About the 360 Incubator +
360 Incubator + is back with a call for submissions open now. In its third year, 360 Incubator + is one of Black Public Media’s innovative programs designed to bring filmmakers representing an array of styles, interests and creative approaches into the public media community. Ten projects (nonfiction feature length or limited series films) that are currently in the pre-production phase will be selected to participate in the program that kicks off this fall and concludes with an opportunity to pitch funders at BPM’s pitchBLACK in April 2019. The 360 Incubator, an intensive hands-on training residency, provides media-makers with tailored instruction to address needs specific to each project. With the guidance of a media professional mentor and group workshops, training is provided in targeted areas such as proposal development, script writing, fundraising, understanding the business, distribution options, outreach, and more. Every participant completes the Incubator with a pilot or funding reel, a full project proposal, and a robust fundraising strategy. Past 360 projects have secured distribution deals with PBS Digital and World.
Congratulations to all of our 360 Fellows!
2016 Funded Projects
Chef Ricky by Shirlette Ammons is a hybrid cooking/reality series following former “Iron Chef” contestant Ricky Moore, who moves his wife and two kids from the big city of Washington, D.C. back to his home state of North Carolina to turn the gems of his rural raising into an urban culinary enterprise in Durham.
So Young, So Pretty, So White
Examining the lives of several compelling men and women from across the globe, So Young, So Pretty, So White by Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Christiana Mbakwe is a window into the often-secret world of skin bleaching, unmasking what drives people to lighten their skin. The series delves into the lives of those who adhere to the practice—the lure of lighter skin and the challenges to sustain it transcend national borders—and exposes multinational corporations who exploit regional discrimination against people with darker skin tones.
Read Awakening by Dominique Taylor and Stephanie Fields blends entertainment and education for adults to continue a love for reading beyond our formative years. This imaginative, intellectual series encourages mature audiences to share the gift of reading with each other.
2015 Funded Projects
My Africa Is
My Africa Is by Nosarieme Garrick and Hassatou Diallo is a broadcast TV series spotlighting an Africa beyond the headlines, and offering a balanced view of the continent. We meet a new generation of African innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs who are making a difference. (Pilot had its broadcast premiere on AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange on February 15, 2016.)
Street Cred by Sultan Sharrief and Oren Goldenberg is a broadcast TV series and reality competition show challenging Detroit high school students to learn entertainment producing skills in order to vie for a chance at a dream internship. (In production — scheduled for fall release.)
POPS + Life
POPS + Life by Garland McLaurin and Jason Samuels is a documentary web series that offers a humorous, enlightening and engaging exploration of fatherhood as experienced by three African-American men living in Miami, Atlanta and Detroit, who differ in backgrounds and lifestyles. (In production — scheduled for spring release.)
Pixie Dust by Damon Colquhoun and Shertease Wheeler is a scripted web series about a teen girl, Faye, with magical powers to quell the mental illness in her mother. (In production — scheduled for spring release.)