Mission StatementJORDAN is a love-letter to Black girl adventures of all ages. It's a short but epic dive into mysticism, identity and liberation through the Black female experience. We will feature a diverse crew who understand the importance of telling narratives where BIPOC exist but are often not seen.
About The Project
JORDAN is about representation and agency, and engages the genre of fantasy through the Black female experience to explore themes of identity and liberation.
The film follows Jordan Conway, a tween mermaid enthusiast on a fishing trip with her father, Zod Conway. When they find a distressed mermaid and take her back to Atlanta to care for her they discover she is not exactly what she seems.
Ilustration by Leo and Diane Dillon, “Mary Belle and the Mermaid” from "Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales" told by Virginia Hamilton
Faced with the reality of the underwater world and the land above the sea, the mermaid and her rescuers must reconcile the blindsiding truths about what happens in a world so rigidly functioning through environmental and social injustices.
The films fantastical but relatable nature engages Afrofuturism and Diaspora Folklore as a lens to explore Black girls being bold enough to take on characters they’ve been told they cannot portray.
Speaking to the history of water spirits in diasporic stories of Africa and the Caribbean, JORDAN explores female empowerment in the enchanted form of matriarchal figures based in African spiritality and folklore such as Mami Wata ("Mother Water") who often appears in the shape of a mermaid.
Spirit of the Bahamas by Jolyon Smith
Colorfully blending drama with comedic elements to tonally approach the story, JORDAN broadcasts vitality and vulnerability in equal measure, affirming that "because Black people are magic it doesn't mean we’re not real".
With this film, our mission is to amplify—through the eyes of an adventurous protagonist—how human activities are threatening the healthy functioning of life-sustaining ecosystems crucial to all of civilization.
Filmmaking gives us an opportunity to imagine the world we want to live in and our hope is that the themes presented in JORDAN will inspire, and motivate audiences to take action in making a more hopeful and intersectional world a reality. Our collaborative team is comprised of a diverse blend of people, from BIPOC to LGBTQ+ artists, and is a direct reflection of the heart of our film.
"BLACK PEOPLE EXIST IN THE FUTURE, BLACK PEOPLE EXIST IN OUTER SPACE, BLACK PEOPLE EXIST UNDER THE SEA."
We’re using drama, fantasy and climate-fiction (cli-fi) to speak to the state our planet is in and engage audiences in environmental and social issues.
Our $12,000 goal is the bare minimum needed to get the film made at a production quality everyone involved can be proud of and avoid exploiting the work of all production members.
- If we raise $15,000, we’ll be able to fund more camera lenses and a dolly to visually expand the world of our short but epic tale.
- If we raise $20,000, we'll be able to have contingency funds in place should anything go wrong, as well as cover our post-production costs (we can edit our film!)
- If we raise $25,000, we'll be able to cover our festival, distribution and promotional costs associated with sharing our film with the world and in front of a wider audience.
- If we raise $30,000, we’ll be able to pay our director and producers (who are currently sacrificing pay for their work out of passion for the project and its message). We’ll also be able to offer our team more robust day rates, as they are all working for far below average - also out of passion for the project and its message.
Regardless of our amount raised, we are entirely committed to making our film COVID compliant during the onging pandemic. A dedicated Covid Compliance Officer will be present on set at all times to ensure proper PPE, testing guidelines, social distance practice, and all other industry-standard saftey protocols.
Tween whiz kid and free spirited mermaid enthusiast, Jordan courageously follows her dreams and lives for adventures to find what she truly treasures - mermaids. An avid “fishergirl”, her first appreciation for being out on the water came from her Dad’s love of fishing and their bonding time formed over catching the day’s catch.
A highschool therapist who is clearly a role model to many, Zod is a father with the biggest heart - always up for an adventure. Undeniably dedicated to making sure his daughter grows up to be the best version of herself, he’s the corny dad you can’t help but to love.
