Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 12, 2012.

Update #13

We want your feedback !

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Even though we will not meet our Kickstarter goal, we made great progress. We have booked screenings, events, media, & received private investments. We are heading to Mobile on May 28th to start photographing & filming!

You may have noticed we went quiet, but not because we were giving up!  This story is about adversity and so it's fitting that Ms. Venus & I had life events get in the way during the campaign. We have decided to cancel the Kickstarter campaign for now and may relaunch later. 

We would love to get feedback from you so that in the next phase we can be even more successful. If you would be willing to answer a survey email me at: devin@devinford.com 

Thank YOU for your feedback & support! We would love to keep you up to date on the project. See below our progress so far...

Love, Devin & Ms. Venus

OUR PROGRESS                                                                                                      

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center- The Village Gallery Photography Exhibition                          Los Angeles,    March 7, 2013

Received Private Investors

Signed Book Editor (more details coming soon)

Signed Executive Producer  (more details coming soon)

Booked 3 screening (when & where coming soon)

Party with  'i need a hero...' & The Underground Experience                                          Los Angeles, October 2012 special Performance by Ms. Venus and see a sneak preview our film, along with the preview of the television version of Uncle Earl and the Underground experience

MEDIA                                                                                                                

Frock Magazine, NY      Summer Issue

WeHo TV- West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference Devin Ford on panel, Trailer Screened along with Sundance's Push Girls http://weho.org/index.aspx?page=788

KLED FM- Los Angeles (91.1 FM)  radio interview Devin Ford interviewed by Uncle Earl on the Underground experience www.KLEDLive.com or you can find the link at www.UltimateUnderground.com

Memphis Flyer Bianca Phillipshttp://www.memphisflyer.com/MemphisGaydar/archives/2012/04/19/film-drag-queen-with-memphis-roots-needs-funding

West Hollywood Patch, Cherry Davis http://westhollywood.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-i-need-my-own-transgendered-black-drag-queen-to-be-my-guardian-angel#_=_

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Update #12

We made it into the WeHo Patch! Cherry Davis is Fab!

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We made it into the WeHo Patch! Thank You to the fabulous Cherry Davis! Cherry saw the trailer & heard me speak at the West Hollywood Women's leadership conference. She blogged about our project for the WeHo Patch.

Check it out here..

http://westhollywood.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-i-need-my-own-transgendered-black-drag-queen-to-be-my-guardian-angel#_=_

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Update #11

Mobile Pride with Ms. Venus!

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Ms. Venus, the star of our documentary had a stall at Mobile Pride and managed to raise $350 for the documentary!!  Ms. Venus is a well loved icon in Mobile and the people all came out to show their support for this courageous woman!!


Update #10

i need a hero... screenings booked!

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We have just booked screenings for the documentary at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and The Cresent Theatre in Mobile!!

We have also been offered to screen the documentary at the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center!

We have received such great support for this incredible story.  Thank you again backers!!


Update #9

See This Here 1st! - Batman Help!

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Wonder Woman needs help! See the video here 1st, just for our backers!

We have begun canvassing Los Angeles and Mobile with our Equality posters and expect more pledges to roll in. We have tons of verbal commitments, but we still need your help getting the word out. 

Thank you so much for supporting us!

Love,

Devin & Ms. Venus

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