Ferguson Rises: A Racial Healing Documentary

After 5 years of persistent work and commitment to our labor of love, we are THIS CLOSE to finishing our film Ferguson Rises. Can you contribute to help us raise our finishing funds? We need between $144,000 and $160,000 to get to the finish line.

Why does this matter?
Before an explosive global uprising condemned the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the murder of Mike Brown Jr. As it was in Ferguson, so it has been again around the world: tanks in the streets, tear gas and rubber bullets fired at peaceful protesters, storefronts engulfed in flames, and everywhere the clear and courageous voices of people who can no longer tolerate the scourges of racism and police brutality. The scale of the uprising has grown, but the broken heart and defiant soul of the movement is the same. What can the world learn from a protest like this? And how can we begin to come together to create a new world in its aftermath?

These difficult but important questions are explored in our paradigm-shifting, documentary film Ferguson Rises. Beyond the media sensationalism and simplistic narratives, Ferguson Rises presents diverse perspectives from a sometimes uneasy mix of people in Ferguson, a microcosm of the United States. 

The lessons of Ferguson are more than just lessons around organizing and civil rights; they are lessons in building community and finding hope in the face of tragedy. These lessons can be instructive to this nation as it attempts to remedy and heal the deep divisions that stand in the way of our recognizing each other’s humanity. 

What happened to Mike Brown Jr. happened to George Floyd, to Breonna Taylor, and happens every 28 hours to another African American at the hands of police, security guards, and vigilantes. More "Fergusons" will continue to happen unless we all stand up and do something to end the underlying conditions of racism and injustice that cause this. 

As we march and pass legislation, let’s not forget the power of film to keep the message of justice alive, long after the streets are cleared. Support Ferguson Rises in being that film and that voice!

What your contribution goes towards:
Your contribution will be directly used to pay our team to get this project done. Specifically, your donation will enable us to complete post-production (including final edit, sound design, music, archival, insurance, legal, and graphic design) for this important and timely film. Any additional funds received will be used to amplify the message via press and media promotions.

With your contribution, you are supporting a film that attempts to do something that has increasingly seemed impossible in America: to listen to each other, and come together to heal and create change. With your contribution, you are also supporting black filmmakers, fostering new conversations on civil rights and human rights, and affirming that Black Lives Matter. You are rising up and joining with others to help create a positive change in the consciousness of America.

About us:
We are a minority-majority team, led by Mobolaji Olambiwonnu, a visionary African American film director and producer. In addition, we are a team of highly acclaimed filmmakers, philanthropists, and artists who have won a slew of awards including an Academy Award and an Emmy. Feel free to go to our website at www.hopelovebeauty.com for the full detailed list.

How can you help us:
• Donate and share our efforts with your community

• Share our campaign on your social media accounts and with press

• Add your email to our website and connect with our pages on social media

• Connect us with community organizations that would benefit from a partnership with us

Thank you for reading. We hope you’ll join us in offering to the world a film that informs, challenges, and moves people of all persuasions toward greater compassion, understanding, and fortitude in the fight for justice.

Some of our big-ticket budget line items:
Editor - $30,000
Archival footage - $30,000
Composer - $11,000
Music Licensing - $10,000
Titles and Graphics - $20,000
Post Supervisor - $5200
Legal - $5,000
E&O Insurance - $5,000
Color Correction - $5,000
Sound Mix - $5,000

There are smaller line items that are not listed here, but you get the general idea.
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 16 d
  • Louise Liewald 
    • $100 
    • 18 d
  • Melanie L Kaneff 
    • $40 
    • 19 d
  • Marc Gordonson 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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Fundraising team: Hope Love and Beauty (2)

Mo Bolaji 
Raised $26,257 from 193 donations
Oakland, CA
Faisal Azam 
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
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