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Crowdfund This: ‘Newlyweeds’ Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in ‘Octavia’

Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia'

In the interest of time, I’ll save all the formalities and just present the fundraising campaign of a project I previously expressed much excitement over, and which I alerted you to a few weeks ago, informing you of its then upcoming crowdfunding campaign. 

Well, it’s officially here, so it’s time for you to act accordingly.

“Newlyweeds” co-star Trae Harris stars in the title role of Dennis Leroy Kangalee’s (previously, Dennis Leroy Moore’s) latest, “Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World).”

I profiled the project and filmmaker a month ago; catch up here, so that I don’t have to rehash that somewhat lengthy piece.

The official description for “Octavia: ‘Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)” reads: 
“Octavia:Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World),” is film about a 150 year-old black vampire whose suicidal urges, a result of the apathy in the world, have prompted her to find someone who will help her die. Part poem, rock opera, a Brechtian play — this is not a traditional horror/vampire genre film as there is no exploitive nudity or violence. The horror is symbolic and representative of the world’s spiritual paralysis. This is a cubistic portrait of a woman trying to come to terms with the perennial problems of racism, misogyny, apathy, and the startling lack of consciousness in the world. Throughout her spiritual journey, we see various chapters and aspects of her life as an activist, punk rocker, and cleaning woman. This film will be a meditation on colonization and lost love among the malaise of our times and will be highly experimental, formally, more akin to the work of Bill Gunn and Nicolas Roeg and will require extremely disciplined and intellectually adventurous participants.”
A fall shoot is planned, and with your help, in the next 27 days, $60,000 will be raised to ensure that happens.

So go to the film’s Indiegogo campaign page here (or click within the widget below), read all that is presented to you, watch the pitch video (which I’ve also embedded below), and hopefully, you’ll be encouraged to make a contribution.

10% of the campaign goal has already been raised (just over $6,000) in a few short days, so it’s off to an auspicious start.

Ready. Set. Go.

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