Needless to say, this year has been crazy and unprecedented than any other we have known.
The entertainment industry has been hard hit, particularly for those of us in production around the world. For most of us in the U.S. affected by the pandemic, our only entertainment is through television, social media, and very limited live events, if at all. Ironically, most of us during this time has been exposed to a greater variety of worldwide content.
Lights, Camera, Diaspora!, (LCD!) the organization I founded in 2015, is committed to assisting and supporting African-Diasporan filmmakers and their communities to grow, connect, and thrive. Our work provides needed skills development and training through masterclasses, workshops, on-set training, and virtual programming.
During this difficult year, LCD!‘s work was able to transform the lives of African filmmakers to be better positioned to contribute to the vibrant storytelling of the African experience that is unique and authentic. We are proud that LCD! was able to support 10 South African young filmmakers who were able to intern on the Johannesburg portion of Beyoncé’s Black Is King (BIK) virtual album. We were also able to begin an online mentoring program for emerging professionals in West Africa.
#BLACKISKING, Thabo Phora
What an experience that was for them and us!
This is why I ask you to make a year-end contribution to LCD! as a holiday gift.
Whether $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, or any other amount, your support will keep African filmmaking growing and ensure that the bridge between LCD! and the Diaspora is sustained as an important and integral part of global storytelling.
Thank you for making a difference.
If you prefer to mail a check please make the check payable to:
Lights, Camera, Diaspora!
6330 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, California 90230
Donations are fully tax-deductible.