Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Comedy, Drama

Yaa Asantewaa Faraji

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Mission Statement

Women's stories go unheard. Our trauma's go unseen. We're forced to cope with the repercussions of careless misogyny in often damaging ways. DAYLIGHT is a story about these traumas - we aim to bring awareness to the subtleties of sexual assault while giving voice to the forgotten.

The Story


A ballet dancer struggles to cope with the realities of her new life after one night goes terribly wrong.


In this drama, AMBER, a ballerina turned stoner, finds herself stuck in a life she didn’t choose during the onset of the pandemic. She can’t seem to escape her circumstances, or the people around her. When Amber finds herself in a situation she didn’t ask for, she must come to terms with her addiction, trauma, sexuality and manifest destiny.


Many people struggle with different forms of trauma: invisibility, depression, abuse, isolation… but often do so in silence. There are few outlets that make visible these traumas. DAYLIGHT offers one. In a coming of age story, DAYLIGHT compels its audience to find the light in themselves in the midst of darkness. Told from the third person POV of the Black experience.


DAYLIGHT is a story by women and about women for anyone struggling with trauma, depression, faith and perseverance. This story addresses experiences with trauma, and the othering that occurs from expressing these truths.



DAYLIGHT is being produced 100% independently by Femme-BIPOC creatives. With a production budget of $16,000, the Daylight Production Team is asking its community to help supplement $10,000 of $16,000 needed in order to produce DAYLIGHT and secure submission costs for the 2023-2024 film festival circuit.


This framework reflects how our production will unfold in 2021-2023. For more details please visit our website here.



Why do you guys need $10,000? The Writer/Director of DAYLIGHT is providing $6000 and depleting her savings for the production of this film. Unfortunately, $10,000 is still needed to cover production costs and insurance.

Ok, so where is the money going? All funds raised for DAYLIGHT will be housed in a separate production account to go towards cast, crew, locations, insurance + permits, equipment and post-production.

How much are you guys getting? The fundraising budget does not cover the production team. Funds raised will go towards production, equipment, cast and crew. Yaa Asantewaa, the Writer/Director/Executive Producer of DAYLIGHT, is not being paid for this project and has forfeited her Producer's rate to go towards production.

When does production begin? Production is scheduled to begin and conclude in May 2022. 

Why are you producing during COVID? DAYLIGHT was crafted during COVID as a response to the daily life struggles associated with the pandemic. To maintain the story's integrity and authenticity, DAYLIGHT is being produced during the time the story takes place. Production will follow strict COVID compliances including vaccination and negative COVID test no sooner than 48 hours to arriving on set.


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Covers all crew costs, including camera rental, catering + crafty.


Costs $2,500

Covers G&E equipment.


Costs $2,500

Covers rate for 8 cast members.

Production Design

Costs $1,000

Covers Production Designer + materials

Post Production

Costs $600

Covers post-production Editor.

About This Team

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER YAA ASANTEWAA FARAJI is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, spoken word poet and author of Calabama, a 2021 Amazon Best Selling anthology published through World Stage Press. Faraji is a monthly Da Poetry Lounge slam champion, VoyageLA's 2020 Hidden Gem of Los Angeles nominee and has guest featured at The Los Angeles Film School, FOX Soul, The Pan African Film Festival, Campbell Ewald, Caltech and others. 

CO-PRODUCER EMILY RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who graduated from Long Beach State’s Producing and Directing Program. She produced her first film at Palomar College in 2018 which won a regional Emmy in 2019. Rodriguez has worked as a production coordinator for major artists and brands and is currently on the creative production team at Viacom CBS. She is thrilled to be working on DAYLIGHT to bring another meaningful story to life. 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER BREE K. JONES is a Deaf Culture Merger, one of the Creators of the web-series I Hear You, and a Biola University Psychology graduate. Bree received the Encouragement Award from Black Women Rock Nationally Women’s Organization for her work and has been featured by HuffPost, PopSugar, Ai-Media, Voyage LA, Deaf Boss, the RiRi Show and other media outlets.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER SHELLEY MECHE'TTE is a Certified Purpose Success and Confidence Coach, Int'l Speaker and Co-Creator of the Web-series I Hear You.  Shelley is a Theatrical thespian and Co-host of her talk show, The Shelley and Bree Show, currently airing on the ViZD channel on Roku. Meche'tte has been featured on various platforms, including Peace of Mind with Taraji P. Henson, The Claudia Jordan Show, Sister2Sister 2.0 and many more. She was also named Courageous Magazine's 2021 Top 25 Women in Business.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY EZE EGEONUIGWE is the CEO of VisualsbyEze, LLC and a freelance photographer, videographer and creative director who creates images and visals through passion and the willingness to be unique. He has worked with multiple throughout Los Angeles, including Kendrick Lamar, Davido, Ieema Copeland and others.

EDITOR BRAEDEN HALL, 21, is a young aspiring filmmaker who focuses on arthouse/psychological thrillers and other ethereal film genres. Hall studied traditional and classic film at the San Francisco Art Institute including most variants of film mediums, importantly the use of 16mm film, shot on a handheld Bolex camera. After the unfortunate closure of SFAI, Hall moved to Los Angeles where she currently attends the Los Angeles Film School, studying digital filmmaking.

PRODUCITON DESIGNER MORGAN MORGAN is a filmmaker who appreciates transforming her community. Her studies and the nature of her career has always surrounded the arts. She has directed, produced, casted, edited, and starred in an array of short projects, many of which are posted through her arts and edutainment brand, THEVNMVSN. As a Production Designer/Art Director, she is proud to use a visual approach to connect universal messages to diverse audiences.

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