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Pariah shares Kickstarter proceeds with The Ali Forney Center!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Hi Everyone!

At 6:25 pm on Jan 10, thanks to 189 amazing backers, we reached our of raising $10,000 to offset finishing costs and Sundance premiere expenses with 8 days left in the campaign!  While  $10,000 was a conservative goal to ensure that we weren’t on the wrong side of the Kickstarter “all or nothing” system, we still need more funds to defray costs and look at this next phase of the campaign as an opportunity to start giving back.   To that end, the Pariah the Movie family is excited to announce that $0.50 of every dollar pledged above our $10,000 goal will be donated to The Ali Forney Center in support of their mission to provide homeless LGBT youth with safe, dignified, and nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together.

Please take a look at this of the origins of The Ali Forney Center:

Studies show that over 20% of all homeless youth in the United States are from the LGBT community.  Furthermore, with the paucity of academic research and the fact that these kids are struggling at higher rates with homelessness and suicide than non-LGBT youth, it is the perfect time to use the popular culture medium of film to spark dialogue, debate and action.    PARIAH will be one of the first feature narratives with a lesbian youth of color as the lead character and our goal is to bring you an aesthetically compelling story that promotes awareness of a marginalized community with less focus on the obvious differences and more focus on a fundamental similarity—the universal struggle to find one’s identity.

For those of you who have been following our campaign and have supported – thank you so much!  Please continue to spread the word to your families, friends and networks.  For those of you who have been following, but are on the fence about pledging, , just $10.00 can make a difference in helping us finish our film AND supporting our youth.

For those of you new to this project and this phase of our fundraising campaign, please poke around, ask questions, comment, but most of all and Ali Forney’s mission.

Thanks so much for your time, consideration and support!



Producer, PARIAH

What happens when Pariah exceeds its Kickstarter fundraising Goal?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

hmiafcgc-screening-pic1 Hi Everyone,

Thanks to your amazing efforts, it seems as though we are going to completely blow our $10K goal out of the water and keep barreling past. Thank You so much for that, this is such a huge help in defraying the continued expenses of pushing this film along the festival circuit over the next year.  Your advocacy and validation over the past few weeks has far exceeded our wildest expectations and we couldn’t have imagined a better response.

More importantly than festival screenings and theatrical buzz, Pariah’s ultimate goal is to uplift LGBT youth and promote better understanding, acceptance, and dialogue within families. To that end, we’ve decided that half of every dollar raised in excess of our $10K goal will be donated to support an LGBT youth organization. We’ll announce which organization(s) the proceeds will go to by the end of the campaign once we have the final tally.

Thank you for supporting this important message and continuing to show your support in looking with us “beyond the finish line” to the ultimate goal.


2006, only the beginning…

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

img_2037 Hey!
Adepero Oduye here aka Alike Freeman from PARIAH the feature.
Ok so this is my first time ever blogging.  Yaay!


This amazing journey started with the short film, shot in 2006.
I saw a breakdown of a NYU Grad thesis project that seemed so unique. I had this feeling that this was a project I had to be a part of.
Mailed my picture/resume.  Received a call from Dee to come in for the lead role of Alike.  REALLY?!  Cooool!  I was excited.
When I read the sides I just “knew” who this character was.  I don’t know how else to explain it.
I showed up to the audition wearing clothes borrowed from my little brother.  I read with Nekisa and remember walking out feeling great.

That was the start.
One of the highlights for me was getting the shooting schedule and seeing I was going to be on set everyday.  EVERYDAY!  That was probably THE most exciting thing about it all!  *smile*
It was 10 days of fun, challenges, internal struggles, tears, smiles, jokes, laughter, and love.
I am in absolute awe of that experience.
The places I have been. The people I’ve had the pleasure meeting.
It was just the beginning…

The End of The Blur

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

dee_small-headshot The end of the week ends another year. Can’t believe how fast time has flown. 2010 was a complete blur, but feeling incredibly blessed and uplifted in the knowledge that we are finally bringing the dreams and belief of so many to light. Last week, my mom visited me for the very first time since I ‘came out’. It was an amazing visit. It’s been a miraculous holiday.

Be safe and happy this new year’s!

Pariah’s Off to Sundance!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for staying tuned and for all of your supportive words, well wishes, and support over the past few weeks it’s really meant a lot to us. The countdown  is ON for Sundance  and we’re so excited, thrilled, and nervous at the same time  to finally bring PARIAH to the big screen!! Less than 30 Days left!!!

We’ve had a ton of support from friends and family, independent film organizations, film vendors & suppliers, grantmakers and a few incredible indie film production companies to scrape this film together, and are finally in the homestretch. We still have a ways to go, and could really use your help to make it across the finish line. I hope you’ll please check out our Kickstarter campaign and spread the word your folks so we can finish strong and get the film ready for its Day One premiere.

We’ll be checking in every now and then with updates on how things are going, so come back and visit often–this is the place to be to stay ‘in the loop’.

Thank you, thank you, thank you again for all of your ongoing encouragement and support, you guys are our homebase and the first “voices” in finally bringing Pariah to a theater near you in 2011. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.