Our film explores transformed lives through salsa from the perspective of musicians, dancers and world salsa ambassador Albert Torres
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
THE GOAL This is the story of Salsa. A documentary that examines the music, the dance, and the raw passion of what has become a growing global phenomenon. It’s the story about both extraordinary and ordinary people, and the indelible impact Salsa has made upon their lives. A story about people overcoming virtually insurmountable obstacles of poverty, under-privilege, prejudice, and still having the undying passion to turn their hopes into dreams.
Our goal is to premiere “Heart of Salsa” at the 15th annual Los Angeles Salsa Congress, Latin Music and Dance Festival, May 23-26, 2013.
PLEASE DONATE $10 or $25 and help share the healing powers of Salsa with the rest of the world!
Deeply inspired by the exhilarating world of Salsa, We, film makers JANJA GLOGOVAC and MAGALI GUIDASCI explore the inspiring ways in which salsa dance and music creates a cohesive bond in families and communities, and more specifically, takes a look at Salsa’s unique tendency to influence and energize cross cultural unity between people of all ages, races, and social classes around the world.
For many devotees, Salsa speaks to the heart and drives the soul, and our goal has been to capture this magic on film. This spiritual odyssey that inspires people against all odds to turn their dreams into reality, to turn their adversities into successes, inspiring people to move, dance and live life to the fullest! Capturing intensely personal moments on film, we reveal how Salsa transforms lives. It’s not just rhythms and movements, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE!
PLEASE DONATE $10 or $25 and help us share the healing powers of Salsa with the world!!
WHO’S IN THE FILM
The documentary features exclusive interviews of WORLD RENOWNED DANCERS such as; Eddie Torres, Griselle Ponce, Edwin Rivera, Cristian Oviedo, Manuel dos Santos, Eider BNF, Chiquito, Ricardo and Tianne, Junior & Emily, Alien Ramirez, Grizzly Hidriago, Imagen Latina, Mulato y su swing Latino, Jefferson y Adriana, Imagen Latina, Ryoko, Wabisabi, African Jet and many more.
Featuring interviews of every day enthusiasts and testimonials from ground-breaking WORLD FAMOUS SALSA MUSICIANS including; El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Alfredo de La Fe Victor Manuelle, Oscar D’Leon, Luis Enrique, Adalberto Santiago, Johnny Polanco, The Echo Park Project, Mercado Negro, and many more.
The film is narrated by and also features Albert Torres who was named Grand Marshall of the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade in June 2011 for his contribution to spreading Latin music and dance around the world. Before finding success as a world renowned Salsa dancer and becoming a pioneer in founding Salsa Congresses around the world, Albert is a prime example of someone who was spiritually transformed by Salsa. Grappling with life-threatening drug abuse and addiction for many years in his life, Albert Torres gives firsthand account of how he overcame these adversities and that it was his passion for Salsa that motivated him to get help, lift himself up from rock bottom, stay clean and achieve success in the Salsa world.
PROGRESS OF THE FILM
We have almost completed shooting, having already shot on location in New York, Los Angeles, Cancun, and Hawaii; however, they still need to shoot in three locations integral to telling their story: Puerto Rico, Colombia and Cuba. The documentary will include one of a kind archival footage from Albert’s personal library, as well as visually stunning footage shot in locations all over the world ranging from the Mayan pyramids in Mexico, the concrete jungles of New York City, tragedy ravaged Japan, and to the lush forests of Hawaii, just to name a few.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL
Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires, which means if Janja and Magali don’t reach their goal, they won’t be able to share these inspiring stories, and spread the uplifting message of Salsa around the world. We invite you to be a part of our story by contributing with your donation of $10 or $25 to help bring this vision to life! Become a part of the movement! Help us make a difference!
WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
The funds collected from Kickstarter will be used to complete filming, and pay for such costs as travel expenses to Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba, minimal pay compensation for 4 person crew and equipment rental (approx. $18,000.) Partial post production costs for offline and sound editing (approx. $13,500.) And 10% of the total pledge amount goes to fees for Kickstarter and Amazon as well as shipping costs sending you the DVD's, T-shirts and CD's (approx. $3500.)
