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Join us in making this heartwarming film, featuring Ana Golja (Degrassi), Louis Gossett Jr., and Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey's Anatomy)
153 backers pledged CA$ 35,329 to help bring this project to life.

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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.  

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FAQ

  • 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!

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    Official Funder

    YOU GET all funders updates, PLUS if you choose your name will be listed on our website as an official backer of the Cuban movie.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    Thank You Postcard

    YOU GET this original 5x7 postcard designed by an Alzheimer Society of Toronto client as our way of saying “Thank You,” PLUS if you choose, your name will be listed on our website as an official backer of the Cuban movie.

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    Digital Package

    YOU GET a 1080p (HD) resolution digital download of the feature film after it's released, PLUS the official digital The Cuban movie poster, PLUS a digital copy of the script, PLUS access to all behind-the-scenes content!

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    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About US$ 22

    DVD

    YOU GET a DVD of the feature film after it's released, PLUS the digital package perk, PLUS the Thank You Postcard!

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    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Thank You Postcard
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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 26

    Blu-ray

    YOU GET a Blu-ray of the feature film after it's released, PLUS the digital package perk, PLUS the Thank You Postcard!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Name listed on website
    • Digital poster
    • Copy of the Bluray
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    Pledge CA$ 55 or more About US$ 41

    T-Shirt

    YOU GET the official Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt for The Cuban, PLUS The Cuban on DVD (add $5 to upgrade to Blu-ray), PLUS the digital package perk, PLUS the Thank You Postcard! *Note: Sizes range S-XXL; there will be a short survey sent at the end of the campaign to get sizing.

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    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
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    • Copy of the DVD
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    Pledge CA$ 85 or more About US$ 64

    Name in the Credits

    YOU GET your name in the credits as part of the Special Thanks in the DVD and digital download, PLUS the Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt (sizes S-XXL), PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 for the Blu-ray), PLUS the Thank You Postcard, PLUS the digital package perk!

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    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Copy of the DVD
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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 75

    Signed Script

    YOU GET a physical copy of the script signed by Ana Golja, Giacomo Giannotti, Taras Koltun (Producer), Sergio Navaretta (Director), and Allesandra Piccione (Writer), PLUS the Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt (sizes S-XXL), PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 for the Blu-ray), PLUS the Thank You Postcard, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • Signed Script
    • Copy of the DVD
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About US$ 94

    Swag Bag

    We’re partnering with the Alzheimer society on this perk. YOU GET the exclusive Alzheimer Society “The Cuban” t-shirt, the Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt for the Cuban, PLUS a copy of the DVD of The Cuban (add $5 to upgrade to a Blu-ray), PLUS a copy of the script signed by Taras Koltun (Producer), and Ana Golja, PLUS the Alzheimer Society tote bag, PLUS the thank you postcard, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Music Project T-shirt
    • Music Project tote bag
    • Signed Script
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    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About US$ 131

    Last Chance: Come Visit Set

    YOU GET to come see the action in person for you and a friend! We’ll tour you around set on Any time between APRIL 30-MAY 11, and introduce you to the cast and crew, (Travel & Accommodations not included) PLUS the Kickstarter exclusive The Cuban T-Shirt, PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 to upgrade to Blu-ray), PLUS the thank you postcard, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • T-Shirt
    • Invitation to Set
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Thank You Postcard
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    Pledge CA$ 225 or more About US$ 168

    Attend the Premiere in Toronto

    You and a friend will be invited to attend the red carpet premiere of The Cuban in TORONTO, where the cast and crew will be in attendance (Travel & Accommodations not included). There will be a Q&A session after the screening, PLUS you get the The Cuban T-Shirt for you and your guest, PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 to upgrade to Blu-ray), PLUS two Thank You Postcards, PLUS the digital package perk.

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    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • T-Shirt
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Thank You Postcard
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    Pledge CA$ 275 or more About US$ 206

    VIP Premiere

    You and a friend can Attend the Premiere in Toronto and walk the red carpet, then join the cast and crew at the after party (19+) with Ana Golja, and Taras Koltun, PLUS there will be a photo op and meet & greet during the after party with available cast & crew, PLUS receive an official The Cuban T-Shirt for you and your guest, PLUS the digital package perk, PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 to upgrade to Blu-ray), PLUS two Thank You Postcards. (Travel & Accommodations not included)

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed on website
    • T-Shirt
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Copy of the DVD
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 374

