...everyone,  they have 30 days to support. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

If we reach our goal...your contributions will help us go into production. Then you'll be able to see I Love Cinema on the screen. And you'll see an intelligent, sexy, and fun College Professor who gets herself into some political 'hot water'. 

Making a movie isn't cheap, here’s what I Love Cinema needs and why. If we reach our goal we can get the film in the can. This is the minimum we need for stuff like camera equipment, lighting, grip, sound gear, and production design. There are some hilarious, very sexy and fun re-enactments of Layla’s favorite films.  We have a talented crew just waiting to show their best and make this film happen. During our 30 days on Kickstarter we will be announcing more of our amazing cast and crew. Your support would also help us hire our talented make-up artist,  incredible wardrobe person and amazing production designer to create a sensuous and fun cinematic world. Then we would be able to say we have a film in the can. That is why we need your support! 

REMEMBER, if our goal isn’t met I Love Cinema gets nothing and the film doesn’t get made... and you won’t be able to see Layla on screen! Whether you enjoy a sneak peek download from the soundtrack,  a ‘ I Love Cinema’ baseball cap, an invite to the premiere or some other goodies and oh, by the way...Here's a sneak peek at some cool 'Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.' movie collectibles we'd like to offer you as rewards...

Original I.R.T. Button  Limited Edition
Original I.R.T. Button Limited Edition
Original Design 'Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.' T-Shirt
Original Design 'Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.' T-Shirt

So I need your support, then you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped change the landscape of cinema and your support helped get a film made...AND THAT'S PRETTY AMAZING!!!

I Wanna Help…What do I do?

To become one of our backers, just click on the green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how to sign up…it’s easy.

It’s a chance for YOU, the movie going audience to be proactive.  By supporting, you will be a part of creating a film …and perhaps show the studios and execs that YOU  know what type of film YOU want to see! And that I’m not crazy!

We can’t do this without you. Please support I Love Cinema.

THANK YOU!!!

PRESS UPDATE NOVEMBER 11, 2013

INDIE WIRE'S SHADOW AND ACT ARTICLE

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/leslie-harris-just-another-girl-on-the-irt-launches-new-film-starring-jennifer-williams-of-basketball-wives

MORE PRESS UPDATES:

Centric TV November 12, 2013

http://www.centrictv.com/whats-good/entertainment/2013/11/12/basketball-wives-alum-jennifer-williams-to-star-in-i-love-cinema-video.html

Madamenoire.com November 12, 2012

http://madamenoire.com/321855/jennifer-williams-make-acting-debut-indie-flick-love-cinema/

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of our challenges is distribution. ‘ I Love Cinema’ doesn’t have a distributor yet. So our plan is to debut ‘ I Love Cinema’ at the Cannes International Film Festival. Layla loves International films so this would be a perfect fit. If you fund the project we intend to shoot the film and finish in time for submission to Cannes.

Your goodies like sneak peek soundtrack digital download, ‘ I Love Cinema’ T-shirts, caps and posters are our thanks for helping us make‘ I Love Cinema and hopefully get to Cannes Film Festival. And we will get the rewards to you by the date promised. For those of you who are attending an event or joining us on set, we will do our best to make sure you know the schedule so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere

• Some rewards may require additional paperwork.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations. If any of these conflict, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

Yes, doing a feature is risky but what in life worthwhile isn’t a risk. I’ve done this before, made a film on a limited budget. I know how to do it. So with your support we will make an incredible, provocative and sexy comedy. And if you do support the project you’ll be part of a dynamic new way to make films. FILMS MADE BY THE PEOPLE! And you'll be part of the I Love Cinema team! THANK YOU!!!!

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