Danger Word: a short film (26 days to go!)

animatedsmallphotoNOBORDEROur little film project really “grew up” in the past week, with a terrific piece about us in the black cinema blog Shadow and Act (Indiewire) and a boost from Hollywood’s Michael Davis, organizer of Comic-Con’s legendary “Black Panel,” who featured our essay “Eulogy for the Sacrificial Negro” on his blog.  The word is getting out that Danger Word is more than a horror film.  

We raced past the $4,000 threshold and are now closer to raising $5,000 of the $15,000 we need to start shooting May 25th.  But we still have a long way to go, and time is racing by too. 

Frankie Faison (Grandpa Joe)

Frankie Faison (Grandpa Joe)

We’re thrilled that we have cast veteran actor Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Coming to America, “The Wire,” “Banshee”) and a talented newcomer, 12-year-old Saoirse Scott (“One Life to Live”) as Grandpa Joe and Kendra.  As soon as they read the script, they wanted to be a part of our Danger Word family.  If you’re just learning about Danger Word, find out more on the ABOUT page. 

All of us want to help create images of family ties and a primer for our children on how to be strong in the face of unthinkable adversity.  In the real world, we won’t be tested by a zombie plague (probably), but the tests always come.  We’re thrilled and humbled to be a part of this community-funded film and the excitement it is generating. 

Soirse Scott

Soirse Scott (Kendra)

Spend some time on our website to get to know us.  Check out the “About” page, our videos, our cast and crew.  Tell your friends, and support us if you can.

Let’s make a difference together.

Click here to learn about our DONOR PACKAGES

LINKS: “Authors Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes Team Up for Horror Short Danger Word (fundraising)” by Tembay Obenson (Shadow and Act / Indiewire) 4/25/13 

“Eulogy for the Sacrificial Negro: Danger Word (a short horror film)” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (Michael Davis World) 4/26/13

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Danger Word: a short film (30 days to go!)

animatedsmallphotoNOBORDEROnly weeks ago, we were chatting on the phone about how cool it would be to produce a short horror film together.  We reserved a domain name for our nonexistent website and created an empty Dropbox folder.  Fast forward: Now we have a script, a cast, donors, Facebook and Twitter pages and a shooting date: May 25th

We’re thrilled that we have cast veteran actor Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Coming to America, “The Wire,” “Banshee”) and a talented newcomer, 12-year-old Saoirse Scott (“One Life to Live”) as Grandpa Joe and Kendra.  As soon as they read the script, they wanted to be a part of our Danger Word family.

Frankie Faison (Grandpa Joe)

But now we have to make a movie.

Saoirse Scott photo

Saoirse Scott (Kendra)

Is it a lot of pressure?  Yes! But we have a terrific team, and Danger Word is the first thing we think about when we wake up in the morning, the last thing when we go to sleep at night.  The production team is made up of long-time friends thrilled to have a way to work on a shared project and combine our skills.

And we’re tired of waiting for Hollywood to make the movies we can make ourselves.  We’re tired of pitches and meetings.  We’re tired of complaining about stories and characters that don’t reflect our lives and world.

We’re ready for something new: a coming-of-age story that will help show our sisters and daughters how vicious life can turn, and give them a vision of the grit it takes to overcome adversity.

On the surface, Danger Word is a zombie film.   But it’s so much more.

This is a community-funded film. We won’t have a big budget, fancy hotel rooms and divas in our cast—only artists who share our vision and want a chance to create something special.  Something new.

We need $15,000 to shoot Danger Word, so that’s Phase I of our fundraising campaign.

Phase II, which won’t cost as much, will cover post-production.  (More details to come.)

Check out our website, our “About” page, our videos, our stellar cast and crew.  Tell your friends, and support us if you can.

Let’s make a difference together.

Click here to learn about our DONOR PACKAGES