Author Kamichi Jackson Puts Movie Script Up for Auction on eBay

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Second-time author takes a creative approach to raising funds for several upcoming literary and musical projects

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s what author Kamichi Jackson decided when she recently put an original, un-produced movie script (for a project entitled “On the Dotted Line”) up for auction on eBay. ‘Everything Else>Weird Stuff>Slightly Unusual’ is the only category under which she could rightly post such an item.

“This is definitely an unconventional approach,” admits Jackson, who has recently also become a member of the prestigious National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment. “But I’m discovering that sometimes you have to think outside the box to make things happen. Up until now, nothing else I’ve tried has worked. Surely this can’t hurt.”

If it sounds as if Jackson is anxious to unload the script, it’s because she is. Currently at work on her first novel (‘The Brownstone’), this second-time author (her first published title is a chapter book entitled ‘You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown’) is finding herself unable to devote the time and effort she’d like to the project.

“The further along I get in writing ‘The Brownstone’, the more I realize what an important work this will be for me. This is the book that says ‘this girl can write’! I want to put my all into it, but to do so I need to be able to write full-time. That’ll allow me to keep my creativity flowing so that I can complete this and other projects in the works.”

Those other projects include additional installments in the Reggie Brown Series; a children’s internet series called 'HyperLinc' that she’s developing as her contribution to bridging the gap in the “Digital Divide”; a studio CD she’s currently producing and recording to accompany ‘The Brownstone’, and a reality-TV project (‘The Jump Off’) she’s developing and shopping around to networks.

“If a production company purchases my script, it’ll cover living expenses for the next year so that I can write full-time. It’ll also cover production expenses for reprint copies of my first book as well as publication of this second book, and travel expenses that will be incurred as I tour in support of both titles. With my first book, I was able to participate in a few local events, as well as do several book signings. I’ve had a taste of the type of life that I want as a writer, so I’m going for it. Selling this script would give me what I need to do that. I’m hoping some visionary will either purchase it with the intention of making the movie, which I’d really love to see happen, or purchase it because they enjoy my work and want to make an investment in my talents as a whole.”

Be assured Jackson isn’t looking for a handout.

“’On the Dotted Line’ is a legitimately great story. It’s a romantic comedy set in the R&B music industry and the characters are urban professionals, very much like those found in ‘Two Can Play That Game’ and ‘Brown Sugar’. The formula has been set and my movie follows it. The story already has enough character development and plot twists to hold an audience’s interest through to the end, but if you were to add to it a rewrite or two by someone like Mark Brown, Rick Famuyiwa or Michael Elliot, another box office hit could easily be achieved. It’s the type of movie many of us want to see—just look at the dollars the above movies brought in. ‘On the Dotted Line’ fits right up there with them.”

Production companies interested in bidding should visit the eBay website, contact Ms. Jackson directly at (703) 625-0279 or direct a written request to onthedottedline@kamichijackson.com for more info.

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