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A engaging documentary on the international rise of Seun Kuti, the youngest son of the legendary Nigerian activist/musician/singer, Fela Kuti. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on September 6, 2010.

A engaging documentary on the international rise of Seun Kuti, the youngest son of the legendary Nigerian activist/musician/singer, Fela Kuti.

About this project

We are in post production on an engaging and entertaining documentary on the international rise of Seun Kuti, the youngest son of the late legendary activist/musician/singer, Fela Kuti. We have fantastic footage shot in Lagos, Nigeria of Seun Kuti getting his father's band, Egypt 80, back together and interviews with Seun's family, including his mother, Fela's brother, Beko, and Dede Mabiaku.

Bruce Dickson, my partner, met Seun during the filming of another documentary he shot and produced in Lagos called "Welcome to Nollywood" - an expose on the multi-million dollar film industry in Nigeria. Inspired by Seun, Bruce took all the money he earned shooting "Nollywood", and then some, to produce "Seun Kuti: Fela Lives"; the doc is named after the "Fela Lives" tattoo across Seun's back. The editing of over 80 hours of footage is underway, however, we need additional interviews to bring the documentary full circle, as well as funding for sound design, the sound track, and titles. Our goal is to receive funding this summer, finish editing and begin film festival submissions this fall. Clips/Photos of progress will be posted on our website, www.bcuriousproductions.com.

On the tails of the successful Broadway show about Fela, we hope the timely festival screenings of our documentary, "Seun Kuti: Fela Lives" will bring attention to Seun's living tribute to his father's contributions, not only to Afro-beat, but to the world of music, societal enlightenment and the spiritual empowerment among Africans and all who struggle today. Bruce Dickson, an award-winning director and cinematographer, is editing and producing the documentary, www.brucedickson.com.

Thank you for reading about our endeavor and we look forward to gaining your support!

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    1 backer

    Invitation for two (2) to a private screening of the film "Seun Kuti: Fela Lives" in Los Angeles, CA and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    1 backer

    "Fela Lives" temporary skin tattoo and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    2 backers

    Latest Seun Kuti CD and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    4 backers

    Signed copy of feature documentary DVD, "Seun Kuti: Fela Lives" or online download and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

    1 backer

    All the above rewards: Fela Lives temporary tattoo, Seun Kuti CD and Fela Lives doc DVD or download and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    1 backer

    All the above rewards, plus a framed "Seun Kuti: Fela Lives" movie poster signed by the director, Bruce Dickson and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
    About $2,500 USD

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    All the above rewards, plus a Nigerian traditional outfit - a buba, the shirt, and bottoms (must specify size and Men's or Women's) and a Thank You credit in the film.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

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    All the above rewards, plus individual credit in film as Associate Producer.

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    Pledge $10,000
    About $10,000 USD

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    All the above rewards, plus individual credit in film as Co-Producer, name on all promotional material including DVD cover, producer's block on film poster and PR mentions.

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Funding period

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