What if Black people had the power to truly stop everyone Non-Black from using the N word? The Burden is an unapologetic revenge fantasy served on a bed of humor.
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Inclusion StatementThe Burden is written, directed and produced by women. I'm teaming with Queen's Gambit Films, who guarantee a crew of at least 50% female-identifying individuals.The film explores themes of justice and race as well appropriation vs appreciation. Casting will be LGBTQIA+ inclusive.
About The Project
In the not-so-distant future...
Immediately following the election of another racist president, a group of wealthy Black people pooled their money together to take all willing Black people of Earth to a new colony they built in the Andromeda Galaxy called New World Sankofa. In order for non-Black people to gain citizenship they must go through a series of immigration-like steps; concluding with a formal hearing in front of a tribunal. We open on one tribunal hearing hearing a non-Black man's case. He’s proven he’s well versed in Black culture...and then they learn he’s a perpetual N Word user. The tribunal judges attempt to reason with him to no avail; realizing he’s more appropriator than appreciator (a classic culture vulture.) The judges have technology up their robe sleeves, though.
"Everything but the burden!"
The Burden came to me after overhearing a group of non-Black folks yelling the N-word in an Instagram story. Hearing them using the word compounded with the powerlessness I felt in that moment were the impetus for The Burden.
For the first time, I understood a writer's power.
I wanted to reach into the chests of every non-Black person who had ever used the word or appropriated the culture and help them understand what the burden truly feels like.
Once we've completed the film festival circuit my dream is to see The Burden on a streaming platform. I believe this film's message is relevant, universal and to quote Darius, "urgent like a muthafucka."
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About This Team
Tish Arana | Executive Producer, Writer, Actor
Tish is an actor and brand-spanking new writer hailing from Kansas City, Missouri. She got her BA in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas. She has had success in the commercial world, booking a slew of national commercials, but like many actors in La La Land, commercials was never the end all. (Cue the part where she picked up a pen!) Her film credits include the award-winning short film, Avery Road, currently available on Amazon Prime as well as the award-winning short, Sirens.
Natalie Britton | Producer
Originally from Dublin, Natalie moved to Los Angeles in 2010. With a BA in Business & Languages from Dublin City University, her studies took her to Spain, and then on to London, where she completed a 3 year degree in Professional Acting at ALRA Drama School. While on set as an actor, Natalie always had a keen interest in what went on behind the camera and the various steps that contributed to the production of a shoot. In 2017, she began AD-ing which ultimately ignited a passion for producing. She has produced 17 projects thus far and thrives on empowering filmmakers along their creative journey. Known as a skilled wrangler, Natalie has developed a reputation for efficiently putting all the pieces together and knowing what (and who) it takes to transfer a piece successfully from script to screen.
Kate Hamilton | Producer
Kate started acting at a young age and followed that passion to Boston University where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts. Known as the “responsible, organized one” amongst her artist friends, producing was a natural next step. Her background in acting and writing help her approach the work creatively, and her upbringing by her CEO mom in the Midwest equipped her with essential leadership and problem solving skills (and humility). She loves that producing means finding the most talented people for a job and letting them do it.
Aisha Lomax | Campaign Director
Aisha is an actor and budding producer currently based in Los Angeles. Her first produced short film, "Fi & Tati: Two Girls, One Body", screened at the National Black Film Festival in Houston, Texas. Her second short film, "Acceptance", which she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in, won the grand prize at the BESLA Film Festival in 2018. It then went on to play on BET's Star Cinema for a full year. Aisha is excited to be supporting this film! "It's necessary that we continue to uplift one another and truly be advocates for the arts."