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Blackout - A CSUN Senior Thesis

Raised toward our $35,000 Goal
21 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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When a case surrounding police brutality goes viral, it sets off a domino effect we all know too well. 

It begins with shock,

simmers into outrage,

and explodes into the demand for justice. 

But what frequently goes untold are the small stories intertwined with the push for equality:

The story of the black police officer, now seen as the enemy;

The story of trauma of having to watch police brutality on screen;

The loss of businesses, of livelihoods when protests turn into rots;



Blackout is a dramatic narrative short that explores the importance of community. 

Eddy, owner of Eddy’s Art Supply, prides his businesses on being a safe space for his community in an inner-city neighborhood in East Los Angeles. His pride and joy face an imminent threat when a traumatic police encounter involving two, young black students occurs right outside of his art supply. Makai, a promising local activist, along with his group RESIST immediately react by planning a protest, right outside of Eddy’s door. With tension brewing and a protest in the works, Eddy’s fear of losing his livelihood conflicts with his allegiance to the important cause of combating police brutality.


Your pledge could help make BLACKOUT a reality – film is a costly business, and there are thousands of elements that must come together in pre-production, on set, and in post-production in order to make the magic appear on screen.

Contributions to Blackout are 100% Tax Deductible! The California State University, Northridge Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit California corporation. 

100% of your contribution will be used for the following:

  1. Camera, Lighting, and Sound Equipment
  2. Travel Expenses
  3. Unit Van Hire
  4. Props
  5. Locations
  6. Costume
  7. Hair & Makeup
  8. Catering
  9. Post Production
    • Composing
    • Sound Design
    • Editing
    • Colour Grading
  10. Insurance
  11. Marketing
  12. Covid Mitigation
    • Covid Compliance Officer
    • PPE
    • Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies

We Care About The Safety Of Our Crew!

The safety of our cast and crew is paramount and we are dedicated to creating a COVID safe environment. Our team will strictly follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and SAG-AFTRA.

Our first goal is to make this production a 100% environmental- friendly project.


Every day on set we will be recycling items, donating uneaten food, donating wardrobe, minimizing the use of paper materials, providing reusable water bottles, and providing carpooling to all locations. Film sets are notorious for making huge amounts of waste, and Blackout aspires to be a model for sustainable film-making.



Most importantly, we want to demonstrate the importance of supporting our community. Therefore, Blackout pledges to support as many BLACK-OWNED and FEMALE-LED businesses while we gather props, wardrobe, makeup, and catering for our amazing cast and crew.

As we begin to heal, we want to be able to discuss and plan to help others in our community to heal, succeed, be represented. Our hope lies in an empowered collection of voices that can help guide us toward being the community we long to be.

"Without community, there is not liberation..." - Audre Lorde

from our crew to you..


Jelani Patterson - Writer, Director

Xu Jiao - Producer 

Kaleigh Schoen - Associate Producer


Daniel Colon - Production Manager

Yuliia Zolina - First Assistant Director | Stephen Pantess - Script Supervisor

Emily Vail - 2nd Assistant Director | Kelsey Moreno - 2nd 2nd AD


Flor Reyes Villa - Director of Photography

Mifiel Valdes - First Assistant Camera |  Selene Alvarez - Second Assistant Camera

Peter Bamboukian - Camera Operator | Hunter Colwell - DIT 

  Jose Caldera - Gaffer  |  Carlos Ramirez - Best Boy Electric

Kevin Steinfeld - Key Grip  | Emilio Zertuche - Grip 

Pedro Peteando - G&E Swing  |  Luis Herrera - G&E Swing


Rodrigo Jacome - Sound Mixer 

Diego Lopez - Boom Operator | Francisco Sabio - Sound Utility


Erika Spiteri - Editor  |  Blake Cajiao - Editor

Hector Ramirez - Editor | Ashley Yu - Post Sound


Celeste Bird - Art Director

Lucy Mouradian - Production Design  |  Alexandria Postajian - Production Design


Lana Joundi - Costume Design


Hannah Stirling - BTS Polaroids | Mario Carranza - BTS

Celeste Bird - Social Media Coordinator | Jenniffer Serrano - Storyboard Artist



Mikayla H  - Covid Compliance Officer


Casting by 

Kerry Barker Casting

Blackout could not be made without the contributions of friends and patrons! Every like, share, or dollar contributed will help us reach the goal we've set out for.  Alongside donating, it is also important for as many people as possible to spread the word about the film. You can follow us on social media to keep up with our progress as Blackout becomes a reality!

Instagram | Youtube | Facebook | Merchandise

Choose a giving level


Thank You

Any little bit helps and we appreciate yours!


Social Media Shoutout

We want to let the world know you helped support our film! You will receive a much deserved shout-out on the official Blackout Instagram and Facebook page.


Personalized Thank You Letter

A personal, unique, one of a kind thank you letter will be sent to you from our Director and crew! (Includes all previous levels)


Signed Poster

At this level, you will receive a signed poster from the cast and crew of Blackout. Included Items: Personalized Thank You Letter Social Media Shoutout


Physical Copy of Our Film

Good things come in 3 - You will receive a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the film signed by our hardworking cast and crew! Includes: Signed Poster Personalized Thank You Letter Social Media Shoutout


Special Thanks Credit

See your name in lights! Receive a 'Special Thanks' in our credits which will be shown in a private screening with our cast and crew. Includes the following: Physical Copy of Our Film Signed Poster Personal Thank You Letter Social Media Shoutout


Private Screening

In exchange for your donation we would love to offer you a private movie screening at our state-of-the-art Armer Theatre: You pick the date and time and we'll bring the movie! We will make sure your private screening is a safe, special moviegoing experience. Includes the Following: Special Thanks Credit Physical Copy of Our Film Signed Poster Personalized Thank You Letter Social Media Shoutout


Welcome to The Team!

The best of the best, you're now an Executive Producer of "Blackout" with your name in the credits! Thank you so much, you chose the most the dedicated, hardworking team to stand behind. See you on set!

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