ColorReel Film Platform

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Raised by 22 people in 15 months
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Kelene Blake  AUSTIN, TX
About This Project

"Expanding our world through film. Empowering our filmmakers." 

ColorReel is the latest project currently under development from Black Tygress Media. Developed and dedicated to empowering filmmakers in underrepresented ethnic, cultural, and social groups, this transformative streaming platform provides an opportunity for artists to distribute their films to a broader and under-served audience, and for contentious film lovers to finally spend dollars in a marketplace that supports such films, and the artists who create them.

With the recent focus on the lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, a media outlet like ColorReel makes sense, and is long overdue. It will offer a place where subscribers can view independent films that mainstream distributors and networks would generally overlook, while providing a source of income for grassroots filmmakers, and allowing them to maintain control of their work.

While our current team of founders, filmmakers, and future-subscribers have contributed significant investment, inspiration, perspiration to this project, Black Tygress Media is currently in search of a lead investor for the ColorReel platform.

Social Impact

There is a great need for more diversity in the film industry. Often filmmakers from underrepresented groups lack the resources or support to hone their craft with little opportunity to earn any sort of income from their work. In addition, the dearth of diversity in stories presented in mainstream media leaves many people feeling misunderstood or ignored in the global conversation. ColorReel will provide a platform where subscribers can view diverse films at a reasonable price $5/mo and, for every subscription, 50% to 60% goes back to the filmmakers as direct income or grant funding for future projects.

Fundraising Goal: $10,000

Financial Breakdown

To complete software development for film platform: $5000

Online hosting for the films for 1 year: $2000

To add accessibility capabilities to the platform (e.g. closed captions): $2000

Campaign costs and fees: $1000

Stretch goal: If we can meet and surpass our initial goal, we would like to raise an additional $5,000 to $10, 000 to market and grow the platform globally, collaborating with film festivals and organizations worldwide to build ColorReel into a platform that has a tangible global impact.
 

Other Actions:

Filmmakers can submit though http://blacktygressmedia.com/colorreel/

Pre-subscriptions will be available once the ColorReel platform is up for beta testing. We will keep you updated on when pre-subscriptions begin.

The Team

Kelene Blake: Founder
Ilbersalle Fallon: Film Curator
Black Tygress Media LLC: blacktygressmedia.com

Collaborators:
Jeffery "Da'Shade Moonbeam" Johnson, Filmmaker/Actor
Ali Hopson of MAWU Photography, Filmmaker
Fum Fum Ko, Filmmaker
Sunni Soper, Activist/Poet

These are the artists who have been supportive of this idea from the very beginning and we are grateful for their support. We hope to collaborate with them and more filmmakers as our platform grows.

Video Credits:
Filmed and Edited by Ali Hopson, MAWU Photography

Film clips in order of appearance:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Naija Edition by Fum Fum Ko

Midori by Mariana Gonzalez

Go! by Jeffery Da'Shade Johnson

The Black Candle by M.K. Asante

Poo Poo Platter by Ali Hopson

Miles & Waverly by Ryan Bowen
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Update 3
Posted by Kelene Blake
7 months ago
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Just a quick update to let you know the platform is still being worked on. Coding is taking more time than expected but we are moving steadily forward on making this platform a quality space. I am shutting down donations and working to source funding in other ways. Thank you so much to all our supporters! We will continue to keep you updated and let you know when your gifts are on their way.
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Update 2
Posted by Kelene Blake
13 months ago
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Thank you to all who have supported us with your donations so far! We have reached our first major checkpoint: crossing the $1000 mark in our fundraising campaign. We are 10% of the way there with one more month of fundraising left.

Things are heating up on our end. Our software developer is close to completing the ColorReel website. We are forming partnerships with various local film festivals and communicating with filmmakers. We are also open to film submissions so keep spreading the word and supporting this initiative. We appreciate you!
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Update 1
Posted by Kelene Blake
14 months ago
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Thank you for your generous donations! We have been working diligently behind the scenes getting the platform made and contacting filmmakers and collaborators and we have 2 great bits of news!

1. ColorReel is officially a community partner with the Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival! Learn more about our community partners at HAAPIFF.org

2. ColorReel is on Facebook and Twitter! Like our Facebook at www.facebook.com/ColorReel and follow us on Twitter @ColorReelFilms

We will continue to keep you informed here and on social media about our progress. Thank you for believing in this project!
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$1,385 of $10k goal

Raised by 22 people in 15 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
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Created December 10, 2015
$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
$100
Desmond Jones
12 months ago
LN
$100
LaSondra (soups) Nicole
13 months ago

yall are amazing

TB
$250
Topher Bradfield
13 months ago
$50
Sunni Soper
13 months ago
$25
Shanitria Harris
13 months ago
DK
$25
Daniel Kreitzberg
13 months ago
$25
Fum Fum KO
13 months ago
KS
$50
Katrina Simpson
13 months ago
MA
$50
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14 months ago
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