Award-winning director and philanthropist Elizabeth Blake-Thomas will provide up to 350 jobs to freelance gig workers in the film industry after raising funds for her Project Phoenix pledge campaign, a collaboration with Elizabeth’s film production company, Mother & Daughter Entertainment, with the crowdfunding site Seed&Spark. Her 30-day campaign was launched May 1st, 2020. Celebrities Don Most, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Joe Coleman have joined her team to share and build job creation awareness due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and to get involved with either directing the films and/or participating in them.
Since gig workers are struggling to afford paying their everyday bills, Project Phoenix may give them hope to find work again (Staff will also have mentors). Project Phoenix consists of producing eight SAG ultra-low budget feature films. It will employ all department types, from directors all the way down to production assistants. Each film’s budget is $250K, with the pledging goal of Project Phoenix totaling to 2 million dollars to be raised in 30 days to fund all eight films. Elizabeth Blake-Thomas will oversee all projects, pro-bono, while only using pledging funds to employ creative film staff. Virtual pre-production will begin once funds are pledged, immediately providing paychecks to freelance gig workers, thus giving back to a society that is barely staying afloat. Project Phoenix is also a platform to produce new and needed entertainment content that brings hope, inspiration, and positive messages to all during these unsteady times.
“I am so very happy to be part of Phoenix Project. This will greatly help the entertainment community during these trying and unusual times. I look forward to working with Elizabeth, contributing in making good movies and helping to get people working again,” said Don Most
Don Most is known for his role as “Ralph” in the long running TV series “Happy Days”. He has worked with such talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Most has been in a reoccurring role in the TV hit show, “Glee”, as well as, starring roles in indie films “The Yankles”, “Chez Upshaw” and “Campin’ Buddies”. Most’s other feature film credits include “ED TV”, directed by Ron Howard; “Crazy Mama”, directed by Jonathan Demme, and “The Great Buck Howard”, starring John Malkovich. Most is also the Director of feature films “The Last Best Sunday”, “Moola”, and “Harley’s Hill”. As well as directing and acting, Most continues his love of music, and recently, performed at “Catalina’s Jazz Club” in Hollywood and “Vitello’s Jazz Club” in Studio City, CA.
“Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is making reality a true democracy in media creation; A service to global economic storytelling and giving those in desperate need jobs and a leadership lifeline,” said Patrick Kilpatrick
Patrick Kilpatrick’s career spans every facet of media & entertainment, from being a Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor to owning his own company. He is in lead acting roles in top films by Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Antoine Fuqua, to mention a few. His action appearances alone, offer collaboration with the Who’s Who of Hollywood & International Elite, such as Naomi Watts, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun-Fat, and much more. He is CEO of his global media company, Uncommon Dialogue.
“As I think about my team and my lack of ability to provide work for them because of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, I realize that Project Phoenix is the “out of the box” solution, as they seek to provide creative work for freelance gig workers and other film industry professionals who are living day to day without an opportunity to earn a living. I am excited to be involved with such a worthy project. Through a series of eight low-budget films, Project Phoenix will open a “new” door to a “safe and sustainable” work environment during this time,” said Joe Coleman
Joe Coleman is an accomplished musician, singer, actor, and performer. He is a theatrical composer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Coleman was a member of the group ‘The Platters’ for 23 years and he regularly performed at the Sahar Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, singing numerous number one hits including “Only You”, “My Prayer”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, and “The Great Pretender”, and more. Coleman has also performed with renowned legends Barbara Streisand, Ben E. King, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, and Lou Rawls.
Project Phoenix’s Board Members, a seasoned group of entertainment industry professionals include: Mother & Daughter Entertainment Team Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, Isabella Blake-Thomas, Taryn Kinney, and Chandler Kinney; Emmy-Nominated Director and Producer Sean McNamara; Emmy-winning Film and Television Producer Cindy Cowan; Film and Television Producer and Marketing Specialist Lauren Magura; Philanthropist and Fashion Designer Nancy Vuu; Film Producer and Sales Agent Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard; Humanitarian and Communications Manager Tracy Saunders; and Influencer and Philanthropist Alli Simpson.
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