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Let’s Talk BIPOC Women Creatives in Film”, a self renowned project to teach BIPOC female filmmakers the ropes to funding their ideas for filmmaking projects in the one hour virtual introduction to funding film projects. Tickets are $25.

I have a long history of successfully navigating the film industry with over 8-years of experience earning over $70,000 in funding to tell stories from a Black female creator’s perspective. I have used the funding to create my award-winning project, “I Am More Than My Hair”, which has been featured in HuffPost, ABC 7, Cosmopolitan, and several other media outlets. The project required an approximate $40,000 to execute, and thanks to funding resources like, IFundWomen of Color, American Express, and Women In Film and Television, I was able to place my film in over 20 film festivals, ultimately landing my project in a 6-month long solo exhibition at the a local Museum.

To date, there are less than 8 percent of African American filmmakers, according to McKinsey and Company. Of note, of the 1,200 top grossing films released between 2007 and 2018, only nine were directed by women of color, with no noticeable change over time: five were directed by African American women, three by Asian women, and one by a Latina. Research shows that the barriers of diverse talent in film and television equate to economic fallout and are currently facing a lack of solutions for creating a more equitable, and inclusive workspace. About 92% of the film industry is led by 92 percent white film executives. On average, a film production cost over $250,000.

I have a passion for changing the narrative and want to start by helping other BIPOC women to tell stories from their own lens.

The event is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm on March 31, 2022. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Just when I was about to give up…

Font graphic reads, just when I was about to give up.

“With 1 day left”, as stated in my previous newsletter, I had embarrassed the reality of not reaching my $6K goal on iFundWomen. Although I would have liked a different turnout, in all honesty I was at peace with this realization and the idea of retiring my project without the completion of the final cut.

In that moment of feeling at harmony with my decision, a few hours later… just when I was about to give up… I received an email notification from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County notifying me of a grant award.

I received the funding needed to complete I Am More Than My Hair.

The Universe is miraculous.

In the spirit of transparency, I wasn’t able to raise the funds to create an accessible exhibition as I hoped for my exhibits next year. However, I will seek support from foundations in order to make this happen.

What does this mean?

I will see I Am More Than My Hair film into completion, as far as I can possibly reach. First focusing on the expenses related to accessibly (for blind and deaf audiences) and the sound mixing and color correction

Once it’s complete in the film festival circuit (December 2020) I will make it available online. I’m not sure of the platform as yet but I promise I’ll figure it out. Once I do, you’ll be the first to know.

This has been a 6 year journey.

As I wind down on the completion of, I Am More Than My Hair, I’m off working on other projects –  another documentary film and my first horror film!

I am forever grateful for the people who supported me and believed in my projects along the years. Thank you to everyone who took the time to support my campaign (it remains open in order to qualify for current grants on the iFundWomen platform). 

Please know that I appreciate you.

With gratitude,

Alyscia Cunningham
Director | Producer | Cinematographer

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