I appreciate your interest in donating to the creation of this beautiful film! We are currently raising $15,000 for the total production. Although we aren't an organization, our goal is to mentor 2-to 3 area high school students on this project, thus, giving them hands-on on-set experience and internship credit. We want this film to be as cinematic as it is awe-inspiring, but we need a little help in doing so. Please browse the page for more details on this film; you'll be able to donate at the bottom. I can also be reached at 318-730-2721 or J.Nicollins1@gmail.com for further questions. Honestly and sincerely, Thank you!
LOGLINE: The transference of feminine energy from a mother embracing a major life change to her daughter who is coming into her womanhood.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Alondra and Cherish have a unique yet close mother/daughter bond. In Period Party, Alondra prepares her daughter for menstruation- not often publicly discussed yet widely experienced. Juxtaposed to Cherish's onset of her cycle is Alondra's pain in dealing with hers. Taboos are broken and explored.
"When you first realize your blood has come, smile; an honest smile, for you, are about to have an intense union with your magic. [...] Remember that you are a river; your banks are red honey where the Moon wanders." - Ntozake Shange
A vignette-style short film exploring the transference of feminine energy from a mother embracing a major life change to her daughter who is coming into her womanhood.
Overall Theme: BOLDNESS AND DIVERSITY IN FEMINITY; POWER IN CHANGE
Have you heard of a period party? It is truly exciting. A bunch of pre-pubescent girls in a safe space asking all they want to know about the infamous- PERIOD. Usually, little girls are portrayed on screen talking about the fantasy of their happily ever after or...
But Period Party shows girls actively taking part in the learning of an experience that changes women's lives forever. Why do we still shame these conversations? Well, here's the full story...
Alondra really wants another child however she's dealing with fibroids. They hurt and can be quite inconvenient. Still, with her 11-year-old daughter starting her cycle, she tries to be period positive so that her daughter and friends can feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their own menstruation journeys. During the period party, the young, inquisitive, and ever-so-charming girls are empowered and even learn about the different types of people who can have a period (INCLUSIVITY). Shortly after the party, Alondra is faced with a decision that would end her menstruation journey and her ability to naturally conceive again. Friendship, mother-daughter bond, and strength keep her afloat as she accepts her changing body and keeps her magic.
I call this a vignette style short film because there are short, related vignettes that happen over a span of time that make this short film complete. It is a bit experimental in nature but still linear enough to comprehend and experience the magic of the story.
The film will be beautiful. Here are some inspirational images that set the tone and imagery inspiration of story vignette by vignette:
Period Party covers several topics in a short amount of time. While Women Empowerment is the main focus of the film we bring awareness to other issues surrounding the menstrual cycle. At the root of the project is Women taking control of a natural occurrence that affects most people assigned female at birth, yet, has been ignored, erased, or even shunned in cinema. With that being said here is an overview of the topics that make this film imperative to produce:
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: We are talking about periods. Little girls are talking about it. Grown women are discussing it. Non-binary folks are talking about it. No one is ashamed of it and this film provides a safe space for the many questions and concerns that may arise in a young girl's mind about her future menstrual cycle. The film also empowers women to accept their bodies' inevitable changes. We are all different and we all want different things. But one thing is for certain, "We Are Not Our Body Parts!"- a line in the film delivered by a chorus of 1- 15 young girls. That's empowerment for sure.
FIBROIDS: They suck. Really they do. They can be extremely painful, messy, and can interrupt the quality of life. many people struggle with fibroids. Can you name a film that touches on them? Let me know when you think of that. I believe that film is a great medium to discuss all issues affecting humans and there is space for the discussion of a hindrance that affects so many. REPRESENTATION.
INCLUSIVITY: Not all women have periods...
I know, I know... That's a hard concept for some to understand. We get it. Times are different but so are our acceptance, awareness, and INCLUSION OF REPRESENTATION. I use film as a means to help bring awareness and understanding to topics that even I have a hard time grasping. While we do celebrate womanhood and feminity, we understand that not all women-identifying people have a period and that there are non-women-identifying people who do have a period. That's touched on in this short film.
*We aren't affiliated with any organizations; however, we will use this film to mentor 2-3 students at Carver High School. This will give the students first-hand on-set experience as well as internship credit.*
Nicole Collins; Writer, Director, Producer
Nicole Collins is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and host from Louisiana. Although she was born and raised in Alexandria, her 12 years in New Orleans developed a passion for music and filmmaking. For eight years, she hosted a number 1 weekend slot on New Orleans’ Number 1 station, Q93.
