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Getting Creative to Pay for College in New Orleans in ‘Paper Chase’

Getting Creative to Pay for College in New Orleans in 'Paper Chase'

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Paper Chase

Logline: “Paper Chase” is a comedy set in New Orleans about a young girl raising money for college by any means necessary.

Elevator Pitch: 
When her college dormitory balance is discovered unpaid, Alicia and her hardworking but cash-strapped mom Valerie must find a way to procure the funds.

What do you do when you’ve alienated your entire graduating class and have a week to pay for college? Throw the ultimate house party.

Alicia and her best friend, Jamila must hatch a plan to get 100 people to attend while battling new friends, future ex-boyfriends and the hipster art collective across the street. Friendships are tested, relationships and glass are broken as they face the fact that growing up sometimes means growing apart.

Production Team:
Angela Tucker – Director/Writer/Producer – “(A)sexual” (Director), “Black Folk Don’t” (Director/Producer), “Just The Three Of Us” (Writer/Director), “The New Black” (Co-Producer), “Pushing the Elephant” (Producer)
Lauren Domino – Writer/Producer – “Just the Three of Us” (Producer), “The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium” (Producer)
DJ McConduit – Director Of Photography – “The Lot” (Cinematographer), “Love Me True” (Cinematographer), “BorderCross” (Cinematographer)
Alexis Clark – Actress – Alicia – She is a first time actress and is currently a junior at Tulane University.
Olivia Washington – Actress – Jamila – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “Empire” (FOX), “Madoff” (ABC), “Sorry for Your Loss” (short film)
Zoe E. Rotter- Casting Director – “The Girl in the Book,” “To Whom It May Concern,” “Bearcity”
Rusty Lazer – Music Supervisor – Rusty Lazer is a New Orleans based DJ, drummer, artist and manager. Though known primarily as the live DJ and creative partner of Bounce rapper Nicky Da B, and formerly as Big Freedia’s manager/DJ for 3 years, as a solo DJ Rusty Lazer plays the music he loves from both New Orleans and afar.

About the Film:
Growing up, I loved teen movies and I always had a fantasy that I would make one. I wanted to create a film featuring young black girls who were smart and raunchy. Black girls who had some family struggles but who didn’t let their struggles define them. In other words, Black girls like many of my friends!

Now we finally have that project! We know that there is a large community of people that are desperate to see more diverse images of black girls. We see ourselves as part of a larger movement of artists who want to #createincolor.

Current Status: We are fundraising for production costs to film in early summer 2016.

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