DSTidbits Entertainment: Exclusive Interview with Jade Bryan
I am currently in postproduction for a short film, The Shattered Mind. It's a psychodrama about a hard-of-hearing teenager who juggles family, peer pressure and culture conflicts while in search of her own sexual identity, freedom, and self-realization. The film is slated for release this coming fall. I raised nearly $30,000 on my own without any corporate or sponsorship supports. It was a lot of hard work. It took me two years to raise the money and put the short film together. I am currently editing a two-version film, a short and a feature. I am also planning on submitting a short (under 20 minutes) film to the A-list festival circuit. I prefer to focus my efforts on the hearing film festival circuit because that is where the market is.
It is my desire to pursue this specific film for distribution deals so that I can produce the complete feature. The Shattered Mind is originally a 130 page screen play. Three years ago, my team and I put forth the effort to raise 1.5 million dollars. This seemed nearly impossible so we reduced the screenplay to 39 pages and did the film on a 30 thousand dollar budget. Although, it is a short that is now a "short feature", I will have two versions. I've already decided what I will do with the short feature. I will sell DVDs, host fundraisers and tour the film in the signing community across America, domestically and internationally. This is one of the ideas to raise funds to produce my next films. The Shattered Mind will help spread awareness that we are lacking representation of Deaf People of Color in film and television in the United States. This will be a great opportunity for our talents as well.
And what is the most rewarding thing about your work as a filmmaker?
I already have another project lined up. I plan to produce a sitcom TV plot I've written which is entitled,"The Two Essences." I'm working on launching another kickstarter (crowdfunding) for that project and am hoping the community will support it through donations and moral support! I'd like to film it this winter if all goes well. I also plan to host a staged reading this summer. The purpose of producing a sitcom pilot is our goal to get a TV airtime from one of the networks.