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An illuminated film transmitting the dance, drumming and chants of the Orixás and their living presence in modern Brazilian culture.

Listen to the Music Here: http://axeorixa.bandcamp.com/

(Para versão em Português, clique aqui

Wow!!!  Thank you so much!!!  We may have reached our goal, but Axe Orixa is just starting the birth process!!! Stay with us through the whole experience. All of our backers will be the first to see the film, we'll post it on Vimeo with a password just for our backers.

Stretch Goals: 

Any extra monies raised beyond $30,050 will allow us to go so much further and make an even better film! 

We want to film Rosangela teaching an Orixá dance class,

We want to film Mariella performing with her roots/jazz band,

We want to film the priestess Makota Valdina who stated: “I am not a descendent of slaves, I am a descendent of people forced into slavery.” 

And if we raise enough, we'd like to film Mateus Aleluia of Os Tincoãs.

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About the film:

Axé Orixá (pronounced ashay orishah) is a film of the dance, drumming and chants of the Orixás (Afro-Brazilian gods and goddesses) and how they manifest today through some of Bahia’s greatest musicians and legendary dancers. The film unfolds through dreamlike sequences of music and dance featuring seven of the Orixás delicately linked through the artists’ explanation of their spiritual realities, and how the rituals live on in Brazilian culture today. Axé Orixá enables modern Bahian artists to reimagine their traditions in a uniquely visionary form.

Where does this film take place?

In Salvador, the tropical Bahian capitalknown as the “Land of Happiness” for its joyous dance, music and largest street carnival in the world. It has given birth to many stars of Brazilian music including Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Carlinhos Brown, and Olodum. 

Yet Salvador’s musical heritage stems from its sad history as the entry port for the millions of African people forced into slavery. On reaching Brazil these people had lost everything, but managed to hold onto the music, dance and beliefs of their spiritual practices, known as Candomblé.  

Candomblé views reality as a manifestation of the spiritual and creative force called Axé, the infinite and all-pervading creative energy of the universe.

The Orixás, the gods and goddesses of the Candomblé tradition, are the luminous manifestations of Axé, moving in the human realm as forces of nature and archetypal structures of human mind and emotion.

Why this project now?

With the upcoming FIFA World Cup and Summer Olympics scheduled for Brazil, all eyes are on the country to see what makes it so unique. By channeling the power of the Orixás into a more tangible source (film), we hope to reveal the beauty at the heart of Bahian culture in an exciting new form, and to emphasize its importance in part of what it means to be "Brazilian".     

Who’s involved?  

I’ve been extremely lucky to gain the collaborative trust of many of the great visionaries in Bahia: choreographer Rosangela Silvestre, singer and performer Mariella Santiago, musician, sound engineer and cameraman Tadeu Mascarenhas, singer, dancer and priest Gilmar Sampaio, and many of the dancers and musicians from the internationally renown Balé Folclórico da Bahia. Computational media artist Daniel Sabio has come on board here in the US in the role of production coordinator, editor and cameraman. 

IN MEMORIAM

Axé Orixá is dedicated to the memory of the life of Luis Fernando, known as FORMIGÃO, who was a Principle Dancer of Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Bloco Afro Malê Ballet and Viva Bahia. These were the first dance companies in Bahia to base their repertoire on the dance and movements of the Orixás rather than European classical dance. Sadly Luis Fernando passed on after he danced Xangô for us.   

How Kickstarter works and what happens if we don’t reach our goal. 

Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding so if we don't make it to $30,050 we get absolutely nothing, no one's credit card is charged and no one receives our fantastic rewards. Every dollar does count, so please chip in!

What are we going to do with the $30,050?

Seems like a low number for a film budget doesn’t it? Of course, it’s insanely low!!! I've put in about $15,000 so far doing all the filming, editing and paying of the performers except for Rosangela Silvestre who helped me get this project off the ground. But we’ve gone as far as we can alone and now we need your help. In order to finish the film and put it out into the world, we need your support to cover final filming, editing, scoring, sound and color mastering.

Can you donate outside of the United States? 

Yes, you only need a credit card!

When will I be able to see the film? 

We hope to finish by Fall 2013, but we promise to faithfully keep you updated with clips of the film as we proceed.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?




Yes! If you want to increase your contribution or change your reward please   sign in to Kickstarter. Go to the Axé Orixá campaign page, and the green “Back This Project” button will be replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click and enter a new amount or choose a new reward!

More Questions?  

Contact us at layne@layneredmond.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since we are mostly in the post-production phase of the film, the risks are less. However, we still need to travel to Brazil with our equipment, film in relatively dangerous locations, and edit the remaining footage once back home. Money, therefore, would be our biggest challenge so far. If we do end up reaching beyond our stated goal, we will have added incentive to go after big names in the Brazilian music world to include in the film, but may not be able to film with them because of licensing issues, etc.

