E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage (Tru Ruts) are creating FILM & ART
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patrons
WHO ARE WE
We're E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage, interdisciplinary artists working across film, theater, poetry and new media. We do this through our artistic entity; Tru Ruts. We are filmmakers and theatre artists, community activists writing, directing, editing and producing work that speaks to issues facing our communities--from performance theatre to web series to music videos to narrative and documentary films. Basically -we've worked our butts off for 20 years creating art that is transformative while holding community at the center. And we've not done it alone!

Our work has been recognized nationally and internationally and
we've been privileged to work with luminaries such as Amiri Baraka, Laurie Carlos, J. Otis Powell!, and Marion McClinton; and have founded leading artistic platforms and entities we are so very proud of including Tru Ruts, the Million Artist Movement, and the MN Spoken Word Association. We are poised and humbly ready to use our art and deep community roots to break new ground. We are at a turning point launching this Patron in recognition of our passion for this work that is not a side job but one that we work at every day.
WHAT WE WILL DO WITH YOUR SUPPORT
We've been working at a steady momentum for many years and have more energy now than ever alongside innovative projects just waiting for the green light. But in order to make that leap to the next critical level, we need a community of supporters behind us, the work, and Tru Ruts.
Your help will support a needed workspace, important staff hires to develop and produce our next films, the creation and development of meaningful content and key infrastructure that will advance the work by light years.

WHY SUPPORT US

The Art we create is important and powerful! Together we've been called Power Couple of the Year, Changemakers, 25 New Faces in Film to Watch, Artists of the Year and more. We are honored to have these accolades but know that we are nothing without our community helping us sustain. With your help; together we can make a small but mighty impact.


Tiers
COMMUNITY
$1 or more per month
We can't do it without community!


We come from community, and have been working in the community as artists for over 20 years. As we continue to grow and evolve, we bring you-our community with us. And when community comes together we can DO GREAT THINGS.


Get access to EXCLUSIVE PATRON ONLY posts of updates and news. ACCESS to our monthly newsletter.

CITYWIDE
$5 or more per month
#TwinTownTalent!


WE REP MN/Twin Cities wherever we go! Bragging about how amazingly talented our people are. Gotta be careful not to brag too much because some will want to move here. LOL.


You get a SNEAK PEAK into what's coming up. Also, FIRST ACCESS to events.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

BUILDERS
$10 or more per month
You got our backs!  


We would not be able to do this work without you. Building comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is an encouraging word, other times it's coming to shows, spreading the word, believing in us. One of the vital ways you can build is to CONTRIBUTE to our work, to help us secure the resources to continue to CREATE ENGAGING WORK.


EARLY ACCESS to projects and videos, exclusive photos. GET INVITED to draft readings.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

FAMILY
$25 or more per month
Much love! 


We are fam-i-ly. All my brothers, sisters and me. Being a part of the family includes BREAKING BREAD together, SHARING STORIES, and SHOWING LOVE.


GAIN ACCESS to behind the scenes posts and updates. HEAR PERSONAL STORIES about the work and process.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

ACTIVATORS
$50 or more per month
Lets get active!  

Push the boundaries of what is possible and what can be dreamed by helping to activate art. You are a critical PART OF A MOVEMENT.


GET A COPY of flyer/poster or program from the festival circuit, as supplies last. DISCOUNT at merch store!

Also gain access to all previous rewards.

TEAM
$100 or more per month
Mindblown! #GoTeam #TruTeam


Ava DuVernay says it's not possible to do this work without A STRONG TEAM. As part of our Team, you help us create dynamic work that speak to not only our times but to OUR LIVES, OUR STRUGGLES, and OUR GENIUS.


GET A MENTION in programs. Get one EXCLUSIVE signed New Neighbors film poster!


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

SPONSORS
$250 or more per month
Unbelievable! #BuildTogether


As a Sponsor you ELEVATE A TEAM that has been doing vital work in the community for over 20 years. Through our work, we CREATE SPACES AND PLATFORMS for artists and community to express themselves, and tell their stories through the arts, from spoken word to film. PROPEL us forward in this work.


You will be RECOGNIZED as our sponsor in programs, at the end of videos and at live events as long as you're a patron.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

PRODUCERS
$500 or more per month
Words can't capture...


We have produced work in theatre, spoken word, music, radio and film. We have founded or cofounded a number of organizations, initiatives, programs and projects, including the MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts, Mama Mosaic, Speakeasy Records, Freestyle Theatre, Cedarside, Brown Cinema Cafe, the America Now! film program, Foto Libre, the Sankofa Film Festival and many more. Many of these we've supported through our own efforts and resources. However, WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE. Become a producer and GROW WITH US.


Your NAME WILL APPEAR as Associate Producer in programs and credits. GET MENTIONED on our website.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

BELIEVERS
$1,000 or more per month
They said to dream big!


Ezra Pound says 'If a patron buys from an artist who needs money, the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates." Our patron saints, BUILD ART INTO THE WORLD.


GET CREDITED as a CoProducer, in programs and credits. LUNCH with E.G. & Sha.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

INVESTORS
$5,000 or more per month
Impossible is just imperfect possibilities! 

You invest in what you believe in. INVEST IN US and we'll make you a believer. We have a WEALTH OF STORIES we want to tell and projects we want to develop. We have an ABUNDANT AMOUNT OF CONTENT we want to create. Our dear investors LIFT US to the NEXT LEVEL!

GET CREDITED as a Producer in programs and credits. EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, information and access. EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL CELEBRATING YOU!


