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Artists, Erykah Badu, Thulani Davis and iona diamond join DCI Production in creating a film and an artist-driven distribution paradigm.
Artists, Erykah Badu, Thulani Davis and iona diamond join DCI Production in creating a film and an artist-driven distribution paradigm.
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As a supporter of this Kickstarter you will be among the first to interact over social media with the characters of the film.  You will have opportunities to broaden the core narrative of the film to be responsive to this crucial 2012 election cycle.

We are asking for you to help bring Bird Kincaid and other characters from Maker of Saints into your life via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc. We will develop visual art, video clips, and other media and share it in real time throughout the summer and fall of 2012.  In addition to conversing with the characters and commenting on their posts, you will have opportunities to contribute your own content.



Think of our interactive experience as Part I of the story, and the film as Part II.  What we build together - art and audience - will be included as the enhanced feature of the film. It may even take on a life of it's own in the social media universe.  This is an experiment – an unprecedented way of blurring the line between film and audience.  We’re asking you to help break new ground.

drawings from Bird's sketchbook - iona diamond
drawings from Bird's sketchbook - iona diamond

Stay tuned to Part I and the amazing artwork that becomes available in the process. Maker of Saints will feature original paintings and drawings - done exclusively for the film - art by iona diamond.  Original signed works and high quality reproductions are available as rewards.

* Note: supporting this Kickstarter campaign does not guarantee that the film - Maker of Saints - will be completed. This may affect elements of the "finished film" rewards offered, but the digital downloads of art and original signed art (paintings, drawings, and prints) will still be rewarded. If you are giving as a  Patron Saint, a Maker, or as a Collector you are virtually commissioning the artwork. Take the risk with us.

Some of the most distinctive voices in our global culture today are joining forces with DCI Production: singer/actress/producer Erykah Badu, writer Thulani Davis, and painter iona rozeal brown (aka iona diamond) - among others - are creating a truly independent film from Thulani's screenplay and novel Maker of Saints.

Other artists also involved with Maker of Saints include director Gary Grieg, musician Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, actors Roger Guenveur Smith, Erik Todd Dellums, and rumored Yasin Bey (formerly Mos Def).

Maker of Saints the film (Part II) is a thrilling hybrid: an artistic, political drama, based on the award-winning 1996 novel by Thulani Davis and re-set in 2008 in Washington, DC.

The film opens August 26, 2008 in Washington DC.  While the Democratic Convention is broadcast live from Denver, a brilliant young artist plunges to her death. Abusive relationships, media manipulation, and art world politics are experienced through the eyes and ears of a woman at her breaking point. There appears to be a rush to declare the death a suicide, a political statement, but her best friend knows better. Or does she? Bird Kincaid can’t sleep, plagued by nightmares -- vivid images of Alex Decauter falling seven stories -- as grief transforms into obsession. She is jealous of her friend’s meteoric rise to fame and horrified by her intense relationship with a powerful and threatening art world insider, Frank Burton. The film opens the doors to the inner workings of a world rarely seen, a thriving culture backstage, behind the backdrop of DC power and politics.


"It is a riveting story of an artist whose violent death becomes an obsession for her closest friend. As fast-paced and intriguing as a thriller, alive with wit and sensuality Maker of Saints, is a fascinating and provocative novel about love, art, jealousy, and friendship in a funky, glitzy... demimonde."                   Google Books

"The non-independent film industry has been afraid to touch this project because of its controversial themes and the fear that “urban dramas don’t work” –- translates: only stock characters, formula plots, standard environments, and low imagination are worth the risk."          Thulani Davis

Smart storytelling does work for new world audiences. Now, thanks to the raging popularity of social media -- stories that need to be told will find a way.

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    FRIEND - You will become a "friend" of Maker of Saints and... YOU will be the first to know as the project develops.

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    FAN – Friend plus a digital screensaver of "Bird’s drawing" by iona rozeal brown.

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    ARTIST - (FAN gift) plus a second digital download of one of "Bird's drawings" and the advance clips created from Kickstarter project.

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    PATRON – (ARTIST gifts) plus a third of "Bird's drawings" and a digital download of the finished feature film* (see *NOTE:).

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    SAINT – (PATRON gifts) credited under “Special Thanks” in the credit-roll portion of the finished film, plus a copy of the DVD/CD Edition of finished film*.

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    PATRON SAINT - (SAINT gifts) plus a signed original print by iona rozeal brown (value: $800).

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    COLLECTOR - (SAINT gifts) plus an original painting-study by artist iona rozeal brown-aka iona diamond (value: tbd).

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