Grammy-Nominated Artist Cheri Moon Talks Working On The First-Ever NFT-Backed Film
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Grammy-Nominated Artist Cheri Moon Talks Working On The First-Ever NFT-Backed Film

Grammy-nominated artist Cheri Moon continues to spread her wings.

The entertainer was tapped as a voice actress for the audio scripted series “Sonic Leap” featuring Black-ish star Anthony Anderson for Audio Up Media and she continued to make more moves by participating in a first-of-its-kind NFT project.

The multi-hyphenate was featured as an actor in the feature film “I Live Here Now” and the art collection Keepers of the Inn. The feature film directed by Julie Pacino, tells a story of a young actress navigating Hollywood’s body perceptions which only worsens after realizing she is pregnant and she worries the hotel she resides in has grown a disturbing interest in her body.

The art project was created during the rehearsals of the feature film and contains over 3,356 photographs. Pacino’s brainchild became the first feature film to be fully financed by Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and the first photography Internet Protocol to lead to the inception of a feature film, ONE37pm reports.

“The ‘I Live Here Now’ – Keepers of the Inn project is a very interesting and one-of-a-kind piece not only because of the intricate storyline of the actual film but also the way in which Julie Pacino has decided to create and fund it,” Cheri Moon wrote in an exclusive e-mail interview. “’I Live Here Now’ is the first film to be fully funded by its NFT project, which is pretty incredible. The art created through making the NFT collection will certainly give the film longevity in a different way on a different platform.”

NFT Project To Support Female Filmakers

Upon selling out the collection, Pacino pledged to support female filmmakers. The decision follows after the daunting realities many face in the entertainment industry. In fact, only 12 percent of the top films released between 2020 and 2021 were led by female filmmakers, according to Deadline. In the NFT space, five percent of sales went toward women filmmakers, Bloomberg reports. Pacino’s project aims to set a new precedent by disrupting the current infrastructure and funneling new opportunities for females in the entertainment and art industries.

To accomplish this, a short film competition was announced after the collection sold out. Three filmmakers would be selected by NFT holders to win a grant to fund their future projects. Once complete, the projects will be minted and filmmakers will be able to keep 100 percent of the project’s proceeds and 50 percent of secondary sales from the Keepers of Inn Fund, according to the company’s website.

“I am very proud to be a part of a project that supports female artists and creators. It sends a message that times are changing and progressing. Women are taking on more roles and breaking boundaries,” she wrote. “We are starting to see more women in more prominent roles not only in front of the camera but also behind.”

Cheri Moon continued: “My hopes are in the near future my own daughters will never think twice about what they want to accomplish because they are female.”