One Night In LA

Los Angeles, California | Film Feature

Drama, Family

MeMe Kelly

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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The return of cancer and fear of death force a devastated mom and professor to question what really matters in life.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

I’m the daughter of the first Black, first woman, and the youngest Superintendent of a local Los Angeles area school district. She thrived with cancer for 32 years, and One Night in LA is dedicated to her and to all women who must raise families, work, and love while living courageously with cancer.

The Story

We have reached our initial goal of $35,000!! We’re blown away by your support and believing in the urgency of this film. The truth is, we weren’t expecting to reach our minimum funding target so quickly. And we're making a movie with a micro budget that we want to look, sound, and feel like we spent 4M.

We could still use some help reaching our stretch goals! These will help us make the BEST film possible. Here is what we can achieve with your support.

The One Night In LA script is inspired by two finalist scripts that MeMe wrote while she was a Distinquished Dean's Fellow working on her MFA at the University of California. (She also has a B.A. from UCLA.) Those two scripts were finalists in prestigious contests: One was selected as a top 10, semifinalist script out of 200 scripts in the UCLA Film School's Samuel Goldwyn Contest and the other was selected as a quarter-finalist script that soared past 6000 scripts in the Academy’s Nicholl’s contests to land in the top ranks.
  
MeMe says that, "One Night In LA is inspired by my own story: The question that I asked my Soror Mommy when we learned that she had breast cancer: What will make you happy and healthy, Mommy?  I was 12 years old and scared to death that I would lose her. And I, intuitively, knew that to survive she needed to be happy; thus, I became the one who always pushed her to look deep within for clarity of her truths. And what was remarkable about her was that she was born poor in a shack on the red dirt of Georgia, that she had tubercolisis as a child, and that her first breast was removed when she was 35 years old. Yet, she never let any of it stop her. With determination, she lived her best life, ascended to the top of her profession, and thrived. And on One Night In LA, when she was tired, or the cancer had returned, or the doctor said that there was nothing more he could do, we would hold onto each other for dear life & support."
 
In One Night In LA, the main character, a mom and professor, answers that question: What will make her happy and inspired to keep living after she learns that her cancer has returned? It is filled with music and movement.
  
Meme's been shocked at how difficult it is to get resources and support for stories centered on Black women that are written by mature Black women writers like herself. For example, out of 29 nominations in this year’s award season, only three (3) were women directors from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds that received awards recognition. Add written by a mature Black woman about Black families thriving through difficult circumstances and the statistics are even lower.
 

There isn't a person alive who doesn't want a winning formula for handling life's ups and downs and the most difficult challenges in their lives. We've all had an "in-the-middle of the night" experience where we don't believe we have the strength to carry on, or the clarity, love, and support needed to be at peace and make it through the circumstances. Where we, desperately, need to breathe and laugh to break through the clouds of confusion.

Writer, Director, and Producer MeMe Kelly lived with her mother''s cancer for 34 years and supported her  when the cancer returned and chemo was required. Those times mirror the difficult period we're all living through right now with COVID, loss of friends and family, rocketing suicide rates, urban poverty, racial strife, war, and uncertainty.

We, deseperately, need MORE stories that help us maintain our faith, that increase the peace in our hearts, that tickle our tummies, making us laugh, dance, and sing despite the dark "One Night in LA" that we're experiencing. Stories that will feed our souls and give us peace while we live under, unimaginable, stress!

Finally, it's so important to have stories that encourage harmony between people of different races like Martin Luther King dreamed. The main character is mixed race, identifies as Black, and her Mom, who she loves, is white. 

The One Night In LA Team is amazing and loves creating films. Mayon Denton and Rashida Turner are two producers who believe in MeMe's stories and have stood by her on this crooked, long journey. They are the reason that Do Not Stop is engraved on the One Night in LA script. Their pictures and bios are below.

MeMe Kelly

Executive Producer, Writer & Director

MeMe is an LA Gal who married her UCLA college sweetheart, a former UCLA Basketball Player. They have raised three successful, college educated young men in Los Angeles, and they love LA! She has a B.A (UCLA) and an MFA in Creative Writing. She was a Distinguished Dean's Playwriting Fellow at the University of California while earning her MFA. She’s also written novels, inspirational books, and written and produced several plays, offered to packed theaters. She's also written, directed, and produced three short films that premiered in several notable film festivals. MeMe’s essays have also been published by the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor,  Huffington Post, and Medium. MeMe loves kids, is still a public school teacher, and ran a non-profit for over 20 years to support urban women and young adults with disabilities. She's also served the homeless at shelters all over Los Angeles because she loves LA!

You can learn more about MeMe at www.elevatedstories.me

Mayon Denton

Producer

After graduating from UCLA, Mayon started his own production company. The company has produced music videos, commercials, documentaries, TV pilots, and feature films. Mayon’s first feature film entitled “Against the Grain,” is a coming-of-age film that focuses on a young man striving to achieve his dream of becoming a Dr. against all odds. The film was sold and distributed through Filmworks Entertainment and is available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and iTunes.
 
Mayon went on to produce several other feature films titled, Fingerprints, In Neon Lights, Questions, Distortion, and Sensitivity Training. Sensitivity Training premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016 and is currently for purchase on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
 
Mayon has also produced T.V. pilots and award-winning short films. In 2017 Mayon executive produced a T.V. pilot entitled How to Succeed at Birth, which played on Direct T.V., as well as a short film titled “Lil Tokyo Reporter.” The latter is a 1935 period piece about a Japanese American activist and can be purchased on Amazon Prime. Mayon is currently attached to produce three feature films, Wedding Dreams, Wait a Minute Mr. Postman, and Why Fight. One of Mayon’s recent noteworthy projects titled Surviving was nominated for a Gotham award in 2016. In 2019 Mayon produced the T.V. pilot titled Second Team that had its world debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and is currently making its rounds on the film festival circuit, as well as being shopped around to network TV.
 
Mayon has also produced commercials and projects for fortune 500 companies, networks and studios including Paramount, Sony, Fox, FS1, Motown, BOSCH, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, and Vibe.

                        
Michele Rashida Turner

Consulting Producer

Michele Rashida Turner originally a Director/Producer of six Theatrical productions which opened to critical acclaim in LA, has produced over 8 shorts and one Narrative Feature Film Lord Help Us made for under $150,000. The film starred Academy Award Nominee, Margaret Avery. She has also worked as a Producer on a Documentary Feature Film VOICES about the first Bahamian settlement in Coconut Grove, FL. She was invited by Jeffrey Poitier, nephew of Sidney Poitier to be a Producer on the project. It showed for a week run at AMC Theater in Miami, FL.
 
Michele is completing post - production on a documentary Special Indeed, that she Line Produced and Produced, about differently-abled athletes and their road to the Special Olympics. Michele’s current projects as Producer are in various stages of Development including a Feature Film Dramedy entitled One Night in LA written by Meme Kelly and produced by Mayon Denton. Her latest project is a Feature film written by Ayana Meharry of Shimershine Productions called NOW, a tennis story, that is being filmed on location one week after the US Open this summer.

Bryan Mazzarello

Consulting Producer

Bryan Mazzarello is an award-winning graphic designer, actor and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a television host for a global satellite network, portrayed Bob Ross in a national Mt. Dew campaign, and runs a graphic design studio with his wife, Stephanie, where they design for dreamers and changemakers.

Fundraising Team

MeMe is so grateful to have several friends, Sorors from her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and family members on her fundraising team. She’s so grateful for Briana, Cheryl, Danna, Deneane, Jonathan, her cousins Keisha and Johnny, Laweeda, Sondra, Shaniqua, and Stephanie.  She's grateful for the Kelly men, her three sons and hubby. And for the many supporters who have helped her get to this point. With their support and encouragement, she was able to work with a fundraising team, maintain a creative producing team, audition cast, which is still ongoing, develop the story in Zoom by having several readings, and complete a digital business plan that includes a budget, character break-down, pictures of the characters, and projections. 

We're ready to go, and all we need is your support.

Raise $35K

Our goal is to raise $35K for the initial phase of filming the movie and editing: 

The funds raised will be used for casting, production costs, location cost, to pay the crew, camera and equipment rentals, a set designer, and more.

You can PLEDGE ANY amount, or CHOOSE our amazing perks (available after campaign is funded.)
THANK YOU!

Where does the money go?

The majority of the funds is used to pay PEOPLE.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Plus the location rentals. theater tech crew & staff.

PRODUCTION: equipment rental, set design, lighting, wardrobes, props, etc.

AV PRODUCTION:  Also, additional music tracks, mics, and technical equipment.

PRINT & PUBLICITY: posters, postcards, programs, ads in local publications, graphic designer to create those materials.

MISCELLANEOUS: meals for the team during tech rehearsal week and during principal photography

Wishlist

Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Talent

Costs $6,500

We must pay our great cast the sag rates.

