The story of how the Cuban film started is anything but traditional. First, we wrote a short film, but when we started looking for funding, we were told that it needs to be a full length film. When we started casting, we found out that Oscar winner Lou Gossett Jr., and Oscar nominated Shoreh Aghadashloo, were already reading the script. When we reached out to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for help with making this film as authentic as possible, they immediately said yes with 100% support.
So here we are today, asking you to get involved with this special, heartwarming, and incredibly relevant project that we hope will raise the awareness for a debilitating disease, Alzheimer's.
The Cuban is a feature film about a nineteen year old immigrant from Afghanistan. Having lost her parents at a very young age, Mina Ayoub, was sent to live with her aunt in Canada.
Pressured to pursue a career in medicine, as opposed to her real passion — music, Mina reluctantly takes a part time job at the local nursing home. Here she meets Luis Garcia, one of Mina’s most enigmatic patients, who has Alzheimer's and vascular dementia and spends his time retreated in a wheelchair, in his room.
Mina hums tunes from her childhood as she goes about the job of feeding Luis and to her surprise, it ignites a spark inside him and he begins to awaken.
There are some things in life that bring together the most unlikely people - Music is one of them. The Cuban explores the power of music and how it knows no barriers; how it ignites a fire within those that consume it, which in turn, helps create memories that last a lifetime.
We want to shine a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s which robs a person of these memories. The story will remind the audience to never take life for granted, cherish the precious moments with those that are close to us, and most importantly, value one another’s stories before they’re taken away for eternity.
Part of why we wanted to run a Kickstarter campaign was to give you exclusive access to the film while we make it. In doing so, we will be posting new content here frequently to give you a first ever sneak peek behind the curtain and see us make The Cuban come to life.
One of the central components of this film is the effects of music therapy on those living with Alzheimer’s, so we’ve partnered with the Music Project. Music can allow a person living with dementia to rediscover pleasure in the world. The Alzheimer Society’s Music Project was created in response to overwhelming evidence showing the beneficial effects of music on people living with dementia.
Through the Music Project, personalized playlists are provided FREE of cost to support a person living with dementia and improve their quality of life.
We really wanted to run a Kickstarter to open up the film to YOU while simultaneously creating awareness for the project and the disease. We are incredibly proud of this project, and want to share our excitement with all of you. We are incredibly proud of this project, and want to share our excitement with all of you.
Any contributions you make will go directly into making this project even bigger and better. We are already in production, but we still have a long road ahead of us. Things like visual fx, music licensing, colour correction and audio mixing to name a few.
When will the rewards become available / be shipped? Each Perk has an Estimated Delivery month listed in description. You will be notified of any delays.Any item with spoilers such as episode downloads or scripts will be sent out on, or shortly after, the day the movie is released. Digital deliveries will be sent out as an email after the end of the campaign as downloadable links.
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What name will be used for the credits? We hope to use your real name, and we will ask you for your real name as part of the post-campaign survey. We may ask for a copy of proof of your identity and name. If you want to put someone else’s name in the credits (a friend or family member), you will be able to submit their name in the survey.
How do I give you my details and preferences (like shirt size)? Once the project has ended, we will email you a survey to ask for all the info we need to make sure you get your perk. That’s when you can give us details like shipping address, and your preferences. We expect to get the survey out to you immediately following the end of the campaign.
What if my address changes? If you move before the perks are shipped out, get in touch with us via your account as soon as you can and we'll do our best to accommodate the change.
Can I change my perk? If you decide you’d like to change or upgrade your perk to another one, get in touch with us via the campaign and we’ll see if we can help you out.
What if I want to pledge/make a contribution for a friend or family member? You make your pledge or contribution out to anyone you want! At the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to collect the information we need to fulfill your perks. In that survey you will be able to specify a name and address for the perks to be made out to.
You spelled something wrong / had the wrong link / made a mistake on detail. Thank you! It really does ‘take a village’ to run a campaign like this. Please get in touch with us to let us know about our mistake and help us improve the campaign!
I posted a question to the campaign. Will I get a response? Absolutely, but we may need 24 hours to get around to everything. You can be sure someone will read your question, and will try to answer as soon as possible. Even if you don’t get a response, please know someone is manning the pumps, and your concern or question is being considered by our team.
How will you use my contact information? We do not see your information until the campaign is completed. We can only communicate to you through the campaign infrastructure. When the campaign is completed we receive your contact information. We will only use your personal information to contact you for the survey, provide your perk and any of the items or services you've requested, respond to any inquiries from you, and to keep you updated on the progress of our campaign.
What sizes will be offered for the t-shirts? We will be offering sizes ranging from Small to 2XLarge.
When are the premieres? Our ballpark date is March 2019. This is an estimate and likely to change.
Who is running the campaign? The campaign is being run Space Mop’ers Michael Davison and Davin Lengyel, the crack team that managed some of the largest movie crowdfunding campaigns, including the Robbie and Stephen Amell's Code 8 campaign which raised over $2 million from over 25k backers.
Risks and challenges
We are already in production, which means that the project is happening no matter what. But we still have a long road ahead of us. With your help, we can make sure that this project has a smooth and quick post production process.
This campaign is also the start of the Cuban's online presence and acts as the staging ground for our first, and greatest fans. If you choose to support, THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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