Deon Osborne's IndepthwithDeon Films is creating Symbols of a Nation: An Oklahoma cultural documentary series
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INDEPENDENT DIGITAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
What if digital media were in-depth and honest instead of artificial click-bait? What if you gained a new perspective instead of reinforced biases?

IDFilms releases creative documentary-style videos for a millennial audience to tell the stories that impact everyday Oklahomans.  

               OUR CREATIVE CONTENT

IDFilms content is divided into three channels:
  • CHANNEL A: "People of Oklahoma"
-short videos highlighting an individual or group of individuals making a community impact in Oklahoma. 

  • CHANNEL B: "The Rundown"
-2 to 3 minute podcast-style video breaking down a local news story, event or political decision.

  • CHANNEL C:
"SYMBOLS OF A NATION" Docu-series
Digging into the racial history of Oklahoma has inspired me to create a series that dives into key issues unique to this state:

Episode 1: OKLAHOMA SUNDOWN: The removal of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe from their land and exclusion of blacks from Norman beginning in 1889, the rise of the KKK in the 1920s, and the fight to remove former KKK Grand Dragon Edwin C. Debarr's racist legacy in 2017.

Episode 2: OKLAHOMA SUNRISE: The arrival of all black towns in Oklahoma, the rise of black wealth in Boley, the racist backlash against black wealth in Tulsa, and the fight to rebuild it.

Episode 3: The FREEDMEN: The history of the slaves of the 5 Civilized Tribes and their descendants' struggle to be recognized in their tribes today.

Episode 4: RECONCILIATION: The effects of segregation on black Tulsans and how tribes, citizens and governments can achieve reconciliation in the 21st Century.

Though the first episode of this series will center on Norman, I'll be traveling across the state to compare and contrast the different ways race played into shaping the communities of Norman, Lawton, Boley and North Tulsa.

Norman is the site of the state's first University and first Oklahoma KKK Grand Dragon. It became a Sundown Town that forced out blacks and prevented them from owning property in the city until the 1960's.

Lawton formed around an Army general chasing Geronimo, a famous Native American leader. It never kicked out blacks but enforced segregation, the effects of which can still be seen today.

Boley is a historically all-black town that formed around migrating freed slaves and freedmen, former slaves of the "5 Civilized Tribes". It was one of the most wealthy towns in the nation until changing agricultural technology and an aging population caused it to shrink. 

North Tulsa was/is a segregated community of blacks who formed Black Wall Street in Greenwood district, arguably the wealthiest community in the nation until 1921 when jealous whites burned and bombed it to the ground.

Through interviews with historians, eye witnesses and leaders from the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, this film dives into the racial history of Indian Territory and the actions that led to the divisions of today, addressing the questions: Who are we? Who do we want to become? How do we get there?


"Symbols of a Nation" inspired me to start this patreon. I need your help to funs my first episode as a proof of concept to gather more financial and creative support for the full series.

MY BACKGROUND
I'm a freelance videographer born in Minneapolis, MN, raised in Lawton, OK and I received a bachelor's degree in Strategic Media from The University of Oklahoma in Norman. I now work in Tulsa.

I was awarded the 2016 RedBud Film Festival “Best Social Relevance” for a short documentary capturing local islamaphobia and the Governor’s Commendation in 2017 for promoting a statewide distracted driving prevention program in Oklahoma. 

Thank you so much for all your support! Your contribution, at any level, means a huge deal to our mission.

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR MONEY?
Support for this patreon goes toward travel expenses, production costs, film festival admissions and distribution.
Knowledge is power. Expanding knowledge breaks the monopoly of power that the few hold over the many.


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$2 or more per month
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Goals
6 of 50 patrons
PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION!
Help give IDFilms the ability to: t
  • Travel to the destinations we need to gather interviews, footage and research. 
  • Submit films in Oklahoma, regional and national film festivals.

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INDEPENDENT DIGITAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
What if digital media were in-depth and honest instead of artificial click-bait? What if you gained a new perspective instead of reinforced biases?

IDFilms releases creative documentary-style videos for a millennial audience to tell the stories that impact everyday Oklahomans.  

               OUR CREATIVE CONTENT

IDFilms content is divided into three channels:
  • CHANNEL A: "People of Oklahoma"
-short videos highlighting an individual or group of individuals making a community impact in Oklahoma. 

  • CHANNEL B: "The Rundown"
-2 to 3 minute podcast-style video breaking down a local news story, event or political decision.

  • CHANNEL C:
"SYMBOLS OF A NATION" Docu-series
Digging into the racial history of Oklahoma has inspired me to create a series that dives into key issues unique to this state:

Episode 1: OKLAHOMA SUNDOWN: The removal of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe from their land and exclusion of blacks from Norman beginning in 1889, the rise of the KKK in the 1920s, and the fight to remove former KKK Grand Dragon Edwin C. Debarr's racist legacy in 2017.

Episode 2: OKLAHOMA SUNRISE: The arrival of all black towns in Oklahoma, the rise of black wealth in Boley, the racist backlash against black wealth in Tulsa, and the fight to rebuild it.

Episode 3: The FREEDMEN: The history of the slaves of the 5 Civilized Tribes and their descendants' struggle to be recognized in their tribes today.

Episode 4: RECONCILIATION: The effects of segregation on black Tulsans and how tribes, citizens and governments can achieve reconciliation in the 21st Century.

Though the first episode of this series will center on Norman, I'll be traveling across the state to compare and contrast the different ways race played into shaping the communities of Norman, Lawton, Boley and North Tulsa.

Norman is the site of the state's first University and first Oklahoma KKK Grand Dragon. It became a Sundown Town that forced out blacks and prevented them from owning property in the city until the 1960's.

Lawton formed around an Army general chasing Geronimo, a famous Native American leader. It never kicked out blacks but enforced segregation, the effects of which can still be seen today.

Boley is a historically all-black town that formed around migrating freed slaves and freedmen, former slaves of the "5 Civilized Tribes". It was one of the most wealthy towns in the nation until changing agricultural technology and an aging population caused it to shrink. 

North Tulsa was/is a segregated community of blacks who formed Black Wall Street in Greenwood district, arguably the wealthiest community in the nation until 1921 when jealous whites burned and bombed it to the ground.

Through interviews with historians, eye witnesses and leaders from the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, this film dives into the racial history of Indian Territory and the actions that led to the divisions of today, addressing the questions: Who are we? Who do we want to become? How do we get there?


"Symbols of a Nation" inspired me to start this patreon. I need your help to funs my first episode as a proof of concept to gather more financial and creative support for the full series.

MY BACKGROUND
I'm a freelance videographer born in Minneapolis, MN, raised in Lawton, OK and I received a bachelor's degree in Strategic Media from The University of Oklahoma in Norman. I now work in Tulsa.

I was awarded the 2016 RedBud Film Festival “Best Social Relevance” for a short documentary capturing local islamaphobia and the Governor’s Commendation in 2017 for promoting a statewide distracted driving prevention program in Oklahoma. 

Thank you so much for all your support! Your contribution, at any level, means a huge deal to our mission.

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR MONEY?
Support for this patreon goes toward travel expenses, production costs, film festival admissions and distribution.
Knowledge is power. Expanding knowledge breaks the monopoly of power that the few hold over the many.


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$2 or more per month
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