Little Men - A Short Film

$7,527 of $12,900 goal

Raised by 88 people in 16 months
Still from the actual footage - Kellen Witschen

Hi, my name is Ayesha Adu. Welcome to my film’s GoFundMe campaign for my film project Little Men.

In early spring of 2018, I was the producer and director of a film taking place in Minneapolis, MN titled, Little Men.  I wrote the award-winning screenplay.  

As of January 10, 2019, we just need about $5,400 to finish Little Men in the vision it was meant to become.

Still from the actual footage - Kellen Witschen

Set in 1989, Little Men is a compelling winter tale of two endearing 10-year-old boys, Andre and Marcus. Their friendship is tested after they discover a dead body on the way to school. An existential crisis occurs when one of the boys steals money from the victim’s wallet and picks up a wedding band found near the dead man’s head. What happens after they find the body, challenges them to think about themselves, each other, and the world they live in.

Still from the actual footage - Kellen Witschen

I am creating Little Men as a way to introduce myself to as an auteur to the world. I am the kind of filmmaker that creates compelling, provocative, well-thought out films that challenges the audience to ask questions about how they see the world and what they see in themselves. 

In 2018, I received a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to produce and direct Little Men. Additionally, in 2018, Little Men won a PLATINUM Remi award from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival for their short screenplay competition, and it placed quarterfinalist at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition last spring and was featured at their festival! Little Men was also a quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Film Fund competition fall of 2018.  

In winter of 2018, I was one of 24 artists asked to write an article for the Walker Art Center's online magazine, Walker Reader:


Stills from the actual footage - Kellen Witschen

Needed are funds to complete the post-production phase of Little Men.

What we need is $5,400.00. This pays for crew, post-production, musical score, color correction, and sound design.

There are different tiers for the amount that you donate:

 $0 - $249          Special Thanks credit in ending credits, DVD

$250 - $499     Co-Producer Credit at beginning of film, DVD, T-shirt and poster

$500+                  Executive Producer Credit at beginning of film, DVD, T-shirt and Poster

Our Co-Producers are Senay Matewos, Sovereign Hues, LLC., and Black Feather Creative.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my work and Little Men. Please share this with others whom you think would be interested in donating to this campaign.

Ayesha Adu

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Hi! This is an important update about Little Men!


We are almost done with the final edit of Little Men. We should be finished by the end of July.
We are still raising money for several things that need to be completed:

- Musical score by Mayda and David Tullis (Black Market Brass)
- Sound mixing

We are holding a couple of opportunities to raise money on the following days:

Saturday, June 8th
Pop-Up @ B.Resale
12pm to 6pm
We’ll be selling merchandise such as posters and t-shirts!

Saturday, July 6th
Delirious! The Princely Dance Party
9:30pm to Midnight
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
DJ Yasmeenah will be spinning Prince and Prince-related artists all night!
A new trailer will be shown and a purple raffle drawing will happen!
Come funk and dance with us!

We have an animation sequence that was animated by 12-year-old Chaz Hughes, son of Soli Hughes. It looks terrific. He uses the same software that Family Guy uses. Wait til you see it!!

Twin Citie’s own great connector, Roxanne Anderson, has come on as an executive producer and made it possible to secure the rights of Canadian band, The Carps, song, “Drone 2k.” It will play over the ending credits! Thanks, Roxanne!

And finally, We are going to premiere Little Men at the Riverview Theater, August 17th at 10:30am to 12:30pm. We’ll have an opening reception, show the film, and discuss it afterwards.

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you for donating to Little Men. Making this would not have been possible without your generosity. My team and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Have a great day!

Ayesha Adu
Writer, producer, and director of Little Men
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I hope your holidays were great, and I hope you are looking forward to the new year with all it has to offer.

Two things for you to read:

1. In December, I was one of 24 artists who wrote an article for the Walker Art Center’s online magazine Walker Reader CHECK IT OUT!!:




This is also an update on Little Men and the progress we’ve made so far.

We unfortunately lost some major funding opportunities at the end of the year due to highly competitive grants. We applied for four different grants including the Women in Film finishing film fund grant. There were over 300 applications for just that grant alone. We placed quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Film Fund but did not make it to the semi-finalist round. The other two grants were also extremely competitive national and international grants.

This means that we will not be able to continue shooting the film as we had hoped, and we will not be able to reshoot three of the scenes we wanted to redo.


What we are doing is considering the idea of animating the scenes we couldn’t shoot on digital video. We are in the process of interviewing animators who would be interested in working on a pro-bono or stipend basis. This means they would be working for screen credit or a small stipend.

We will edit the footage we have and make the vision work.


We are raising post production money to finish the film which includes:
Musical Score
Music licensing for two songs
Sound design
Actor voice-overs for the animations
Two crew members

The total we are raising is $5,400.


Our goal is to have Little Men completely finished and ready to be seen by mid-July or early August at a venue as yet undecided. If you have some ideas of where you’d like to see Little Men shown, please, share them with us!


If you could please respond to this email with an email address so that we can add it to our mailing list to let you know when the screenings takes place that would be awesome. We respect your privacy, and we will NOT sell your information.

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

Have a great year,
Thank you for your support,
You’ll be hearing from us soon,
Ayesha Adu
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RADIO INTERVIEW ON KFAI 90.3 (Minneapolis) and 106.7 (St. Paul)!

Tonight, at 7pm, I will be interviewed on KFAI's Fresh Fruit by RARE Production's, Roxanne Anderson.


Thank you!
Ayesha Adu
Little Men
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