Her acting credits include HBO's 'Treme' and 'Twelve Years a Slave.' Nicole's hosting talents have landed her gigs with the NBA, Essence Festival, and We-TV. Nicole has written, directed, and produced over 20 film projects. Nicole's goal is to continue to create content for black women. She spends her time back and forth between Los Angeles and New Orleans, creating film and digital content and producing events for women and girls.
Nicole has received several grants for both her film and philanthropy work. In January 2020, Nicole directed and produced the 2021 ABFF selection, Maternally Yours, a web series executive produced by comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery which is currently streaming on KweliTV. The pilot, H-Town, that she co-wrote and directed was accepted into 2021 Just for Laughs Festival’s Pitch Competition. Nicole is the mother of the 10-year-old actress Aadyn Encalarde.
Nikisha Ware, Producer
Whether on the international stage or in a local coffee shop, Nikisha S Ware, PhD, is devoted to improving Mississippians lives by helping them access the professional and financial resources they need to be successful.
Dr. Ware served as the Bureau Director of Federal Programs at the Mississippi Department of Education as the youngest in the department’s history to hold that position. She later went on to lead Mississippi’s only public school-university partnership, the Mississippi Learning Institute, where she was awarded nearly $10 million dollars to schools for the Barksdale Center at Jackson State University.
After 15 years of service in education, Dr. Ware took a quantum leap of faith and started her own marketing business to help women entrepreneurs transition from the workforce to home-business ownership. In the first three years in business, she hit 6 ranks in the company and helped over 500 professionals. She leveraged that experience to the online marketing space where she coached over 1,000 women entrepreneurs on how to generate business on Facebook.
Dr. Ware is currently a Wealth Mentor with The New York Life Company, where she helps mothers of color create multigenerational wealth through life insurance and other guaranteed lifetime income tools.
A published author, vlogger and awarded speaker, Dr. Ware makes her home in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband Dr. David N. Ware, Anguilla, MS, and their sons Solomon and Asa.
Sophie White; Cinematographer
Sophie, originally from Houma, Louisiana, was previously known as Rory, and under that name had been a motorcycle racer, a boxing promoter, and a chiropractor, at first in Roswell, Georgia, and then, with a wife and three children, in Houma.
White invested in a brother’s new local television station, but it went bankrupt and White was left with a lot of equipment. Instead of selling it at discount, it made more sense to learn how to use it. White obtained camera work, and worked up to director of photography and then producer.
By 2017, White could no longer suppress her feminine side and had begun to transition as Sophie. That year she won an International Screen Writers Association award. She also pitched a film called Hummingbird loosely based on her own story of almost being pushed to suicide. They started filming with Sophie in the lead role. However another trans woman brought in as a consultant died by suicide, and they did not have the heart to finish post-production.
Based on what had been filmed and seen, an agent signed Sophie as an actress. Since then she has had several film and television acting roles.
Jarrell Hamilton; AD and Producer
Jarrell Hamilton is a mother, artistic director, choreographer, writer, creative altruist, entertainer, educator and Founder of JHINC. Hamilton holds a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choreography and African American Studies from Tulane University with a specific focus in Afro-diasporic spiritual traditions) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts. Hamilton continued her performance and choreographic research at the American Dance Festival, Asé Cultural Arts Center: Institute for Cultural Education, Evolve Diaspora (Cuba), Jacob’s Pillow Improv and Jazz traditions, Links Hall Residency (Chicago,IL), Movement of the People (NYC), and Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Institute (Pilot) and Summer Leadership Institute for Undoing Racism.
Hamilton is a seven-time Big Easy Classical Arts Award nominee, 2018 Best Ensemble (Ain’t Misbehavin’), 2016 Best Modern Presentation, and 2013 Winner for Best Contemporary Choreographer. She is an honoree of the United States President’s Committee and Humanities Coming Up Taller Award, American College Dance Association for her titled choreographic work EPISODES, and Tulane’s School of Liberal Art’s Fellowship Award.
Hamilton’s “creative altruism” extends that of organizing benefit concerts in New Orleans, a benefit concert for the Haiti victims effected by 2009 Tsunami (in collaboration with NOCCA Riverfront), Christmas benefit for New Orleans Covenant House and Tulane Drop In Center for the orphanage and homeless adolescents, Dance for Social Change (in collaboration with Dancing Grounds), campaigning with State Representative Royce Duplessis, self-care campaign for artist in New Orleans, which has birth forth SPARKNoLa- a grant initiative for emerging artist in the Gulf South. Hamilton is the Founder JHInc.,TBean Productions a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to create and produce original, interdisciplinary work in dance-theatre, film, performance and cultural work that seeks to elevate and make equitable the stories of Southern culture.
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