As I've been busying myself with the planning of the fundraiser, building the film's network of supporters, and making my rounds to a number of events across the city, I've had some time to think about ZEMIRA in its entirety and just how far and wide this here net casts.
See, most folks who are familiar with our mission think that our main objective is to raise funds for the film, shoot the film, and screen it in as many venues as possible. Well, what Curt and I have realized is that the completion and screening of the film is just part of the story. There's a residual effect taking place here and we're excited about the possibilities. We're actually building a community.
We have discovered that the goal of our film is not only to address the challenges of black female youth, but it is to also forge relationships. Not only do we want to build with the young women and men that ZEMIRA is aimed toward, but we also want to build with our fellow artists and creative minds--the people who challenge the status quo, those responsible for revolution. Folks, we want to build with you.
Since the production of our film is still in its early stages that means we want to connect with the actors and the actresses, we want to meet sound techs and cinematographers, the make-up artists and wardrobe managers, the marketing teams and musicians (we do need a soundtrack). We want the go-getters and the passionate--we want you, you and you too. We want to help you build those portfolios people! This movement is all encompassing.
So, if any of you reading this entry fit any of the descriptions as noted above, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you'd like to do. Also make sure to stop by our event on the 17th to catch a further glimpse of our vision. (To the artists and wonderful people who've been with us thus far-- thank you!)
Let's come together. No one can stop us now.