Project image
)}
$3,810
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 11 2012 1:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 11, 2012

"Asa" pronounced aa-saa (A Beautiful Girl)

Asa is a story about the last 24 hours before a beautiful, tormented, young girl's journey to the USA; her triumph over adversity.

"Asa" pronounced aa-saa (A Beautiful Girl)

Asa is a story about the last 24 hours before a beautiful, tormented, young girl's journey to the USA; her triumph over adversity.

$3,810
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 11 2012 1:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 11, 2012

About

Asa (A Beautiful Girl) 

Is a short film based on a true story. It's a dramatic tale of the last 24 hours before a young girl embarks on her journey to America. It takes place in two cities (Lagos and Benin) in Nigeria, West Africa.

The film chronicles Asa's life from age 7 to age 17, the age when she meets her biological mom and leaves for the United States. Within these last 24 hours, shrunken ofcourse to 12mins, we see what Asa's life has been like over the past 10 years, and gain an understanding for why she absolutely has to get out.

The film opens with a kidnapping plot to get Asa out of the country, and through a series of flashbacks, tells the tale of what she has had to endure from the moment she was placed on a plane with a stewardess to be dropped off at a foster home in Nigeria, to the pivotal moment of her confrontation with her biological dad - she was going to leave, at any cost, and by any means necessary.

What's most incredible about Asa's story is that it could be anyone's story, regardless of race, class, religious beliefs or culture. It deals with those things that are kept in the dark and ought to be brought to light. In spite of its darkness, this is very much a dynamic tale of triumph, love and hope. It's both colorful (yes, the costumes are amazing too!) and soulful.

The Cast

Is a large one.

A cast of 18 incredibly talented actors, ranging from a beautiful 6 1/2 year old girl to a 72 year old Man. They each play a very specific role in Asa's life. Please meet them -

MaameYaa Boafo & Eryk Shammgod

Travaris Spears

Tina Jetter

Douglas Robbs, Adaria L. Reaves & Erika J. Wood

Mariah Franklin

Nneoma Nkuku

Alfred E. Rutherford

Shana Solomon

Jaiden Kaine

Shaka Malik

Rommell Sermons,

Bilal Salaam, Everton L. Bailey, Joshua Jones & Maria Loriane

(Stayed tuned for new productions stills!!! They'll be updated every few days!)

The Crew

It's been an incredible ride so far, working with an amazing cast of actors and incredible crew.

Director - Michel Chahade, DP - Dan Witrock, Composer - Bartosz Chajdecki, 1st AC - Colin Sonner, Sound Mixer David Groman, MUA -  Racine Makeup's Donna Wilson, Gaffer, Lighting Assistant & Graphic Design Artist Clarence Nisbett, Photographer (behind the scenes photos) UdoR Photography, PAs - Rachida Naceur & Samantha Jane Williams, Casting Assistants Kimberly Marie Freeman, Joe Carcaterra & Mario Shamir; friends and loved ones, helping out the best way they can to ensure the film's success.

Writer/Producer - Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

The Process

So, unto the nitty gritty - We've completed 3 successful shoot days in the beautiful Westchester County area, in NY, and we have 3 more days of shooting to do, to complete the filming portion. This last section, requires travel to a region that emulates the look and feel of Nigeria. The most cost effective area we've found for our purposes is in the USVI - St. Croix. After shooting is completed, we go directly into post production (picture, sound editing, voice over recording, music) and of course festival submissions. All of which require a substantial amount of funding and here's where your generosity will be most appreciated.

Everyone except the production and post production crew (who are working at a greatly discounted rate) are working solely on a volunteer basis. We are pouring our hearts and souls into this production, and our reward lies in successfully telling a beautiful and important story, that will touch the hearts of all who see the film; and in the pride we'll see in your eyes as a generous contributor to its success. Your donations will go completely towards paying the crew, a ultra conservative travel expense, food for everyone while on set the remainder of the shooting period, editing the film, its musical score, festival submissions, press kit, and proposal submissions for procuring investors' interest in the Feature length version of the film. We've made a big push on the micro budget we had to begin this process with, please help us finish it. Lets bring Asa to life together. It'll be worth every penny you donate.

