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Actress to crowdfund film about segregation and The Beatles in 1964
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 03/04/16 2:11 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

After years of waiting for her big break in Hollywood, Shannon Joy Rodgers has set out to create her own big break. Shannon has written, and will edit and star in Blackbird, a short film that she is currently trying to crowdfund on Kickstarter. She hopes to raise $18,000 by March 10, 2016 to cover production costs, equipment, casting, extras, crew, location rental, set design, costumes, food, editing, sound editing and color. A portion of the money raised will also be used to submit her film to Film Festivals.

Blackbird is the story of a young black girl living in the south in 1964 that is trying to attend a racially segregated Beatles concert. The short film will be set during the height of Beatlemania and the civil rights movement in the U.S. and will lead up to an actual Beatles concert that took place on September 11, 1964 in Jacksonville, FL that was surrounded by racial controversies, when the Beatles refused to perform until they received assurance from the promoter that the audience would not be segregated.

Shannon Joy Rodgers

Shannon was heavily influenced by the live music scene, having grown up in Austin, TX, live music capital of the world. In her youth, she spent many weekends at Emo's, Stubbs and other venues in downtown Austin. 50 years prior, Shannon's mother lived during the Civil Rights era, went to a segregated school and was banned from entering certain establishments. The contrast of how times were for each growing up is why this story is so important to her.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Shannon Joy Rodgers moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and has appeared in over a dozen different TV series, The Conan O'Brien Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Once funded, the film Blackbird, directed by Paul Briganti, will go into production in the summer of 2016.

"With proper funding, this project can make you feel as if you've fallen into a 1960's time warp!" says Rodgers about her film.

For more information, visit the Blackbird Kickstarter webpage.

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