Radical Harlemite Filmmaker Champions Hometown For CrowdFunding Rally With The Duplass Brothers. : ThyBlackMan

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Radical Harlemite Filmmaker Champions Hometown For CrowdFunding Rally With The Duplass Brothers.

September 19, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Award-winning Black artist Mtume “Core Rhythm” Gant is proud to present his first-feature, I DON’T LIVE TODAY, in a 30-day intensive crowdfunding campaign through Seed&Spark’s Hometown Heroes rally, partnered with Duplass Brothers Productions, Salem Street Entertainment and UnLTD Entertainment.

I DON’T LIVE TODAY is a story about a Black struggling painter who has become disillusioned with the art world in New York and, on his final night in the city, wanders the streets on a moralistic crusade to cutting ties to the city and face the demons that he’s tried to keep hidden.

This past month, the Duplass Brothers partnered with Seed&Spark to challenge filmmakers to make a feature film about their Hometown. Filmmakers that raise at least 80% of their goal and 1000 followers during the rally would be eligible for one of five no-interest loans for $50,000!

Gant had already been in the midst of developing his New York City feature with producers Shant Joshi (PORCUPINE LAKE) and Christopher Everett (WILMINGTON ON FIRE), and saw the rally as an opportunity to access a larger audience while raising funds to take the project to screen.

Gant intends to explore New York City with a focus on the underseen parts of the city to reveal the fuller truth about the city that he has lived his whole life in. The film is a modern day morality fable that takes place in the darker ends of the New York arts economy, where the subjects of race, family, loyalty and ethics are put on trial.

Though he is a graduate of both LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and The Acting Conservatory at Suny Purchase, if you ask Mtume, his greatest teacher has been the blocks of New York where he truly honed his own personal tick and voice as an artist. Mtume worked for years as an actor donning roles on stage in plays like FASTER at the Rattlestick Theatre and THE TOILET at the Here Theatre, as well as on films like HURRICANE STREETS and CARLITOS WAY: RISE TO POWER. After spending time trying to work as an actor in Los Angeles, Mtume soon returned to his hometown and quickly became a mainstay in New York’s underground hip-hop community as the rapper Core Rhythm, releasing 3 albums in 4 years and performing throughout the globe. A dramatist at heart, Gant later turned to playwrighting and co-wrote and co-starred in FIELDS OF GREY at Manchester’s Contact Theatre. He then went on to make two poignant short films SPIT and WHITE FACE that won and were nominated for a number of awards premiering at Aspen Shortsfest, Ashland, and Kinofilm Manchester.

Mtume and team are very excited to be raising funds for I DON’T LIVE TODAY with a goal of $40,000 from September 17th to October 17th and appreciate any level of donation whether $25 or $2,500!

You can find the project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @IDLTFilm and under the hashtag, #NoKingsHere

Donate to the campaign at http://www.seedandspark.com/fund/idltfilm

For additional information, please contact Christopher Everett at spellerstreetfilms@gmail.com.

Contact: Christopher Everett

Phone: (910) 280-3914


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