To us, good TV is accessible to all types of people. Let's face it: there aren't many mainstream stories that celebrate the lives of Black, queer-identifying folks. (them feels) is a project that helps us feel seen. If it gets the support it needs to grow, we know it will help others feel seen too.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion Statement(them feels) is a series taking place in a rapidly evolving metropolitan area with small town feel, that centers identity, marginalization, stigma, and sexual health. It deserves to be accessible to anyone hiding in the shadow of themselves out of fear of not being able to find community.
About The Project
Renee was living the dream as a photographer in the “greatest city in the world”... until she wasn’t.
After running out of resources to keep their apartment (and sanity) in New York City, her boyfriend Byron insisted it’d be easier on their wallets to go back to their hometown and try building a life together there. That all turned upside down, however, when Renee finds out she’s been cheated on for much of their relationship - AFTER the new lease is signed. Bummer.
With all funds drained and too much embarrassment to move back in with their families, Renee and Byron decide to try making things work the best way they can. They learn to navigate intense feelings of regret, resentment, longing, shame, and healing all while living under the same roof. The seeming silver lining here is that Renee will finally have a chance to fully realize the depths of her sexuality, since she wasn’t able to while in what she thought was a monogamous relationship. The challenge, however, comes when her and Byron both realize that completely letting go and growing apart is much harder than it seems.
This series falls in the sub-genre of "dramedy", meaning it has equal parts comedic and dramatic moments. Our team is very interested in capturing colors and images that reflect real life emotions, circumstances, and environments. We will be utilizing warm, vibrant lighting to properly highlight the richness in the actors' melanated skin as well as the vibe surrounding each individual scene. Our team will also pay very close attention as to how accurately we capture the soulful, urban feel of Detroit.
The images below are from other series we feel truly match what we are aiming to acheive during production:
Renee's story is not uncommon. Many of us have felt lost and out of place where we're supposed to feel at home, by one way or another. (them feels) is an important media work because it is a testimony to the fact that growing up doesn't stop just because we reached a certain age. There is a lot of pressure placed on folks early on to have it together and become "functioning" members of society. The reality is, it just isn't that simple. (them feels) is an affirmation that, no matter where we find ourselves, we are always right where we're supposed to be - on a never-ending journey of self.
As any filmmaker can attest to, creating quality content can be difficult. We want to tell a story highlighting topics that are often lost in a city's general narrative. It is extremely important for us to be able to come home and create this web series while properly compensating our team for their time and resources, but we cannot do it without your help. Please support this story of growth, acceptance, and love by contributing to our campaign.
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About This Team
Elizabeth Potter (Potter Prod.) and K. Dawn-Dumas (Masego Prod.) met while doing a quirky, Abbott and Costello-inspired theatre show called “POINTALISM”. That summer, the two became fast friends, bonding over their desire to create meaningful content and become powerful names in the industry. Though they eventually went off to create their own production companies, the two jumped at the opportunity to work together on bringing (them feels) to life.