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Crowdfund This: Indiegogo Campaign for Short Film About The Ups and Downs of Natural Hair ‘The Big Chop’

Crowdfund This: Indiegogo Campaign for Short Film About The Ups and Downs of Natural Hair ‘The Big Chop’

I don’t know
about you but I was extremely disappointed with Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair.
I thought it was going to be a film about the beauty of natural hair and black
women. Instead it was entirely about hair straighteners and weaves and how
great they were and totally ignored sisters with natural hair. No wait that’s not
correct. I do recall one standing in the background in one scene.

That was a
wasted opportunity to say the least. But there have been other films that do
deal with the on-going debate and controversy regarding black women and their
hair and now there’s a new short film in the works which aims to join the discussion.

The film is
The Big Chop which will directed by Derek Dow, originally from the Englewood
neighborhood in Chicago and went on to be a MFA graduate in Cinema at
University of Southern California and who has several short films, documentaries
and web series to his credit including his latest series, Blackman Depressed, which is currently in production for season two. And it was written by Alisha Cowen, another Chicago native, who worked as publicist for NBC/Universal  and who is currently in the 2015/15 class NBC
Writers on the Verge 2014/15 program.

The film
deals with a young ten year old girl Kris on “her natural hair journey to self
love and acceptance”. Though proud of her huge afro, after pressure from her
mother and tired by being continually taunted by her peers, Kris makes the
radical decision to straighten her hair. But unhappy with the decision, she
decides to “fix” the problem which leads to even more problems until she come
to a reckoning about her self-esteem and the need to confirm to society.

All the filmmakers,
cast and crew needs is $13,000 to make it all happen and they have started an
Indiegogo to raise the money by March 21st.

If you’re
interested and sounds like your kind of film, you can check out The Big Chop’s
website HERE and check out the promo trailer below:

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