WON'T YOU JOIN US?   The Cry Purple movie team needs help in raising $247,420 to make this film.  This is a budget for an ULB SAGE film shooting in Kansas City and we need this story told.  Won't you consider helping?




River Productions is proud to partner with I Will Rise, 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 for your personal donation questions.   

Once donations are received, I Will Rise, 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  She can also be reached at 213-290-2505. 



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  Anita can also be reached at 213-290-2505.



 I WILL RISE  is a 501c3 with a mission to create video content educating on social issues in our community.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will benefit  furthering of the CRY PURLE movie.  This unisex I WILL RISE T-shirt is a simple black short sleeved T-shirt with #stoptrafficking on it.  This T-shirt helps you 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, or your church or organization 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.  

Be 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, including Product Placement in the film.  

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. 

Anita's vision is to shoot this film on the streets and neighborhoods of Kansas City, MO where Christine walked, talked, lived, was trafficked and arrested, and ultimately began the journey of restoration.  With the local talent of Kansas City, our budget for an ultra low budget SAG film is currently at $247,420. 

With the businesses and churches in Kansas City joining together, WE can make this happen.

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

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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



Anita Cordell (aka River Productions) is the Producer and Director of CRY PURPLE Movie and also founder of the 501c3  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 or feel free to book her off her website at



I WILL RISE is the current fiscal sponsor for CRY PURPLE movie, which means that you can make your donation for the film through I WILL RISE, a 501c3 organization. A small portion of the funds raised will benefit I WILL RISE.   

I WILL RISE is empowering communities to rise up and help make change by educating and exposing social issues through video content. 

It is a grassroots organization that functions by a volunteer-based staff.  I Will Rise Project's name was chosen on the belief that when we rise up, we ultimately can help others rise up, too.


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