WHAT IS GIVING ME LIFE (IN THE LAND OF THE DEADASS)?
giving me life /gɪvɪg mi laɪf/ idiom. gay, black slang for anything that brings you joy.
deadass /dɛd æs/ idiom. a slang term from New York City, which means to be completely and totally serious.
1. Combined together, "Giving Me Life In The Land of The Deadass” represents the journey to finding joy even in a seriously harsh world. Trust and believe, in the times we're living in, we all need it -- especially for those of us from marginalized communities!
2. "Giving Me Live In The Land Of The Deadass" is an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition.
WHAT IS THE SERIES ABOUT?
The show follows six Black and Latinx friends as they struggle to live and love in NYC. Each season will have six episodes, with each episode featuring one friend on a shenanigan-filled adventure in a city that gives “no fucks” about an earnest heart or a living wage. The series gives life to characters that are vastly underrepresented in mainstream media, and allows them to take centerstage, showcasing the complexity of race, gender, sexuality and class through a comedic but thought-provoking lens.
WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS?
An idealistic “artivist,”who believes she can change the world before the world changes her. She has a problem accepting reality and boundaries in the city with no limits. Her life gets more complicated when she loses her job and her college crush, Gil, rejoins her circle of friends.
A no-nonsense, career-driven, former valedictorian, who works at an investment-banking firm while studying for her GMATs. A beacon of style and taste -- she's only willing to date women and men who are socialites. She's got her whole life figured out -- but with her high standards, can she find someone to share it with?
His natural charisma, humor and deep spirituality make everyone – even strangers – want to be his best friend. Travis has found a successful, church-going, God-loving man. He has the perfect life...or does he?
A free-spirit who's been taking random jobs and turning couch-surfing into an art form, with the hopes of one day becoming a restaurateur. And although he won’t say “no” to a crazy night out or a one-night stand, he’s a romantic at heart and is looking for the right woman to settle down with. But will his wild ways get in the way of love?
A weed-smoking middle school guidance counselor who's a peacemaker among her friends. With her easy-going demeanor, Jess is everyone’s confidante. Although the ladies love her, she has a problem letting women in — afraid that they might mess with her Zen-like way of life.
A geek-chic, sci-fi fantasy connoisseur who's not afraid to let his Blerd flag fly. Conservative, Gil constantly finds himself struggling between doing what’s expected of him versus what’s truly in his heart.
Their stories are our stories. Not only do they deserved to be told, but we need to be the ones telling them. But we can't do it without you!
JOIN THE PARTY!
Here's the deal...we're looking to raise funds that will go towards helping us complete the first season. With three episodes already produced, three more fabulous scripts in development and your help, we believe we can bring this project to the masses! Join us! Join the party!
In order to move forward with the back half of the first season, we'll need to raise funds to cover:
In return we are gonna hook you up!
We see you as a partner in the series and want to make sure you're a part of this experience. In exchange for your help, we're offering on-screen credits, official merchandise, private screenings, exclusive on-set visits as well as limited-time rewards like on-camera appearances and much more! Check out all the cool rewards to the right, watch out for updates and join the GML Fam today!
Although we are living through "the television renaissance," we can only name a small handful of comedy or dramedy series that star diverse actors (whether it be Black, Latinx, and/or LGBTQ). The fact that we can name them on basically one hand means that we are still thirsty for new shows that challenge today's norms and celebrate the lives of people whose very existence challenge the status quo. We do exist, after all. :)
Help us push the boundaries of television!
Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and living throughout NYC her whole life, series creator Dafina Roberts always had a passion to tell New York stories that capture the diversity, craziness and realness that make this city like no other. Growing up with unconventional parents in a wild city spurred her desire to tell these untold stories with humanity & humor. Join this dynamic, talented and diverse group of artists as we tell the awkward and universal tale of characters who grew up different -- grew up being "othered" -- but discovered their truth and joy through the support of their crazy lovable friends.
DAFINA ROBERTS (Writer/Director/Executive Producer)
Dafina is now a producer/ writer/ director working in television, film, and theater, with a specialization in coming-of-age stories. She is currently a Kickstarter Creator-In-Residence. She has worked in Series Development & Production at Viacom. Previously, she worked with the Oscar-nominated urban youth performance company—IMPACT Repertory Theatre. She also co-produced the coming-of-age feature film, “Punching At The Sun” (Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival; Winner for Best Narrative at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.) In addition, she has produced and directed live events at the Starbucks Music Series for the Sundance Film Festival as well as at MTV with the cast of “Fela! On Broadway".
