ABOUT THE FILM
We all break sometimes. What happens next can be extraordinary. This feature film, inspired by true events, follows a life transformed by the deep, soulful, power and beauty that is the art of flamenco. Elle, a high-tech executive whose life is torn apart by tragedy, in a moment of chance, experiences the power and beauty of raw emtions expressed through flamenco. Intrigued, she goes on a journey that takes her from despair and grief, to acceptance of the ups and downs of life. Inspired by art, music and dance, she discovers her voice and learns to integrate life’s pains and its joys, finding the strength to embrace, even celebrate the messiness of it all.
SOBRE LA PELÍCULA
Todos en algún momento tenemos un punto de ruptura. Lo que pasa después puede ser extraordinario Este largometraje, inspirado en hechos reales, sigue una vida transformada por el profundo, emotivo, poder y belleza que es el arte del flamenco. Elle, una ejecutiva de alta tecnología cuya vida está desgarrada por la tragedia, en un momento de azar se ve expuesta al poder y la belleza de las emociones al desnudo, expresadas a través del flamenco. Se despierta su curiosidad, y emprende un viaje que le lleva desde la desesperación y el dolor, a la aceptación de los avatares de la vida. Inspirada por el arte, la música y el baile, descubre su voz y aprende a integrar los dolores de la vida y sus alegrías, encontrando la fuerza para abrazar lo lioso que es todo.
WHY WE WROTE THE STORY
Finding our way forward from the things in life that hurt to the depths of our being can be a rough and lonely road. The reclaiming of self is the good fight. It takes tremendous courage, determination and inspiration. This story brings us along that road, to where shared human experiences meet across cultures in the transformative expression of music, art, dance, and community to celebrate this life we all share. We want to bring awareness to the quiet fight, to the struggle inside the heart and mind that can be so easily masked behind busy lives and isolation. We want to share this story that demonstrates so clearly that pain can be integrated into the fabric of our being and honored as part of who we are.
POR QUÉ ESCRIBIMOS LA HISTORIA
Encontrar la manera de superar las cosas en la vida que nos duelen hasta lo más profundo de nuestro ser, puede resultar ser un camino tortuoso y solitario. Reclamar la propia identidad es la buena lucha. Lleva un valor tremendo, determinación e inspiración. Esta historia nos lleva a lo largo de ese camino, en donde experiencias humanas comunes se encuentran a través de culturas en la expresión transformativa de la música, arte, danza, y comunidad, para celebrar esta vida que todos compartimos. Queremos sensibilizar a la lucha silenciosa, a la pugna dentro del corazón y la mente que puede ser tan fácilmente enmascarada detrás de vidas ajetreadas y el aislamiento. Queremos compartir esta historia que demuestra tan claramente que el dolor puede ser integrado en la fábrica de nuestro ser, y honrado como parte de lo que somos.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Seriously, it takes a lot to make a movie, even with lots of volunteers and crew/talent working way below their normal rates. Thanks to all of them, we have completed 70% of filming on our own. Now we need help, not an easy thing to ask for and something we don't take lightly. But we are determined to complete this film and we’re asking you to help make that happen.
Your help will allow us to:
1. Complete filming (30% left to shoot) • Camera rentals, lighting equipment rentals, location permits, studio rentals, theater rental, crew, cast, and H20 for everyone.
2. Launch Post Production. Bring on an editor who understands the unique challenges of editing dance, complete the soundtrack and sound design, color correction and mastering.
Our Goal - $20,000 – and when we hit that goal don’t stop! More money means better locations, more cameras, special effects, more talent and the opportunity to capture an even deeper experience of Flamenco in the film by filming in Spain – if we can take a small crew to Spain, we will be able to more authentically share with the audience the roots of Flamenco as thriving today in Andalusia. Meeting our stretch goal of $40,000 would allow this rich and exciting aspect of Flamenco to be well represented in the film.
