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No Fats, No Femmes Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you lots for supporting and donating to the No Fats, No Femmes Documentary Indiegogo Campaign; your support, shares, and love means the world to me. The success of this campaign would not have been possible without you. 

Over the past two months, I have been attempting to process that this is a real thing — that I crowdfunded a little over $17,000 as an indie filmmaker with no previous major work or studio backing. Wow. And for all of the reasons I thought I wouldn't see this succeed, it did. For all the reasons I thought I wouldn't win, I did: that i am powerful beyond my own belief and that i am breathing and living to see this moment. 

I'd be dishonest to not admit the selfish disappointment I felt when the campaign ended and I didn't reach the overall goal of 20,000. I wanted to win so badly that I forgot to be gentle with myself throughout the process to acknowledge that many wins had already occurred before— that this is even a thing is a win in and of itself. So, please forgive me for that. I'm imagining that this is what it must feel like to believe in something bigger than yourself that you become it; that this is what it must feel like to believe in god, ancestral rituals, magic, the universe, the stars, and yourself. 

If I have learned anything from this process, it is that you can't hold a self-determined people down. I am alive during a time where black queer folks are manifesting the dreams, hard won labor, soft whispers, and spirit-filled prayers of our ancestors; that we are creating work that does work and history; and that we are building and creating— together — maps and blueprints through which we can all get free. And, because of this, I don't take this moment lightly. I have a responsibility to slay. 

As an inheritor of the legacy and work of Marlon Riggs, Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill, Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke, The Fabulous Sylvester, Assoto Saint, Toni Cade Bambara, and a host many other black and/or gay/queer/LGBT/SGL cultural workers, trouble makers, intellectuals, and so on, I am delighted to have answered the call to imagine, and create, work whose goal and intention is revolution; work that seeks to empower us and transform our communities and nation, beyond our convenience. I have answered the call and I can’t turn back now. 

Also, I am looking to expand my team for the project. I am currently seeking a Director of Photography, Production Assistant, and Marketing and Distributing Manager, preferably someone who is based in NYC, Atlanta, or the U.S. Northeast region. Please send resume and work samples to info@nofatsnofemmes.com with the position title you are interested in applying for in the subject line. I look forward to your responses and working with you. 

P.S. If you ordered the stickers and posters as perks, I will be mailing them out soon. Please forgive me for the delay in sending them out. 

Taking care of my blessings,

Jamal

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