Docket 32357

New York City, New York | Series

Drama

Randy Wilkins

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The Story

A few weeks ago, I received a message from a filmmaker who I dearly respect. She told me she finished the first season of Docket 32357 and she believed it was a game changer. She recently finished her own web series and she grew increasingly frustrated with the medium. After watching Docket she expressed to me that her faith in the format was rekindled. I bring up this story not as a pat on the back, although it is always great to read such words, but because it gets to the heart of why Docket 32357 was made in the first place. When Eljon and I made the short film version, we did it because we loved the characters. They were vulnerable. They were alone. They were human. That humanity is what grasped our audience. Our supporters saw themselves on the screen. They clamored for more of the story and it forced us to create the web series. This is a project that was truly created solely for the people and in some ways by the people. It wouldn’t have existed if they didn’t demand it. As a filmmaker, that is the very definition of success.

Our goal for the first season of the web series was to create a quality story and make it easily accessible for our audience. Now one of our primary goals is to become a standard for dramatic narrative storytelling on the web series platform. We want Docket to be a recognizable brand a la High Maintenance, Awkward Black Girl and Black and Sexy Tv that is synonymous with high quality content in a burgeoning medium that will soon be the primary source of audience consumption. I have unwavering faith that our second season can do that. The intent of the second season is to have a larger scope, more intimate storylines and more dynamic, complex characters than the first season. Simply put, we are looking to outdo ourselves. The exciting part in all of this is that we have an established audience that is expecting all of this from us.

I also take great pride in the diversity that we have not only in front of the camera, but behind it. I feel a responsibility to the tell the stories of people who fall outside of the mainstream. It means a great deal to present the complexity and humanity of characters and communities that do not get as much exposure to an audience as they should. It is also imperative that my collaborators are diverse as well. Our screenwriter is a black woman. Our producers are a Jewish woman, a black woman and a black man. Our crew is from varied walks of life. These experiences and backgrounds make the story well rounded. It enhances the narrative we see on screen. I am very proud of that.

We consider Docket 32357 the people’s web series and we are eager to expand its scope and impact.

-Randy Wilkins, Director

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Cast

Costs $6,000

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HD - Sony F3

Costs $2,500

We can't make the web series without a camera! Please help us bring beautiful images to life.

Prop Package

Costs $3,750

We need to pay for our production design items to bring our sets to life.

Wardrobe Stylist

Costs $1,250

Our awesome wardrobe stylist needs to be compensated for her talents and effort.

Wardrobe package

Costs $350

We need to dress our cast so they aren't running around naked.

Make Up Artist

Costs $525

Our amazing makeup artist Natasha Renee needs to be compensated for her great talent.

Location Rental Fees

Costs $2,075

We need locations to shoot in or the magic can't happen!

Catering

Costs $2,250

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Shooting Permits

Costs $300

We need permission to shoot on the streets of New York City.

Cargo Van

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Parking Fees

Costs $300

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Lights

Costs $600

We need to light our scenes so we can create beautiful images.

Director of Photography

Costs $1,750

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Gaffer

Costs $1,000

We need to compensate our hard working gaffer who helps set up lights and grip equipment.

First Camera Assistant

Costs $950

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About This Team

Randy Wilkins-Director: Randy Wilkins is a two time EMMY Award winning, director, cinematographer and editor from the Bronx, NY. Shortly after receiving his B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College, Randy’s lifelong dream to play professional baseball was shattered after a significant injury. Under these tragic circumstances, he discovered a new passion: filmmaking. Befriending legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and by the director’s urging, Randy enrolled in NYU’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program where he earned a chair’s fellowship and a Master of Fine Arts in 2009.

Randy’s NYU thesis short film, “Osvaldo’s,” earned an exclusive license agreement with HBO for broadcast as well as numerous awards and festival screenings including Best Short Film at the Colorado Film Festival. Professionally, Randy has been raised through the legendary Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks. Beginning as an editorial intern on “Inside Man,” Randy has worked on several Lee projects including “When the Levees Broke,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” as well as various commercials. Mr. Wilkins' latest work, “Docket 32357 The Web Series,” based on the award winning short, is available now. The short enjoyed success on the festival circuit with numerous selections including Newport Beach, Phoenix, Hollyshorts and Urbanworld, while winning the inaugural Huffington Post Black Voices Breakthrough Theater Series Grand Jury Prize along with the Audience Choice Award at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and a Best Short Film at the Florence Short Film Showcase. Randy earned two Emmys for his cinematography on the FOX 59 Promo "Indiana Made” and PIX 11 Promo “Lionel.” Wilkins is developing his first feature script “Pray for A Little More Spring" and preparing for Season Two of "Docket 32357 The Web Series," while serving as Editor on Lee's recent joints "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," “Jesus Shuttlesworth” for ESPN, "The Greatest Catch" for ESPN, “Katt Williams Priceless” for HBO, "What Is The Triangle? A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint" for the MSG Network and the new Andra Day music video "Forever Mine." Randy is currently in post production for his first ESPN 30 for 30 short slated to release in 2016.

Eljon Wardally-Writer: Eljon Wardally is a New York-based Playwright and Screenwriter whose current project DOCKET 32357 is receiving rave reviews for its poignant story of an estranged wife and a grieving mother who discover an awful truth while in a courtroom hallway.

