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Black Film Pirate is an App that protects the rights of films and filmmakers prominently featuring cast and crew of color from an age-old industry myth: "Black films don't sell overseas." Hollywood created this tale to block international distribution and profits of wide-ranging films and multi-dimensional stories told from a different perspective. Since the industry began recognizing how much it survives on its international box office receipts, speaking the phrase "Black Films don't sell overseas" has been a successful effort on their part to keep thousands of films from people of color off the map. It stops now. Black Film Pirate intends to rescue an entire industry from itself and share the wealth of our multi-cultural experience across the seas and beyond. Join our voyage! And discover an entire library of films meant to be seen! For more information or to stay in touch, please visit www.NicoleFranklin.com.
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Your response to the logic: "Black Films don't sell overseas." Is it justified? How would you like to see Black Film Pirate erase this theory off the map?
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For Film Enthusiasts: Name of film(s) from the African Diaspora (and other ethnicities) that you would like seen without audiences having to bootleg it. Note: Yes, we're building a catalogue of films from people of color. This is a first!
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Last known Contact Information for the Film(s) you recommend.
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For Filmmakers: Name of Your Film (One film per form, please, with the understanding that we will share your promotional materials with our audience)
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For Filmmakers: One-Line Description
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For Filmmakers: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental or Other?
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For Filmmakers: Length of Your Film
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For Filmmakers: Color or Black&White?
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For Filmmakers: Format for screening?
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For Filmmakers: Country of Origin
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For Filmmakers: Contact Info/Distributor
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For Filmmakers: Craziest experience while in production!
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Message in a Bottle - We love to hear from you, Pirates. Leave us a comment!
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We love a good soundtrack. Please share your desert island tunes. Let's give our indie artists a shoutout here as well.
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Thank you for your Pirate service! Our app, Black Film Pirate, will launch soon. Black Film Pirate (#BlackFilmPirate) was inspired by filmmaker Nicole Franklin's response to a nonsensical phrase she has heard throughout her nearly 30-year career in the industry and Nicole's praise of filmmaker and Shadow and Act founder Tambay Obenson's impressive article (http://bit.ly/2zlsxKO) which states "Meanwhile, I have friends, family and acquaintances in countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, parts of the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, parts of Asia, the Caribbean and South America, who are buying American-made bootlegs of a lot of these black American films. Why? Not because they’re a cheap bunch of people, and don’t want to spend the money to see these films in theaters. The problem is, these films aren’t being officially released in those countries for these folks to pay to go see them in theaters in their individual countries.There’s a lot more to be said here; it’s not so black & white an issue…" If you would like to contribute more evidence to dispute this industry-wide gatekeeping effort, please share your thoughts here.
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You will receive an email when our app sets sail! We may always be reached through www.NicoleFranklin.com. And yes, our pirates cover the spectrum (Note: You do not have to identify as Black or Brown to join us--we're global!) For now, would you be willing to join our street team and copy and share this URL with at least 10 friends? #APiratesLifeForMe
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