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New Year New Expectations

January 15, 2018

Happy new year everyone! It’s been a while and I want to touch base and let you guys know what you can expect from us this year.

 

Expanding the #AkataTeam

Last month we announced that we have wrapped up production for Akata Documentary. With that, we are looking to hire an editor to help us edit this film. We have two important conditions:

1) Your skills have to be amazing and

2) We want the editor to be currently living on the continent of Africa.

Our goal is to have as many Diasporan hands touch this film as possible, hiring an African editor living on the continent, goes along with our mission. Interested candidates can send us their portfolio at email at AkataDocumentary@gmail.com

 

Public Speaking

Now that production is complete, Victoria is available to speak at your next event, conference or panel discussionShe has expertise in African American genealogy, how to create an independent film, and discuss Pan-African issues from a millennial perspective. For booking inquiries, please email us at AkataDocumentary@gmail.com

 

#AkataTeaSocial

Every year, the #AkataTeam hosts a community event centered around the documentary. In 2016, we hosted the #AkataCookout. In 2017, we hosted the #AkataSoirée. This year, in 2018, we are hosting the #AkataTeaSocial. If you follow us on our social media pages, you are familiar with Victoria’s #AkataTeaTuesday posts where she provides weekly updates on her film. This event is a play on her Akata Tea Tuesday content. At this event, we plan to feature a complete scene from the movie, with a Q&A afterwards. As usual we will have amazing food, music, raffles and giveaways. This time around we will have #AkataMerchandise for sale. This event will take place in fall of 2018, so stay tuned!  For more sponsorship opportunities and information, please email us at  AkataDocumentary@gmail.com.

GoFundMe Update

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, purchased a raffle ticket and even shared our link! We have decided to extend our fundraising campaign to help with post-production costs such as editor fees, editing software, translator fees, hard drives, and travel expenses. If you feel led to give, please donate at www.gofundme.com/AkakaDocu.

 

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You’re Invited: #AkataSoiree

June 3, 2017

You are invited! Consider this your personal invitation from us.

On Friday, July 28, 2017, from 7:30 -10 pm, we are hosting a fundraising soiree to get the community excited about our project and excited about donating to our GoFundMe campaign. At the event, our guests will be the FIRST to see the premiere of our official movie trailer! I cannot wait for you guys to see it. We will also have time to for a Q&A session afterward, so don’t be shy.

Our menu will consist of delicious American and African cuisine by our very own chef Loyal “Chip” Henderson III and our sponsor Lady V, from Lady V Bijoux. What else can I say? There will be $5 raffles (we have awesome prizes), giveaways, music, networking and more! Be sure to wear your best African attire. If you don’t have any, cocktail attire is best.

When you arrive, use our Snapchat filter and tell your friends to support our film by donating to our GoFundMe campaign. We are bringing back the Akata Documentary & Up Studios LLC banner, so take as many selfies you want in front of it!

Please RSVP to the event here: https://akatasoiree.eventbrite.com

#AkataSoiree #AkataDocumentary #MoreThanBlack

 

 

*P.S. It is recommended that you show up on time. We will be premiering our video presentation at 8:30 pm sharp!

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What You Can Expect From Us: 2017

May 17, 2017

Can you believe that this year is almost half-way over?! Not to worry, we have some BIG plans for this year, so I want to take the time out to share what you guys can expect from us (The Akata Team) in 2017.

GoFundMe Campaign

In mid-June, we will be launching our GoFundMe campaign. We will be asking our supporters to join the effort to helping us complete the film. Unfortunately, we have exhausted our funds and we have one final segment left to shoot. We want to ensure the authenticity of the film by visiting the exact places where my ancestors originated, so we would like to spend one month in West Africa. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000, which will provide 2 international plane tickets to Africa, as well as domestic flights within the continent.

We have been working hard on this independent project for two years and we hope we can count on you to help make this film best it can be. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I look forward to whatever support you can provide, and I look forward to sharing my West African experiences with you! Stay tuned for more details.

Akata Soiree

You are invited! Consider this your personal invitation from us. On Friday, July 28, 2017 from 7:30 -10 pm, we are hosting a fundraising soiree to get the community excited about our project and excited about donating to our GoFundMe campaign. At the event, our guests will be the FIRST to see the premiere of our official movie trailer! I cannot wait for you guys to see it.
Our menu will consist of delicious American and African cuisine. What else can I say? There will be $5 raffles (we have awesome prizes), giveaways, music, networking and more! Be sure to wear your best African attire. If you don’t have any, cocktail attire is best. Stay tuned for more details.

Returning to the Motherland

Assuming we make (and exceed!) our crowdfunding goal, the Akata Team and I will be traveling to West Africa in Dec. 2017. We will be working as soon as our American feet touch African soil. We are there to retrace my ancestors footsteps. I want to visit every slave port, castle and museum. I want to interview strangers on the street and ask them how they feel about an “Akata” (Nigerian slang for African American), tracing their roots. Some of the countries on our wish list include: Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Senegal. Sounds like alot huh? Well, we will be staying in West Africa for the whole month of December.

After we get back to the states, we will jump right into post-production. As I stated above, we cannot complete this film without you. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe campaign in June. If you are led to donate RIGHT NOW, you can do so by visiting www.AkataDocu.com/Give.

See you at the Soiree!

 

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