Now a growingly popular web series, DOCKET 32357 has attracted widespread critical and audience acclaim -- including the Inaugural Huffington Post Black Voices "Breakthrough Theater Grand Jury Prize" -- and was a recent finalist in the 2015 American Black Film Festival, 2014 Toronto Black Film Festival, 2013 Los Angeles Women's Film Festival, and 2012 Lady Filmmakers Festival, among others. Wardally’s work for the Theatric stage has also achieved prestigious recognition; her play Bishop-- directed by the prolific Seret Scott -- has been selected as a finalist in the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, and was a Semi-Finalist at The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her most recent play, Big Black Balloon, was a 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist.

Wardally is an MFA graduate of Fordham University/Primary Stages’ Inaugural MFA in Playwriting program and is currently a member of Jose Rivera’s writers group, Torn Page. She most recently assisted Playwright Lemon Andersen on his play, Toast, at the Public Theater. She is currently working on the second season of DOCKET 32357.

Dena Greenbaum-Producer: Dena Greenbaum graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Film & Television with minors in Producing and Business. She has served as Producer, Director, and Production Manager on award-winning independent films throughout New York. Blending the right and left brain,Dena strives to find inventive ways to make sure that even the smallest projects make their way to the big screen.

Cathy Black-Producer: Cathy Black was named Senior Producer of Broadcast Marketing at CBS News in September, 2011. Her responsibilities include developing and marketing promotional campaigns for "CBS This Morning" with Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, and Gayle King. She will continue to be responsible for the Network's interaction with all CBS Affiliate stations, News Directors and General Managers throughout the country, and will also continue to book and produce News and Entertainment segments for CBS News.

Prior to her recent promotion, Cathy was a Supervising Producer and Music Booker for CBS News "The Early Show" and "The Saturday Early Show," (2002-2011); and before that, she served as Producer and Music Booker (1997-2002). In these roles, she was responsible for booking musical guests for the programs' outdoor concert series and producing a range of music, entertainment features and hard news segments. She has worked with a wide variety of artists, such as Prince, Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Sting, Adele, Rihanna, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Tina Turner, and Marc Anthony. Her duties have also included producing concerts throughout the US and overseas, such as the "Summer In The City" concert series for "The Early Show"; Miami Superbowl XLIV 2010 concerts; Los Angeles and New York Grammy Award concerts; Las Vegas (ACM) Academy of Country Music Award; and Nashville (CMA) Country Music Association Award Concerts and Performances. International concerts have included Lenny Kravitz Live from Paris; Ringo Starr Live from Liverpool; and a special performance of Phantom of the Opera Live from Paris. In addition, she has covered a number of musical award shows including the Grammy Awards, the MTV Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the CMA Awards, the Soul Train and BET Awards, and VH-1 Divas.

Black has also produced a variety of series and features for CBS News, including "The Early Show" series "Week of Wishes" and a Mother's Day series featuring the mothers of Beyoncé Knowles, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. She has also covered a wide range of important news events, such as the Gulf War, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. She spent a year with the Jackson family covering the trial Michael Jackson trial after having spent extensive time with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch. In addition to booking and producing, Black also edits, writes, manages budgets, coordinates with broadcast sales, scouts remote locations, and supervises staff for CBS News broadcasts.

Black joined CBS News in 1990, working on the news desk and later as the Assistant to "CBS This Morning" anchor Harry Smith. She served in that position for six months before becoming an Associate Producer, covering hard news while also gaining experience in the entertainment area. Prior to joining CBS News, she worked at Kentucky Educational Television, assigned to the Special Events Unit, for which she traveled throughout the state to cover key events in the state of Kentucky and spent time in Frankfort covering the General Assembly.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Cathy earned a degree in telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. She currently resides in New York City, where she tutors and mentors young people and serves as a Producer, Music Director and Production Coordinator for theatrical productions at Calvary Baptist Church.

 

Josh Tyson Fermin-Associate Producer: Josh Tyson-Fermin is a seasoned Production Manager and Producer with more than 10 years of experience working in entertainment – including music videos, network TV studio shows, live events, festivals, and award shows both domestic and international.

Originally a science / chemical engineering student, Josh was urged by his father and cousin to follow his heart since they noted his passion for music, TV and creativity overshadowed his love of chemistry. Under the guidance of his cousin, who at the time worked at MTV, Josh was able to switch his focus and began his networking and journey into the entertainment business working on many esteemed productions such as MTV Video Music Awards, NBA Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies, NBA All Star Games, The Grammys, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and SXSW.

After years of working in the fast paced world of award shows, live events and festivals Josh transitioned into studio production and TV shows such as Hoppus On Music and Fuse TV news, where he further honed his production management skills and eventually segued into producing on web series and news interviews. Josh’s skills are diverse and his level of professionalism is highly valuable after working closely through the years with award winning directors (Hype Williams, Director X, Benny Boom, Jonathan Mannion), NBA athletes (Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Strahan), entertainers (Jordin Sparks, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff,  Carmen Electra, Carly Simon, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Nicole Murphy).

He is currently managing music projects at New York’s Soundclash Recording Studios and also creating / directing a web series centered around a group of amazing musicians, which is slated to make its internet debut in 2016.

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