Ayi Jihu launched her Fear Chaser Kickstarter project today and to celebrate the launch of a 45 day promotion to raise funds for the Fear Chaser Short Movie Ayi Jihu has released brand new photos that she calls her Sexy Fear Chaser side.
We spoke to Ayi Jihu about Fear Chaser, Kickstarter and why she is doing what she is doing? ‘We have been talking to many people about the Fear Chaser movie and it has just grown and grown. We have some star names interested in it now, but we found the whole world of film making and production daunting and full of sharks. It is important to us to get this movie made the way we want it to be made. So Stevie came up with the idea of making a short movie first. He has plently of experience with videos and short movies having made dozens over the years, very good ones too. It seemed to make more sense to do something we could control more to get this rolling in the right way.’ We had no idea Fear Chaser would take off so fast and grow so big! 25 million kids playing the online game just threw us completely! We knew it was a good idea, but we did not expect this, now we are trying to play catch up and stay on top of it as it grows. The game was great exposure for Fear Chaser and we worked with AQW.com to make it happen, and licensed it to them for a time, to use for free. Now we want to build on all of that and fulfill Fear Chasers potential.
When we started looking at raising the money needed for the short movie we realized that we would need help. The animation side of the project is very expensive. The look and feel of this is going to be very different from the trailer, we are stepping it up quite a bit and we are working with Award winning Director Wayne Campbell who has some amazing ideas. Several people in Hollywood told us about Kickstarter. They told us if you have a good project it’s a good way to get it funded and get people involved. We looked into it and found it was right for us. What I love about Kickstarter is it gives all my friends, fans and followers a chance to be a part of what I am doing. It is the best way yet that I have seen of doing this. This really appealed to both Stevie and I as we work with many people and like the idea of collaboration and integration.
How does it work?
It’s simple really people go on Kickstarter.com and look at projects looking for funding or support and pledge anything from $1.00 up to whatever to that project. Depending on what you pledge there are rewards ranging from Exclusive photos, DVD’s and merchandise to parts, Executive production credits and invitations to the premier. I don’t want to spoil it by telling everyone what we are offering, but I feel it will appeal to all sorts of people those with $1 and those with a bit more, at least I hope so. Another good thing is that people can get a great overview of the project and comment. I think it appeals to people who want to be a part of something rather than just be a watcher. Now all my fans, follower and friends can actually support me and see their names in the credits for the movie, actually be a part of something great.
What can you tell us about the Short Movie?
I have to be careful because I do not want to give too much away just yet. I told you before that Award winning director Wayne Campbell will be directing the movie. He is also working with Myself and Stevie on the Script. We are going to be shooting mostly in North America, we may shoot in Canada. The styling and costumes are going to done by fantastic Native American designer Angela DeMontigny. I am really excited about working with her. We met while I was in Canada and she like me is part of A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc. I can tell you there will be loads of action, martial arts and animation, fused with music and dance and I can also tell you that the short movie will concentrate on the birth of Fear Chaser, but more than that I cannot say right now. We want to get it done and launch it in Palm Springs by November so it’s all hands to the pump!
What would you like to say to your fans?
Nothing I have not already said really. Support us, help us make this happen and stay in control and be a part of something. So many people are working so hard for and around me and many of them are doing it out of love or belief as well as they see it as a way to help them reach their goals too. I have real people around me pushing me, guiding me, helping me every step of the way.
I am always on the phone to my vocal coach and artist development mentor JR Skeete trying to improve my skills as a singer, performer and entertainer. I am not sure how he puts up with me but he is always there for me. Everyone knows about Stevie Eagle E and what he does, the guy just does not stop working, without him we would have nothing. Natalie Tibbs makes sure everything is top notch and we are protected and she worked hard on the Fear Chaser project to make sure it was presented correctly. Michael Frydrych has helped us get much of what we need for the making of the movie and has got us distribution too, He is always there for us and we shall be holding the launch at his Cinema. James womack, Amado Salinas, Michael Ellman are all working very hard on this project. I know i’m reeling of names now but the more I think about it the more people I want to mention and thank, like Denzil Roberts from Fabulous 100 who is always there making things happen, keeping me Gucci and working my PR, Simon Goldring our Lawyer, Cynthia Lee and John Burke who help us keep everything on point and Crazy Amadu who is working on the music with us. Then we have Lesley Alexander who makes sure we keeping within our financial boundaries and working efficiently, She is no ordinary accountant I can tell you! Trust me I could go on without all of these people, My fellow women of Action Catherine Anne Clark and others I have not mentioned I could not function and do what I do. Most of these people are helping us and working with us to achieve their goals and ours and now I am giving anyone who wants a chance to be a part of this an opportunity through Kickstarter.
