I was contacted recently by Sara Koffi, a plus-sized, African-American aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter about an eminently worthy film project called Class Dismissed, for which she needs funding. Help Sara say what she wants in her own words (which is the only true “right” way), without having to give up control of the creative process and hence dilute her genuinely size positive, LGBT* positive, sex positive message. Her appeal is below, including a link to where you can donate, which I’ve also included here.
Also note that Sara has a guest post up at Shakesville (published yesterday).
My name is Sara Koffi. I’m a plus sized, African-American aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter. I’m from Memphis, TN and have been “knocking” on Hollywood’s door for the past two years. My artistic focus has always been on creating something that would depict honest experiences.
But…I’ve learned that reality and Hollywood don’t always get along. After getting an offer to present my work in the “right” way (none of that topic, too much of that topic, etc), I decided to go another route. I realized that I’d have to be in charge of the full creative process if I wanted to create something less problematic. Something genuinely hilarious and poignant, that wouldn’t rely on stereotypes for the sake of entertainment (because that’s pretty gross).
So I came up with Class Dismissed.
Class Dismissed is a feature length dramedy about Christy, a plus sized escort and Aubrey, a chronic overachiever with some coming out to do. It follows their college lives a few days before Aubrey’s parents are coming over to visit and before Christy meets a confused conservative type who she maybe kinda’ likes.
I’ve got the background, the ability and the ambition…But not the funds to make this movie happen. Which is why I’m writing you. I only ask from support from the people that want the same thing I do: less problematic entertainment. I want Class Dismissed to be genuinely body positive, genuinely LGBT* positive, genuinely sex positive (no slut shame in my game) and genuinely based on the realities of college.
If you’d like to share this idea, the link is below:
Thank you so much!
Peace and love,