Destiny Jones: A Short Film Noir
Destiny Jones: A Short Film Noir
In the midst of solving a sexual assault case, NYPD detective Destiny Jones faces her dark past and childhood abuser -- her stepfather.
In the midst of solving a sexual assault case, NYPD detective Destiny Jones faces her dark past and childhood abuser -- her stepfather. Read more
About this project
As an African-American woman filmmaker, Lesley Steele is deeply inspired and encouraged to create stories that are rooted in social issues including race, sex, gender issues, women’s rights, poverty and exploring life within urban communities.
In making this short film noir “Destiny Jones” I intend to address the complex issue of sexual assault and rape through the life of a NYC female detective who was sexually assaulted as a child by her stepfather and begins to deal with her trauma as an adult while pursuing her profession. The film approaches this controversial subject with an unorthodox yet exciting approach of fiction/fantasy narrative storytelling. ‘Destiny Jones’ exemplifies what it means to be a woman survivor.
A female detective working in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx has finally found the right case to come along for her to arrest her stepfather – completely innocent but guilty of sexual abuse years earlier – and the abused was she.
Lesley Steele Writer/Director/Producer
Bob Giraldi / Executive Producer
Markus Mueller / Director of Photography
Tyler Chong / Gaffer and Assistant Director
John Paul Cooney / Writer
Claire Fowler / Script Supervisor
Briana Swann (to play Destiny Jones) is a native of San Jose, California who moved to New York to pursue many dreams all rooted in the arts. She's performed in various productions and worked with various directors spanning from internationally known Spike Lee, to up and coming talents like Dui Jarrod. She is looking forward to expanding on her journey and joining forces with the cast of Destiny Jones to create an unforgettable contribution to the cinematic industry.
Tony Head (to play Mark 'Stepfather' Johnson) has appeared in the recurring role as Major Bobby Reed on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire”. He has appeared in HBO’s “The Corner” and played feature roles in major films including “Thunderheart” starring Val Kilmer and “Head of State” starring Chris Rock. Mr. Head has also been featured in numerous network commercials including Visa, Nuprin and At&T. He has performed in a range of theater productions including ATA’s LEATHER HEART as the role of Stan and AFTER THE RAIN as the lead character Peter. He is appearing in the new off Broadway play, "Hounds of War " opening at the Abingdon Theatre at the end of March.
- Within today’s thriving source of new media and filmmaking, the lack of strong female protagonists especially of color has yet to embrace the screen. In making this film, we hope to support women in the filmmaking industry and change the ways in which women are portrayed and represented in cinema.
- Sexual Abuse and Rape is one of the most enacted crimes today amongst men and women. Many sexual assaults are unreported especially within communities and neighborhoods of primarily African-American and Hispanics.This is a story of a woman who has been abused but has taken control of her life, leading her to make her own decisions and ultimately how she deals with her abuser. We hope to raise awareness to stop rape and sexual abuse amongst all genders and race, shedding light on this topic through fiction filmmaking.
- The film definitely embodies the genre of film noir. In crafting such a story with the film noir lens, we are excited to bridge the aesthetics old and new filmmaking to create a modern film noir with a twist, thus creating a new genre of filmmaking.
Making a film is a challenging, collaborative effort with one of the most rewarding payoffs but it's not easy raising the funds needed to make the picture. The budget covers the costs of pre-producuction, production and post-production, where all the magic happens. Here's the breakdown:
- Pre-production and wrap costs is what every film needs in order to get started. Includes casting and audition fees, location scouts and getting everything ready for the shoot.
- Shooting crew and labor costs includes finding the crew members for the film, including an Assistant Director, Director of Photography and other keys. With no crew = no movie.
- Locations and Travel Expenses. If you thought rent was expensive in NYC, it's even more expensive to find locations and businesses who are filmmaker-friendly. In order to shoot even on the streets, permits and location fees are required.
- Studio and Set Construction Costs, Equipment Costs, Film Stock and Post-Production. These are the bare essentials for the film. Whether it's having the right camera, lens, props and art direction to tell the story, color-correction, editing, sound mixing, this is where the story is made.
- Talent costs and expenses. Writers, Actors and everyone needed to make the characters and story truly come to life are essential. Includes actor fees, working with a casting director and rehearsals.
Your donations mean everything, and we'd like to offer rewards as a thank you for your support whether big or small. All contributions will serve as means to fully producing and creating this film from the beginning to the end.
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Risks and challenges
One of our challenges in making this film is being able to shoot the film in only three days. With such an in-depth story and script which highly effects the budget and amount of shoot days, we are aiming to shoot four pages per day which is a lot! Thankfully we have a great cinematographer and crew to plan and prepare leading up to the big shoot.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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