MANICS Part One (2 of 4)

Manics is an anthological limited web series created by J.C. Watkins and Candace Johnson.

Story by: Shontel Pickens 12/23/22

The two co-founders of Can I Film continue to make films and are currently engaged in a number of different endeavors. Each of them continued to develop their unreleased projects while honing their skills after the completion of their debut limited web series, Love Me. Maniacs began as a short film in 2016 on the page, but soon the concept grew. We tried to compose something that would capture readers’ eyes and attention at the time. Although such was the intention, our primary attention was on the plot and characters. What can I say, we try to make our stories feel immersive and real,” J.C.

MANICS Part One (1 of 4)

The series is divided into 4 volumes, each of which has 3 parts, for a total of 12 parts. Each installment will be unique from the previous one, examining various locations, people, and intense scenarios. People are eager to see more based on their reactions to those who have seen the unofficial cut of Part One. People would call me and ask, “Well, where’s episode 2?” says J.C. We’re working on it, I say. In all honesty, finance is everything. We are searching for ways to obtain sponsors, investors, grants, and crowdfunding. Simply know that we are working on it. The potential running duration for each segment will be between 11 and 25 minutes. In order to secure funding for the remaining two parts of Volume One, the publication window for the series will be Q3 2023.

Can I Film Productions (CIFP) have been working hard to find funding to produce their unreleased projects. Maniacs is only a fraction of what this team has in their arsenal. We were shown their crowdfunding pitch deck that looks about finished but was told they have to add the breakdown of production cost. “It’s a lot. We encourage everyone to be open about what they need and how funds will be utilized to finish their projects. And if there are ways to find a financial gain with your projects, please make that known for investors. They love financial gains,” added Candace. 

MANICS Part One (4 of 4)

J.C. Watkins and Candace Johnson want to present their works to the public because they have shown their value in the independent cinema industry. It’s inspiring to witness two black people working hard to realize their goals. We are confident that these two will succeed and secure their place as legendary filmmakers. Screenshots from the CIFP Pitch Deck are shown below.


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