We’re at the beginning of a Black Renaissance. We’ve had shows of political fixers, leading lawyers, head residents and doctors, and private investigators. We’ve also had real-life stories of math whizzes leading the space race and great athletes who broke racial barriers. We’ve even had our own fictional country untouched by colonialism and led by a thoughtful and just king. What we haven’t seen is a true black romance, not riddled with stereotypes and relationship-breaking drama, such as infidelity, nagging male-emasculation, and cat-fighting. We’ve been missing black love with four-dimensional characters who experience the fullness of life.

This is no accident. The McKinsey report, released March 2021, breaks down how Hollywood’s neglect of diversity and inclusive storytelling (above-the-line and below-the-line) affects its bottom line to the tune of $10B despite the numerical proof that films with Black leads often outperform those without. Instead of focusing on inclusive storytelling that displays Black people in non-stereotypical roles, Hollywood looks “for Wakanda or poverty, with no in-between.”

ONE-NIGHT STAND is a romantic comedy that seeks to fill that void by sharing a story of life and love that is often untold. In this story, the topic tackled is about pursuing the life and love you want. This is amplified through the characters’ fear of repeating their parents’ mistakes, leading to settling for an unfulfilled life and their fight to find happiness.

The protagonist and antagonist’s journey begins as best friends attempting to fix the problem of their accidental pregnancy by creating a bigger problem, locking themselves in what becomes a loveless marriage. When one wants out, the other has to learn how to let go and love themselves.

In today’s society, many of the black households (72%) are led by single, unmarried, or divorced mothers. As black American and single mothers ourselves, we’ve been wanting to see a realistic portrayal of black people falling in love and having their happily ever after (for now). But dreaming of marriage and committed love appears to be just that– a dream. The societal message given in and out of black culture is that black women are undeserving and that committed love is out of reach, which leads some women to marry the wrong man for them just to be married. Black women need to not only know but also see that they matter and love is attainable without having to change who they are to get it.

This is explored in the themes found in ONE-NIGHT STAND. There’s a coming of age theme represented in the protagonist’s growth in her relationships with her mother and herself. There’s a redemption theme found in the mending of the protagonist and antagonist’s tumultuous relationship. And there’s the dismantling of the strong black woman archetype as evidenced by the protagonist’s friendships and self-discovery.

Given that the focus in black culture has been centered around helping black men feel appreciated and loved, it’s time the black woman feels the same way. Black men need to see that it’s more than okay to love black women as they are with their strengths and weaknesses. ONE-NIGHT STAND is the visual of that, one the world needs to see.
It is time that Black-led films find an equal footing with non-Black-led films in both on-screen/off-screen representation and funding. You can help us fulfill our mission and make this vision reality by investing in One Night Stand the Film, LLC. Not only will your investment be appreciated, it will also go a long way in being part of the solution to Hollywood’s long-standing diversity, equity, and inclusion problem.
Investment: One Night Stand the Film, LLC is presently seeking equity financing to fund the production of a feature length romantic dramedy entitled, ONE-NIGHT STAND. This film is budgeted at $3,200,000, which includes Prints and Advertising based on a distribution model with a Digital Cinema Distributor and streaming. Traditionally a distributor will demand 40 – 60% of the profits so the producer’s net reflects the difference. Investors will recoup 110% of their investment before any profits are distributed. After that point, all of the Producer’s Net Profit will be split 50/50 with 50% being distributed to the investors on a pro-rata basis and the other 50% going to the production entity.