Casting Call for NONPROFIT WEB SERIES!

Production Type: Pilot/Comedy
Shooting date: September 2 & 3, 2017
1 rehearsal/wardrobe fitting prior to filming
Paid, meals included, non-union, indie production

Please send email of interest in applying to nonprofitwebseries@gmail.com and we will send you instructions for the video audition.
*Email resumes and headshots along with a video audition to nonprofitwebseries@gmail.com.* 

Deadline for applications: Sunday, July 23rd by 10pm

NONPROFIT WEB SERIES
Nonprofit is about a girl on a mission in America’s whitest city. it’s centered on the story of Gabby Antonio – a quirky, spunky, and idealistic Filipina American that is just beginning her career as a community organizer. The series follows Gabby and her coworkers at the local nonprofit organization, Asian Pacific Islanders in Solidarity & Alliance (APIISA), as she learns that being in the business of  “doing good”, particularly as a woman of color, may not be as effortless as it seems.

Director: Dawn Jones Redstone, award-winning director
Creator: Luann Algoso Production type: Online/web series
Producer: Amy Nieto-Cruz Length: 15 minutes
Nonprofit in the press: OPB News, Colors of Influence, Bread and Roses

ROLES

Character:
Kam Gender: Male Playing age: Twenties
Other physical characteristics: Pacific Islander; fit and wears casual clothes, hoodies and jeans.
Personality of character: Kam is shy in nature, has a calm demeanor, and is often mistaken for being standoffish. He’s confident and arrogant and is extremely passionate about social justice. He’s also an expert community organizer so he’s knowledgeable and has a sharp analysis.

Character: Trinh Nguyen Gender: Female Playing age: Twenties
Other physical characteristics: Asian, preferred Chinese or Vietnamese; Trinh is fit and average height. She wears the latest fashion trends and prefers wearing heels with all of her outfits.
Personality of character: Trinh is a natural born leader and the life of the party. She is charismatic, creative, confident, and dramatic.

Character: Auntie Bernadette Gender: Female Playing age: Over 65 years old
Note: Minor character; non-speaking role
Other physical characteristics:  Asian, open ethnicity.
Personality of character: Spunky, spacey, non-English speaker.

Yesterday we met our goal of raising $10k in order to get the official green light to receive the funds raised! Thanks to your support, we’re making a web series!!!

With 4 hours left on our Seed&Spark fundraising campaign, we are now less than 20% from meeting our overall goal of raising $12,500 to support production costs of the filming of the pilot episode of Nonprofit Web Series.

There’s still time to pledge and get us to our goal of reaching $12,500 so that our team has the funding to cover all of the resources and expenses we need to produce a project of the best quality. The extra support will ensure we pay our production crew and cast, get the right permits, and equipment, and all of the expenses that go into creating a good quality pilot episode.

Your support would make a tremendous impact on our project, regardless of how big or small your contribution is! Can you make a pledge before noon today to support women of color filmmakers?

Thank you so much for helping us get to this point! We love you!

Sincerely,
Luann Algoso and the Nonprofit Team

We’re excited to announce two new members of the team: Producer, Rachel Hills, and Director, Dawn Jones Redstone! 

A little more information about both:

Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latina filmmaker best known as director and co-writer of the acclaimed dramatic short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Dawn has worked in and around the non-profit world for 14 years as an employee, board member and a subcontractor and is ready to mine the wealth of comedy, this sector has to offer! Learn more about her work on her website here.

Rachel Hills is a New York-based writer, speaker, and activist who is interested in the space where the personal meets the political. She is a college speaker on sex and gender issues, and the author of a book called The Sex Myth, which published in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK in August 2015. She is also the Executive Director of Break the Sex Myth, an activist organization that believes that raw, honest, critically-engaged dialogue about subjects that are typically perceived as too private to talk about can transform the way we see the world, measure our value, and treat other people. Learn more about her work here.

You can read more about their work on our website here.

As of today, we are about 77% of the way to our goal of raising $12,500 to support production costs of the filming of the pilot episode of Nonprofit Web Series. We have only 1 day and 2 hours left and we need to raise at least 80% of the goal (at least $10,000) in order for us to receive the funds raised. That means we just need to raise $365 more! WE CAN DO THIS. 

