What’s the 411?
It was April 11th (4.11) of 2020, a day that was supposed to be an explosive, spectacular, “storybook affair” occasion. We invested months of team meetings planning a Film Premiere that would showcase the 2 years of our time and over 120 talent that we worked with from the Philadelphia Region and Tri-State Area. Our plans included: a red carpet walk with press and photo opts, an elegant cocktail reception, and two screenings of our “Sound Mind” Cinematic Spoken Word Mixtape, that consisted of 12 short films along with an exhibition of artifacts that were used to create the films. This was to open to a crowd of 700 cast, crew, close friends, family members, associates, supporters, and industry professionals to enjoy. Surely a celebration of a lifetime! The only thing is, IT NEVER HAPPENED. As with the rest of the world, we were met with the unforeseeable pandemic. Like many other events, celebrations, and business operations, we were forced to completely shut down and table our first-ever dream “Premiere Experience'' to some uncertain time in the near future.
What Do We Do Now?
The only thing that our company, Eli Lu Entertainment, has a reputation for doing when we are faced with any challenge, is moving forward as creatively, productively, and innovatively as we possibly can. We created a virtual event!
THIS PREMIERE IF FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
What: Sound Mind Cinematic Spoken Word Mixtape Premiere (12 Short films + 12 Spoken Word Tracks
Who: Eli Lu Entertainment (Eli Lu, twin sisters, and spoken word dual)
When: November 8th, 2020, 8 pm PDT, 5 pm PDT
Where: Eli Lu Entertainment Facebook Page (you do not need a Facebook
account to watch the premiere.)
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Why Your Support Matters
We are offering the “Sound Mind” Premiere free of charge to the public because we believe in the importance of showcasing our art and hard work for over two years. We owe it to ourselves and our 120+ talent and crew members and their supporters. However, this decision, like many of our other projects we had planned for 2020, will not make a profit as originally planned, nor recoup any funds put towards the creation of this project.
The past few years our company has grown to be a creative outlet for individuals in film and theater, providing opportunities for talent and crew members, all while building an inclusive film community in Philadelphia. We created the Philadelphia Film Factory (Philm Factory) Initiative dedicated to helping the Independent film community gain experience, exposure, and obtain various opportunities through film programs, events, and competitions. We seek to cultivate, educate, and empower a film community of like-minded individuals from above and below-the-line talent and crew. We kicked off February 2020 with 7 packed workshops for filmmakers and actors (until the Pandemic occurred.)
Your donations will help us accomplish the following:
* Purchase Film Equipment
* Continue to Produce Film projects
* Host Workshops and bring in industry professionals
* Hire personnel and production crews for projects and film events
* Assist, grow, and support the Philadelphia Independent Film Community
* Enable actors to gain experience and exposure (children & adults alike!)
* Host Film Competitions
We hope to reach our Goal by Dec. 8th 2020. (Note: We are not a non-profit organization)
Who are We?
Founded by Eli and Lu Bevins, twin sisters from West Philadelphia, Eli Lu Entertainment is an American entertainment and production company based in Philadelphia, PA. The company is devoted to producing thought-provoking and conscious driven content for a wide range of audiences.
Eli and Lu Bevins, also known as Spoken Word dual, “Eli Lu,” were raised by their grandparents, Helen and Earl Bevins, in West Philadelphia. They attended Overbrook High School before attending Elizabeth City State University located in North Carolina for Computer Science with a minor in Aviation. They first began by producing stage plays for college audiences but have expanded over the years to creating various entertainment mediums such as movies, web shows, documentaries, and educational videos. While attending Indiana University (Bloomington, IN ) for their Masters in Information Architecture, the twins won several national film awards, including 2014’s first place for their film, “Systematic Living,” presented by “Lovecraft Country” actress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
In February 2018, Eli Lu Entertainment sold out 2 performances of their “Broken Tables” Spoken Word Stage Play to a crowd of 700 attendees.
We’re So Grateful For Your Support
We are so thankful for those who have supported us in the past and recognize the hard work we put into not only this Sound Mind Project but all of our Projects. We are proud to be an anchor in the Philadelphia Community for the youth and the community at large that are looking for a filmmaking cohort in our area. Letting others know about us, about our events, projects, talent, and this Premiere.
Your support will make a difference in the world. We will continue to produce quality film projects and bring jobs to Philadelphia for the film community. We thank you in advance.
Eli Lu Entertainment is more than a production company, it's a movement.
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