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House of Ming Launches Crowd Funding Campaign for “My First Loves”
Dominga Martin and Monty Ross Pair up for a Romantic Comedy
New York, NY Feb. 25, 2013 — Today, Dominga Martin and House of Ming Productions launched her crowd-funding campaign on the funding site IndieGoGo.com to support the production of the romantic comedy “My First Loves”. A member of New York Women in Film and Television, Martin’s 40-day IndieGoGo campaign (IndieGoGo.com/myfirstloves) will provide supporters the opportunity to contribute online at any level and ultimately receive recognition within the film’s credits.
Writer and director Dominga Martin has aligned twenty-year production vet Monty Ross as the feature film’s Producer. Ross received numerous credits as Producer on Spike Lee’s acclaimed films from “She’s Gotta Have it” and “Do The Right Thing” to “Malcolm X”.
Dominga says, “I’m very excited to direct my first feature film and share my perspective in cinema. I had a lot of fun writing “My First Loves” It is a story that is inspired by my LOVE for love stories and classic cinema. It is the first film in a long line up of movies that will be produced by my film company House of Ming and partnership with Monty Ross.”
She goes on to say, “Monty Ross read my very first feature film I’ve ever written. I’m thrilled that he’s on board to produce this film, considering the work he’s produced with Spike Lee at 40 Acres are some of my biggest inspirations. Together, we will capture the essence of the golden age of cinema with a remix.”
All donations are tax-deducible through our fiscal sponsor New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT). The fund-raising efforts are anchored by social media, the national host committee and New York Women In Film & Television. There will be off-line and on-line events (Twitter Party sponsored by IndieGoGo, Google Hangouts) etc to raise awareness and funding for “My First Loves”. To promote the campaign, Martin will appear at events in New York City. February 22-25th at the New MIST Theater is Harlem. On February 27th, a special screening of YELLOW at Brooklyn Terrace and a visit to her alma mater High School (East Boston High) to participate in a talk back for the kick off of her “Movies & Millennials” series, as part of her community give back encouraging teens and college students to follow their dreams.
Regarding the campaign, Ms. Martin states, “My First Loves” is a love story for a sexy new generation. It is cross-cultural. It’s a film that is already garnering a diverse audience and has been endorsed by some of the world’s most inspiring influencers. Together we understand that it takes a village to make a movie these days. I’m very honored to have the support of my peers in the entertainment industry.”
“My First Loves” is scheduled to begin production Summer 2013 in Atlanta, GA and New York City and is hopeful to take advantage of each state’s Entertainment Investment Acts as well as support New York City’s Made In NY Reel Jobs opportunities to employ locally.
About House of Ming
Dominga Martin is an online publisher, writer, director of short films and music videos received (rave) reviews in 2008 after the screening of “YELLOW” at BAM. The following year, a documentary she produced on immigration was invited to screen at the United Nations to open the 11th Annual African American Women in Cinema Festival. YELLOW is currently featured as part of the Creatively Speaking Series celebrating “Love Stories in Black & Brown” at the New MIST Theater in Harlem. Over the last 10 years, Martin has had published articles in Essence, Vibe, Blackfilm.com, Glam.com, Upscale in addition to her co-owned online magazine Crème Magazine.
“My First Loves” fundraiser campaign ends April 4th, 2013. To learn more visit:
Campaign Pitch Video
My First Loves
Hi, my name is Dominga Martin and I’m a writer/director who lives in Brooklyn, NY (originally from Boston). “MY FIRST LOVES” is my first feature film. I’ve been directing since 2001 after launching my boutique motion picture company House of Ming. I’ve directed short films, a documentary on immigration that was invited to screen at the United Nations and a few music videos.
My most successful music video is for GRAMMY Nominated artists The FLOCAIST and Musiq Soulchild which has been seen on all major video channels including VH-1, MTV Hive & BET. I’m very active in New York’s creative scene, my friends are diverse and life has been very exciting creatively for me. My short film YELLOW recently screened at the new MIST Theater in Harlem, celebrating love stories. I was recently featured in a photo exhibit (Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora) which celebrated the world’s most critically acclaimed writers including Sonia Sanchez, Edwidge Danticat and Esperanza Spalding. The exhibit is currently traveling and has run at New York University.
I am also a journalist and publish my very own lifestyle online publication Crème Magazine. Additionally, I’ve free-lanced for some really amazing publications such as ESSENCE, VIBE, GLAM.com, Blackfilm.com and many others. I’ve interviewed lots of celebrities, such as: Tom Cruise, Jay-Z, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett, Tyler Perry, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Russell Simmons and the list goes on and on and on…
I absolutely love journalism, however, making a feature film is my biggest DREAM!