Black and Deaf in America: https://youtu.be/YLD6W3dyxpM
Resist Through Our Eyes: Our Rights and Freedom
Hello! My name is Jade, and I am an award-winning Jamaican-American film producer and content creator. I am also an activist who cares about humanity. I produce feature films, write for television, and am the Creator of this documentary series.
I was born in the city of Kingston, and I emigrated with my family to the United States in 1971, so you can imagine how producing this documentary would have special meaning for me when conversations turn to the current political controversy about how this country should treat immigrants.
"RESIST THROUGH OUR EYES: OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM", is a documentary film divided into eight series following and documenting Deaf Rights, Disabilities and Inclusion in a regime government. My production team and I are raising the first part of $25,000 via GoFundMe. Help us reach the first part of our goal. The budget for the documentary series is $100,000.
The passionate goal is to increase, not only the visibility, but the positive representation, of one of the most underserved population of people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This is a richly diverse group in need of artistic expression. Through my documentary, my team and I are introducing universal contents through television, paralleling the definite depiction of Deaf people and their often tenuous relationship with others, especially in the arena of social issues.
Since we have initiated the process last year, we have interviewed over 40 Deaf people who have contributed their stories, we posted a few samples on social media, especially on Facebook, to get feedback. One of the series received great feedback. So much attention were focused on Black Deaf People lives on how we are affected by racism, police brutality, police terror, not to mention, the anxiety and mental distress of Black Deaf mothers who worry about their sons everyday for fear that they may not make it home. Black people are being terrorized for just being who they are as Black citizens. We also received feedback about rape, domestic violence, and LGBTQ social issues. Each series are still in production stage. In order to move forward, we need completion fund to complete all eight series.
Our goal is to get the documentary film onto one of the streaming platforms, such as Netflix or Amazon. We plan to submit the documentary series to the festival circuit. We have plans to show it to the schools to discuss and confront, engage in reconciliations to tackle isms through panel discussions of the subjects we have interviewed. We feel it is important. to engage and talk about them. That is the long term plan for the vision of our project, that we must condemn these awful examples of bias, prejudice and hate through discourses and watching the series.
These interviews will lend extra power to historical footage of political events, that includes past and current events who have contributed and played a critical role to social justice and social changes. Each documentary series will be no more than an hour. Our goal is to reach all intended audience, both Deaf and non-Deaf.
The series will be divided into these eight (8) installments:
S1 - Black and Deaf in America: Our Lives Matter, Too
S2 - Deaf Women's Right and the #MeToo Movement
S3 - Deaf Immigrant in America
S4 - Equality: Deaf LGBTQ in America
S5 - #DeafTalent: Diversity and Inclusion in Entertainment
S6: Education and the Future of Black Deaf Children
S7: Mental Health in the Deaf Community
S8: The Native America Deaf Experience in America
All funds raised via GoFundMe go directly to production costs, including transportation for the crew, the transport of gear, and food/lodging, etc.We will also need to cover the cost of post-production, which includes editing, sound, music scoring, voice-overs, graphics/animation, interpreters' fees, archive stock footage, color correcting, licensing, research, and distributions.
Whether it’s $5, $25, $50, $100, $1000 or more, your contribution helps make our documentary film a reality, and -- most importantly -- tell the untold stories of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, so we hope you’ll please consider making a pledge! Keep an eye out for future updates!
WHO WE ARE
PRODUCER/CONTENT CREATOR - JADE BRYAN
Jade Bryan graduated with a BFA degree in film production from one of the world's top film schools at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Jade founded DeafVision Filmworks, Inc. and Jade Films and Entertainment, LLC, and has produced and directed such award-winning documentaries as “Listen to the Hands of Our People", ”On and Off Stage: The Bruce Hlibok Stories”, and “9/11 Fear in Silence: The Forgotten Underdogs”.
Jade completed her first feature, “If Your Could Hear My Own Tune,” formerly known as “Somalia: A Love Story,” which toured the festival circuit from 2010-2012, working tirelessly on the film for nine (9) years. "The Shattered Mind ", a new short film that she completed in 2014, is currently going through the festival circuit.
Also, "The Two Essences", a comedy series pilot, is scheduled for production in 2021.
Overall, her goal is to increase positive representation of Deaf People of Color in television and film.
Jade is a proud member of the New York Women in Film and Television, (NYWIFT).
CO-PRODUCER - MALENI CHAITOO
￼￼Maleni Chaitoo is an Executive Producer and Actor of the new comedy web series, Don’t Shoot the Messenger with co-Executive Producers, Craig Fogel and Jessica Wasserman. She is an advocate speaker at United Nations on disability and American Sign Language cultural programming and linguistic advocate for new media and new voices. She is a new member of the New York Women in Film & Television. Website: malenichaitoo.com
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