Bring African Twist Season 2 to Production

By Antonio Williams
$695 raised (9% of $7,500)
17 supporters
0 days, 2 hours left
Goal pointer arrow
Minimum
star image
Goal: $7,500
Minimum amount to disburse funds: $5,000 (not yet raised)
We are creating awareness and giving a voice to the domestically abused, the silenced trafficked victims and educating the public on the African immigrant's plight
Bring African Twist Season 2 to Production
TV

 

uploaded image

 

My wife-Hellene-is from Nigeria. There she was an actress before coming to America. I was an author with self-published novels. I had hoped to one day turn those novels into movies somehow. When we met we fell in love pretty quickly and married within just weeks of getting to know each other. Together, we created a faith-based independent production company owned and operated by us. Our company name Eleven Twenty-One Entertainment is derived from our wedding anniversary November 21st. We both share a passion for storytelling, and we share the same message— God wins. Whether its comedy, drama, romance, or suspense we want to be the light amid the darkness that goes on in the world. We have started our journey in 2016 and continued to pursue our passion of storytelling ever since. 

 

 

Hellene started working in America as a freelance hair braider. I would take her to her clients or they would come to us. It was in these odd jobs were we would have the craziest experiences with clients. We discussed how with all that we have experienced there should be a series about hair braiders and their experience with clients and their personal drama. It was there that the idea for African Twist was created. 

 

 

 

Logline


uploaded image

Four Las Vegas hair braiders' lives are turned upside down when Sade-a Nigerian immigrant stumbles into the salon hiding from I.C.E. It's soon learned Sade isn't the only one there with secrets and drama outside of the salon.  

 

 

Synopsis


 

An undocumented Nigerian is within minutes of getting picked up by I.C.E but escapes into hiding only to find herself as an accidental new hire at an African hair braiding salon. She navigates the sister-hood in this new group of first and second generation immigrants; each one silently managing their own secrets including; domestic violence, prostitution, single motherhood and more

 

 

Funding


uploaded image

 

With the funding provided we will be able to obtain the needed equipment upgrades to ensure an even better quality visually and in sound for season 2. We plan to use professional production studios as well as private rental locations for filming. With our cast members traveling from across the nation and internationally, the funds will help as we want to ensure  they're not only paid properly but the logistics of getting them to set are handled as well as feeding. Post production plays a big part in the quality of the end result and we will be working with a broader team of professionals. And of course marketing is a big part of the overall success of the series and we want to ensure we have adequate funds to publicise properly whether on our own or with a PR firm. 

 

Additional Information

 

uploaded image

 

African Twist is a dramedy with real-world issues addressed mixed with humour. Many have compared our series to classics such as Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids.  

 

Season 1 has been quite a journey in getting created. We had a lot of doors closed in our faces and hurdles to jump through to get here. But we kept our faith and held strong and we're grateful to be blessed with having the first season released on Tubi. We also have plans to have African Twist expanded to more platforms such as Netflix or Hulu etc. This would be including the first and second season.  

 

uploaded image

 

 

The Nitty-Gritty

 

Since the release of season 1 last year African Twist has gathered much attention from the media and our viewers.

uploaded image

 African Twist Season 1 was selected in the 2024 Las Vegas Black Film Festival, has been featured in an article in Essence Magazine

uploaded image

African Twist has also been nominated for 7 Indie Series Awards including; Best Drama Series, Best Directing by Hellene Alabi-Williams, Best Screenplay by myself, Best Lead Actor in a drama by Wendell Kinnney (BET's The Black Hamptons, Netflix's Bloodline etc) and Best Lead Actress in a drama by Nollywood star Iretiola Doyle (Netflix's Fifty, The Origin: Madam Qoi Madam Qoi. Amazon Prime's The Power etc) 

Iretiola Doyle was also nominated for Best Lead Actress in the AMVCA 2024 (African Magic Viewer's Choice Award) for her role in Netflix's The Origin: Madam Qoi Madam Qoi.

 

 

Thank You


We appreciate you each and every one of you for taking the time to see our journey and story and we thank you so much for your contribution. 

Team-member photo
Hellene Alabi-Williams
Series Creator and DIrector

Hellene Alabi-Williams is an award-winning producer, actress, author, and director. Hellene has featured in the Nigeria based television series Tinsel on MNET as well as Road to Redemption (directed by Jeta Amada) and Don’t Cry for Me (now on Iroko) and starred in and directed the award-winning Stay.

Hellene is the creator of African Twist as well as director and executive producer of the series. She stars on the show as Sade.

Team-member photo
Antonio Williams
Teleplay Writer and Producer

Neils "Antonio" Williams is an award-winning screenplay writer, actor and novelist currently known for the acclaimed film Stay (directed by Hellene Alabi-Williams) . Antonio has self-published 4 novels to date and has several screenplays in development. Antonio has written the script for African Twist Season 1 and African Twist Season 2

WE NEED A MIRACLE
Mon. July 22, 11:03 AM PDT

We need a miracle.

And the miracle is you! Here we are. We only have 2 days left on our campaign.

As of today, we have raised over $600. That is simply AMAZING. We're blown away by the support. That being said, we must reach at least our minimum goal or we get none of it. That's right, we either reach that minimum goal or we get NOTHING.

Will you help us get there?

If you haven't made a financial contribution, please do so today; any amount makes a big difference.

If you already gave, please consider increasing the amount of your contribution by a few dollars. But only if you're able to. We're already very grateful for your contribution.

Also, please share our page with others. Ask a couple of your friends to make a contribution in any amount.

Thank you so much. We know that with your support we will get there! 

Incentives
($1+)
icon
Only 1 left!
Receive a Digital Thank you Card ($25+)
icon
For this level of contribution we will send a personalised digital thank you postcard
Unlimited supply.
Social Media Shout Out ($50+)
icon
For this contribution level we will give a special shout out to you for your contribution on our African Twist Instagram page
Unlimited supply.
Message From The Cast ($100+)
icon
Receive the previous incentives plus, one of our lead cast will send you a personalised thank you video.
Unlimited supply.
Get a background role! ($150+)
icon
Receive all the previous incentives plus, get seen in on the show and your name in the credits of the featured episode(s)!
Unlimited supply.
Get An African Twist T-Shirt ($200+)
icon
All the previous incentives plus an African Twist T-Shirt
Only 80 left!
Get a Speaking Role! ($300+)
icon
All previous incentives plus you get a speaking role and credit in the featured episode(s)
Unlimited supply.
Tickets to Season 2 Premiere ($500+)
icon
All previous incentives plus get a special invite to the premiere of African Twist Season 2
Unlimited supply.
Signed African Twist Poster ($1000+)
icon
All previous incentives plus am African Twist Poster signed by our cast members
Only 80 left!
Q&A With the series Creators ($2500+)
icon
All previous incentives plus get an exclusive invite for a Q & A with us the creators
Unlimited supply.
Associate Producer ($5000+)
icon
All previous incentives plus: Have your name listed as an associate producer on the opening and end credit of every episode
Only 5 left!
Executive Producer Credit ($10000+)
icon
All previous incentives plus: Get Your name listed as an executive producer on the opening and end credit on every episode of the series.
Only 5 left!
scroll rightscroll left
Thank you for reading. Thank you for your support. Thank you for caring.
Thank You!
Find More Campaigns to Support