One Night in Brooklyn, a feature film project written and directed by Esosa Edosomwan, will tell the story about a group of bohemian Brooklynites who declare a TransAfrican Independence Day and throw a party to celebrate.
Edosomwan, wanting to make a film in the vein of House Party (1990), School Daze (1988), and A Different World (1987) – a vein she saw missing of late – began writing the script for “our coming of age story, about a group of educated post college grads growing into their adulthood” in 2008.
TransAfricanness is central to the project. “I really wanted to create something that showed a diverse group of brown skinned people, not just monolithic black people but the people I know in my real life,” says Edosomwan in the Indiegogo trailer, “So we have a Nigerian-American, a girl who is Ethiopian-American, a girl from New Orleans who survived Hurricane Katrina, and a Dominican guy. Everyone’s very specific and has specific culture and flavor, and that’s a huge part of why I created One Night in Brooklyn.”
The filmmakers are hoping to go into full production in July 2012, and have kicked off a fundraising effort in February to meet this goal. You can also keep up with the film on their facebook page and on twitter.