Viva La Salsa!! Sincerely,
Janja and Magali
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Jun 12, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
You'll get a big thanks from the filmmakers and also a shout out by having your name written on the website (www.heartofsalsa.wordpress.com) in appreciation for helping us keep the spirit of Salsa alive!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You will get a special thank you video message via email from the HEART OF SALSA filmmakers and an UNA BUYA! from Albert Torres and will be posted in your name on the blog.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You’ll receive one HEART OF SALSA DVD. Be the first to get a released copy of our film on DVD, and a thank you message on our blog www.heartofsalsa.wordpress.com Help turn dreams into a reality!Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $55 or more
You’ll receive a package of one HEART OF SALSA DVD , one Salsa Congress DVD and one Salsa CD in addition to a thank you video message on our blog www.heartofsalsa.wordpress.com Be the first to get a released copy of our film on DVDEstimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $75 or more
You'll receive a package of one HEART OF SALSA DVD Signed by film makers and Albert Torres , two salsa CD's, one Salsa Instructional DVD & a thank you video message from Albert Torres On Albert Torres You Tube channelEstimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $100 or more
We will send you one limited edition of HEART OF SALSA DVD plus Bonus material, and one T-shirt "Una Buya" and a special video thank you message from Albert Torres and the filmmakers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $150 or more
We will send you one limited edition of HEART OF SALSA DVD signed by Albert Torres and the filmmakers as well as the LA Salsa Congress 2012 DVD signed by some of the premier salsa dancers in the world. We'll also include an exclusively designed LA Salsa Congress T-shirt.and 2 Salsa CDs . Become part of the movement!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $200 or more
You will get one limited edition of HEART OF SALSA DVD with Bonus material and a personalized autograph signed by some of the premier salsa dancers in the world as well as Albert Torres and film makers and a personal phone call from the FIlm Makers. Also a HEART OF SALSA T-shirt Designed by Costume Designer Magali GuidasciEstimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $300 or more
You'll receive a special thanks at the end credits of our film plus two VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film at the 2013 LA Salsa Congress and one Limited edition of HEART OF SALSA DVD. Help us keep the heart of Salsa alive and beating! Contribute today!!Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $500 or more
You'll receive a special thanks in our film in the end credits plus two VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film at the 2013 LA Salsa Congress ,one Limited edition of HEART OF SALSA DVD. HEART OF SALSA PACKAGE, two full event passes to the 15th annual LA Salsa congress May 23-27, 2013. Help us keep the heart of Salsa alive and beating! Contribute today!!Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
Two Full Event Passes ( May 24-27, 2013) to the 15th annual LA Salsa Congress 2013, plus two Vip seats for Friday night shows and concert plus special VIP after concert Party plus 2 VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film and limited edition of Heart of Salsa DVD.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $2,000 or more
Two Full Super VIP Passes (May 24-27, 2013) to the 15th annual LA Salsa Congress historical surprise Package that Albert is putting together. Shows and concert plus special VIP after concert Party plus two VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film and limited edition of Heart of Salsa DVD.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
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You'll get an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in our film, and two Limited editions of HEART OF SALSA DVDs signed in person by FIlm Makers & Albert Torres. You will get to follow Albert Torres for a back stage experience starting at 10 Am with morning staff meeting to afternoon rehearsal, to the ultimate evening show Plus two Full Super VIP Passes to the 15th Annual LA Salsa Congress (May 23-27, 2013) historical surprise Package that Albert is putting together. Shows and concert plus special VIP after concert Party plus two VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
You'll get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in our film, also two Limited editions of HEART OF SALSA DVDs signed in person by FIlm Makers & Albert Torres. You will get to follow Albert Torres for a back stage experience starting at 10 Am with morning staff meeting to afternoon rehearsal, to the Ultimate evening Show. Also a one on one with Albert and the filmmakers for lunch during the congress. Plus 2 Full Event Super VIP Passes to the 15th Annual LA Salsa Congress (May 23-27,2013) historical surprise Package that Albert is putting together. Shows and concert plus special VIP after concert Party plus 2 VIP tickets to the Premiere screening of the film. Also included for this pledge is a Suite from May 23-27, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA. In addition to the above, documentary filmmaker and one of Hollywood's premier costume designers, Magali Guidasci, will design for the first two pledges at this amount an outfit for him or her of your choice.Estimated delivery: May 2013