    Kickstarter Producer

    You are officially a producer for The Cuban with your name in the credits! YOU GET an invitation to the Premiere for you and a friend (Travel & Accommodation not included), PLUS a physical copy of the script signed by Ana Golja and Taras Koltun (Producer), PLUS the The Cuban T-Shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS the Thank You Postcard, PLUS a copy of the DVD (add $5 to upgrade to Blu-ray), PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • T-Shirt
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
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    Pledge CA$ 575 or more About US$ 430

    Kickstarter Producer & Souvenir Prop 1

    You are officially a kickstarter producer for The Cuban with your name in the credits and a souvenir to prove it! YOU GET one souvenir from the set of the Cuban of a unique nursing home hallway sign, PLUSan invitation to the Premiere, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • T-Shirt
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Signed Script
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Souvenir Prop Hallway Sign
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    Pledge CA$ 575 or more About US$ 430

    Kickstarter Producer & Souvenir Prop 2

    You are officially a kickstarter producer for The Cuban with your name in the credits and a souvenir to prove it! YOU GET one souvenir from the set of the Cuban of a unique nursing home ID badge, PLUS an invitation to the Premiere, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Invitation to Wrap Party
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Souvenir Prop ID Badge
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    Pledge CA$ 650 or more About US$ 487

    Kickstarter Producer & Small Prop

    You are officially a kickstarter producer for The Cuban with your name in the credits! YOU GET one of three Cuban styled posters featured in the film signed by Ana Golja, Taras Koltun (Producer), Sergio Navarretta (Director) and Alessandra Piccione (Writer), PLUS an invitation to the Premiere, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Signed Prop Poster
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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 749

    Kickstarter Producer & Big Prop

    You are officially a kickstarter producer for The Cuban with your name in the credits! YOU GET one of two Cuban posters featured in the movie signed by Louis Gossett Jr., Ana Golja, Taras Koltun (Producer), Sergio Navarretta (Director), and Alessandra Piccione (writer), PLUS an invitation to the Premiere, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Cigar Box or Featured Poster signed by Lou Gossett Jr. &Core team
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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About US$ 1,871

    Co-Associate Producer

    You are officially a Co-Associate Producer of The Cuban the feature film, with your name near the top of the credits! YOU GET four tickets to the premiere in Toronto (Travel & Accommodations not included), where you will walk the Red Carpet with us and attend the after party, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS two copies of The Cuban on DVD or Blu-ray, PLUS attend the official The Cuban Wrap Party, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Invitation to Set
    • Invitation to Wrap Party
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Music Project T-shirt
    • Music Project tote bag
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    Co-Associate Producer (Round 2)

    Due to popular demand, we are opening this perk up to two more spots!
    You are officially a Co-Associate Producer of The Cuban the feature film, with your name near the top of the credits! YOU GET four tickets to the premiere in Toronto (Travel & Accommodations not included), where you will walk the Red Carpet with us and attend the after party, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet, PLUS two copies of The Cuban on DVD or Blu-ray, PLUS attend the official The Cuban Wrap Party, PLUS the digital package perk!

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Invitation to Wrap Party
    • Music Project T-shirt
    • Music Project tote bag
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Copy of the DVD
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    Pledge CA$ 10,000 or more About US$ 7,486

    Associate Producer & Private Screening

    You are officially an Associate Producer of The Cuban the feature film, with your name near the top of the credits AND your very own private screening! You book the venue (whether it’s your backyard or the local theatre, or a fundraiser) and we’ll show up with the movie, Ana Golja, Taras Koltun (Producer), Sergio Navarretta (Director), and Alessandra Piccione (writer). YOU GET four tickets to the official premiere in Toronto, where you will walk the Red Carpet with us and attend the after party, PLUS the The Cuban t-shirt, PLUS an invitation to visit to the set of The Cuban, PLUS a signed copy of the script, PLUS receive your own callsheet PLUS attend the official The Cuban Wrap Party, PLUS the digital package perk! Note: Limited to locations in Canada and United States.

    Includes:
    • Access to Behind the Scenes
    • Copy of the DVD
    • Digital copy of the script
    • Digital download of the film
    • Digital poster
    • Invitation to Wrap Party
    • Music Project T-shirt
    • Music Project tote bag
    • Name listed in the credits
    • Name listed on website
    • Name on the Callsheet
    • Signed Script
    • T-Shirt
    • Thank You Postcard
    • Ticket to the Premiere
    • Ticket to the VIP After Party
    • Private Screening
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Funding period

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