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    HQ audio download of Iemanja, the goddess of the sea, from the AXÉ ORIXÁ CD.

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    HQ audio download of the AXÉ ORIXÁ CD - eight candomblé classics recorded with Bahia's greatest musicians specifically for our film! Already completed and only available as a pledge offering.

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    Limited edition (real-life) AXÉ ORIXÁ CD, with artwork designed by our own Daniel Sabio. You also receive the download of the CD (Available in Dec. 2012).

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    HD Download of the completed film, and HQ Download of the CD. You also get an eternal thanks on our website.

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    New reward for Pandeiro Players!! Download the exclusive BAHIAN PERCUSSION INSTRUCTIONAL DVD (focusing primarily on pandeiro and with surdo and tambourine). This DVD download is only available as a pledge reward! You also get HD Download of the completed film (when completed), and HQ Download of the CD. Pandeiro DVD download and CD download available Jan. 2013.

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    Limited edition (real-life) DVD of the completed film, the limited edition CD, and a high resolution digital still from one of the dream sequences. In addition, you receive the downloads for DVD and CD. And yes, your name is also praised eternally on our webserver. (Digital still and CD download available Dec. 2012)

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    The limited edition DVD, WITH BONUS DISC including complete footage of drummers recording the music for the film (only available as a pledge offering), the limited edition CD, and a hi-res digital still from one of the dream sequences. You also receive the downloads for the DVD (+Bonus Disc) and CD. Oh yeah, you're in the film, by way of Special Thanks in the credits! (Digital still, CD and Studio Drummers Bonus Disc downloads available Dec. 2012)

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    DRUM LOVER'S PACKAGE: Limited Edition DVD WITH BONUS DISC including complete footage of the drummers recording the music for the film, PLUS an exclusive BAHIAN PERCUSSION INSTRUCTIONAL DVD (focusing on pandeiro and surdo). You also get the limited edition CD, and your name in the credits! Yes, you DO receive the downloads for the DVDs, Bonus Disc, and CD. (Bahian Percussion DVD, CD and Studio Drummers Bonus Disc downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    FILM LOVER'S PACKAGE: Limited Edition DVD WITH 3 BONUS DISCS: 1 - Behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews; 2 - Drummers recording the music for the film; 3 - Bahian Percussion Instructional DVD (focusing on pandeiro and surdo). You also get the limited edition CD, and your name in the credits! Additionally, you receive the downloads for the DVDs, Bonus Discs, and CD when they become available. (Studio Drummers Bonus Disc, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    Layne's 6-DVD Intensive Frame Drum Training Program ($150 value & exclusive to this pledge offering), A Custom Digital Photobook of Bahian Culture, a high resolution digital still appropriate for printing, ALONG WITH everything in the FILM LOVER'S PACKAGE (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Studio Drummers Bonus Disc, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    You are AWESOME! Layne will join your conference, class, or party via Skype for one of her great lectures with slides and video! You also receive a Custom Digital Photobook of Bahian Culture, a high resolution digital still appropriate for printing along with everything in the FILM LOVER'S PACKAGE! (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Studio Drummers Bonus Disc, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    You receive INFINITE digital love, A signed hard-bound Photobook of Bahian Culture and Festivals, Layne’s Skype lecture, everything in the previous award, plus an honorary Associate Producer credit at the end of the film credits. (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Studio Drummers Bonus Disc, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    Whoa, you really love us! All that was in the previous reward, PLUS a home cooked dinner with director Layne Redmond, and a VIP pass for you and a guest to the premiere in Asheville, NC (transportation and accommodations not included). (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Studio Drummers Bonus Disc, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    Thanks, boss. You are our Executive Producer, and beyond credit as such in the film, you will be received as royalty, and have your place by our sides at the premiere of the film in Asheville, NC (transportation and accommodations not included). In addition to wearing gold and looking fancy, you also receive everything listed under all the other reward levels, so rejoice! (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Bonus Disc of Drummers in Studio, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available this Dec. 2012)

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    Join us in January 2013 while we are working on the film in Brazil for five days! We'll take you everywhere! Go to a candomblé ceremony, visit the percussion department at UFBA, go to a community drum group, sit in on a live recording session at Tadeu's studio, ride the historic schooner around the bay, see performances of Didá - Female Percussion Ensemble and the amazing Balé Folclorico da Bahia! (Transportation, Accommodations, Expenses not included) You'll be credited as our Axé Orixá Angel in the film and have your place by our sides at the premiere of the film in Asheville, NC. In addition, you get everything else listed in previous reward levels! (Digital Photobook, Digital Still, Bonus Disc of Drummers in Studio, Bahian Percussion DVD, and CD downloads available Dec. 2012)

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