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

Goals
1% complete
Hire personnel to provide administrative support and help complete projects that are in progress, such as the #Brothers web series. Establish a space to work together more cohesively and efficiently as a team; and also serve as a space for development sessions and rehearsals. Improve our communications and social media presence. Promote, and spread the reach of our Sundance premiered short film New Neighbors, which has been selected for nearly 90 festivals worldwide, and won numerous awards.
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WHO ARE WE
We're E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage, interdisciplinary artists working across film, theater, poetry and new media. We do this through our artistic entity; Tru Ruts. We are filmmakers and theatre artists, community activists writing, directing, editing and producing work that speaks to issues facing our communities--from performance theatre to web series to music videos to narrative and documentary films. Basically -we've worked our butts off for 20 years creating art that is transformative while holding community at the center. And we've not done it alone!

Our work has been recognized nationally and internationally and
we've been privileged to work with luminaries such as Amiri Baraka, Laurie Carlos, J. Otis Powell!, and Marion McClinton; and have founded leading artistic platforms and entities we are so very proud of including Tru Ruts, the Million Artist Movement, and the MN Spoken Word Association. We are poised and humbly ready to use our art and deep community roots to break new ground. We are at a turning point launching this Patron in recognition of our passion for this work that is not a side job but one that we work at every day.
WHAT WE WILL DO WITH YOUR SUPPORT
We've been working at a steady momentum for many years and have more energy now than ever alongside innovative projects just waiting for the green light. But in order to make that leap to the next critical level, we need a community of supporters behind us, the work, and Tru Ruts.
Your help will support a needed workspace, important staff hires to develop and produce our next films, the creation and development of meaningful content and key infrastructure that will advance the work by light years.

WHY SUPPORT US

The Art we create is important and powerful! Together we've been called Power Couple of the Year, Changemakers, 25 New Faces in Film to Watch, Artists of the Year and more. We are honored to have these accolades but know that we are nothing without our community helping us sustain. With your help; together we can make a small but mighty impact.


Recent posts by E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage (Tru Ruts)

Tiers
COMMUNITY
$1 or more per month
We can't do it without community!


We come from community, and have been working in the community as artists for over 20 years. As we continue to grow and evolve, we bring you-our community with us. And when community comes together we can DO GREAT THINGS.


Get access to EXCLUSIVE PATRON ONLY posts of updates and news. ACCESS to our monthly newsletter.

CITYWIDE
$5 or more per month
#TwinTownTalent!


WE REP MN/Twin Cities wherever we go! Bragging about how amazingly talented our people are. Gotta be careful not to brag too much because some will want to move here. LOL.


You get a SNEAK PEAK into what's coming up. Also, FIRST ACCESS to events.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

BUILDERS
$10 or more per month
You got our backs!  


We would not be able to do this work without you. Building comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is an encouraging word, other times it's coming to shows, spreading the word, believing in us. One of the vital ways you can build is to CONTRIBUTE to our work, to help us secure the resources to continue to CREATE ENGAGING WORK.


EARLY ACCESS to projects and videos, exclusive photos. GET INVITED to draft readings.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

FAMILY
$25 or more per month
Much love! 


We are fam-i-ly. All my brothers, sisters and me. Being a part of the family includes BREAKING BREAD together, SHARING STORIES, and SHOWING LOVE.


GAIN ACCESS to behind the scenes posts and updates. HEAR PERSONAL STORIES about the work and process.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

ACTIVATORS
$50 or more per month
Lets get active!  

Push the boundaries of what is possible and what can be dreamed by helping to activate art. You are a critical PART OF A MOVEMENT.


GET A COPY of flyer/poster or program from the festival circuit, as supplies last. DISCOUNT at merch store!

Also gain access to all previous rewards.

TEAM
$100 or more per month
Mindblown! #GoTeam #TruTeam


Ava DuVernay says it's not possible to do this work without A STRONG TEAM. As part of our Team, you help us create dynamic work that speak to not only our times but to OUR LIVES, OUR STRUGGLES, and OUR GENIUS.


GET A MENTION in programs. Get one EXCLUSIVE signed New Neighbors film poster!


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

SPONSORS
$250 or more per month
Unbelievable! #BuildTogether


As a Sponsor you ELEVATE A TEAM that has been doing vital work in the community for over 20 years. Through our work, we CREATE SPACES AND PLATFORMS for artists and community to express themselves, and tell their stories through the arts, from spoken word to film. PROPEL us forward in this work.


You will be RECOGNIZED as our sponsor in programs, at the end of videos and at live events as long as you're a patron.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

PRODUCERS
$500 or more per month
Words can't capture...


We have produced work in theatre, spoken word, music, radio and film. We have founded or cofounded a number of organizations, initiatives, programs and projects, including the MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts, Mama Mosaic, Speakeasy Records, Freestyle Theatre, Cedarside, Brown Cinema Cafe, the America Now! film program, Foto Libre, the Sankofa Film Festival and many more. Many of these we've supported through our own efforts and resources. However, WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE. Become a producer and GROW WITH US.


Your NAME WILL APPEAR as Associate Producer in programs and credits. GET MENTIONED on our website.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

BELIEVERS
$1,000 or more per month
They said to dream big!


Ezra Pound says 'If a patron buys from an artist who needs money, the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates." Our patron saints, BUILD ART INTO THE WORLD.


GET CREDITED as a CoProducer, in programs and credits. LUNCH with E.G. & Sha.


Also gain access to all previous rewards.

INVESTORS
$5,000 or more per month
Impossible is just imperfect possibilities! 

You invest in what you believe in. INVEST IN US and we'll make you a believer. We have a WEALTH OF STORIES we want to tell and projects we want to develop. We have an ABUNDANT AMOUNT OF CONTENT we want to create. Our dear investors LIFT US to the NEXT LEVEL!

GET CREDITED as a Producer in programs and credits. EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, information and access. EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL CELEBRATING YOU!


Also gain access to all previous rewards.