SOPHIA CLARK (Producer)
Sophia Clark is a Harlem based Producer driven by a passion for humanizing and celebrating queer and POC stories. She graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts with a BFA in Film Production and a double minor in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. Before she transitioned to New York, Sophia worked as the Creative Consultant for the feature-length documentary Give to Live, which focused on charitable giving and foreign aid in East Africa. Currently, Sophia works as a field and coordinating producer for WNET, PBS’s flagship station. Her work with public media has yielded multiple local Emmy-nominated documentaries and collaborations with PBS Digital Studios and PBS Learning Media.
JORDAN BATTISTE (Producer)
Jordan is a music producer and filmmaker residing in Harlem, NYC. He has appeared on MTV’s P. Diddy’s StarMaker, procured placements on various film and TV projects such as Step UP 3D, MTV’s 10 on Top, and MTV’s MADE. The success of Jordan’s work on MADE lead to his appearance on the popular MTV show as a MADE Coach. Jordan was also instrumental in the development and signing of pop artist Marco Foster to multi-platinum artist, Flo Rida, and his label imprint IMG/Strongarm. Jordan concurrently joined the Hip Hop/Pop band, Pants Velour, as keyboardist/vocalist and was instrumental (pun intended) in their signing to Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC., as well as, produced the music for Shaun T’s newest workout DVD project, CIZE. Currently, Jordan has created a production company called, The Panda Bandit, LLC., which provides original content for brands, is currently developing various original web series, and producing a feature length movie.
HASSAN EL-GENDI (Associate Producer)
Hassan (a.ka. HaZ) is a Creative Consultant and Social/Branding Strategist with a unique, approach to digital branding and marketing for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He credits the combination of his project management experience in pharmaceutical advertising and creative work across multiple media platforms (his work has been featured in radio, television, and film) with his "creatively strategic" approach; developing and executing innovative strategy to produce quality content which crafts a unique, compelling identity helping brands to stand out in today's market.
When he is not bringing value to individuals/organizations in need his services, HaZ can be found indulging his passion for food, photography, and hip-hop, as he builds his latest project: a hip-hop fueled, multi-media exploration of what connects us together entitled "all.brunch.everything."
BRADFORD BRIDGERS (Associate Producer)
Bradford is a publicist and aspiring visual creative from Fort Washington, MD. Bradford’s diverse digital media experience has supported key editorial and marketing initiatives for a number of brands and events, such as the Essence Festival, TIME 100, BET and more. A modern renaissance man, he is currently working to develop his writing, photography and acting skills. Bradford’s current passions and projects involve telling compelling visual stories that highlight and normalize queer people of color’s lived experiences in America. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
LAMONDAY BAXTER (Associate Producer)
LaMonday is a creative hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her background is in digital media, filmmaking, photography, and content development. She works as a YouTube Strategist for Complex Networks. While at Complex, she works as a liaison between video and development- helping to coordinate for both Complex’s Election live coverage night, and the first ever ComplexCon. By night, she is currently helping to develop visuals for The Molecule Project and streetwear brand, Sundae School. Although she has many skills, she prides herself on her passion for using media to impact content that explores various groups of people and cultures. LaMonday resides in Brooklyn, New York.
GIVING ME LIFE FAMILY
GML MVPs: Amy Ramirez, Steve Roberts, Aisha Roberts
GML CREW: Andrew Bulington, Andrew Flores, Andrew Salomone, Bahadir Gurel, Brandi Robinson, Brandon Grant, Carina Teoh, Chelsea Brett, Chris Bianrosa, Destiny Lilly, Dietrice Bolden, Dionna McMillian, Hanna Rioseco, Hiroshi Hara, Joe Orlandi, Jonathan Hudson, Kima Baffour, Linda Huang, Luisa Pascual, Matt Chao, Natalia Majette, Robert Sweeting, Roman Gest, Ryan Wolf, Stacey Jewell, Tasheema Felder
GML GUEST STARS: Alena Singleton, Alex Pires, Angie Tennant, Borris York, Devale Ellis, Karen Vigo, Kerry Flanagan, Kyle Bary, Lindsay Aster, LJ Moses, Martin Ewens, Mijon Zulu, Spencer Scott Barros
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Risks and challenges
We’re living in uncertain political times. As we prepare for this shoot, we’re keeping in mind that every day holds new surprises and challenges, especially in New York City, that can affect our production and postproduction timeline. But we’re also confident we can rise to the occasion and overcome any challenge presented to us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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