Stupid Love... Stupid Stupid Love

San Diego, California | Film Short

Drama, Romance

Joy Yvonne Jones

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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This campaign raised $2,030 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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In this romantic drama, a poet seeks to create a safe space for him and his love to fully explore their relationship. The young muse is torn between the highly romanticized world of the poet and reality. This world that they create has the potential to last forever or end in chaos.

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Mission Statement

Stupid Love... Stupid Stupid Love touches on colorism within the black community and the resulting insecurities that are a product of color hierarchy. This film is also about the journey of a young lady stepping into her power as a woman and having the courage to make her own rules.

The Story

Thank you  for taking the time to visit our page!

Stupid Love Stupid Stupid Love was written 3 years ago as a stage play.  Every year I have gone back to it with new eyes and given it new life.  This year I promised myself that I would put my work out into the world and I wanted to marry that promise with my passion for film. The film has a cast of three amazingly talented actors: John Wells III, Joy Yvonne Jones, and Denise Griffin and we are working with NWB Imaging for production and their incredibly diverse crew.  


The story of the Artist and the Lady is one that most people could immediately relate to or fall in love with.   Do you stay on the roller coaster or get off? 



We pass the DuVernay Test

Coined by Ava DuVernay, which requires that a film:

1) Portray fully realized African-Americans and other minorities

2) who have their own priorities, motivations, desires, and actions

3) that are not informed by white characters


Stretch Goals 

If we raise $3,000 we would pay  the amazing cast and crew more for time and hard work.  They have put in countless hours of work just for the love of the craft. 


If we raise $4,000 we would hold a public sceening of the film in San Diego, CA. 

If we raise $5,000 we would be able to cover the cost of  film festival submissions and distribution costs.

 The hardest part about being an artist is taking the leap. HERE I GO !!!



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Costs $300

Compensating the actors is important for them to know that their time and hard work is appreciated.

Cast and Crew meals

Costs $300

The crew is mostly students working for experience and the least that we could do is to feed them.

Set Dressing

Costs $200

This is to ensure that the vision of this world is what we imagine in our mind's eye.

Production Equiptment

Costs $500

This is to make sure that we have everything needed to get the filming done in good quality.

Post Production

Costs $1,000

This is one of the most important parts of the budget. Post is when all the elements come together.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Joy Yvonne Jones

Joy Yvonne Jones is an African American actress born in Houston, Texas. She attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and went on to study at the University of Minnesota in the Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program.  Joy first discovered her passion for Acting at the age of 10, when she was given the role of Harriet Tubman in the Black History Program.
Joy believes that every story has a purpose and as an actress, she is responsible for giving it breath.  She is a lifelong student of her craft in all of its mediums. The more you know the better you understand the world around you.   
Today Joy can say that she is an actress, playwright and filmmaker.  Who knows what hat she'll pick up tomorrow.  

Denise Griffin



John Wells iii

John Wells III was born in San Diego, California, and was raised just north of there in the suburban area of Temecula. John discovered his love for the stage when he was 12 years old and a family friend invited him to audition for a play. From that moment on he has continued his theatrical pursuits. John attended The Savannah College of Art and Design and received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance, from California Baptist University. He has been priviledged to work with such notable organizations as the Patel Conservatory Theatre, in Tampa Fl,  Walt Disney World Entertainment and Universal Studios Orlando. You may have recently seen John in the role of "Jonny" in the San Diego premiere of The Mystery of Love and Sex. Other notable roles include "Fector" in the Chance Theatre's production ofDogfight  T.J. in Sister Act and "Mike" in A Chorus Line amongst many other's. 

John is pleased to be a working actor in Southern California and is very excited for many more opportunities in both film and on the stage!

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