It’s so easy people just have to go to kickstarter and check it out it’s a few minutes of their time.
In her first in depth interview since landing in the United States Ayi Jihu speaks to Skip Fredicks about her life, her reason for being in America and her work from the tranquil location of Los Arboles Hotel in Palm Springs.
For More information on Ayi Jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
On the way to the Cinema they witnessed what seem to be Huge Sand Storms twisting in front of them.
It was not long before the twisting Sandstorms in the distance where right upon them. ‘It was a bit scary’ Ayi said. ‘The car was swerving a bit and Rage was really trying to keep it under control, When the sandstorms hit the car you could feel and hear it. It was like someone pouring salt all over the car at speed. The crazy thing was as scary as it was it was so very beautiful too. You just could not stop looking at the beauty the weather was creating, from rainbows to dramatic godly skies, we just kept point things out to each other.’
Ayi Continued: ‘When we got back to the hotel it was a mess. The whole town was a mess. Lights out, trees down, debris all over the place. Wow Palm Springs took a bit of a battering!’
Ayi Jihu said the movie was worth the drive although when they were going to the cinema they considered turning back. As luck would have it they did the right thing as the storm was heading into Palm Springs and Banning was hardly touched by it.
The staff at Los Arboles hotel worked around the clock to return the boutique Hotel to its former glory.
For more information on Ayi Jihu please check her website www.ayijihu.com.
Chinese international Star Ayi Jihu and Hollywood star Terrence Howard Stole the show at the annual ‘Classy Party’ in Rancho Mirage. Terrence Howard who is promoting his new Movie Red Tails met up with Ayi Jihu at the event and the two visibly hit it off. Ayi Jihu is an admire of Terrence Howard and that morning watched his latest movie Red Tails at the beautifully refurbished 1920′s Fox Cineplex in Banning owned by her friend and part of her American team Michael Frydrych.
Ayi Jihu is a big fan of cultural, international and black movies and has spoken out recently on the need to preserve and promote these types of movies in Hollywood. Ayi Jihu who is working on her own Global and Movie project Fear Chaser is hoping to use a cultural and international cast in Fear Chaser.
We briefly spoke to Ayi Jihu about Terrence Howard at the Party and She told us: “It was quite bizarre watching him on the big screen a few hours ago and then meeting him in the flesh. I loved the Movie Red Tails, I walked out of the cinema crying and that does not happen to often. Terrence is a really nice man and we spoke about the movie and a few other things and lets leave it at that.”
Ayi Jihu is in Palm Springs for the Film festival (as well as establishing her North American team ahead of her push into the United states) was accompanied by Stevie Eagle E, Photographer Salvatore Tangorre, Amado Salinas and Rage Richardson from Operation Smoke Free. Ayi Jihu is also speaking to children as representative of ‘A Celebration of Women Foundation Inc‘ on the benefits of perseverance and working hard using her Fear Chaser project to ram home the message that fear prevents us from achieving.
For more information on Ayi Jihu vist her website www.Ayijihu.com
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Chinese star Ayi Jihu met with Motown Legend Gladys Knight at the Agua Casino in Palm Springs. Ayi Jihu met with Gladys Knight and the two spent some time together before her show at the beautiful Agua Casino.
Some of the biggest names in show business play at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. We spoke briefly with Ayi Jihu after the show. “It was a fantastic show, I have never seen her live before, in fact to be honest I have not seen much of her before, but I found I knew so many of her songs. I was supposed to meet with her in Wales UK around a month ago When James Womack hooked it up with her road management Larry Ward and due to my schedule I could not make it down to her show there. So when James Womack got in touch with us and told us they would be in Palm Springs the same time as me I was so excited. Meeting her was just amazing, it was short but very sweet, she is so kind and giving and she was very nice to me. She is a fantastic performer and singer and the stories she tells on stage are fantastic too. I learnt so much from watching her perform and being around her. I hope one day to be half as good as she is.”
Ayi continued: “The Agua has a wonderful arena for artists, one of the best I have ever seen and heard. I have now seen several desert casinos and they are all very, very nice. I hope I get to perform at these Casinos in the near future. If you come to LA or Palm Springs you gotta check out some of these desert Casinos. I know everyone thinks Vegas is the place and it is fantastic I have been there many times, but there are some great Casinos and shows in the desert too.
I want to say a special thank you to James Womack, Larry Ward and Michael Frydrych for making this happen. I am blessed to have a wonderful team.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
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