Two Chattanooga State Community College graduates are starting a new business called Lucid Tales Productions, which aims to feature area artists in upcoming performances and multimedia projects.
Recent graduates Benjamin Banks and Caleb Thomas joined with Dearmond Toney to create the company, which is planning an upcoming performance focused on unity that features poets, singers, dancers, actors and other artists.
“We didn’t want to join in with another production company … So we decided to work for ourselves and make our own content,” Banks said.
Thomas has a theater degree and Banks has a film degree. Toney is also focused on theater and is acting as the business’ production manager. He’ll manage venues.
The LLC has gotten funding from grants and continues to pursue that avenue, although ticket sales will also help with revenue.
The trio is passionate about serving their community through art with a message, Banks said.
They have plans to make short films but will also put on live shows that incorporate a variety of artist expressions.
The first performance, which garnered so much interest from artists that the organizers postponed it to let more people participate, is near completion. The performance details, such as when and where it will be, will be announced soon.
The show will be three acts focused on the concept of unity. In the first act, the performers will highlight unity within ourselves; in the second act, they will perform about unity within relationships; and in the last, they will focus on unity in the community, Banks said.
“We don’t want to be doing it just because we can,” Banks said. “We want to bring something to the community and help serve the community with inspiration.”
In addition to the live performances, there will be short films played as part of the program.
And the business originally started with the idea for a comic book, so the team has also been hiring artists and writers to complete that project.
They will also host classes. Thomas is certified to teach acting, and the team also has mentors who may be available for classes, Banks said.
He also said he has connections to host more business-related classes.
“We just want to do a little bit of everything,” he said.