"Noticing the lack of films about queer African-American women, Sundance Film Festival pitching contest winner J.D. Walker has decided to take it upon herself to make her own film, 'The Postwoman,' about a woman coming to terms with her sexuality while trying to escape her abusive past."-
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30 MINUTES LEFT: SPECIAL REWARD FROM THE DIRECTOR ON KICKSTARTER: URGENT!!! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/postwomanmovie/the-postwoman-movie
THANK YOU!!!! For backing THE POSTWOMAN MOVIE. We have 60 minutes to go on Kickstarter and only $3k left to raise!! We need your help!!!
Can you increase your pledge by $20? If so, we will offer you ALL of the courtesy gifts below (compliments of the Director) which will, in turn, help us to meet our kickstarter goal.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE:
As a courtesy additional $20 pledge, we will email you the following with your increased pledge:
1) Enjoy a courtesy downloadable link of our feature film (after any restrictions placed on the project by TV or distributors)
2) Enjoy exclusive Behind the Scenes Footage compliments of the director
3) Enjoy exclusive clips of our feature film courtesy of the Director
4) Enjoy a link to watch our TABLE READ LIVE with the leading actors and cast members
5) Enjoy a PDF of the shooting script
6) Enjoy a Postwoman Movie luggage tag
7) Enjoy a personalized video from the Director sent to your email thanking you for backing our project which, in the past week has been featured in The Huffington Post, Afterellen.com, Elixher, and Shadow and Act.
Enjoy your name in the Closing Credits of our Film
Here is the link to manage your pledge and increase by $20.00 to receive the above special benefits: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/postwomanmovie/the-postwoman-movie
FINAL 60 MINUTES!!:
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR ABOVE
A family drama about a single mom who gains independence after developing the courage to confront her children and dysfunctional family about her secret life with another woman.
Check out our cinematographer's reel above.
Watch a clip of our lead actress, Margaret Kemp.
It's J.D. Walker, Sundance Film Festival Pitching Contest winner and also Honorable Mention winner for THE POSTWOMAN in the Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Can you believe that after attending Frameline and glancing through the Outfest catalog this year, there were no feature length narrative films directed by Black women? Amazing! The issue of visibility as a Black woman spectator and filmmaker is important to me. Because our stories are often devalued by the mainstream, many of our stories go unnoticed or untold. Our issues remain stagnant or at a standstill and, like many filmmakers, we struggle to gain financing and distribution because we are perceived to be less valuable.
When I began writing the feature script for "THE POSTWOMAN," a LGBT family drama which won Honorable Mention in Sundance's Table Read My Screenplay Contest, I wanted to address this issue of invisibility for Black women who often suffer a quadruple oppression due to their gender, race, class, and sexuality. People don't defy gender norms to make a statement. They defy them because they've finally learned how to wrest control over their own lives -- regardless of what others think -- and finally learn to love the God within even if that means losing everyone and everything around them that they once knew. Stepping out of one's comfort zone to live fully and freely in one's own skin is every bit a story of resistance, struggle, and love. It's a discourse about reconstructing the male gaze, claiming one's identity and birthright, as much as it is a a quest to revise popular notions of femininity on screen so that our daughters and generations after them can celebrate our importance and contributions.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THIS FILM?
"THE POSTWOMAN" tackles this issue of self-acceptance. It's not another coming-out story. It's a family drama about taking courageous acts to combat homophobia, racism, sexism, and the fear of the unknown. It's a love story about faith and endurance. And, in many ways, it champions healthy LGBT families who are thriving by chronicling the journey of a mother and daughter who come to terms with each other's choices. The film is set in a struggling independent women's bookstore that is threatened to close. This bookstore is where our leading characters meet. More and more, independent bookstore are closing around the nation. As a former book buyer and Marketing Assistant for a University Press, I know all too well the value of supporting independent and used bookstores because they serve, in many ways, as life lines to our community, to those in need.
We're bringing on more supporters to our project to give this LGBT family film visibility. I cannot stand to feel marginalized in the theater and not see or hear the diverse of experiences of people of color on screen. It's alienating and can render us silent or mute when we don't have heroines or role models of our own to champion on screen; when we don't stand up together to request more powerful dramatic stories with LGBT folk as the lead.
