kickstart proposal draft
Screenplay Contest ("Contest") to produce inspirational Jamaican-produced biopic "Queen Nanny" about "Nanny of the Maroons" - the Jamaican national her and one of the earliest guerilla fighters in the America. After being taken from her native Ghana, Nanny escaped captivity outside Port Royal and escaped with other Maroons to the Blue Mountains. There, she served as a strategist, physical and spiritual healer, for more than 30 years, helping to build self-suficient communities and working to free at least 800 slaves from the English controlled plantations.
Charles Nesson Fri 14 Nov 2014 8:37PM
hank you, andy, for an excellent start. hello jason. may i introduce you both to the growing team here, students dakotah burns, abhishek banerjee-shukla, and robert fountain, and to the harvardx team for our jamaica project, lisa brem and saptarishi bandopadhyay.
Andy Herz Sun 16 Nov 2014 2:23AM
Greetings Dakotah, Abhishek, Robert, Lisa, Saptarishi - and Anthony -
As always, you field a fine team. Glad to see the scope of our talents matches the reach of this project's ambitions. My draft was just the kickoff document with much room to improve and grow.
Look forward to hearing everyone's vision and specific ideas on the screenplay and broader project.
Dakotah Burns Mon 17 Nov 2014 2:22AM
Thanks for all your work on this project, Andy. Abhishek and I have started working on a script treatment for a Nanny film, which may become less relevant after you receive quality full-length screenplays via the contest (we have no background in scriptwriting). Nevertheless, our work on the treatment has alerted us to some interesting questions that will undoubtedly crop up in any film about Nanny. In part because there is so little information in the historical record about her, it seems that the screenplay will have to take some creative liberties in order to flesh out the story. In particular, we've found that there is a lot of conflicting information surrounding the "bookends" of Nanny's life:
1) There are several different accounts of Nanny's arrival in Jamaica; some say she came as a free woman with slaves of her own, but others suggest that she came as a slave and escaped from captivity at some point thereafter, either by jumping off a slave ship or escaping a plantation.
2) Regarding Nanny's death, some records suggest she was killed before the treaty was ever signed, while others say that she lived to an old age.
Abhishek and I are conflicted about the extent to which a Nanny film should try to hew as closely as possible to the most historically accurate account of her life, as opposed to the most cinematic account. It would be much more dramatic, for example, to say that Nanny came to Jamaica as a slave, escaped, and was killed before the treaty was signed, but I don't know how the Maroons would feel about that version of the story.
We'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts.
Charles Nesson Mon 17 Nov 2014 2:31AM
Nanny came to Jamaica as a slave, escaped, and was killed before the treaty was signed:)
Andy Herz Mon 17 Nov 2014 4:01AM
This is fascinating Charlie:
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The Council of Overseas Maroons, Inc.
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Brooklyn, NY 11225
For about 18 years, I lived a block from this home/address in Brooklyn.
Andy Herz Mon 17 Nov 2014 4:13AM
Some preliminary notes on potential contributors and inspiration. Anthony has already reached out, I believe, with Roy Anderson, whose production company - Action 4 Reel Filmworks, may have begun a Nanny documentary.
Andy Herz Wed 19 Nov 2014 11:04AM
Have spoken with anthony and we would like to schedule skype or other connection with Roy anderson for this week. Charlie let's discuss best approach and find time Thursday or Friday if possible. /andy
Charles Nesson · Fri 14 Nov 2014 8:34PM
Andy Herz is the author of this draft.