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Compilation of Articles, Mentions & Reviews: The First Deaf Black Filmmaker

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Ann Marie " Jade " Bryan  The First Ever Deaf Black Filmmaker To better understand where I come from, one needs to understand that I live my life in three different cultural worlds. My personal world is a trinity of these worlds: Deaf, Jamaican-born but living now in America, and hearing. I utilize American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate, and the barrier of sound is a life-long challenge for me. This further exacerbates my life-long challenge of living in a world of sound. Therefore, I have three strikes against me as every day I fearlessly face societal, linguistic and cross-cultural barriers. I was brought up in a mainstream society, one that had a tremendous influence on my life as a person with a hearing loss. As a filmmaker, I want to produce films about this experience. I want to tell and expose stories to audiences who will pay to see my films. I want to make films for television and the silver screen about issues from a non-traditional point of view com

Producing the First TV Pilot "The Two Essences" with Deaf Actors of Color!

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Help us produce our first season TV pilot about a free-spirited snazzy deaf mother  and daughter relationships, and pitch it to the networks! This is an opportunity to increase representation of Deaf Talents of Color in TV. The writer of the pilot is featured in  Filmmaker Magazine ,  Film Threat  and  AfroPunk!     We're using Indiegogo to raise funds to produce our first high quality television pilot, THE TWO ESSENCES, which is a combination of drama and comedy (Dramedy) about a mother and daughter relationships. The production goal for THE TWO ESSENCES is $15,000. Please donate to support. Check out all the cool perks we have by clicking on the Widget. ABOUT THE TWO ESSENCES © (Genre: TV Sitcom) Logline:  Essence Chamberlain-Dubois is a free spirit snazzy 38 year-old self-taught freelance Day Trader and part-time housewife with 3 children decides to go back to school to pursue a degree in business at a black school where her 18 years old self-centered

Over $30K and counting fundraised for The Shattered Mind!

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What a remarkable journey our production team experienced. This may seem like a small feat or amount compared to the many crowdfunding campaigns that raised thousands or millions of dollars from just a single campaign. However, we're proud of our milestones! We've launched 13 campaigns to fundraise funds for The Shattered Mind, (formerly known as The Double Life of Zhane Rain.) We were fortunate and blessed to reach our goals through five campaigns, included private donations through mails and PayPal, raising over $27,000 to make our movie! To us, this is an accomplishment! In addition to Indiegogo, which still counts, even though, we were not able to reach our targets, we raised $3,194. The total combined was 30,194! We continue to receive more donations. Please don't ever stop the flow because we have a new line of work!  Now that we're in postproduction moving forward to completing the film, we look forward to premiering The Shattered Mind in June or July!

MICA Scoop Film Reviews - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE 2013, 108 minutes, color, U.S.A A  U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent  was presented by Dana Stevens to: Justin Simien  for  Dear White People  / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Simien) — Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in postracial America while weaving a story about forging one’s unique path in the world.  Cast: Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell.  Sam becomes president of the all-black  residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show  Black Face/White Place smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show  Doing Time at an Ivy League . The cla