This is a film about faith and endurance. It is well known that women who resist gender norms face discrimination in real life, especially those who are raising children. We hope to humanize women of color who are raising healthy families and show that unconditional love is truly the conduit and the catalyst that can change all.
The American Psychological Association, in their statement on "Sexual Orientation, Parents, and Children," also debunks myths about lesbian mothering. Similarly, The National Institute of Health informs us that children of parents who are non-gender conforming fare the same -- if not better than heterosexual children -- when it comes to social development. Dr. Abigail Gardner corroborates this view in her moving and highly recommended book, Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is.
We aim to highlight healthy families and communities that are thriving while also showing that deep, private, painful, and emotional journey it takes to finally be yourself and share that experience with those we love.
Won't you join the movement and support The Postwoman Movie, starring Margaret Kemp from Children of God, Ignacio Rivera, Skyler Cooper, and countless other headliners?
WHO IS DIRECTING?
Me, the Sundance Pitching Contest winner! :) I am a film teacher, journalist, screenwriter, former book buyer and publisher who has had the pleasure of chronicling the work of numerous poets and writers in the Black press, including Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Dorothy Height, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Camile Cosby, to name a few. THE POSTWOMAN is my debut feature film that I wrote and will be directing. The cast and crew need your support raising funds for Production Expenses. With your help, we can begin filming the initial scenes as well as a small trailer to deliver to investors and distributors. We plan to shoot 19 days so whatever you can donate (even if it's a FB post or tweet) will help tremendously!
This feature film is based on a short (also called "THE POSTWOMAN") that screened at Qwocmap, where it originated, Frameline 34, The Boston LGBT Film Festival, Out in Film, PDX's African American Film Fest (where it won "BEST SHORT"), Michigan Womyn's Film Festival, Reel Sistas of the African Diaspora Film Festival, The New York African Diaspora Film Festival, countless Black Pride film festivals, and more. I'm a proud graduate of San Francisco State University and Howard University.
In 2012, CBS staffer, Harrison Reiner, and formerly Executive Producer on the Academy Award winning film "Cinema Paradiso" workshopped "THE POSTWOMAN" feature script with me. Our film is now ready to go into production, but we can't tell this great story without you! We don't want our film to remain at a standstill. This heartfelt dramatic love story must be told because it helps to humanize women of color who are raising healthy children regardless of their gender, race, or sexuality. Help us bring "THE POSTWOMAN" to your favorite theater.
J.D. Walker, IMDb
WE'RE SEARCHING FOR WOMEN AUTHORS
Are you a book author? We have a HUMONGOUS bookstore scene in our feature film as the movie primarily revolves around how a woman helps to save a struggling independent women's bookstore in the community from closing. Our love bugs meet in this bookstore. We need BOOKS to have on display, books to have on counters, books for our heroine to peruse, pick up, and see while she's browsing the bookstore. We plan to have our lead actress look at the books on the table, pick a few up, and buy a few. Also, extras in the store will be reading books and picking up books to read.
If you're interested, please navigate to the right tab and select THE #BOOK #LOVER'S #DELIGHT pledge to be featured. More details will be emailed to you after you participate. Thank you! :)
In this video, Visual Artist Corinna Nicole, explains why she donated her beautiful oil paintings to our Kickstarter campaign.
How Will My Funds Be Used?
Your funds will be used for Production Expenses to help pay for:
- A Full Production Team
- Travel Expenses
Please note that under SECTION 181, ALL FUNDS CONTRIBUTED TOWARD OUR FEATURE LENGTH FILM ARE 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Find out more here.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform used by thousands of indie filmmakers seeking to raise funding for their projects. Simply put, we have 60 days to raise $25,000. If we don't raise our targeted goal in 60 days, then we lose everything. Yes, everything!!
Your card is only charged after 60 days"if" we reach our targeted funding goal. If we don't, your card is not charged. You have 60 days to store away some cash for us, so donate what you can and spread the word! :)
In this charming and heartfelt romantic drama, Margaret Kemp (Children of God 2010) stars as ALYSSA THOMPSON, a newly divorced mother of two, who stumbles toward love after suffering from a mid-life crisis. Alyssa feels her world has come to an end unable to save or move out of her cramped and crime-ridden apartment with her two daughters, 7 and 12, and unsupportive ex-husband whose insecurities increase her fear of “coming out” to her children.
While sorting mail methodically one morning, Alyssa, whose finishing her probation as a letter carrier, learns from her supervisor, a micro-manager disturbed by the $8 billion in cuts to the post office, that she’s assigned a new route in Lake Merritt, a bustling part of Oakland. There, she spots Nia, a sexy butch in a fedora, at an independent women’s bookstore, which is threatened to close amidst the e-book/Kindle revolution. Alyssa takes her first step toward freedom, purchasing a book, “Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is,” and surrenders to Nia, a recovering player with insatiable charm and charisma whose been working at the bookstore since being manumitted from a Group Home at eighteen.
We witness the psychological impact of Alyssa’s decision when her ex-husband discovers her sexuality and spirals into darkness, retreating into alcohol and old school bars; when her mother berates her, assuring her that “coming out” won’t benefit her kids; and when her eldest daughter, 12, confronts her about not only losing her first boyfriend, but also suffering from bullying in school once her peers discover her mother is gay. Alyssa’s challenges increase upon discovering more setbacks at the post office where she works and when Nia, her lover, loses faith in her. Alyssa overcomes her anxiety and depression by entering therapy, developing agency to follow her calling, and finally admitting to her daughters her true sexuality, which inspires mutual compassion and respect. Her journey is complex and rife with pain, but after she becomes fully self-actualized, she is encouraged to follow her destiny and wildest dream.
Margaret Laurena Kemp (starring as Alyssa, the Postwoman)
Van Brown (starring as David, Alyssa's husband)
Eden Duncan-Smith (starring as Alyssa's oldest daughter)
YOU PROBABLY KNOW EDEN FROM HER AT&T U-VERSE COMMERCIAL BELOW:
Ignacio Rivera (starring as Nia, from Cheryl Dunye's "Mommy is Coming")
Skyler Cooper from "The Owls"
Trevite Willis, Award-winning Producer (Children of God 2010)
Trevite Willis is a producer at Southern Fried Filmworks LLC. Ms. Willis is responsible for production from the conceptual stage through completion. She controls all aspects of the film process, and is involved on a daily basis with the creative, financial, technological, and administrative processes. Her duties also include creating and overseeing the production of interactive media and securing distribution and sales.
She has produced music videos, short and feature films including the romantic comedy “What a Man Wouldn’t Do for a Woman,” and the African American gay coming-of-age “Blueprint,” which enjoyed success at festivals such as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, OutFest, NewFest, Frameline as well as others around the world.
The 2008 Columbia University short film, Uncle Killa, she produced earned the director a DGA Best Student Film – African American award. Also Uncle Killa was selected as an HBO finalist at the American Black Film Festival, and picked up by HBO, which began airing February 2009.
Currently, the Bahamian drama, Children of God, based on the award-winning short film Float, will be released theatrically in Spring 2011 and her next project, The Day Eazy E Died is in development.
Her music video productions have included works with Grammy nominees and winners including Shawn Mullins and Speech of Arrested Development.
Isis Asare, Kickstarter Co-Producer (Sistah Sinema/Busk Films)
Isis Asare is social justice activist who started Sistah Sinema, a queer women of color film community in Seattle in 2011. She has championed the work of countless African American filmmakers and, most recently, partnered with BuskFilms (owned by the dynamic Andrea Wing) with her launch of the Queer Women of Color Film Channel.
Bruce Cole (Cinematographer)
CHECK OUT OUR CINEMATOGRAPHER'S NARRATIVE REEL BELOW:
CHECK OUT OUR CINEMATOGRAPHER'S MUSIC VIDEO REEL BELOW:
Caroline Stephenson, 1st AD (House MD)
CHECK OUT GB'S TRAILER FOR "STRANGE FRAME" (WOLFE VIDEO) HERE:
Joyce Gilliard, Hair (Hunger Games, Mississippi Damned)
Joshua Wilkinson (Sound)
Signed original oil painting of Zora Neale Hurston by R. Rodgers
Signed original oil print by Corinna Nicole www.corinna-nicole.com
Signed original acrylic print by Margaret Kemp www.margaretkemp.com
A FEW PICS FROM SUNDANCE 2013
Risks and challenges
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