We've compiled some amazing rewards for each donation category, with a small touch of humor, we hope you love them! Check them out and yes, feel free to drool :-)) Thank you so much for considering being a part of this process, and for having faith in us.

We'll see you at the movies!!!!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Belly Crawl.
    THANK YOU! You've just helped Asa realize that she can actually begin this process! You'll get a huge THANK YOU shout out on Asa's Facebook page and Sela Films' website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU! See below -
    PLUS a 5 x 7 Postcard of a scene in the film!!!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Baby's Up!
    Yup, she's on all fours. Actually crawling!!!
    You get a THANK YOU shout out on Asa's Facebook page and Sela Films' website, as well as a short clip emailed to you, of our fabulous Shih Tzu - Orlando, doing a rollover trick to show how happy he is you made this donation! Trust us, you want to see this :-))

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    THANK YOU! See below -
    PLUS a 5 x 7 Postcard of a scene in the film!!!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    YES!!! She's wobbling y'all. Baby Steps - one foot in front of the other :) Thank you for making this happen. You get everything in the Baby's Up category, as well as, a signed copy, by a cast member, of the film's 11" x 14" poster, mailed USPS ground to an address you provide us with, within the continental United States.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    She made it to the Rickety Coffee Table! :-))
    And you held her hand the whole way. Thank you. You get everything in the Baby Steps category, as well as, a personal thank you video message, from members of the cast and crew, emailed to you or posted on your Facebook page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Yup, she's a Trooper! She's going for the lazy boy, and you're determined to help her get there!!!! Thank you so much for having such faith in Asa. You get everything in the Coffee Table category, as well as, 2 tickets to the New York City screening of the film! We look forward to seeing you there :)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    She's Steady Walking! You get everything in the Trooper category, but instead of one pair of tickets to the screening, you get two! That's 4 tickets!!! You can bring you, your date, your grandma and the dog :)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Oh yeah! She thinks she can run (well, sort of) and it's all because of you. To show our appreciation, you get an autographed photo of members of the cast with lots of love and gratitude for making this step happen. As well as 2 tickets to the screening of the film. You also get a signed copy, by a cast member, of the film's 11" x 14" poster mailed USPS ground to an address you provide us within the continental United States, and a DVD copy of the film. That's not all! You get a shout out on Asa's Facebook page and the website, and oh, we are not done yet :) For your enjoyment at the movies... Homemade ice tea and delicious popcorn, on us!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    At this level, you get everything in the $250 category (a signed DVD copy) and your photo taken with the cast at the screening of the film. You'll get a signed and framed copy of the photo as well.
    This means we expect to see you there, so use your tickets!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Thank you for making this donation. You get everything in the $500 category, plus a Special Thanks mention in the closing credits of the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Thank You!
    For donating at this level, you get everything in the $750 category and a day on the set of "Asa" in June, as we finish the filming process. You'll receive a digital copy of photos of your day on set with us.
    *Please note that you'll have to be available on an the already set shoot date*

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Lift Off, level One!
    You get everything in the $1,000 category. Plus, you'll receive a traditional Nigerian Male Hat from Moshood Creations, the designer of the male actors' costumes. It'll be signed on the inside by an actor wearing one in the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Level Two!
    For donating in this category, you get everything in Level One above, as well as a traditional Nigerian Female Head Wrap, set ready for wear, from Touba African Clothing, the designer of the actresses' costumes. It'll be signed on the inside by an actress wearing one in the film. PLUS a 2hr photo session with our very own Dave Silverberg (www.therolleiguy.com)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    For donating in this category, You get a choice between Lift Off categories One or Two. Instead of a Special Thanks mention in the film's closing credits, you'll be listed as an Associate Producer! PLUS your choice of one of the character's outfits in the film!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
    For donating in this category, you get your choice of any TWO of the rewards listed above, a custom made Nigerian Outfit, and you'll be listed as Producer in the film's closing credits!
    You'll also receive a special invitation, including 2 tickets, to the film's viewing at ONE of the festivals the film is accepted into.
    *You'll be responsible for providing your own transportation, and lodging in the festival's city. The icing on the cake? A home cooked Nigerian meal for two at a location of choice (within the New York Metro area or Westchester County)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (33 days)