Equipment

Costs $4,600

We're using the best cameras and sound equipment to bring you a wonderful cinematic experience.

Sound

Costs $4,350

The sound of a movie is everything and we want ours to be spectacular.

Our Wonderful Crew

Costs $7,000

We're hiring the best in the industry to make an amazing movie.

Creative Team

Costs $4,600

They're the best & must be compensated.

Location, Location, Location!

Costs $4,300

It cost to be the boss in LA in our location, an amazing with a view of Los Angeles, is expensive.

Make Up, Wardrobe & Crew

Costs $3,650

The One Night In LA Family must be sharp!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

ONE NIGHT IN LA

I have an amazing team supporting me. Mayon Denton and Rashida Turner, two producers who believe in my stories and have stood by me in on this crooked, long journey. They are the reason that Do Not Stop is engraved on the One Night in LA script. I’m so grateful for them. Their pictures and bios are below.

MeMe Kelly  

Executive Producer, Writer & Director

MeMe is an LA Gal who married her UCLA college sweetheart, a former UCLA Basketball Player. They have raised three successful, college educated young men. She has a B.A (UCLA) and an MFA in Creative Writing and was a Distinguished Dean's Playwriting Fellow at the University of California. She’s also written novels, inspirational books, written and produced several plays, offered to packed theaters. MeMe’s essays have also been published by the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor,  Huffington Post, and Medium.

Mayon Denton

Producer

After graduating from UCLA, Mayon started his own production company. The company has produced music videos, commercials, documentaries, TV pilots, and feature films. Mayon’s first feature film entitled “Against the Grain,” is a coming-of-age film that focuses on a young man striving to achieve his dream of becoming a Dr. against all odds. The film was sold and distributed through Filmworks Entertainment and is available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and iTunes.
 
Mayon went on to produce several other feature films titled, Fingerprints, In Neon Lights, Questions, Distortion, and Sensitivity Training. Sensitivity Training premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016 and is currently for purchase on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
 
Mayon has also produced T.V. pilots and award-winning short films. In 2017 Mayon executive produced a T.V. pilot entitled How to Succeed at Birth, which played on Direct T.V., as well as a short film titled “Lil Tokyo Reporter.” The latter is a 1935 period piece about a Japanese American activist and can be purchased on Amazon Prime. Mayon is currently attached to produce three feature films, Wedding Dreams, Wait a Minute Mr. Postman, and Why Fight. One of Mayon’s recent noteworthy projects titled Surviving was nominated for a Gotham award in 2016. In 2019 Mayon produced the T.V. pilot titled Second Team that had its world debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and is currently making its rounds on the film festival circuit, as well as being shopped around to network TV.
 
Mayon has also produced commercials and projects for fortune 500 companies, networks and studios including Paramount, Sony, Fox, FS1, Motown, BOSCH, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, and Vibe.

Michele Rashida Turner

Producer

Michele Rashida Turner originally a Director/Producer of six Theatrical productions which opened to critical acclaim in LA, has produced over 8 shorts and one Narrative Feature Film Lord Help Us made for under $150,000. The film starred Academy Award Nominee, Margaret Avery. She has also worked as a Producer on a Documentary Feature Film VOICES about the first Bahamian settlement in Coconut Grove, FL. She was invited by Jeffrey Poitier, nephew of Sidney Poitier to be a Producer on the project. It showed for a week run at AMC Theater in Miami, FL.
 
Michele is completing post - production on a documentary Special Indeed, that she Line Produced and Produced, about differently-abled athletes and their road to the Special Olympics. Michele’s current projects as Producer are in various stages of Development including a Feature Film Dramedy entitled One Night in LA written by Meme Kelly and produced by Mayon Denton. Her latest project is a Feature film written by Ayana Meharry of Shimershine Productions called NOW, a tennis story, that is being filmed on location one week after the US Open this summer.

Bryan Mazzarello

Consulting Producer

Bryan Mazzarello is an award-winning graphic designer, actor and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a television host for a global satellite network, portrayed Bob Ross in a national Mt. Dew campaign, and runs a graphic design studio with his wife, Stephanie, where they design for dreamers and changemakers.

Fundraising Team

MeMe is so grateful to have several friends, Sorors from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and family members on her fundraising team. She’s so grateful for Briana, Cheryl, Danna, Deneane, Jonathan, Laweeda, Sondra, Shaniqua,and Stephanie. (Not all are pictured). 

We're ready to go and all we need is your support. The funds raised will be used for casting, production costs, location cost, to pay the crew, camera and equipment rentals, a set designer, and more.

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