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Project Overview

This documentary features people in the US who have locks and are striving  to achieve success in their respective fields, despite  the backlash that they are subjected to because of  their hair or the pressure that they feel  to cut their locs and sport a more “professional” look. Why did they decide to grow locs?  What type of negativity have they faced since locking their hair? What can be done to eradicate the stigma of locs?

The subject of dreadlocks in the US has not yet been discussed from such a unique perspective as that illustrated in ‘Royals’.  Most documentaries on locs delineate either the ancient history of locs  (e.g. the different ethnic groups that have worn locks and their reasoning for having this hairstyle) or highlight the most recent history of locs  and its relation to the Rastafarian culture of different island nations. Moreover, there has yet to be a film that addresses the acceptance of locs or prejudices against this hairstyle in North American culture.

‘Royals’ will spotlight people in the US with locs.  Some individuals might have had locs for their entire life; some may have decided to loc their hair later on in life.  This documentary will emphasize why these individuals decided to loc their hair, and some of the ups and downs that they have experienced while sporting  this bold  hairstyle. Not everyone with locs is a thug or smokes marijuana.  Not everyone with locs is a hippy or is prone to commit crime or be detriments to society.  Although these associations might actually be true in certain cases, individuals who wear dreadlocks and uphold these stereotypes represent a small minority in the loc’d community. Contrary to popular beliefs, most people with locs are upstanding individuals, positively contributing to society.

This documentary will not only focus on eradicating the negative stereotypes of people with locs; it will also shed light on the positive aspects  of having locs, which are certainly noteworthy as  this hairstyle has been around in multiple cultures since 1800bc.

Alongside the various interviews, this documentary will also feature a side narrative that will chronicle 4 young loc’d kings embarking on a road trip to New Jersey/New York, making stops along the way speaking to people with locs that they know who are positive influences in their own communities.  While on this journey, the young men will share their own insights and stories from personal experiences of having locs that will undoubtedly complement the information being given by the interview subjects.

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Why We Need Funding?

The funds raised here will be spent on:

A top grade Editor to give this film the finesse it deserves

Marketing & distribution so that the film is watched by as many people as possible

A top grade film crew to get all of the footage we need while traveling.

Travel expenses - covering costs that take the crew to the different East Coast cities for various interviews of subjects for the film.

GETTING THE FILM FINISHED

Risks and challenges

The main risks and challenges I foresee coming with completing this documentary will be scheduling issues. Being based out of Atlanta, it was fairly simple to complete the Atlanta series of interviews. If someone was not available for interview at a certain time we could just reschedule because Atlanta is my home. I'm not going anywhere. It will be different when we are attempting to complete our round of interviews in D.C, then NY/NJ. Being in each destination for a finite amount of time will put production on much tighter of a schedule than we were on in Atlanta.

Although this may be an issue, I don't foresee it being too big of a problem. We have a crew of people that are diligent and hardworking and are excited to work on and complete this film. I am certain that they will go above and beyond the call of duty to get the interviews and footage necessary while traveling. Also, the Atlanta interviews has shown me that people are very willing to be interviewed and be involved with this project in any way. I don't believe the scheduling issue will be a big problem because past interviewees have shown a lot of flexibility in their schedules to create availability to be able to be apart of this project.

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