BACKDOOR FILMS was formed on May 19, 2000 sharing the day with a creative spirit who evoked the phrase, "By Any Means Necessary." With this understanding, Backdoor Films embraced the notion that when you can't get through the front door of opportunity, you have to make a way out of no way.
As an independent award-winning film and television production company, develops and produces creative content for a global market. With over 15 years of production, Backdoor Films has strategically built it's presence with a slate of award-winning short film projects. Garnering critical industry exposure, projects have premiered at leading film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, AFI, Cannes, Toronto and subsequently acquired interest through partnerships with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Universal Studios, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, BET, Sundance Channel and the History Channel.
As a successful, minority and woman-owned business, Backdoor Films is uniquely poised to create diverse content that is lacking within the entertainment industry. With a new emerging American and global audiences yearning to see their experiences represented, BdF wants to create opportunities on both sides of the camera and stage. Additionally, we are committed to bringing forth a renewed vision on African narratives and the Diaspora through our newly formed subsidiary Hyphenate Partners a U.S. and Pan African partnership comprised and driven primarily by African Women, who collectively bring twenty-five years of film making experience. Our creative dream in reshaping the hierarchy, is ultimately an act of social justice. As Disruptors, we've embarked on a clear vision of leadership and ownership, to re-imagine and energize storytelling in Africa and the Diaspora. Ensuring the highest levels of production, our partnership brings the best of our worlds to a fully-fledged company, producing in-house independent and commercial projects from script to screen.
With our focus to develop projects that are artistically compelling and socially significant, to empower and create inclusive opportunities for Women and People of Color, we are here to make a difference.
THE POWER OF FILM FOR A CAUSE
ANGELS FOR ENDO WARRIORS
When a family member shares she's been silently suffering from pain for 20 years, you become a different kind of Angel for a cause that needs a bigger voice.
As a filmmaker, this short video is the most important project I've done to date. My Sister has been a silent sufferer of the debilitating medical condition Endometriosis that on the inside has turned her laughter into unimaginable pain. The worst part is she isn't alone. Millions of afflicted girls and women around the world have been betrayed by the health community who ignore the real life altering affect of Endometriosis.
Watch the video, share with your community and be
An Angel for Endo Warriors.
Excerpt from the https://www.endowhat.com/
THE AMERICAN CAN
Based on a true story, five days after Hurricane Katrina, John Keller, a ex-marine, risks his life for the safety and rescue of people trapped in his building.
I AM AN AFRICAN
A documentary series highlighting the lives of Africans who have garnered attention and achievements on a global platform with narratives chronicling their lives as well as how being African played a role in their journey.
A true story set against the backdrop of Apartheid, a Coloured Woman seeks to reclaim a family legacy, and against all odds, invests in the elite and South African wine industry.
IN THE NEWS
A Dutch stranger’s curiosity was drawing him a little too close to an art installation. Wanting to look behind the curtain and decode the illusion, he teetered on the edge of setting off alarms. I noticed him because I too was attempting to see the mechanics behind the magic, albeit, less boldly. Our shared intrigue led to conversation. I turned my attention away from the work of art and began to unravel the mystery of the man... continue
Shadow and Act was present during a conversation at MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival where Ejiofor sat down to chat with producer Adetoro Makinde about The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, his journey to bring it to the big screen, and why stories like these need a platform... continue
Expanding the Narrative Voice of African Storytellers
through Hyphenate Partners
Building on the concept of artist having a solid multi-hyphenate understanding, Hyphenate Partners invited mid-level South African based Producers, Writers and Directors to a 5-day Masterclass workshops for film and television taking place at the AFDA Campus in Johannesburg. Led by U.S. based filmmaker Adetoro Makinde of Hyphenate Partners | Backdoor Films and U.S. Director, Hanelle Culpepper (the first woman to direct a Star Trek franchise "Picard"), the Hyphenate Fellows were introduced to critical skills needed to strengthen the presentation of themselves and their projects for market... continue
Nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, Critically Acclaimed HBO Films’
"The Tale" Premieres in South Africa
According to Impact Producers for South Africa, Adetoro Makinde and Bridget Pickering of Hyphenate Partners, “Jennifer Fox has expressed a deep interest and affection for presenting this courageous film to the region. With global movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp; and the most recent launch of the #MiniMeToo campaign by the Women and Men Against Child Abuse organisation in South Africa, we believed this film can be a gateway to a much-needed conversation in South Africa and other parts of the world.” continue
Women Taking Leadership in New Global Fund Backing Female Filmmakers and Their Diverse Stories
The Sundance| Blackhouse Foundation launch event also brings an example of that leadership presented by Adetoro Makinde (Hyphenate Partners) and Bridget Pickering (Moon Valley Studios) who have joined forces in launching a women-led South African film studio, dedicated to empowering the new generation of African talent and the Diaspora. “As co-sponsors of this important conversation, we strongly believe in the vision of women owning their voice and leveling the playing field. The MVS and Hyphenate partnership is a step towards ensuring that vision with women drives the agenda of change"... continue
A weekly podcast that looks at the dynamics of the Global African Diaspora with interviews of fascinating people, living creative lives, involved in creating sustainable communities. Featured Guest: Adetoro Makinde