Hi! My name is Regina and I am the Founder and CEO of RLH Productions, an independently owned production company specializing in Film, TV, and Digital. I'm an artist and filmmaker currently working between the Chicagoland area and Los Angeles. I’ve been doing what I do for a while now - either independently as a freelancer or with an old LLC, however RLH Productions, LLC is the first company for which I am the sole owner. Since its founding in 2018, my company has already been on quite the filmmaking journey, and I’m looking to keep the momentum going!
I believe diversity to be more than just a buzzword and shouldn’t be something that is simply checked off on a to-do list. Diversity essentially means telling stories that highlight NORMALCY and this is what sets RLH Productions apart in actively normalizing diversity:
We are uniquely situated. Although we have produced in both New York and Los Angeles, RLH Productions was founded in Chicago’s south suburbs. Historically, production companies have highlighted stories from more affluent, north side communities, oftentimes at the disadvantage of the Chicago Southland. Yet from Chicago Heights, to Homewood, to Dolton, Richton Park, Olympia Fields and so many more neighborhoods, this unique yet routinely overlooked landscape for film production offers a rich an untapped cultural demographic. With over 450,000 residents, the south suburbs deserve equal access to opportunities for storytelling - and RLH Productions is committed to providing that.
We catalyze storytelling by emerging artists of color. We aim to highlight the work and stories of those in underrepresented communities, collaborating with those who have historically sat on the outskirts of mainstream media both in front of and behind the scenes. By collaborating with and providing resources to storytellers of color, RLH Productions is investing in on-screen and off-screen talent for the long-term. We seek out stories from independent artists who work with lower budgets and limited resources, amplifying voices and normalizing diversity in the film industry.
Offering a different perspective. RLH Productions is a millennial, Black, and woman-owned business. According to a 2017 article issued by the Washington Post , though the demographics of the population are rapidly changing, the demographics of those in positions of power are not necessarily reflecting said change. Reports have shown that 80.2% of small business owners are white and 64.3% are male. Other reports have also put the average age of small business owners at around 50 years old. An extensive study on the State of Entrepreneurship provided by the Kauffman Foundation stated that Black entrepreneurs rely the most on credit cards to fund new companies out of any other demographic. They also found that many Black entrepreneurs do not seek additional financing despite needing it because the majority believe they would not be approved for a business loan.
Which leads me here!I strongly believe that if anyone has an important story to tell, money should not be a hindrance. In order to continue providing this critical lens of storytelling, your financial support will assist RLH Productions in the following ways:
**Production Insurance Costs:
TV and Movies (including features, shorts, docs, and series) cannot get made without this, and it’s currently our largest expense. All of our past productions have been 100% insured and we want to continue keeping a consistent reputation of creating art that is insured and made safely.
**Film Festival Expenses:
We want our current projects to be seen and, aside from distribution, film festivals are a strong way to make this happen. RLH Production’s participation in film festivals allows us to showcase our work and network with other creatives, producing further opportunities for funding and mainstream support. More specifically, these film festival expenses will include film festival submission fees, marketing materials, and travel and lodging.
There are certain costs associated with the development of TV/Film projects. For RLH, common development costs include copyright/WGA registration fees, legal fees associated with drafting certain production contracts and grant application fees.
I have gotten lots of help along the way. People who believe in me, my company and the many talented creatives I continue to surround myself with. There are so many people that I am grateful for and would not have anything to show for without them.
Join me in the journey to more inclusive storytelling on screen and behind the scenes as we strive to emphasize normalcy in our tv/film industry.
You can learn more about RLH Productions and stay updated by visiting www.rlhprod.com .
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