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Sapphire Dance Film

Sapphire Dance Film - a movement-based odyssey pushing visceral, super-sonic modalities into digital non-fiction fantasies.

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Campaign Ends on May 31, 2022

Project Description

Hello! I’m Melanie Greene (choreographer, performer, writer), and welcome to the Sapphire dance film project >> a movement-based odyssey pushing visceral, super-sonic modalities into digital non-fiction fantasies.

This dance film explores a Black female narrative, and centers women at the helm of production, creation, and subject matter.

About Sapphire Dance Film

Sapphire, which began as a performance piece, shares the journey of a time traveling golden goddess moving through moments that police and celebrate the experiences of Black women in the United States. This nonlinear Afro-futuristic narrative explores femininity within an evolving constellation of identity.  
 
Last year, I launched a series of literary stories based on the Sapphire character called Sapphire Chronicles -Heir Bourne, Podscape, and Metal Reign) 

And, it is with much excitement that the dance film is taking shape to expand the possibilities of the Sapphire character into digital landscapes. There will be southern opulence, ancestral map-making, and mystical world building.


WHY this dance film, why now? 
  • Women comprise 15.1 percent of film directors in a recent study despite being slightly more than half of the population. 
  • People of color are approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population, but were only 14.4 percent of directors
  • Combine those categories for women of color directors and you’re looking an even smaller number. (Source: Women and Hollywood)

Representation matters. It’s important to support works that highlight, represent and are made by women of color. 

Your investment will support our phenomenal team of artists bringing this project to life, equipment, and post production.  

Plus, we have a delightful smorgasbord of rewards at different investment points to choose from (see award menu). 

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The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is Sapphire?
    • a performance piece created and performed by Melanie Greene. This work expands into an illustrated story series called Sapphire Chronicles and now dance film. (Learn more here)
  • Why the name Sapphire? 
    • Sapphire is a reference to the African America TV trope - Sapphire (ex: Sapphire Stevens in Amos n' Andy Show). This oversimplified trope sits along the spectrum with  theMammy and Jezebel tropes. This icon of Black female representation in American media is a jumping off point for movement and creative expression.
  • Why gold paint? 
    • Gold paint does the heavy lifting of representation on a variety of fronts including goddess, afro-futurism, and black bodies as currency/commodity. 
  • Why this platform to support this project?
    • Creating a myriad of creative offerings and experiences is my business. I believe in sustainable artistic economies that encourage artists' ability to survive and thrive. It is important to compensate artists fairly for their labor and creative offerings. IFW offers a platform to do this and also centers the voices of women.

 

 

Kayla Hamilton
05/16/2022
Sapphire Playlist
$50
Lee Edwards
05/11/2022
Sapphire Playlist
$50
Karen Bernard-Wixon
05/11/2022
Monetary Contribution
$10
iele paloumpis
05/11/2022
Sapphire Playlist
$50
Donna Costello
04/28/2022
Monetary Contribution
$20
lucy sexton
04/06/2022
Monetary Contribution
$30
Edisa
04/01/2022
Monetary Contribution
$50
Maxine Montilus
03/31/2022
Digital Love
$25
T. Nicole
03/31/2022
Sapphire Playlist
$50
Eugene LaMothe
03/31/2022
Sapphire Poem
$75
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

27 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Digital Love

Receive a digital THANKS on IG/FB/LinkedIn

10 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Sapphire Playlist

Receive access to a custom made Sapphire Playlist to get into the vibe of the work. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks on IG/FB/LinkedIn. (purchase: $50 / value: $75.00)

15 Supporters
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125.00 USD
Sapphire Chronicles Bundle

Receive three printed booklets from the Sapphire Chronicle series (Heir Bourne, Metal Reign, Podscape). Plus you'll receive access to the Sapphire Playlist, and digital thanks. 

(purchase: $125 / value: 150)

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6 Supporters
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225.00 USD
45 min Creative Consultation

With me! A 45-minute creative consultation to talk about your creative project/idea/inspiration and identify one (or two) creative solutions forward. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and access to the Sapphire Playlist. (purchase: $225 / value: $325)

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2 Supporters
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525.00 USD
Costume Adornment

Receive a custom costume piece from New Orleans' artist - Metamorphosis Projekt (learn more here).  Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and Sapphire playlist. (purchase: $525 / value: $600) 

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1 Supporter
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1,000.00 USD
Early Film Viewing + Artist Talk

Receive early access to view the film, and an artist talk. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and Sapphire Playlist.

0 Supporters
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2,500.00 USD
Film Atmosphere Gift Box

This special gift box will help you prepare your environment for a solo or group viewing party. Plus you'll receive access to the Sapphire Playlist and a digital thanks. 

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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

27 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Digital Love

Receive a digital THANKS on IG/FB/LinkedIn

10 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Sapphire Playlist

Receive access to a custom made Sapphire Playlist to get into the vibe of the work. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks on IG/FB/LinkedIn. (purchase: $50 / value: $75.00)

15 Supporters
Select this reward
125.00 USD
Sapphire Chronicles Bundle

Receive three printed booklets from the Sapphire Chronicle series (Heir Bourne, Metal Reign, Podscape). Plus you'll receive access to the Sapphire Playlist, and digital thanks. 

(purchase: $125 / value: 150)

14 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
225.00 USD
45 min Creative Consultation

With me! A 45-minute creative consultation to talk about your creative project/idea/inspiration and identify one (or two) creative solutions forward. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and access to the Sapphire Playlist. (purchase: $225 / value: $325)

8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
525.00 USD
Costume Adornment

Receive a custom costume piece from New Orleans' artist - Metamorphosis Projekt (learn more here).  Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and Sapphire playlist. (purchase: $525 / value: $600) 

1 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Early Film Viewing + Artist Talk

Receive early access to view the film, and an artist talk. Plus you'll receive a digital thanks and Sapphire Playlist.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Film Atmosphere Gift Box

This special gift box will help you prepare your environment for a solo or group viewing party. Plus you'll receive access to the Sapphire Playlist and a digital thanks. 

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward