River Productions is proud to partner with ONE BY ONE, our 501c3 Fiscal Sponsor, in our fundraising endeavors.  Click on their logo above to be sent directly to the donation tab for CRY PURPLE movie. Donations do not see a return, but you may receive a tax advantage.  Please ask your CPA.   

Once donations are received, ONE BY ONE, will then disperse to the project as needed.  (A portion of your donation will also benefit them.) 

 If you have questions, please contact Anita Cordell, Producer, at info@riverproductions.org.  She can also be reached at 913-706-7418. 



Invest today in the CRY PURPLE movie with as little as $5000.  With an investment from $5000-$49,999, you will be placed in our first tiered investment group, with a potential return of 15%.  Investments over $50K add another 5%, putting you in the category to share in Producers Points. Please visit our Financial Plan tab if you are interested or you can contact Anita Cordell, Producer, at info@riverproductions.org.  She can also be reached at 913-706-7418.



The I WILL RISE project is a nonprofit with a mission to create video content educating on social issues in our communities at large.  All proceeds from the sale of this shirt will benefit CRY PURLE.  This unisex I WILL RISE T-shirt is a simple black short sleeved T-shirt with #stoptrafficking on it.  It's easy to declare that we, individually and as a community, will RISE UP and take a stand. We will do our part.  Join this mission with us and buy a T-shirt.

other creative ways to help

Host a fundraising event


Every little bit of financial help is valuable.  Would you consider hosting a fundraising event?  some examples would be: a dinner in your community, or a 'miracle Sunday' with your church.  The ideas are limitless.  

Become a Corporate Sponsor


Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, we have opportunities for you to become involved  Contact us for more details on how we can partner with you in your business.  

Join the fundraising committee


A lot of work goes in  to raising money and putting on events.  Join an already dynamic group of friends who are ready to help with events. 

Invite us to speak & share more


Invite Producer Anita Cordell to come speak at your church or community regarding the film making process and what it takes to make a movie. The needs are great and she looks forward to sharing if you are interested in knowing more information and/or hosting a fundraising event. 

Christine McDonalds, author of the book 'Cry Purple' is also available to share her story with you and to encourage advocacy of many kinds. 

Share the big news


We need as many voice out there spreading our needs as possible.  Share these opportunities with your family, friends, co-workers, bosses, pastors, and fellow church member. We appreciate you helping us make this movie. 

Contact with your questions


Feel free to contact us with your questions or ideas on how you would like to help.  

Your Financial Support will help us determine our reach

YOU will help us decide what option to take. 

1. Our end goal is to make this film with about $1.2M.  This would allow the team to hire a name actress, along with several Producers with credibility to raise the Production value.  Using name actors, and/or name crew, will help us obtain distribution in a broader fashion. OR    

2. We can shoot this as an ultra-low budget feature film, with a budget of about $200K.  This would keep us using only local talent and crew within KC, meaning there would probably be no name actors or crew.   Without a name actor, there's still the opportunity to get distribution, but there may be extra hurdles, or it may take longer.  But, we would still be able to make a quality film, honoring Christine.  This budget level will still allow us to pay for all cast and crew locally, not forcing anyone to work Pro-Bono.

Investors ---- 15-20% ROI (contact us for more info)


Fundraising Endeavors


Distribution is the next step.  We've already been in contact with several distributors who are interested. 


From the receipts that may come back to the film you receive 115% of your investment back if under $50K.  Over $50K received 120% and you share profits with the creators for the lifetime of the film.


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About the Film



The CRY PURPLE movie will be based off of the book, Cry Purple, and true story, written by Christine McDonald. The movie will be adding in scenes and people, therefore, in the coming months, a re-release of the book will be announced, including these new scenes.  Christine's story is her journey through homelessness, crack addiction and prison.  But, it doesn't end there.  We also walk with her through blindness, motherhood and happiness.  This story is from the heart and is an eye-opening view of life on the streets and beyond. Your heart will be stirred, moved to action, and inspired.  

Christine McDonald is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the social injustices facing underserved populations today.  As a survivor of human trafficking, homelessness, and addiction, Christine- now blind as a result of a disease that forced her to choose between her unborn child and her eyesight- is on a mission to bring justice and awareness to the forefront of social change through education and unconditional love. 

We hope you will join us on the journey of getting her story on film.  To book her or purchase the CRY PURPLE book, go to http://www.christinesvision.org/



Anita Cordell (aka River Productions) is the Producer of CRY PURPLE Movie and also founder of the nonprofit I WILL RISE, which implores the community to RISE UP and take action against social injustices. Anita is an award winning, Kansas City based, actress, producer & director. To date, she has over 50 IMDB credited films & over 100 regional commercials to her resume. Anita has worked with various organizations including the Kansas City Women in Film, where she served various roles, including serving in the office of VP as well as a board member. She has produced and directed several award winning short films, including several on trafficking. And, in her tenure in the entertainment industry, Anita has also been nominated several times for her work, and won a Best Actress award for her performance of one of her shorts, called "House Mother'.  Anita is also a Preacher's Kid and a motivational speaker, especially to woman, where her keynote subjects have been focused on her own life experiences coupled with Biblical stories to encourage ladies to reach their full potential. Follow her entertainment journey over at https://www.facebook.com/actressanita/ or feel free to book her off her website at www.Anita-Cordell.com.



River Productions and the I WILL RISE project are happy to announce the partnership with the ONE BY ONE PROJECT as the fiscal sponsor for CRY PURPLE movie, which means that you can make your donation for the film through ONE BY ONE, a 501c3 organization. A small portion of the funds raised will benefit ONE BY ONE in the fight against sex trafficking as well.   

One by One Project is empowering communities through awareness to end sex trafficking and supports local nonprofits who provide services to women who have been sexually exploited. 

They are a grassroots organization that functions by a volunteer-based staff.  One by One Project's name was chosen on the belief that when we change ONE, we can end up affecting an entire community. So when we focus on ONE person, ONE goal, we change ONE life, ONE problem, ONE community at a time.  To follow this dynamic organization, please follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/onebyoneproject/about/?ref=page_internal


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