We know we can get there with the help of our community. Can you make a pledge today to support POC-centered stories? Plus TODAY is my birthday! 😉  https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/nonprofit-web-series

Sincerely,
Luann Algoso

Thanks to the generous support from our new producer, Rachel Hills (The Sex Myth), if you pledge $50 or more before this Friday, June 2nd, your funds will be matched!!! 

As of today, we are about 69% of the way to our goal of raising $12,500 to support production costs of the filming of the pilot episode of Nonprofit Web Series. We have only 2 days left and we need to raise at least 80% of the goal (at least $10,000) in order for us to receive the funds raised. That means we just need to raise $1,305 more! WE CAN DO THIS. 

We know we can get there with the help of our community. Can you make a pledge today to support POC-centered stories? Back our project here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/nonprofit-web-series

Do you have a funny story of working in nonprofits? Ever have a site visit end badly? Spent hours working on a grant application for a grant that would technically be enough to cover your hours working on the application? Well, we want to hear from YOU! Join us this Friday, May 26th at 1pm PST for a twitter chat and share your experiences working in nonprofits as a person of color! Because you know it’s a whole damn job fighting white saviorism.

Have you seen some of the fun perks we have on our Seed&Spark campaign yet? We have everything from fun stickers with the Nonprofit logo designed by our graphic artist, Shannon Paine, tote bags hand-pressed personally and lovingly by the Nonprofit creator herself, to consulting advice from someone from our team that’s started their own creative business, or is a professional writer, or musician! You can learn more about our team members and their experiences working in their specific craft on our team page here.

Grab some of these perks before they’re all gone! 🙂

Nonprofit Team

We now have 10 days left on our Seed&Spark fundraising campaign to help us with production costs to film the pilot episode of Nonprofit! If you believe in the power of storytelling, then please back our project today. Nonprofit: A Web Series is our attempt at trying to shift the narrative about what it looks like to work in nonprofits, what it means to be a young queer woman of color navigating the whitest city in America, and what it means to be Asian and Pacific Islander in today’s society. Can we count on you to help us reach our goal?

Check out what folks have been saying about our show and the team behind it! 

You can back the project on Seed&Spark here!

Getting this far with Nonprofit would not have been possible without the amazing and dedicated team behind it. There were several times where I was convinced that this project would never see the light of day, either due to being stuck in the writing or workshop process, or due to my anxiety getting the best of me, convincing me that my acting or writing ain’t there yet.

And yet, this group has continued to stick with me through the whole process despite the setbacks and my fears of being completely vulnerable. I’m truly grateful for their support and commitment!

Learn more about the team behind the project here.

“The idea for the comedy web series “Nonprofit” also stems from personal experience, as creator Luann Algoso’s pulls inspiration from her own career in nonprofit organizations. Its main protagonist, Gabby Antonio, is just beginning her career as a community organizer. She quickly learns that doing “good work,” particularly as a woman of color, may not be as effortless as it seems.”

Check out the article here!

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month which means that during the WHOLE month, you are likely seeing a ton of articles, interviews, and events in recognition of the history and contributions that Asian and Pacific Islanders have made in the U.S.

Like any month dedicated to a marginalized community, a month of recognition is great, but doesn’t quite capture the entirety of what a community has accomplished AND all of the issues that continue to affect that community. For Asians and Pacific Islanders, we still continue to struggle with the repercussions of the model minority myth, our issues deemed invisible due to lack of disaggregated data, and our narratives limited to what the media chooses to show in the news, television, and film. Of course, those are just a few examples!

With Nonprofit, we are hoping to contribute to an emerging body of work out there in television and films that are already shifting perceptions of Asians and Pacific Islanders with more nuanced and complex stories. NO MORE ASIAN SIDEKICKS, GOT IT?! We hope to pave a path for even MORE stories in hopes that we can come to normalize and identify with the experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.

So in honor of APAHM, check out these articles that highlight what it means to be Asian and Pacific Islander NOW:

Happy reading!

Sincerely,
Luann Algoso

P.S. Another way you can support Asian and Pacific Islander communities is contributing to our Seed&Spark campaign! Grab a fun sticker, tote bag, or land a cameo appearance on the show! You can back the project here.