Magazine article Black Enterprise

Picture of Success: When Filmmaker Hit a Rough Patch, Financing and Friends Helped Smooth the Way

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Picture of Success: When Filmmaker Hit a Rough Patch, Financing and Friends Helped Smooth the Way

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AS THE SAYING GOES: WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, the tough get going. They also cry along the way, oftentimes to friends and family.

"There were a lot of tears," says Kenya Cagle, president and CEO of Caglevision Inc., a Brooklyn, New York-based independent motion picture production company. "We had our lights turned off and all that kind of stuff, but we were able to rebound."

Caglevision's rough times came courtesy of its first big client going out of business, reneging on a $5 million deal.

But Cagle--a former off-Broadway child actor--managed to keep his company afloat with the financial backing and loyalty of friends, employees, and business colleagues. With Cagle's credibility, character, and contacts on the line, he did not disappoint: Caglevision's revenues for 2006 topped $430,000 and are expected to surpass $560,000 by the end of 2007.

Caglevision's films, which focus on the challenges faced by various races, especially African Americans and Latinos, include Rich from Within, Father Dad, and The Undercover Man, among others. Cagle's movies play at film festivals and local theaters, but they are primarily shot for small screen release and distribution.

Cagle, 50, started Caglevision in January 2001 with $30,000. Just months later, Caglevision snagged a $5 million deal for The Undercover Man from Angel Film Group, an independent film distributor. Cagle and his two full-time employees' elation was fleeting: The landlord heard about the contract and raised the monthly rent from $500 to $5,000. But by the end of the year, Angel Film had closed its doors, delaying the film's release. …

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