The Jump

$6,573 of $8,750 goal

Raised by 141 people in 47 months
"The Jump" is a short film by Eric Lockley,  directed by Jamal Hodge,  that highlights one boy's special relationship with water.

Hey! I'm Eric Lockley, an actor, writer and producer that has worked in theater for the last 8 years. Through theater I've crafted stories that highlight the black boy's right to discover himself and the quest to find safe spaces to grow. Now in an effort to reach a wider audience in the communities I serve, I'm branching out into filmmaking. I've written and am producing a deeply personal film: "The Jump"  

The story in "The Jump" is semi-autobiographical. Despite being stereotyped and picked on, one boy must discover strength in his identity and the courage to re-connect with what was once sacred to him; the water.  The film touches on issues of race, masculinity, bullying and safe spaces. I am passionate about showcasing how both fragile and simultaneously resilient the human spirit can be. In an era when too many black males are made to question their value, this film is extremely necessary. With your support this film will be stunningly beautiful and indelibly impactful.

On my own I have funded our first day of shooting which was a huge success. Now I am seeking support to fund the remaining 3 shoot days. I'm giving myself until Nov. 15 to raise $4,000, with a stretch goal of $6,000. Upon reaching the initial goal of $4,000 I will be able to cover basic expenses including paying cast, crew, providing food and transportation expenses . Upon reaching the stretch goal of $6,000 I will be able to completely cover location fees and can purchase additional equipment to make shooting go more smoothly.

3 ways you can support:

1) CONTRIBUTE - your contribution gets me closer to my goal.  Now more than ever,  we need this story. Taking this vision from the page to the screen and reaching people all over the world with its message will be one of my greatest acheivements.  I know it is possible with your help.

Suggested Giving Levels:
$30 - Groundbreaker
$60 - Pioneer
$100 - Waymaker
$250 - Trailblazer
$500+ -Gamechanger

2) SPREAD THE WORD - post a link to this campaign on social media  - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog etc. encouraging people to check it out and contribute. Viola Davis' Emmy speech highlighted how important it is that we support people telling stories that place underrepresented people at the forefront. I'm passionate about this work and dedicated to creating opportunities that showcase the complexity & diversity of the black experience. So this is "Viola -Approved". Spread the word so we can get more of the support we need. Feel free to use the hashtag #FundTheJump 

3) CONNECT WITH ME - I am excited to expand the dialogue of this film by meeting with bloggers and other press outlets. Currently, I am researching the the best film festivals for "The Jump", so if you have connections to auditors or people who run local, national or global film festivals, please connect me with them.

Finally, I'm honored to be working with this incredible cast and crew who are working diligently to bring the world of "The Jump" to life:

Director: Jamal Hodge

Cast: Matthew Jenkins, Kobi Frumer, Bianca LaVerne Jones, Bryan Bencivenga, Eric Lockley

Director of Photography: Adam Richlin
Asst. DP: Steve Francheck
Asst. Director: Jeffrey Siegel
Art Direction: Stephanie Michal Siegel
Gaffer/Grip/Lighting: Ron Varga
Storyboard Artist: Jerry Aldonzar

Associate Producers:
Jason Daniel Fair
Nia Lancelin
Bryan E. Glover

By supporting this project you are supporting a talented group of people, a unique vision and an important message for right now. Thank you for contributing to The Jump. 

Love & Gratitude,


Early Storyboard Drawings for "The Jump"*:

*Storyboard Artist: Jerry Aldonzar

Behind the Scenes from 1st Day of Shooting*:

Producer/Writer/Actor Eric Lockley with cast member Matthew Jenkins and his mother, Monique Jenkins

Director Jamal Hodge with Asst. DP  Steve Franchek

Actress Bianca LaVerne Jones & actor Matthew Jenkins shooting on location at Far Rockaway Beach. Director Jamal Hodge and DP Adam Richlin and Asst. DP Steve Francheck behind the camera.

*Photos taken by: Belynda Hardin
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The Jump has begun being accepted to film festivals around the country which is very exciting. The last phase of fundraising is ensuring that I can get to these festivals so that I can advocate for a future for "The Jump". The opportunity to meet and chat with industry insiders at these festivals is integral to the films' future. Travel and accommodation expenses add up, but its necessary to be there. With your support I'll be able to make it to as many festivals as the film is accepted into and together we can ensure that "The Jump" reaches people on television, computer screens and big screens around the world. Thank you all for what you've contributed thus far and now if you're able to contribute more, please do. If not, please spread the word. My only aim is to inspire others with this film; I want people to discover their own "Jump". #willyoujump #rediscoveryourmagic
Getting to Fests & My Biggest Challenge
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The film has been completed and now it's time to share it with the world. We've begun submitting to film festivals nationally and abroad and the next step is attending the festivals so that we can best represent the film. If we, the filmmakers, can build relationships with the industry and audiences at festivals it creates many more opportunities for the film in the future. So the final phase of seeing "The Jump" to its potential is getting to these festivals and driving home the film's pertinent message of hope and fearlessness despite adversity. Your support in this final phase can get us there.
Movie poster & Producer/Writer & Director/Editor
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We're approaching the finish line, but I STILL NEED YOU. A donor has agreed to match contributions given by Feb. 24th up to $1500. These final contributions will pay for post-production expenses of sound mixing, editing, scoring etc. In order to begin submitting for festivals the film must be complete by March 1st. So please give if you can. $20, $50, $100 and more all help. Here is the 2nd trailer for The Jump. If it moves you please continue to spread the word about the campaign. Your support means the world and I look forward to inspiring others with this film. Many blessings to ya! #thejumpfilm
2nd Trailer for "The Jump"
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I STILL need you. We've reached post-production, which is where my REACH goal of $6,000 really matters. By February 15th, I want to have enough funding to cover the editing, scoring, coloring and brand packaging of the film. For those who've contributed already THANK YOU and if you are able to give more, great! $30, $50, $100, $250 all makes a difference. If you can't give please share the campaign w/ a friend or two who may be invested in supporting this story and/ or a filmmaker of color. It's coming together and with your support I'm excited to have the final cut ready by March 1st.
On set w/ Director Jamal Hodge
Actor Benton Greene
Preparing On Set
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$6,573 of $8,750 goal

Raised by 141 people in 47 months
Created September 21, 2015
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Theresa Hill
38 months ago

Wishing you all the best!

Jenni Allen
38 months ago
Christie Correa
41 months ago

May this propel you forward and help achieve all of your dreams.

Theresa Stokes Hill
42 months ago

A little late but rooting for you!

Max Thomas
42 months ago
Donnell Smith
42 months ago
Bernard Fogg
42 months ago

Just a little something from GQ for Cancer to YOU! Keep it up!

Brett Lockley
42 months ago

Love You! Keep Pushing, Keep Stretching, and Keep Chasing!

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