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Last Day to Support Fundraising Campaign For Young Female Coming Of Age Film ‘Charlotte’

Last Day to Support Fundraising Campaign For Young Female Coming Of Age Film 'Charlotte'

I will admit
that Seed & Spark is new to me, but for those of you out there who haven’t
heard of it, it’s another crowd fundraising tool like Indiegogo and Kickstarter
to help filmmakers raise money to realize their dreams.

So if you’re
a filmmaker with a dream, Seed & Spark might be another way for you to go, to
make your dream a reality.

And one filmmaker
who has done that is Los Angeles-based Angel
Kristi Williams
, a Baltimore native
and who received her MFA graduate degree in filmmaking from Columbia College in Chicago in 2012, and the writer and director of a wonderfully moving short film, The Christmas Tree.

Now Ms.
Williams has returned to her native city to start work on her new film project Charlotte, about two young 13 year old
black girls who are best friends, trying to find out where they fit in the
world, like so many young girls their age.

was the last time you saw a film like that in which the central characters
were two black girls in an urban city, and not the usual spoiled white
girls in the suburbs?

Ms. Williams
has a goal of raising $11,000 and has created a Seed &
Spark campaign to make her goal for her worthwhile project.

Check out the
video below and to go to her Seed & Spark page go HERE:

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Damon Colquhoun

The film looks interesting. I can't wait to see it, and I will share.

On another note, maybe we should stop acting like gatekeepers, and get as many of our stories out there as possible. Once they're on the market, the market (the collective audience) will decide what "we" want more or less of.




Nothing surprises me here at S&A. I mean, arguments ensure behind the most trivial issues, so when a fight breaks out, I'm like, here we go again, another sandbox scratch and claw.

Some even take issue with "race baiting" posts. Personally, I never understood why that's even an issue. The nature of the blog "Cinema Of The African Dispora" automatically pit us against "them", so race is always an issue. However, for some reason, so folks are offended when a post points out a racial injustice. But Holy Smoly, when Accidental Visitor drew a scratch-line in front of Sergio, I was taken aback. I mean, I couldn't understand the gist of his beef? But Sergio, an old school product, taking the lead of World Boxing Champion Joe Louis, who was known to battle "bums of the month", stepped up to the line. So the stage was set.

They were not fighting for a world championship belt. Sergio was merely defending his honor, but what compelled AC to call out S&A's resident pugilist?

OMG, it was a first, a black man on a site focused on the affairs of African Americans was defending spoiled white chicks. So before the bell rang, Sergio put on his best Champ Jack Jenkin… "don't ttttt-take this aaaaa-ass whooping ppp-personally but you sure love to defend those white girls don't you?".

Sergio "Old School" Mims vs. Accidental "The defender of White Chicks" Visitor

Acciental Visitor

"When was the last time you saw a film like that in which the central characters were two black girls in an urban city, and not the usual spoiled white girls in the suburbs?"

Ahh, wouldn't be a day on Shadow ad Act without a little race bait.

Why not simply be happy that there is going to be a coming-of-age story about two black girls wihout having to unnecessarilyy go down the road of making snide comments about who it is not about? Why suggest that any such film about white girls will mean that the subject matters are spoiled suburbanites? Why are you generalizing? Are they spoiled because they don't live in the inner city? At worst you could have written something generic and harmless like "that the film is the rare one that shows a coming of age story through the eyes of black girls rather than through the typical perspective of white protagonists, blah, blah, blah". But instead you had to make it a battle royale between black girls and white girls even though in truth female coming-of-age stories in general are less seen than those of males, so any such female coming-of-age flicks, regardless of race, is welcomed.

Obviously there are times in which race and racial comparisons are necessary, but it seemed pointless in this writeup.

Dankwa Brooks

I saw THE CHRISTMAS TREE at the 2012 Maryland Film Festival and I tho thought it was a wonderful piece. I knew then that I would donate to this film CHARLOTTE. I can't wait to see the final result.


I was a young black girl who came of age in Chicago. Must support my homegirl.


Just saw "The Magic City" last night at the Pan-African film festival in Los Angeles — a well-done, moving and exceptional film about little girls, Black girls, coming of age. Don't sleep on it; it's really worth seeing, to say the least!

Monique a Williams

The Magic City features 3 Black girls in an urban city. #ijs

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