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Dear Backers,

$19,000 is the amount we need to screen FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN in New York City
Why is screening in New York City so important?  Well, for independent filmmakers and their films… playing for one-week at a Manhattan theatre is like a band playing Madison Square Garden for the first time, or an artist having their work exhibited at the Met or an actor making their Broadway debut.  It is the one way to make sure that the art you create and are trying to bring to the world will last past you and the efforts you took in making it.  If you can help us raise $19,000, we will be able to rent a movie theater in Manhattan for one-week, which will facilitate a New York Times Review and help our film garner the necessary attention from the U.S. and World media.  Our film has connected with Audiences across political aisles and demographics at our previous screenings. Our screening FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN in New York City will help ensure that the issues of Politics, Race, Class and History presented in it will be discussed as part of this Election.

Professor Cornel West makes a point about the Two-Party political system
Professor Cornel West makes a point about the Two-Party political system

If we don’t raise the full amount of $19,000 within 30 days, Kickstarter will return all pledged money to the backers and NOTHING will go to FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN.  Your monetary support will not be wasted.
The breakdown of how we will use the $19,000 is below...

Theater Rental                     $12,000
Amazon Fees                            850
Kickstarter Fees                        950
Publicist Services                    1,700
Shipping of Rewards                   500
to Backers
Backers Rewards Fulfillment    3,000
Total                                  $19,000

Please "Back" our independent film project and help us reach the necessary target within this 30-day period.  Your gracious support will make a difference. Again, if we don't raise the entire amount - we don't get to screen our film in New York City -  and you will receive your money back.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is asked about the impact of his candidacy upon Urban America and drawing African Americans into the Republican Party
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is asked about the impact of his candidacy upon Urban America and drawing African Americans into the Republican Party

If you need any assistance or have any problems in placing a donation, please e-mail us at kickstarter@fearofablackrepublican.com.

Should where one lives determine if one Party ignores their vote and the other Party takes it for granted? 

This is the documentary film that neither Party wants you and many others to see.  Filmed and edited over a six-year period, FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN examines why there are so few Black Republicans and how this affects the U.S. political system for Everyone.  From the Civil War to the Great Depression, the GOP was the Party for many African-Americans, but today, the Republican Party is considered the Party of Avoiding Urban Areas and many are increasingly viewing the Democratic Party as being the Party of Benign Indifference.  Today, many of these Urban areas are now no longer considered competitive parts of America’s electoral map.

Congressional Candidate Catherine Davis pleads with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman for campaign support.
Congressional Candidate Catherine Davis pleads with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman for campaign support.

Beginning in his hometown of Trenton, NJ, filmmaker Kevin Williams speaks with BOTH Democrats and Republicans while journeying over four years and two Presidential Elections to find out if the Two-Party Political System is failing his city and the country.  In taking a self-critical look at his own Republican Party, Williams explores the GOP’s efforts in urban areas versus the suburbs, the Democratic Party's success in retaining the African-American vote and the experiences of Black Republicans with Democrats and their own Party.  During this journey, Williams speaks with scholars such as Princeton University Professors Cornel West and Howard Taylor; political leaders like former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and Republican Party Chairman, Michael Steele and previous RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman; former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman; Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jim Gilmore and John McCain; Conservative thinkers such as Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter; and Commentators Tavis Smiley and Michelle Malkin, amongst others.  Also interviewed is the first and last Black Republican Senator popularly elected since Reconstruction, former Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.

Filmmaker Kevin Williams questions now former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about the Republican Party's participation in Urban Areas.
Filmmaker Kevin Williams questions now former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about the Republican Party's participation in Urban Areas.

Director’s Statement from Kevin Williams:   Before I started shooting, I was just a voter wondering why things weren’t getting better after each election.  Picking up my camera changed everything for me.  My intention with this film is to find out if our political system supports the decaying of Urban America, what that means and what if anything can be done about it.  Journeying across the country and spending time with an important, but misunderstood segment of our society -Black Republicans, revealed a reality and an experience few will ever see.  As race, politics, human nature and history all clash in this film, I know that as the Director, I am only opening the book on this subject matter and its implications for America.  Our screenings and Q&As around the country have shown us that our film has hit the mark and real conversations are starting among those of us the Parties forgot.

To learn more about the film or view the film’s trailer, please go to www.fearofablackrepublican.com.

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    SPECIAL SCREENING: Private (or Public) Screening license and Q &A with the Director anywhere in the Continental U.S., (Wasilla, Alaska or Maui are negotiable). Thank you credit on our next film. + Personal Thank You video on You Tube, Dinner for 2 with the Director & Producer (in conjunction with the scheduled screening), 5 autographed DVDs, 2 Movie T-shirts, Personal Thank you letter from the Filmmakers, 4 Tickets to any Public Screening (including opening night of the NYC run). Thank you in our NYC Premiere program, Autographed DVD and 12x18 Poster, listing in Thank You section of our website.

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