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About This Team
EBONY BLANDING is an award-winning writer/director and Blackmagic Collective Future Directors of Studio Features Fellow from Atlanta, Georgia whose work seeks to tell stories about Black girls and women coming-of-age on their own terms. Through narrative, experimental and documentary film, Blanding meditates on Black folks living in the south and the mythical figures that live within the yoke of physical and spiritual worlds. Colorfully crafting scenes meditative in intimacy and colorfulness to explore the complexities and possibilities of female relationships on screen, Ebony’s work seeks to amplify Black women, Black people and humanity existing in fullness. Read more on her bio and dive into her work here: www.ebonyblanding.com
PRODUCER, PHOEBE BROWN is a film and television producer living in Tampa, Florida. She works in unscripted television as a producer for shows from true crime to true love. Her short personal documentaries "99 to 1" and "The Culinary Browns" have screened in festivals around the globe and her film "Grounded by Reality" won the PBS/P.O.V. Award in the 2010 International Documentary Challenge at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival. Her narrative interest lies in stories that elevate women and girls and champion underrepresented perspectives. Recent producing projects include short films “Leaving Charlie” (2017 WIFTA Short Showcase Best Director) and “Limerence” (Best Short 2019 Rome International Film Festival). Phoebe received her M.F.A in Digital Filmmaking Arts from Georgia State University and is a 2018/2020 Southern Producers Lab Fellow.
CO-PRODUCER, BRANDON “PUNCHO” WILLIAMS is an independent filmmaker, producer and entrepreneur living in Atlanta, Georgia. A multi hyphenated artist, his work spans from experimental to narrative films and music visuals. As an editor and colorist, he’s worked on a Jury Selected New Orleans Film Festival 2020 winner that continues to be accepted in prestigious stages such as Oxford Film Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival. His narrative interest lies in stories that elevate the nuances of the world and life through the Black lens and champion the underdog of underdog’s. He's recently produced an experimental film (“Talk to Plants”) originally exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and is a fellow in the 2021 Climate Lab Fellowship curated by Doc Society and Exposure Labs, in partnership with the New Orleans Film Society and the Southeast Climate and Energy Network.
CREATIVE STRATEGIST - SHAYLA LOVE is a multi-hyphenate performing artist and writer. Her network acting credits include: Genius: Aretha, Ozark, Tales, Queen Sugar and more. Some of Love’s playwriting credits include: PAATI (Majestic Repertory Theatre), #ViRAL (The Smith Center) and most recently, the screenplay for the short film, The French Defense which screened at AMC theaters in Las Vegas. An indie film-loving-logophile with a zest for collaboration and creating community within black narrative spaces - Shayla is a fellow in the 2021 Climate Lab Fellowship curated by Doc Society and Exposure Labs, in partnership with the New Orleans Film Society and the Southeast Climate and Energy Network.
CINEMATOGRAPHER - JAMES FRAZIER - website
James P. Frazier born and raised in Amityville, New York. A Graduate of Clark Atlanta University, still residing in Atlanta. A Son, Father, Husband, a Cinematographer - a technician who is guided by the creative, a Maestro, delicately conducting an orchestra of imagery.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - PANDA
SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR FOR CAMPAIGN VISUALS - REEYANA SEHGEH
Reeyana is a filmmaker and photographer from Kansas City, Missouri. She began her filmmaking journey in 2012 where she studied directing and documentary filmmaking at Clark Atlanta University. Using film and visual storytelling for self-expression, healing, formidability, black and brown empowerment, and women equality; she creates films, designs narratives, and provides inclusive opportunities in media. Currently, Reeyana is the assistant director for The House of June and House of Shoots, two production companies focusing on inclusivity in art and entertainment.
PRODUCTION MANAGER - MAIA DIONNE
Maia is the type of Producer that one would call an “idea enhancer.” Share your vision with her and watch her scale your idea to the next level.The Atlanta, GA native has worked with the likes of some of the most notable creators in film and entertainment such as Oscar award-winning director, Spike Lee (She’s Gotta Have It),Emmy award-winning writer and producer, Lena Waithe (Queen and Slim), and Terence Nance to name a few. After graduating from Howard University, Maia moved to NYC where she served as the Film and Programming Manager for the largest gathering of black film enthusiasts, the American Black Film Festival. Here she was able to connect and build with the likes of many veteran and upcoming creatives. Currently Maia is in Atlanta working on post-production for her first directorial debut short, HOME, an experimental film on what it means to be Black, woman, and free. She is always looking to collaborate with local creatives in hopes to share more honest, authentic, and limitless stories that fulfill curiosities and explore narratives related to youth, womanism, and black identity.
