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Cold Sweat a chilling coming-of-age anthology series about making it to high school in one piece.

WHAT IS COLD SWEAT?

Cold Sweat is a chilling coming-of-age anthology series following tween protagonists as they overcome supernatural hurdles in order to make it to high school in one piece. Each production is followed by a community screening and Q&A to facilitate discussion and hold a space for youth voices. Through collaboration with the schools, bodegas and communities that our stories are set in, we bring YA content directly to our audiences.

THE CONTENT:

"Wham!", the story of a nefarious soft drink that tries to take over a school, is chapter one in our series. Our heroes, Aquila and Sadiquah, are two of the best students at 362 MLK Middle School. But when the school begins to break out into mysterious rage episodes, the uninfected will have to find the courage to save their school. And their future.

Cast of "Wham!", first chapter in the Cold Sweat series

Enjoy clips from the fictional Wham ad campaign as its makers try to recruit unsuspecting students into their evil scheme.

THE ENGAGEMENT:

Your Hood - our team incorporates students, teachers and community leaders in the production process through cameos and featured art. For our first chapter we collaborated with the students and staff at JHS 218 Middle School in East New York and the People's Theater Project in Inwood, Manhattan as well as local vendors.

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Your Screening - completion of each episode results in a community screening and Q&A to facilitate inter-generational discussions.

WHY THESE STORIES?

  • According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, people of color accounted for 22% of children’s books characters in 2016.
  • In Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas book The Dark Fantastic, she discusses the "imagination gap," where a severe lack of central and non-stereotypical people of color characters in children's and young adult literature is considered a crisis because of its correlation between educational achievement and sociocultural implications regarding "empathy, opportunities, resources, and technology".
  • Michael Brody’s study on racial and gender differences in the relationship between children’s TV use and self-esteem states,” Children are affected when they don’t see themselves represented on TV, and it affects them when the young people who look like them are seen doing something wrong."

WHERE WE ARE NOW

"Wham!" is an official selection at MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, and was a finalist in the Short & Fresh Hip Hop Halloween on Revolt TV. Funding for our community screenings has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

SCREENINGS

If you are interested in hosting a screening please contact info@wi-motonyoka.com

KEEPING IN TOUCH

You can follow us on IG @ColdSweatNow for updates and if you would like to make a contribution to our productions click the button below.

THE TEAM

Creator/Writer

WI-MOTO NYOKA is a performer, writer and transmedia artist. Awards and honors include: Puffin Foundation grant recipient 2012, the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival 2014 selected librettist, Indie Boots Theater Festival Finalist & Audience Award Honorable Mention 2015, A.R.T/New York Creative Space Grant recipient 2016, MultiStage 2017 New Works Contest Semi-Finalist. Official Film Selections include: Urban Action Showcase (2016), MeccaCon International Film Festival (2016-18), Official Latino Short Film Festival (2017), The Art of Brooklyn (2018) Motif Film Festival (2018).

Director

Sandra Manzanares is an Afro-Latina writer from Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She recently received her Master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she developed her own interdisciplinary curriculum in “The Art & Science of Storytelling.” Her thesis focused on the intersection of racial trauma and comedy on television. In 2017, Sandra wrote her first short film Like Fine Silk, which she co-directed and co-produced. It has since been an official selection at over 10 film festivals nationally. Sandra has a professional background in marketing, publishing, and blogging, and has worked on a variety of film and web series sets as an Assistant Director, Producer, Casting and Talent Director, Production Coordinator, and Script Supervisor. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Producer

Viktoria I.V. King is a multi-ethnic, award-winning British-American Director, Producer, Writer and Photographer. Having directed & produced content: Theatre (Plays, Musicals, Opera workshops) & Film (award-winning Feature film & web series, a dozen short films, commercials and music videos) both in the UK and the US; she's also a former dancer and a classically trained singer & actress which all about rounds out her versatility in the arts. She's the Creative Director and Executive Producer at CYNE 59 Productions.

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