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Some new witches are in town... and they're not from Salem.
Juju: The Web Series brings a refreshing tale of sisterhood, love, ancestral magic, heritage, and the qualms of being a Black [millennial] woman in America-- all while being a witch.
Ally, Gigi, & Yaya are the typical modern-day millennials—not.
Just like many young adults today, these three ladies go through the exhausting process of trying to balance their insanity with sanity when it comes to adulting. Nonetheless, for these beautiful babes, their adulting has a paranormal twist: hook-ups with sexy vampires (yum!), stepping over to the dark side (because… fun), and pissing off Salem descendants (oof). Three different worlds and three different cultures. Their fate was by design as they are descendants from the first Yoruba witches in their family; three sisters who were the most powerful witches on Earth. On the night of Ally’s (the baby of the group) 28th birthday, a curse was lifted, causing these three witches to be reborn-- unbeknownst to them.
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Moon is a New York-based filmmaker from South Florida.
She's always had a passion for storytelling in all mediums: novels, films, & television. Her love for telling tales stemmed from needing an escape from her unfortunate childhood. She began to write herself as a heroine, a warrior, even a knight (because who said girls couldn't sit at the Round Table). This then turned to her dolls [and brother's action figures] acting out the scenes of the stories she wrote.
Moon creates complex, yet admirable characters and thought-provoking plots. Her ethnic Caribbean background (Chinese & Jamaican) and experiences as a Black [woman] millennial (and first-generation born American) attributes to the stories she tells.
She attended Miami Dade College for Film Production and Southern New Hampshire University for Screenwriting. Her first independent project, Mental, focused on the stigma of mental health in the West Indian community. A topic near and dear because of her own experiences with mental health issues. Moon ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and allocated funds for this project. It was also the official selection for the 2018 African American Women in Cinema Film Festival in New York City.
"Growing up, I've watched many shows. My mother couldn't get me away from the TV screen. I couldn't get enough of the world-building...
... I was in love with different genres for its own reasons. My first introduction to the supernatural was the film Teen Witch (1989). I then fell in love with other movies and shows such as The Craft, Practical Magic, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape to Witch Mountain, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, The Vampire Diaries, Hocus Pocus, Matilda, Supernatural, X-Files, True Blood, The Originals, and American Horror Story (the list goes on...). Though these shows brought me much excitement, I didn't see myself in these characters. I wanted to experience supernatural beings who look like me; witches and seers that I could relate to. Blacks and People of Color are very underrepresented in the fantasy genre, a genre we genuinely love. I think it's time to start writing our stories in the fantasy realm. We are long overdue for Black witches, vampires, werewolves, sirens, soothsayers, fauns, etc. We hold an abundance of history which includes magic stemming back to Africa."
- Moon Ferguson
We've spent the last year on the writing and development of Juju. The pilot is complete-- time for the whole season.
We've studied witchcraft, vampires, African Tradition Religions, numerology, astrology, magical herbs, African and Caribbean folklore, and more. We've ensured that our characters had climatic arcs and fascinating backstories. We've put our heart and soul into creating this super-extensive world and the characters that live in it.
"For many years, our favorite witches, vampires, and werewolves have been those who rarely look like us.
Though we've enjoyed their stories, there's still a void in connection. There has been a slight rise in Blacks in fantasy films and TV shows (e.g. Siempre Bruja/Always A Witch, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Charmed Reboot) but not as the main character narrating their own journey and digging into their roots. It's all about to change. Help us achieve the goal of opening doors for other fantasy storytellers of color. Think about the little boys and little girls who love Harry Potter, imagine if they had a Hermione with full, black curls like them, or a Harry with a snazzy hair cut and brown skin. It's time to include all ethnicities in this realm."
- Moon Ferguson
This project couldn't have happened without these talented individuals turning an idea into gold. The writer's room dedicated their gifts and their time into strategically creating irresistible storylines and ethereal characters. Our crew have been more than gracious to volunteer their time into helping this pilot come into fruition.
Ty has been in the film business for 10 years. A self-taught cinematographer whose motivation has been guided by his fascination with lighting black skin. He’s worked on critically-acclaimed shows, films, and documentaries such as Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Jay-Z’s executive produced documentaries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story and TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. He was also the cinematographer for BET'sSituationships and a new digital series, Bubbly Brown Sugar.
Belle is a Social Media & Communications professional, with a background in Film Writing & Production. She has a passion to tell compelling and compassionate stories that represent the women of the world. Through script writing, poetry and visuals, she will continue to support variation in women and their narratives. In addition for Juju, she was the Camera Operator and Colorist for Mental.
Neen is an ambivert, naturalista, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served two years mentoring, teaching and evolving. She is also a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, in which she wrote and directed her thesis film, Sight. An afro-futurist film about Naji, a nonbeliever from a parallel earth. Sight was the official selection for the Winter Film Awards, Blackstar Film Festival, and Bronze Lens Film Festival.
Chanel is a filmmaker and poet from Brooklyn, NY. She double-majored in Mass Comm and Women's Studies at Medgar Evers College. Chanel has performed and taught workshops at the United Nations, Yale University, Saint John Fisher College and many more. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post. Chanel premiered her first short film, “Shoulders” in 2018 in which she wrote and directed. You can find this on Aurore TV.
KiaraDiana is the creative force behind LvzyKat Media. She works as a Casting Director-Producer to scripted and unscripted shows in the development stages. Coming from a background in screenwriting, public relations, and social media marketing, she utilized her understanding of the digital storytelling within the social space to bring inclusion and diversity to small– and eventually big– screens worldwide. Outside of her casting sessions, she enjoys good wine, food, watching movies, and hanging out with her cat Charlie.
Risks and challenges
With filmmaking, Murphy Laws applies: "anything that can go wrong will go wrong." Which it did during the production of our pilot. We ran into many hiccups such as losing daylight, running out of time for set locations, equipment malfunctions, and more. However, we had a back-up solution on hand for every possible mishap. We cheated locations, used iPhone lighting, chroma key cellphone wallpapers, and many more.
"There's always a solution," is what I like to tell myself. This gives me the confidence to solve the problems on hand with a still mind and logically. Like the late painter, Bob Ross would say, "we don't make mistakes. We just have happy accidents."
I am confident in my problem-solving skills. So confident that I can say that the risks are minimal. The biggest challenge may be the perk fulfillments and getting them out in a timely manner with our small crew and finding the perfect location that fit the aesthetic of our story.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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