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.
written by Adetoro Makinde
Based on a true story set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a disillusion Marine veteran John Keller must confront his inner demons and a racial standoff to save people trapped in his apartment building before violence erupts or worse...
"Wow. THE AMERICAN CAN is built on such a powerful core group of characters. John Keller is an extraordinarily sympathetic protagonist fighting internal wars on multiple fronts. The diverse cast offers a deep thematic look at a cross section of racism in the American South against an evocative backdrop in which people tend to show their true colors. But there's nuance here too, as in the way Keller and the black community are so nonchalant toward the impending storm, as if some of them had a choice to leave at all. Overall, the piece is highly cinematic, driven by a singular emotional core and a stylistic verisimilitude in its mixed media approach."
THE BLACK LIST
More about John Keller and project currently seeking financing at www.JohnCanManKeller.com
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
Western cinema boasts a rich history of characters from the criminal underground (you can count more whores and hustlers than chocolatiers or florists, certainly), but working girls and gangsters aren’t the only worthy subjects. We sometimes forget, the beauty of the everyday makes rich material too. Adetoro, incandescent and softly triumphant, carries the light of her experience with grace. Here’s her story... continue
Screenplay Trends on the Top List of
The Black List
The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 400 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 53 Academy Awards from 262 nominations, including 4 of the last 10 Best Picture Oscars and 10 of the last 22 Best Screenplay Oscars.
The Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 55,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 85,000 script evaluations. Fewer than 5% of the scripts hosted on the site have received an overall score of 8 or above.
The American Can is one of those few.
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
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, Victoria, 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/
It began as a simple Saturday morning when I volunteered to spend the day with a remarkable 13 year old boy. Born at just 23 weeks and weighing 1 pound, his head was the size of an egg. If he survived the night, the doctors said he would live in a vegetative state without the ability to see, speak or think - but he proved them wrong.
Inspired by his wisdom, I took guerilla filmmaking to another level. Armed only with my personal Samsung S2 cellphone, I began shooting and knew I needed to share more of his story. And in the end, it was Tyrese who taught me...
"There's no such thing as a bad day. It's just that some days are more challenging than others."
life calls for attitude
While keeping steadfast to bring the story of John Keller and his heroics in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the big screen, I had the opportunity to produce a segment of this inspiring short documentary spotlighting three heroes:
A firefighter from South Africa
A coal miner from Chile
A retired Recon Marine from New Orleans
It's never too late to be a voice of change and define the legacy you will leave behind.
As an Impact Producer, I brought Participant Media and Sunshine Cinema together to showcase The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind in Southern Africa, and couldn't be more thrilled by the results. Through my Hyphenate Africa platform, I continue to champion empowering stories from, for and about Africans to inspire the world.
Sunshine Cinema with their team of Sunbox Ambassadors share films with communities across Southern Africa using solar powered cinema.
A weekly podcast that looks at the dynamics of the Global African Diaspora with guest Adetoro Makinde