Resistance: thebattleofphiladelphia

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Raised by 127 people in 8 months


I am reaching out to update you on my latest speculative fiction project, a near-future web series called Resistance: the battle of philadelphia. I am also reaching out to ask you to again play a role in bringing this project to the world.

My name is M. Asli Dukan. I am an independent filmmaker who embraces the futuristic, fantastic and imaginary genres of speculative fiction as a way to explore the possibilities of social transformation in society. For the past 20 years, I have written, produced, directed and edited short films, music videos, promotional videos, vlogs, critical review videos and documentaries that all revolve around a concept I call - Black Speculation.  (See more about my past projects below.)


Resistance: the battle of philadelphia
is a six-part, near-future web series that introduces the audience to a world where a clandestine collective of Philadelphia residents mobilize to resist police violence and the authoritarian government embedded in their city.

Inspired by films like Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1967), Ivan Dixon's The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973), Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames (1983) and Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon (2001), the series uses the genres of speculative fiction to tell a dramatically rich and historically complex near-future narrative about the struggle for justice and liberation.

This web series will not only tackle a subject that is a part of our current conversation around social justice, namely police brutality, but will also connect to the long history of community resistance to police brutality in the city of Philadelphia.


Join the resistance by making a financial contribution to our project! During this part of our campaign, we are aiming to raise the remaining $8,000 to primarily complete the post-production of our web series. Raising these funds are critical because it will allow us to complete the project by the Spring of 2018.



Breakdown of allocations in the $15,000 budget:
Pre-production costs:  $2,000
     (writer, insurance, permits, etc.)
Production costs: $10,000
     (equipment, talent, crew, locations, transportation,
food, etc.)
Post-production costs: $3,000
     (editor, hard drives, software, computer misc., etc.)

During the month of October we raised $7000 through our GoFundMe account and secured a small investment, which enabled us to get the project "in the can." However, though we were able to complete production, we still have costs to cover from that phase! With your contribution, you can help us to reimburse the people and services that helped make it possible! Your contributions will also help us move on to the next phase of the project, post-production!


For this project, I decided to primarily collaborate with Philadelphia-based actors, artists, media makers, activists and organizers to make this project an authentic reality!

Here are some of the skilled and creative people who were involved with the production phase:

Producer: Sara Zia Ebrahimi
Producer: Anissa Weinraub
DP: Aidan Un
DIT/AC: Marie Alarcon
Sound Recordist/Boom: Fred Schmidt-Arenales , Jeff Bethea
Wardrobe: Kima Baffour
Hair/Make-Up/SFX Make-Up: Mary Arlynda Williams
Production Design: Tanya Jackson , Anissa Weinraub, Petra Floyd
Gaffer/Grip: Bryan Oliver Green
Production Assistants: Melissa de LeonGabe Castro
Caterer: Dorine Horn

Jennifer Kidwell as Zam
Lindsay Smiling as Kurtis
Kennedy Allen as Akewi
Loretta Graham as Mother Adu
Dominique London as Crystal
Daquan Wright as Lester
Briana Horn as Briana
Dave Dougherty as Detective Frank
Jos Duncan as Sister Carol
Steve Clarkson as Officer Wilson
Tyler Cohen as Cop

Last summer, we produced a prologue episode to the web series and are pleased to announce that this stand-alone episode had its World Premiere at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia in August of 2017! 

We are excited to share that our prologue episode was selected for the Twin Cities Black Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota and screened in October of 2017! 

We are excited to share that our prologue episode was also selected for the Women's Film Festival and will screen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March of 2018!

Check out the prologue episode below: 


For the past several years, police brutality has become the subject of a highly public, national debate in our Internet-connected society. However, in African American communities across the United States, police brutality is an historical issue that has plagued the well-being and safety of Black people for over 300 hundred years. As campaigns to reform police departments and to abolish police departments collectively raise their voices across the country, I wanted to add my own voice to the public conversation through my art. And as my films often revolve around the idea of Black Speculation, I began to wonder how to tell a story about Black resistance to police brutality in a futuristic context?

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia is an attempt to create a work of art that not only entertains, but enlightens and empowers the audience to be critically engaged with their world.

My work is inspired by two different film modes. First, are the thought-provoking speculative fiction (SF) films that I watched in my youth like Planet of the Apes (1968), Ganja & Hess (1973) and The Brother from Another Planet (1984) that explored themes like addiction, war, authoritarianism, feminism, race and racism. Second, are the films by Black filmmakers of the "L.A. Rebellion" (late 60's to mid 80's) that I was first exposed to while in film school like Charles Burnett , Julie Dash and Haile Gerima , whose films focused on themes relevant to Black people like migration, cultural traditions, unemployment, mental health and police brutality. I was inspired by all of this work to try to find a balance between the use of SF devices and the traditions of independent Black filmmaking in the service of my own cinematic vision of the future.

My previous "Black Speculation" short films:
M.O.M.M. (2011) is a fan film based on the work of the late, Black SF writer, Octavia E. Butler that centers the narrative on an impaired and imprisoned Black mother who is trying to escape the control of a powerful immortal male spirit.

73 (2008) explores a near future New York City that is ruled by a brutal corporate government and focuses on how two Black women refugees collaborate to secure and keep their freedom.

Orishas (2001) introduces us to a story where the pantheon of African deities, the Orishas, exist in parallel to the human world and focuses on one of these deities as she tries to help a troubled young woman navigate the complexities of her drug addiction.

My current feature documentary work-in-progress, Invisible Universe details the history of the representations and participation of African American writers in the genres of speculative fiction literature. It includes a “Who’s Who” of Black creators and reveals the emergence of a movement of Black speculative fiction creators that developed after the turn of the 21st century.

Website: https://www.resistanceseries.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resistanceseries/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ResistanceTBOP
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/resistanceseries/
Email: resistanceseries @ gmail . com
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Great news! Resistance: the battle of philadelphia is one of six recipients of the Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund grant from Scribe Video Center. Our project received $1500 to go towards our post-production process! Thank you!!!
Scribe Video Center / PIMFF 2018
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Greetings Resisters!

2017 has been a year we will never forget. The further consolidation of exploitative power has shown us, once again, how deliberate and calculating the owning class will be to secure their dominance. But in the face of it all— people still resist and in various ways.

This project originated with the idea that art could be a part of this resistance, by radically speculating about the possibilities of transformative change in society. And all of you have a played a major role in making this a reality because of your financial contributions to its production costs. For this, we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Early 2018 will see the debut of Resistance: the battle of philadelphia. We look forward to sharing it with you!

Happy New Year to us all!

Art, Resistance and Solidarity,

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Hello Resisters!

A quick update here to let you know that we did it! Resistance: the battle of philadelphia is "in the can!" Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise enough money to finish the production of our web series. We are now almost a month into the post-production part of the process. But we still have a way to go to get the project completed. We still need to raise the remaining part of our fundraising goal, $8000, to finish the web series. These funds will cover the costs of editing, composing music, music licensing, adr/voice over recording, sound design, visual effects, post-production equipment and software, subtitling, closed captioning, etc.

Please help us get there by spreading the word about our continuing fundraising campaign!

We wish you all Happy Holidays!

Asli and the Resistance team
Resistance in post-production!
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Resistance: the battle of philadelphia -A Speculative Chronology of a Police State (5 of 5) https://instagram.com/p/BY-4-dYgpDN/ #afrofuturism #webseries
A Spec. Chronology of a Police State 5
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