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$4,718
pledged of $67,000pledged of $67,000 goal
67
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 7 2013 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Thank you for visiting our site and making a tax deductible donation to support our project. You are now a collaborator on our project and we look forward to making this project together! Please share comments and tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you!

Meet The Repass Team: Annie

Learn about the media's influence on young girls of color and what we can do to improve their self-image from girl power advocate Annie Yaniga who previously worked with Girls for a Change.

Meet The Repass Cast: Donzaleigh

We'd like to introduce you to actress, artist and writer Donzaleigh Abernathy who will share her passion for acting and talk about the spiritual character she portrays in The Repass. We hope you enjoy!

Meet The Repass Cast: Marie-Francoise

Now we're going to begin introducing you to some key members of the feature cast and crew every Monday during our campaign so you can get a bird's eye view of the development process. First, we'd like to introduce you to Marie-Francoise Theodore, an interdisciplinary artist of Haitian-American descent. She talks about playing the role of Marianne in the film. Enjoy!

The Story

The Repass is a haunting fairy tale that illuminates the strength and resilience of a young girl who loses her brother during Hurricane Katrina. Seven-year-old Creole Marie struggles to navigate through the emotional trauma in her family and overcome the physical horrors of a city facing its own mortality. Using the healing power of Haitian vodou spirits, culture and dance, she discovers what happened to her brother and helps her family to heal.

Who Am I?

I am the award winning writer-director of the short film Soap and Roses, and we are on Kickstarter to raise funds to direct and produce The Repass. After working in the industry for 5 years as an executive assistant at management and production companies like One Race Films, The Firm and Lionsage, I decided I was ready to go to the next level. I began developing my first feature project The Repass. Since then I have created my own production company, Wicked Lovely Films and have dedicated myself to producing artistic projects of diversity, social relevance, and new perspective as I help other artists move their work into the public sphere. My background in poetry and education has helped to create a beautiful, lyrical and darkly thrilling narrative about a young girl who discovers the light within herself. My hope is that my audience will find something special within themselves too. 

The Story Behind our Project

I found my story in a cemetery when I was walking with a friend and admiring the ornate architecture of French cemeteries. I had always thought they were beautiful. When I traveled to Venice, I felt myself pulled into a haunting city of decaying homes, places, and things. It caused me to ask questions about the things we most hold sacred: family, community, places we call home. I’m not sure when I asked the question or why, but I became intrigued with the question of when children truly understand death and so I wrote a story about a family that faced losing these things. Then Hurricane Katrina happened, and a friend encouraged me to consider writing about a place closer to home. The only place in the US with similar cemeteries was New Orleans.

Why Hurricane Katrina?

I remember where I was when I heard about the storm, and I will never forget it. A woman was screaming on the radio and her despair pierced my soul. Days were passing and people like me were witnessing what was happening. The anguish was long and drawn out and no one was coming to their rescue, but many people here wanted to. My friend and fellow filmmaker opened up a life line to reconnect people who were separated. I decided to write a story, not about the pain and anguish but about the strength of these remarkable people. I discovered the repass, the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition, and found so many real and true stories of people going out into community and helping each other. It moved me. But I didn’t want to tell simply another Katrina story, I wanted to tell a story that we can all relate to: a very small story about a little girl who searches for answers about death and discovers not only the answers but the power to heal from a tragedy.

What About Voodoo?

When I began researching Hurricane Katrina I discovered so many personal connections to personal stories. The story of the officer who saved others, but who lost his own loved ones, the woman who was buried by her neighbors on the street, the hospital that flooded as women gave birth. But I became truly fascinated with the culture of Haitian vodou. I discovered things about my Caribbean ancestry that suddenly made sense when I delved into the true origins of vodou and discovered that it was not a religion of spells, it is a religion of community, of healing. I love that we get to revisit vodou and Haitian culture in a different way in this story.

What Stage it's at Now

The Repass is at a critical stage. We have a great script, a great team, and even locations. But more than that we have production companies who have offered funding but only if we can attach marketable talent. With their support and Louisiana tax incentives, we have raised 70% of our budget. The funds we raise here will allow us to move our project out of development and into preproduction. Attaining funds will not only guarantee our funding, it will guarantee we get to make the film we want, the way we want and for the audience we choose: you.

Why we value your Support?

The Repass is not a studio film; however, it is an independent film with mainstream elements—a supernatural thriller; because it is a genre film, it has the power to entertain a large audience but at its core is a film about hope. However, a studio would change that. The story might become all thriller or all drama or worse—. With your support we can get to tell our story, our way for you. You help us make a movie that you want to see. Your contribution leads the way from everyone else but our real power comes in doing all these things together.

Why Else Contribute?

Well, not only do you get a cool piece of movie memorabilia and get to support more diverse and original filmmaking, but you get to participate in the process and see our movie get made step by step. You get to celebrate with us as we bring on talent, learn how we shop our projects at markets like AFM, or share your feedback to help shape the film. You get all of that AND you get a 501C3 TAX DEDUCTION for your contribution as well!!

What happens if we don't reach our Goal?

We were deliberate in choosing Kickstarter because it is a community-based platform; we only succeed if everyone contributes and we make our goal. Our minimum goal is $67,000 but if we don’t meet our minimum goal, we don’t get any of the money we raised. However, we chose this crowdfunding platform because we want our project to be supported by our community. Your donation counts, and who you ask to join this community matters. If everyone who reads this supports this project and retweets, reposts, or emails about it, you are acknowledging the strength of the individual and the power of community to make things happen. In a real New Orleans repass, the whole community comes together to celebrate life in the face of death; so we are asking you to join our community and help bring a beautiful project to fruition. By choosing kickstarter we are committing to making this movie together or not at all.

How you are changing images in the Media

We want to thank all our contributors and donors for helping build an incredible community that supports diversity, young girls, and a world where we are encouraged to expand our minds and spirits. We are excited to have you accompany us on this journey and eager to have you arrive with us at our destination onscreen together. We could not do it without you!

Risks and challenges

Making a movie is no joke. People who decide to make a movie are risking time, money, and a tremendous amount of effort they've invested in the final product but there are no guarantees which is why so few people get there. We want you to be aware of the risk as well.

However we have a great and committed team in place, and many years of experienced crew behind us who are able to circumvent obstacles as they arise. Most importantly, we are dedicated to seeing this film come to fruition no matter what.

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