HBCU Grads Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for New Web Series

July 23, 2018

August 13, 2018

12:00 am To 12:00 am

Los Angeles, CA, USA


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Everyone comes from all corners of the world to LA and they all do it to chase their dreams. We’re telling this story because it’s a hilariously humbling take on the realities of what chasing a dream looks like. Does Marcus Downer have what it takes to keep pushing? This campaign is raising funds to finish 8 episodes of Marcus Downer’s story – an age old tale of going after what you want and the many obstacles that come along the way. We are asking for your help to make that happen!

A superstitious screenwriter from Chicago hits a wall after his tyrannical boss derails his Hollywood dreams in JU-ju, a new web series created by actor and producer Jason Mimms and Visual Effects Executive Producer Lauren F. Ellis. The creative duo launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to tell a story that inspires people to pursue their dreams while finding humor in unfortunate circumstances.

The campaign seeks to raise $60K to complete the filming and production  before the series premieres this fall. JU-ju tells the story of a man who blames his career misfortunes on a childhood encounter with a voodoo priestess and rediscovers his past for answers. Mimms and Ellis combine their knowledge of the entertainment industry and their personal experiences to breathe life into this timeless tale of chasing success. “I want people to face their own demons like comedy has done for me,” says Mimms, who moved to Los Angeles from the South Side of Chicago in 2011.

Those interested in supporting JU-ju should visit, https://igg.me/at/jujuseries, to learn more about the series, watch the trailer and get behind the scenes commentary from the cast and crew.

Jason Mimms earned his bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, where he studied theatre arts. His most prominent theatrical performances include Robey Theatre Company’s Knock Me A Kiss and The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel. He is best known in film and television for his performances in Laff Tracks, Boy Bye, Almost Nowhere and Hell Date. Mimms debuts his writing and directing as Showrunner of JU-ju.

JU-ju is the first episodic project from Finding Freddie Media, founded by Lauren F. Ellis from Alexandria, Virginia. “I’m telling this story because it’s a hilariously humbling take on the realities of what chasing a dream looks like.” Ellis earned her master’s of fine arts from the Academy of Art University and her bachelor’s in print journalism from Hampton University. She has been credited in a number of hit television shows including Queen Sugar, The Affair, Shooter, Ballers and movie Fruitvale Station.

How to Register?

Visit, to support young creators and to watch the official trailer: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ju-ju-the-series-youtube-love#/

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