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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:

Chapter 1: Wham! 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 and Crew of "Wham!" first chapter of Cold Sweat

THE ENGAGEMENT:

Your Hood - our team collaborates and incorporates students, teachers and community leaders in the production process through cameos, featured art or music and working with local vendors. For our first chapter we are collaborating 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.

Our food sponsors

Your Screening - completion of each episode results in a community screening and Q&A to facilitate inter-generational discussions. Our inaugural screenings will take place at JHS 218 Middle School and the People's Theater Project.

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 2007, 43.5 percent of the students attending K–12 schools in the United States were of color (School Data Direct 2008).
  • 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

We are currently in post production for our first chapter "Wham!", and raising funds through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. Our goal is $6,000 and your contributions will go towards post production costs and helping us set up free screenings for schools and families all around the city beginning 2019.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation please click on the button below. If you are a business interested in making an in-kind donation please contact us at info@wi-motonyoka.com.

Follow us for updates, interviews and upcoming screenings on IG, FB or Snapchat @ColdSweatNow

THE TEAM

Creator/Writer/Co-Producer

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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