An open call for Brooklyn filmmakers

Photo by dpb1183

Photo by dpb1183

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

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Think you’re the next Spike Lee or John Singleton? Here’s your chance —BRIC is having an open call.

“We’re asking filmmakers of color to create an episode of a sci-fi series that depicts Brooklyn between the present day and the year 3000,” says Kecia Elan Cole, BRIC TV senior producer, about the serial series called BK3K.

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Photo via Antonio Rosario

Photo via Antonio Rosario

BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, will work alongside the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCada), which will help vet the pitches, fund the production once the project is awarded, and take part in subsequent screenings.

Cole says the inspiration for BK3K comes from the Afro-futurism movement. “It combines the elements of sci-fi, historical fiction, fantasy and Afrocentricity in order to critique the life of people of color today,” she says.

Each of the shorts will be connected, so the events in one episode will inform those of the next. “The more filmmakers who apply and join in this project, the better,” says Cole. “This is not intended to be a one-time effort, but a rolling open call with the objective of premiering a new episode each spring.”

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They Charge for the Sun is the series’ inaugural episode. Photo via BRIC

They Charge for the Sun is the series’ inaugural episode. Photo via BRIC

Aspiring filmmakers should follow this procedure:

  1. Submit a two- to three-page treatment of your proposed film. It should include where (in Brooklyn) and when (between the present day and the year 3000) the film will take place, its major characters, and a brief plot synopsis. Also include a top-line budget up to $7,000.
  2. Resources such as rehearsal/green screen/studio space and production equipment may be available upon inquiry.
  3. The first commission (pilot) will expect to be completed by March 1, 2017, and each episode is between eight and 15 minutes long. BRIC asks that only filmmakers who are prepared to deliver a final product by then to apply.
  4. All applications must be submitted by November 20, 2016 by email to bk3k@mocada.org

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Filmmaker Terrence Nance. Photo via Antonio Rosario

Filmmaker Terrence Nance. Photo via Antonio Rosario

From these applications, three filmmakers will be selected to submit project scripts; one of these three scripts will be commissioned for a pilot. BRIC will consider the final films works-for-hire, and back-end revenues–after initial production and development funds are recovered–will be split 50/50 between the filmmaker and presenting institutions.

“Funding opportunities like this are really important to filmmakers, especially for black filmmakers,” says Terrence Nance, who wrote and directed They Charge for the Sun, the series’ inaugural episode. “We don’t see many films about black people that exist outside mainstream archetypes because there aren’t many production companies with access to investors to find funding for these films. So, it is really important that BRIC and MoCada are putting money into these films, even if it is a modest amount–gotta start somewhere.”

Interested? Apply by email to bk3k@mocada.org.