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Help us bring this avant-garde adaptation of Puccini's masterpiece La Bohème to the big screen.

About the project:

Our movie is almost done. The film is shot. We need the soundtrack to complete the project. That’s why we are asking for your support. 

We have finished principal photography of The Bohemians after shooting the last year and are looking to record the music for the movie in the middle of December. 

This is a movie based on an opera, which means there will be a lot of great singing, and we need music from an orchestra for that. 

We have a verbal agreement from a well-known orchestra to deliver the quality sound we want. However, we need the funds to pay for the arrangement of the music, for a 30-musician orchestra, the recording studio, and post-production of the picture.

Scenes from the production
Scenes from the production

Why you should support this project:

“And now, on with the opera. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor.” Groucho Marx: A Night at the Opera.

This is a game-changing proposition: No one has ever made a film like this. We want to take it out of the opera house and bring it into your living rooms and movie theaters.

We want you to be part of a new form of independent movie production and whether you’d like to pledge to our Kickstarter campaign, share our efforts with your followers on social media, or write an article about our project, we will appreciate every act of contribution.

We want to bring a great genre to a big audience and make you part of the process achieving this enthusiastic goal.

Mimi on her way to deal with fate
Mimi on her way to deal with fate

The Story:

Friends hang out. A power outage. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. They break up. Boy and girl realize they cannot live without each other. They get back together. Friends hang out. The doorbell rings.

Ok. That was short but here is a little more background on a great story that has been performed for over a hundred years in opera houses around the world and our modern version of it:

In present day Williamsburg, a group of struggling artists live as Bohemians. The graceful artist Mimi, who works at night as bartender, lives in the same industrial loft building as the exuberant and mediocre writer Rodolfo. Their group of friends includes Musetta, the sultry and conniving ex-girlfriend of Marcello, a photographer and daring roommate of Rodolfo; Schaunard, an arrogant yet talented disc jockey, and Colline a bar stool philosopher who has not a care in the world. Mimi and Rodolfo have passed each other many times on the street, noticing each other, yet too busy to engage. One fateful winter night a power outage seems to deal a hand in their game of fate. Mimi, tired of her meaningless relationships thinks that she has finally found true love with Rodolfo but her deteriorating health and the lifestyle that she lives with him, might finally take its toll.

Invitation to Musetta's performance at Cafe Momus
Invitation to Musetta's performance at Cafe Momus

The Team:

JOSE LUIS R. CORTES (DIRECTOR and PRODUCER) started his career as a photojournalist and writer for the most important sports magazines in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked as a freelance producer, editor and director of photography for several TV programs as well as for advertising agencies. He has directed and photographed the 25 minute documentary Orphans, and is the director of photography of the documentary “Symphony,” Best Documentary Feature at the Orinda Film Festival. He has co-written the screenplay entitled “Road to the Halcyon’s Nest,” which is currently in development. Jose Luis has overseen the corporate image for A.D.O. Entertainment and for the Placido Domingo sponsored opera competition Operalia. He also directed the “Yogasing, yoga for singers and performers” instructional video and has directed numerous documentaries on the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program produced by Alvaro Domingo and commissioned by the artistic director Plácido Domingo, and worked as a director of photography on the second documentary about The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, “Legacy.” Besides filmmaking he is a The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, The New York Times and many other magazines and newspapers published photographer. Jose Luis lives and works in New York.

ADAM MARGULIES (CAST and PRODUCER) has worked both as an opera singer and writer as well as actor, director, and stage manager in different theatrical productions. He has written as an operatic CRITIC for both Opera Britannica and The Examiner publication as a New York based opera critic. Adam has written a play based on the song cycle Dichterliebe by Schuman, which is currently in pre-production and has written a script based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. He currently lives and works in New York and recently returned from a set of performances in Prague’s XENAfest summer festival.

ALVARO DOMINGO (PRODUCER) was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1968 and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He is the son of legendary tenor, Plácido Domingo, and Mexican stage director, Marta Domingo. He studied filmmaking in Bard College in upstate New York. Domingo's first film production work was in 1984, as a production assistant and translator to producer Patrice Ledoux in the multilingual production of the film version of George Bizet's famous opera Carmen, directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Plácido Domingo and Julia Migenes. In 1992 Domingo co-founded Carrasco & Domingo Films to produce "The Other Conquest" an epic drama set in the aftermath of the 1521 Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Released in Mexico by 20th Century Fox, "The Other Conquest" became the highest-grossing Mexican dramatic film ever at the time of its release.

