INDIE NEW MEDIA FILM-MAKER EXPLAINS EXCITEMENT, RESTRICTIONS + MEANING OF HIS MISSION
DeWayne Copeland is a new-media indie filmmaker who embodies the Marcus Garvey ethic of “do for self.” With co-creator and series writer-director Scott F Evans, Copeland and their agile team launched CV Nation in 2012, and have produced a first season of six episodes and a second season of four.
The CV in CV Nation means “costumed vigilantes,” because the show is about superheroes and villains fighting for dominance in a world in which paranormal powers are merely expensive but highly dangerous commodities.
The series is a breakthrough not only for its indie aesthetics and production, but because it’s largely about superheroes and villains of African descent.
Copeland and Evans didn’t wait around for someone else to do what they and so many others had been craving for years—they just did it themselves.
DeWayne Copeland is a remarkable artist, and a down-to-earth human being.
He’s a key speaker in the must-see documentary Brave New Souls by Agent Carter screenwriter Brandon Easton. I met DeWayne Copeland at Eagle Con in May 2015 held at the campus of California State University at Los Angeles. We spoke at the Con’s final moments during the tear-down, so throughout you’ll hear the sounds of lifting, loading, and even lurching.
Our conversation ranged over many topics, including:
- How to recruit skilled artists and technicians to collaborate on indie New Media projects
- The Africentric impulse that got him moving on CV Nation
- How he and co-creator Scott Evans found the money to make the series
- Why they’re forbidden to sell DVDs of CV Nation
- His long-term artistic and financial objectives as a filmmaker, and
- His most exciting experience in making the show
- But we began by discussing Copeland’s own personal origin story.
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CV NATION trailer
CV NATION Ep 201
BRAVE NEW SOULS trailer