Go Black Boy; Fly

Thank you, so much, from the bottom of my heart for even taking the time to read this story.

An even better way to get the details about this feature length film, "Go Black Boy Fly," is to go to this link:
GBBF Fundraiser Video 

If, however, reading is your preference I'm super excited for you to take this written journey with me.

OUR PROJECT:

We are shooting a feature length film, this summer, entitled, "Go Black Boy Fly," and every contribution and every prayer and every bit of assistance will be so greatly appreciated.

WHAT'S OUR WHY:

My name is TaNisha Fordham. I am an educator and content creator; I have been doing both professionally for nearly a decade.

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Above, is me (with the curly fro and jean jacket), but I am not nearly as impressive as Nate the Great aka Nathaniel Boone (pictured to the left), one of the best students that I have had the immense pleasure of having taught.

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Just a few short years ago, when Nate was in my class, he was walking. He actually performed, several times, with my theater group where he had the chance to dance and act:
Upward Bound Performance 

Nate was amazing but, transverse myelitis a horrible disease robbed Nate of his mobility before, eventually, TM complications robbed him of his life.

I was devastated when I found out that TM had paralyzed Nate. I couldn't believe it. I felt like I owed him something, he was this amazing, inspiring, baby who had given so much light to my classes and performances. So, I wrote a book and named the main character after baby boy:
Go Black Boy Fly (BOOK)

I even adapted the book into a staged version and in January of this year my students performed for 3 packed houses:
GBBF PLAY PROMO 

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But, when Nate died in February, it knocked the wind out of my chest. None of this seemed like enough.

Nate was such a beautiful bright soul, his life ended too early, but he reminded me of all of the students that I teach, even today, that face tremendous odds and overwhelming challenges.

HOW ARE WE SPENDING YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:

This summer, July 2018, we are shooting the feature length film, "Go Black Boy Fly," as our war cry honoring the legacy of Nathaniel Boone and the potential of black boys and men everywhere (but not only black boys and men, all of us).

We're raising $60,000 dollars and here is how we plan to use it

$5,000 Director of Photography

$15,000 Crew (Assistant Director, Assistant Camera, 2nd AD, 2nd AC, Gaffer, Grip, Best boy, Sound mixer, Boom operator, Production designer, Script supervisor, Still photographer, Videographer, Producer)

$2,000 Permits

$5,000 Equipment rental (ATV, Jib, Camera, Lens, Drone, Audio equipment, Crane, Smoke machine)

$8,000 Location rentals (Apartment in Newark, Apartment in Greensboro, Parking lot for dance scene, 2 AIRBNB apartments)

$6,000 Actor honorariums

$5,000 Production design (Makeup, Hair, Props, Wardrobe, Location design)

$4,000 Travel and Company accommodations (We will be shooting in Newark, NJ)

$10,000 Post production (Editing, Color correction, Color grading, Film festival submission, Promotion, Marketing, Small Film Screenings)

The truth is, we are committed to making this film because the story is important and necessary. Every contribution counts. And, we are determined to make this film no matter the outcome of this fundraiser.

GET INVOLVED:

If you are unable to make a financial contribution we are looking for contributions in kind:

1. 8 working bicycles
2. A house to use as a set location in the city of Newark
3. 2 apartments to use (one in Newark, NJ one in Greensboro, NC) as a set location
4. Craft services (we'd appreciate donations for snacks and meals on set)
5. Wardrobe/makeup
6. This list will be continually updated, please check back

INCENTIVES:

We are so thankful that you are thinking about contributing to our campaign! You have no idea how much every single dollar will mean to our team! We want to be sure that you know how thankful we are, as such, we are giving incentives as a thank you for each level of contribution. The incentives are as follows:

Contribute $25 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com  All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $50 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard. All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

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Contribute $75 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly." All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

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Contribute $100 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt. All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

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Contribute $200 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director. All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $300 or more:
THE GO BLACK BOY FLY CONTRIBUTION: Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director + 2 tickets to 1 official "Go Black Boy Fly" film premiere of your choice as they are scheduled (travel, lodging and accommodations not included)All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $500 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director + a special "thank you" video from select members of the cast. All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $1,000 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director + a special "thank you" video from select members of the cast + a private link to our "first look" cut of the film once it is complete (slated completion: Fall 2019).  All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $3,000 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director + a special "thank you" video from select members of the cast + a private link to our "first look" cut of the film once it is complete (slated completion: Fall 2019) + 2 tickets to 1 official "Go Black Boy Fly" film premiere of your choice as they are scheduled (travel, lodging and accommodations not included). All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $5,000 or more:
Receive a digital thank you email + a shout out on www.goblackboyfly.com + a "Go Black Boy Fly" postcard + a signed copy of the poetic narrative, "Go Black Boy Fly," + an official Go Black Boy Fly t-shirt + a special "thank you" video from our Executive Producer/Writer/Director + a special "thank you" video from select members of the cast + a private link to our "first look" cut of the film once it is complete (slated completion: Fall 2019) + 2 tickets to 1 official "Go Black Boy Fly" film premiere of your choice as they are scheduled (travel, lodging and accommodations not included) + 2 tickets to all official "Go Black Boy Fly" premieres/special screenings planned by our team (travel, lodging and accommodations not included). All incentives will be delivered by November 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Contribute $10,000 or more:
Thank you truly isn't enough! So, of course you are going to receive all of the incentives listed for individuals contributing $5,000 or more. But, additionally, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. That's right. We recognize that this contribution is no small deal. We appreciate it deeply and we recognize that thank you just can't express how much. We want you to see your name FLASH ACROSS THE SCREEN when our film premieres! So, contribute $10,000 or more and become an official member of our "producing" team.
 
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THANK YOU, GENUINELY, IT MEANS SO MUCH:

I don't think that I can say thank you enough. This project is rooted in heart and soul. I am so in love with our babies of every color; I believe that every person matters and counts. We are all here together. This is an important fact. It's imperative that we do what it takes to make this world more beautiful for us all and that we commit to telling the stories that need to be told.

I am so overwhelmingly thankful for the team that I'm working with all of whom believe in the vision of this project as much as I do, all of whom are committed to bringing this project from script to screen.

And, I am thankful for you, taking the time to read this message and contributing, even if in no other way, with your prayers.

Great things are ahead!
#GoBlackBoyFly
#GBBF

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Fundraising team: GBBF Team (3)

TaNisha Fordham 
Organizer
Newark, NJ
Robert Alston 
Team member
Torell Taylor 
Team member
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