RAFA SARDINA (SOUND ENGINEER and PRODUCER). Los Angeles based Eleven-Time Grammy-Winner Producer, Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic and impressive client list in the recent years: Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Michael Jack-son, Shakira, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Armando Manzanero, Jessy Moss, Mariah Carey, Luis Miguel, Paco de Lucía, Sheryl Crow, Soul Coughing, Elan, Beyonce, Angie Stone and Alejandro Sanz, among many others. He has received 25 Grammy Nominations, both American and Latin, for his work with Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel and Alejandro Sanz.

MATTHIAS SCHMITT (PRODUCER). Creative mind, career changer, former finance professional and now filmmaker/producer. Matthias joined the ranks of producers a year and a half ago as an associate producer and social media person at www.spaceracekids.com, a web-based animated show for pre-schoolers that follows the adventures of hot-shot spaceship Eagle and his friends of Stardust Bay. The show is currently in production and projected for TV release the beginning of 2014.  He produced the post-apocalyptic web series “Silent City” which garnered a wide following on YouTube and was a Kickstarter funded project. Matthias joined the production of The Bohemians in 2011 and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the production company Bravo Lozano. 

How to get around paying your rent? Serenade your landlord!
How to get around paying your rent? Serenade your landlord!

Our cast consists of up-and-coming opera singers that saw this project with the same passion: expose a large audience to fine art. A cinematic stage is not an operatic stage in many ways but these people have excelled in their contribution of singing and acting.

For this project we have put together a cast of young and talented singers, lead by tenor Israel Lozano, three time winner of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, and Suzanne Kantorski-Merrill a wonderful soprano of high acclaim, hailed by the New York Times as “lively and engaging.” We also have the contribution of a group of young graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia namely Claire Coolen, Jonathan Estabooks, Adam Margulies, Tom McNichols, and David Robinson.

How we will use your pledge:

Up to this point we have used blood, sweat, tears, favors, our own money to get us this far but we need your help to finish this project so we can say: Curtain Up! We will use your pledge to record the arranged music for The Bohemians movie, which will push us through the final stages of the post-production process to turn this project into reality and bring it to the big screen. 

Our goal of $65,000 will pay for the orchestra, the soundtrack recording, sound and music mastering, and picture color-correction. We have secured the commitment of people that want to contribute to this project at considerably reduced compensation so this represents an attainable completion goal.

We are projecting four weeks for the campaign that reflect the four acts of the original opera, through which we will engage you with the progress of the campaign and the story simultaneously. 

Please connect with us to stay updated on our progress and help us spread the word about our project:

Web : www.thebohemiansmovie.com
Facebook : The Bohemians Facebook
Twitter: @BohemiansMovie

We THANK YOU for your time and efforts!!!

After the recording of the singing
After the recording of the singing

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have the recording scheduled for the middle of December and the commitments from an orchestra as well as people for minimal post-production. Now we need funds to proceed. We are on a tight schedule with our fundraising campaign but we believe that this project will garner the support of movie, opera, and music fans worldwide.

The challenges in completing your rewards given a successful Kickstarter campaign are manifold:

- As this is New York City and we have to deal with inclement weather a lot (Irene, Sandy, blizzards), especially during winter since our orchestra recording is scheduled for December, a Northeaster storm could lead us to cancel the recording and we would have to re-schedule for next year, which will delay the finishing of our movie and hence delivering your rewards.

- Depending on the time it takes to finish post-production - despite our conservative schedule - it might take us longer to deliver the edited soundtrack, finished movie, posters and t-shirts than by May 2013.

- Some of our rewards are very personalized, especially the serenading video, and even though we have planned for extra cushion and accounted for our cast's schedule to record the videos, it might take us beyond May 2013 to deliver these rewards.

Should we exceed our funding goal, we will use the funds for higher quality post-production work and an accelerated timetable for the completion of the post-production editing of the picture and the processing of the soundtrack.

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