December 31, 2014 • 1 Comment
In case you hadn’t checked it out yet, I’ve added a new page to the website called MM FILMS.
It’s not a permanent name but it should give you a clue of where Mahogani Media is headed in the coming year.
Sitting on the floor, in the front of an AMC Theater, I saw this masterfully directed biopic and I knew I wanted to make films that touched me the way this film did.
Even after becoming a student journalist in high school and working for the TV station (learning to shoot and edit), then going to college majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in film (during which I also took production and writing courses), I didn’t fully take on the role I truly desired. I directed some things, but mostly took a back seat and served as the supporting staff on various TV and film sets.
After graduating college, then working in TV News, the fire to direct wasn’t rekindled until I worked on the film set of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins under the direction of Spike's cousin Malcolm D. Lee.
Watching how a film is made, how directors and actors interact, how a script comes to life – all of it reignited my passion to get behind a camera.
Though I ended up in still photography, that fire has been burning inside me for over five years. And after starting my MFA program (finally) this year, I can no longer contain it. I must fulfill this life-long aspiration.
For years I’ve watched others enter a fairly new festival that takes place in my hometown called the Louisiana Film Prize. It’s a short film festival with a prize of $50,000 and only one rule – it has to be shot in that city.
The first year I didn’t feel I could compete. I’m more of a documentary person, not a narrative feature person when it comes to writing and directing. But as the years have gone by, and now with this MFA program underway, I have a new found confidence that even if it sucks, I at least want to make it happen.
So in 2015, I plan to MAKE A MOVIE. I feel more ready than ever before. It will be a short film idea I’ve been brewing over for months now. I have my cast in mind, my Director of Photography on board, plus a host of other supportive friends who will help me make this happen.
Now all I need is the FUNDS.
Film-making definitely takes money – even indie film. Crew rates, equipment rentals, permits, location fees, travel, editing/post-production, promotional materials, etc. According to festival rules I have to raise the funds independently and that’s why I need the help of my friends and supporters to make this movie happen!
Whether you donate $5 or $500, I will credit you in the film as well as on all social media and fundraising pages. There will also be incentives/prizes for certain donation levels (TBA soon).
I am really excited about this journey and I hope to have your support. Updates will be coming soon via this site and the MM Facebook Page so stay tuned.
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Go HERE to Donate today!
Thanks in advance for your support!
[Watch the video to learn more about me & the project!]
Eric J. Smalls(non-registered)
I know you have the passion and drive to be the the next Kristi. I am on board any way I can Be. Please consider me as part of your initiative. I would like to be apart of your Big Picture event.
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