Synopsis

Through interviews with emerging entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and execs, Fund Black Tech asks the fundamental question of why Black and Brown entrepreneurs are left by the wayside, especially in the tech industry.

The documentary is an exploration of the past, present, and future of funding Black tech, and weaves together the stories of those who have found success, and those who are still striving for it.

Apart from the documentary, the Fund Black Tech project seeks to elevate emerging Black tech entrepreneurs through featured profiles, and ultimately to inspire a wave of corporate investment into Black tech businesses.

C&I Films

C&I Films is a motion picture company based in Los Angeles, with an ever-present motive to produce films that cause the viewer to think. Whether it is through a moving monologue in a short film, or through documentaries that ask the questions that everyone else is afraid to voice, the C&I team produces engaging and thought-provoking films.


C&I Films’ founder and CEO, Joshua Otis Miller, provides artistic vision and an eye for perfection that has been instrumental in the production of short and feature films. In addition to film work, Joshua Miller has also founded C&I Studios, the commercial arm of C&I Films.

Sun and Thunder Films

Sun and Thunder Films is acting as a co-production partner to C&I in the development and making of Fund Black Tech. Sun and Thunder’s founder and CEO, Rony Abovitz, is also an Executive Producer for the film.


Rony Abovitz is a technology founder, pioneer, inventor, visionary leader and strategic advisor with a diverse background in computer-assisted surgery, surgical robotics, AI, computer graphics/visualization, sensing, advanced systems, media/animation, spatial audio, and spatial computing/XR. He has a strong intellectual property background, having built multi-thousand patent portfolios in his start-ups.


Rony was the co-founder of MAKO Surgical (IPO in 2008, acquisition for $1.65b by Stryker in 2013) and the founder of Magic Leap, Inc. (which has pioneered the field of spatial computing).


Director, EP, Writer

Joshua Otis Miller

Since its inception, Founder and CEO Joshua Otis Miller has been the guiding voice for C&I Films. His vision and passion for storytelling has translated to building a successful production arm of C&I, with a full array of RED Cameras to use as the tools to transform his vision into reality. He works directly with his teams in New York City, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Washington D.C. to help elevate the quality of their work beyond expectation.

Joshua Miller’s passion for creativity and pursuit of something greater was the catalyst for C&I and also the impetus for its unstemmed expansion. Today, C&I is the parent company to various auxiliary brands, which all come together to tell a single story of how art is the king of thoughtful change. Their nonprofit organization, C&I Reach, uses art to shed light on small organizations making impactful change in their communities; their cafe & bar, Next Door, invites the South Florida community to embrace the studio’s art and their passion for storytelling in-person via local outreach, underground events, live music, and more. Their lifestyle brand, Uncreative Shop, offers creatives, professionals, and entrepreneurs identity through fashion, uniting an entire generation under a single calling card.

With Joshua’s leadership, C&I is investing more resources to finance, produce, and distribute original television and film productions of their own design through C&I Films. Having written, produced, and directed every film in its library, Joshua’s relentless pursuit of a moving, authentic story has pushed C&I Films to be a leader in producing exceptional content.

Executive Producer

Rony Abovitz

Rony Abovitz is a technology founder, pioneer, inventor, visionary leader and strategic advisor with a diverse background in computer-assisted surgery, surgical robotics, AI, computer graphics/visualization, sensing, advanced systems, media/animation, spatial audio, and spatial computing/XR. He has a strong intellectual property background, having built multi-thousand patent portfolios in his start-ups.


Passionate about imagining and creating, Rony has a strong history of creating new technology fields and businesses from the start-up garage onward including Magic Leap, the world’s leading spatial computing company he founded back in 2011. Magic Leap invented and developed the core technologies of spatial computing, and helped to invent and define the overall field. Under Rony’s leadership, the company launched the first of their kind wearable spatial computing systems: the Magic Leap One, Creator Edition and Magic Leap 1 Enterprise, both of which are currently in use at Fortune 500 companies, major universities, hospitals, developers, defense, and governments around the world. At Magic Leap a number of world’s first were also achieved: the first spatial computing web browser, MICA (human-centered AI), Magicverse software and tools, and hundreds of early applications and proof-of- concepts of the possibility of spatial computing. Rony, who sits on the company’s board, was Magic Leap’s founding CEO until August 2020.


Prior to Magic Leap, Rony co-founded MAKO Surgical in 2004 – a medical software and robotics company specializing in manufacturing surgical robotic arm assistance technology utilized by hospitals worldwide. A number of world’s first included the first haptic robotic-assisted surgery, first US FDA clearances for this surgical robotics sector, and the use of robotics to enable new and innovative minimally-invasive implants. that Rony served as CTO & SVP of R&D; Chief Visionary Officer before the company was acquired by Stryker Corporation in 2013 for $1.65 billion.

Rony, who is also passionate about building a connected, creative, and collective world of human experience to make a difference both now and in the future, is currently working on his next new venture which he plans to launch in 2021 and was recently selected to join The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. as a Senior Advisor to leaders from around the world. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, a 2x World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and has spoken and lectured at universities and technology conferences around the world.


Sarah Dreyer

Executive Producer

Beth Bryant

Executive Producer

Joseph Miller

Producer

Amy Miller

Producer

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