Grassroots Efforts Help Build Awareness and Momentum of a Movie

Grassroots Efforts Help Build Awareness and Momentum of a Movie Script

Award-winning writer, Marcia Sinclair is not sitting around waiting for the kettle to boil to get her screenplay, Lemon Tea, made into a movie. Although she has some backing from various Hollywood notables, she has found that she also needs to engage the public in a grassroots effort to get support for her film. Within the last 4 months, over 200 have joined the effort and it continues to grow each day. She is also making strides by scheduling readings and events that are helping to pique interest.

Sinclair embarked on this effort because she has found that some movie industry investors need more convincing that the general public is not only interested in African-American movies that involve slap-stick, action, gangs and disingenuous characters, but would also support more quality films about friendship, community, role models and conquering life’s adversaries.

The Lemon Tea script has received much acclaim for its funny, sometimes sad, heartwarming family story, with a message that transcends age, race or gender. In brief, the story surrounds the main character, Libby who is ashamed of her dark skin, but soon discovers that beauty comes in a myriad of shades, and furthermore, the beauty that lasts forever comes from the heart.

Actors who have been attached to the script in the past include Irma P. Hall, Harry Lennix, T’Keyah Crystal Kemah, Ben Guillory, Ella Joyce and Wandachristine. In 2005 a new scene was written and filmed starring Irma P. Hall and Harry J. Lennix in an effort to attract investors.

Lemon Tea has been “under consideration” by some well-known producers, and Sinclair is reaching out to the general public to help sway their decisions. “The more supporters we have, the stronger the message to potential producers that there are people who will pay to see this movie,” said Sinclair. “I have always believed that it would take a grass roots effort in order to get this movie made because it doesn’t come from one person. It takes a humongous village of talented people and supporters.”

Supporters are asked to join the Web site at http://www.lemonteathemovie.ning.com, and express why they are interested in being a part in making quality African-American films.

With the help of ScriptWorks, Lemon Tea will come to life when professional actors perform readings and add voices to the rich characters in this heartwarming story. Performances are scheduled for: Wednesday, February 18, 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 22, 2 p.m. at Columbia College, Hokin Theater, 623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Sinclair has also joined forces with her sisters, best-selling author April Sinclair and CEO and Creative Director, Nina Sinclair-Burns to form Coffee, Tea and Me Productions Inc. to promote their mission of producing the highest quality of inspirational books, plays and films that portray African-Americans as multi-dimensional characters. The trio recently celebrated the introduction of their Web site, http://www.CTMontheweb.com.

“As a family of creative talent, we are joining forces to build awareness and momentum for our works which are a series of the highest quality of inspirational books, plays and films that portray African-Americans as multi-dimensional characters,” said Sinclair-Burns.

Contact Nina-Sinclair Burns at Nina@CTMontheweb.com

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