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Mike is the new kid. Struggling to fit in, he concocts a plan to get the one thing he knows will gain him respect from his peers.
Mike is the new kid. Struggling to fit in, he concocts a plan to get the one thing he knows will gain him respect from his peers.
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Total Running Time: 15 mins.

"Laces" explores the complexities of black youth identity with regard to consumerism. It follows Mike, an African-American teen from the more euro-centric north suburbs of Chicago, as he relocates to a more densely-populated African-American neighborhood. His new surroundings differ culturally, so he struggles to fit in socially. After weeks of being teased for the way he speaks and dresses, he concocts a plan to attain the highly coveted "Laces" sneakers as a means for fitting in. Although his plan seems to be warranted, it is heavily flawed and dangerous - costing him more that what he bargained for.

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We successfully raised $2k privately, to shoot exterior scenes - completing about half of the film. We are seeking additional funding to complete the second half of production, as well as support the following:

- Post-production needs (Editing, Sound Mixing, Color correction)
- Marketing (Private screening execution)
- Film Festival submissions

Our production company, Endangered Peace, Inc. successfully Kickstarter-funded the short film, “Faux Pas”, in 2012. It had a successful film festival run in 2013 - appearing in the Blackstar Film Festival, Gene Siskel’s Black Harvest Film Festival, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the San Diego Black Film Festival, and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival as an HBO award finalist.

We are hoping to reach (& exceed) the same success with "Laces". It is a special film to all parties involved. Not only is it an exercise in film production, but a testament to the importance of continued mentorship.

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