POR QUÉ NECESITAMOS SU AYUDA
Seriamente, hace falta mucho para hacer una película, incluso con muchos voluntarios y un equipo y talento trabajando muy por debajo de sus tarifas habituales. Gracias a todos ellos, hemos completado el 70% de la filmación nosotros mismos. Ahora necesitamos ayuda, algo no fácil de pedir y que nos tomamos muy en serio. Pero estamos obstinados en acabar esta película, y te pedimos que nos ayudes a conseguirlo.
Tu ayuda nos permitirá:
1. Completar la película (queda el 30% de rodaje) · Alquiler de las cámaras, alquiler del equipo de iluminación, permisos de rodaje, alquiler de estudios, alquiler de teatros, equipo de rodaje, actores, y H20??? para todos los participantes.
2. Puesta en marcha de la post-producción. Traer un editor que entienda los retos singulares que plantea el editar baile, finalizar la banda sonora y el diseño de sonido, correcciones de color y pasterización.
Nuestra meta: $20,000 – y cuando alcancemos esta meta, ¡no parar!
Más dinero implica mejores emplazamientos para filmar las escenas que nos faltan, más cámaras, efectos especiales. Más talento y la oportunidad de capturar una experiencia aún más profunda del flamenco en la película al filmar en España – si podemos llevar un pequeño equipo de rodaje a España, podremos compartir auténticamente con el público las raíces del flamenco tal y como florecen hoy en Andalucía. El alcanzar nuestra ulterior meta de $40,000 permitiría que este rico y emocionante aspecto del flamenco estuviese bien representado en la película.
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THE CREATIVE TEAM
Kathy Douglas SCREENWRITER/DIRECTOR
Kathy is Co-Founder of Wise Women Circles, a woman owned and operated Production Company. Kathy’s interest in filmmaking goes back 20 years, when she directed her first documentary. The Song Within Sedona was her first publicly released documentary, followed by the documentary NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now distributed nationally and internationally. Kathy is executive strategist for the film Death Makes Life Possible by Marilyn Schlitz and Deepak Chopra and works with Specialty Studios / The Video Project distributing documentary films that inspire consciousness and social change. www.wisewomencircles.com
Sara Moncada PRODUCER/ACTOR/DANCER
Sara is co-founder of Wise Women Circles, a woman owned and operated Production Company. She has many years of experience in the arts as a producer and performer in film and dance both nationally and internationally. Among her other projects, Sara produced the highly successful documentary NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now. She is the Program Director for Sewam American Indian Dance, an organization that specializes in sharing the music, dance and arts of Native American culture across the country in both education and theatrical arenas. www.wisewomencircles.com
Scott Mason Co-PRODUCER
Scott is the co-founder of the bi-coastal media collective, Oct28 Productions, and a key producer and creative contributor with Torres Studios in the Bay Area. In addition to writing, directing and producing short format video content for businesses and organizations, he produces feature length films and creates web and television series, pilots and pitches. www.oct28productions.com
Marlon Torres CINEMATOGRAPHER
Marlon is a highly sought after cinematographer who works nationally and internationally bringing his keen eye to the art and science of filmmaking. His work ranges from Independent films to corporate work. You can see his reel at vimeo.com/56274509 . He is the owner of Torres Studios www.torresstudios.com
La Tania ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/DANCER/ACTOR
La Tania is an award winning dancer and choreographer. She has a long and distinguished history as a dancer, choreographer and producer. She was introduced to Flamenco at age 2 when her mother became a Flamenco dancer. In addition to developing the choreography for many of the dances in the film, she has contributed to the screenplay sharing extraordinary aspects of her life to the richness of the film. www.lataniaflamenco.com
Eddie Madril ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Eddie is a dancer, filmmaker, radio show host, playwright, performer, producer, and college professor. He has experience both in front of and behind the camera on many projects over many years. He was nominated for the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award as a soloist for his hoop dance presentation in his 2008 original play "SunDagger Solstice." He has been recognized by KQED as an American Indian Bay Area Local Hero and his film projects have been featured in the American Indian Film Festivals in San Francisco, Oklahoma and North Dakota. For over ten years Eddie has been a member of the Board of Directors for Friendship House of American Indians Inc. and currently acts as Vice President of the Board. www.sewamdance.com
We are so honored and grateful to have drawn so much talent to this project. While there is not room for bios on them all, we encourage you to checkout their websites to learn more about the extraordinary artists that have come together for this inspiring project.
