Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project Review: Arriving on Netflix TODAY, Definitive Nina Simone Documentary, 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Review: Arriving on Netflix TODAY, Definitive Nina Simone Documentary, 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Fried Chicken & Drugs: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Writer Charla Lauriston Creates the Anti-­Strong Black Woman in 'Clench & Release' Fried Chicken & Drugs: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Writer Charla Lauriston Creates the Anti-­Strong Black Woman in 'Clench & Release' A Muscle-Bound Michael B. Jordan Hitting a Speed Bag w/ Stallone's Encouragement in Pic from 'Creed' A Muscle-Bound Michael B. Jordan Hitting a Speed Bag w/ Stallone's Encouragement in Pic from 'Creed' Greetings From 'The Walking Dead: Season 6' Set as Daryl Plants an Unexpected Kiss on Michonne Greetings From 'The Walking Dead: Season 6' Set as Daryl Plants an Unexpected Kiss on Michonne Taraji P. Henson Books Lead in 'Hunger Games' Producer's Directorial Debut, ‘The Best Of Enemies’ Taraji P. Henson Books Lead in 'Hunger Games' Producer's Directorial Debut, ‘The Best Of Enemies’ PBS Yanks Ben Affleck 'Finding Your Roots' Episode + Puts Off 3rd & 4th Seasons Until Editorial Standards Improve PBS Yanks Ben Affleck 'Finding Your Roots' Episode + Puts Off 3rd & 4th Seasons Until Editorial Standards Improve Here's Your First Look At Taye Diggs in the Title Role in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Here's Your First Look At Taye Diggs in the Title Role in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Maya Rudolph Mocks Rachel Dolezal on 'Late Night' Maya Rudolph Mocks Rachel Dolezal on 'Late Night' Teaser: Marques Houston, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Draya Michele Star in TV One Original Movie, 'Will to Love' Teaser: Marques Houston, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Draya Michele Star in TV One Original Movie, 'Will to Love' Petition Launched to Push UK Theater Chains to Screen 'Dear White People' Petition Launched to Push UK Theater Chains to Screen 'Dear White People' Miles Morales Is Indeed Your New Spider-Man Miles Morales Is Indeed Your New Spider-Man Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

'Carbonerdious' - New Doc Seeks To Explore Rise In 'Black Nerd' Identity (Fundraising + Clips)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 4, 2013 at 6:01PM

'Carbonerdious' - New Doc Seeks To Explore Rise In 'Black Nerd' Identity (Fundraising + Clips)
6
Carbonedious

The term just isn't what it used to be - or doesn't mean what it was once collectively believed to mean. It's evolving. It's no longer *uncool* to be called a nerd. In fact, it's a label many wear very proudly, as it's seemingly continuously redefined.


I recall seeing a sticker on a parked car here in NYC that read: "If being a nerd means that I'm not the dumbest muthaf*cker in the room, then I'll definitely be a nerd." Or something like that...

Other terms I've seen/heard include: "Nerd-chic" or "Nerd-cool"... and more.

Some have joked that President Barack Obama is the idol that black nerds have longed for and needed, adding that he's the best thing for black nerds everywhere, as he's helped make it cool to be a nerd who happens to be black.

There have even been articles on the so-called new acceptance of black nerds, or "blerds" as I've heard some say, like THIS one from New York Magazine, titled Revenge Of The Black Nerd.

And so on, and so forth...

So I suppose it was only a matter of time before filmmakers hopped on, and rode this wave of new-found black nerdom.

Here's one we profiled much earlier this year, titled Carbonerdious, from director Tony G. Williams, which is described as follows:


CARBONERDIOUS is not only a film title, but also the definition of a newly emerging pop culture phenomenon in America… The culture of Black Nerds. This documentary film is for/about any one who has ever been called or considers themselves a: nerd, geek, spaz, dweeb, prep or hipster “and” also identifies as black. The film explores questions like: “When did it become cool to be a black nerd? What is the difference between a black nerd and the traditional stereotypes? And ultimately, what kind of world would we live in if being a black nerd ever became more popular than being a thug for young black males or vixen for young black females?”

The filmmaker have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 in 30 days, to help complete the film, which is where you come in.

Here's part of the pitch:

Until now, this project has been 100% self funded and we have some amazing work to show for it thus far. We've shot footage in Chicago, St. Lewis, Detroit, Philadelphia, L.A., San Diego and Atlanta. We are also scheduled to capture interviews and footage in: New York, Miami, Seattle, South Carolina and D.C. But we've reached a point in the production process where "time is of the essence" and without your help, the slow process of self funding will push the final film shooting well into the winter months causing us to pause production travel and filming until next year. It's our hope to finish the final filming portion of our production in the next 60 days so that the finished edit of the movie can be completed shortly there after. We are asking all of our fans, friends, families and fellow nerds to help us raise $25,000 in additional funds needed for production crew and travel costs so that we can complete the last and most expensive portion of our film shooting schedule on time. 

To entice you, the filmmakers have released a couple of clips from the film, both embedded below. 

After watching both clips, click HERE to make your contribution to the campaign (or in the widget at the bottom of this post). Stay updated on its progress, by following the project on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.:


This article is related to: Fundraising


Shadow & ActNewsletter