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA - BABACAR NDIAYE
GAFFER - AJAYA WHITESIDE
It must’ve been around the 3rd day, when “Light” was created,
God figured it should come with a Gaffer. A God-Fearing, person who sees in light, light reflection, and color; Someone with an appreciation for cinema and the process of production, an individual who thrives off of collaborating with creative minds. A person whose crew is as equally important as to him as the projects ‘Call Sheet’ …and Lunch. Hello! My name is Ajaya Whiteside. The instrument formed against an under-exposed frame…
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - DANI BROCKINGTON
ART DIRECTOR - LAUREN YISREAL
Lauren Yisrael is an Atlanta based Art Director and Set Decorator who loves collaborating with local Indie filmmakers. She uses her background in Energy and Sustainability to create sustainable set design. This is achieved by utilizing estate sales and thrift stores, repurposing items, and borrowing whatever plants she may have at the time. Lauren has a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Kennesaw State University and a healthy obsession for crafting.
COSTUME DESIGNER - KIRBY EMILE
ATLien. Female. Daughter. Sister. Mother. Lover. Friend. Visionary. Costume Designer. Kirby Emile has worked in costumes for a decade and has worked on projects such as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Creed, and Stranger Things to name a few. She loves to tell a good story through garments and understands how important they are in both bringing characters to life and conveying messages to viewers. She is a graduate of Bauder College and Georgia State University and a current student of Eastern Gateway Community College. Kirby is always shopping for a costume in a store near you.
SFX MAKE-UP ARTIST - ALEXANDER BREIJAK - website
Raised in a humble home in the state of Michigan, Alexander expressed himself through his artwork from an early age. Playing games, reading books, and sketching characters inspired his creativity, and although one day he would make it his discipline, stories have always been his passion. He continued his interest in the arts into his adulthood, where he studied Illustration and 2-D Design. With his interest in film and storytelling fueling his pursuit of knowledge, he expanded his studies to makeup and practical effects. Today, Alexander is a freelance artist, specializing in makeup and effects for commercial and private projects. He accredits his success to the friends and family that support and inspire him, and hopes one day to repay the kindness and generosity for which he has been blessed.
HAIR - MARLIE MAHOGANY
DP for CAMPAIGN VISUALS - LOGAN LYNETTE
Logan Lynette Burroughs is a photographer and filmmaker based out of Atlanta, GA. They create documentary work focusing on different aspects of Black existence; what is praised by some and despised by others. “Either way, it’s us.” Burroughs is interested in being a part of providing information about Black folks in the now, for the future generations to come.
DIRECTOR'S ASSISTANT - NIX PANASHE
Nix Panashe is a writer-director who was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. Having pursued an athletic career from a young age, she received a full tennis scholarship to the University of South Florida. She graduated from the program in 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Masters in Film and Television. She has written, directed, and self-produced five of her own short films as well as worked on multiple student and professional films. She hopes to gain opportunities in the film industry, with the desire of writing and directing her own feature films in the future.
BTS PHOTOGRAPHER - SIERRA KING
Sierra is an Atlanta based Artist, Photographer and Archivist. Her creative and arts administration work is dedicated to documenting, preserving and archiving the work of Black Women Artists. She has had the honor to work on the archival team as the Lead Photo Archivist for the Kathleen Cleaver Papers before it was acquired by Emory University. She is currently building and preserving the archives of Printmaker Jasmine Williams and Director, Ebony Blanding. Sierra holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Art from Valdosta State University. In 2020, she was awarded the Billops-Hatch Fellowship Award to continue research for Build Your Archive, an interactive assessment plan to help Black Women Artists build their archives in real time. She is also currently the Community Manager for TILA Studios, a visual arts incubator for Black Women Artists.
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