Producer/Director, M. Asli Dukan has launched her fundraising campaign for the feature-length documentary, work-in-progress, Invisible Universe: a History of Blackness in Speculative Fiction. The crowd-funding campaign is set to raise $20,000 to cover post-production costs for the project, which Dukan has spent more than 10 years documenting.
During the production of Invisible Universe, Dukan interviewed a list of Black fantasy, horror and science fiction filmmakers, writers and artists, including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Wesley Snipes, Nichelle Nichols, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Rasheeda Phillips, Adrienne Maree Brown, Kevin Grevioux, Phil LaMarr, Jimmy Diggs, John Jennings, Dawud Anyabwile and Dwayne McDuffie.
Dukan also traveled the country, documenting key conferences, conventions, panels, performances and other events of Black speculative fiction at The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention and The Afrofuturist Affair in Philadelphia, The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture in Atlanta, The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas in Seattle, and New York Comic Con and Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The goal of Invisible Universe is to portray the ways that Black creators have always countered the erasure of Black characters in “popular” speculative fiction books and films, by creating a universe that prioritizes the Black existence in these formats. Dukan explains her dedication to and love for, Invisible Universe, a much-anticipated documentary project, with a quote from the late, great Black speculative fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler.
When asked why she wrote speculative fiction, Butler replied, “I was trying to write myself in.”
All monies raised in the IndieGoGo campaign will go toward hiring an editor and acquiring the equipment to complete a rough cut of Invisible Universe by the end of May 2014. Donations are tax-deductible through Fractured Atlas.