Farruquito - Dancer/Chorographer/Actor Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya 'Farruquito' is a resident of Southern Spain and is arguably one of the most famous gypsy flamenco dancers in the world. He is the son of Flamenco singer 'El Moreno' and dancer 'La Farruca' and is grandson of the great 'Farruco'. He was born into flamenco “puro” making his début on the international scene on Broadway at the age of five. Since then he has devoted his entirety to the preservation and innovation of his beloved art form. http://www.farruquito.eu/en/
La Tania - Artistic Director/Dancer/Chorographer/Actor La Tania is an award winning dancer and choreographer born in France and raised in Spain. Now settled in Oakland, her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Fellowships from the National Endowments for the Arts, Choreographers Fellowship from The California Arts Council and two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. She founded La Tania Baile Flamenco a company dedicated to preserving and promoting flamenco dance in the Bay Area. http://www.lataniaflamenco.com
José Luis Rodríguez - Composer / Sound Design / Guitarist José Luis Rodríguez is an award-winning flamenco guitarist, composer, and performer whose original compositions and performances blend traditional and experimental instrumentation delivered with an emotional brio that is without parallel. Rodriguez has recorded several classic and experimental albums, accompanied important figures in flamenco song and dance, and composed original scores for dance, film, and performance art installations. Among his most notable works are compositions created for Ballet Cristina Hoyos, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Belen Maya, Juan Carlos Lerida, Ramon Oller and the 2015 collaboration with LA Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in collaboration with Antonio Canales, Farruquito and Siudy Garrido (artistic director) in Amor Brujo. http://www.joseluisrodriguez.us/#!
Jesús Montoya – Singer Jesús Montoya is from Seville, Spain. Born into the one of the oldest Gypsy families. Jesus was steeped in flamenco purity and power, earning him the name “ El Rey Del Fandangos Grande” at age 7 and by age 9 he had started his professional singing career. He was the featured singer for the legendary Fernanda Romero, Isabel Vargas, Andres Marin, Pepe Rios,La Cipri & Manuela Salazar, Juan Ogalla, Alejandro Granados, Isabel Lopez, Omayra Amaya, Ciro, Juaquin Ruiz, Esrella Moreno, La Truco, Carmela Greco, Pepa Montes, Manolete, Jose Galvan and many more. In addition to his Spanish and European touring credentials, he has toured tirelessly with major flamenco companies throughout the United States and Canada to sold out audiences. http://jesusmontoya.net
FEATURED DANCERS (In alphabetical order)
Fanny Ara, Lakshmi Basile, Melissa Cruz, Marina Elana, Farruquito, Christina Hall, Clara Rodriguez, La Tania, Carola Zertuche
MUSICIANS (In alphabetical order)
Roberto Aguilar, Jose Manuel Blanco "Grillo", Cliff Eberhardt, David McLean, Jesus Montoya, Yuli Norrish, Clara Rodriguez, Jose Luis Rodriguez, La Tota, Roberto Zamora
We have over 30 Flamenco dancers from the San Francisco Bay area participating in the film.
ACTORS (In alphabetical order) Roberto Aguilar, Nikki Chase, Karina Cornelio, Farruquito, Michael French, Joe Galambos Joelle Goncalves, Carlos Hailey, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Baily Hopkins, Lea Kobell, La Tania, Lindsay Mason, David McGinn, Sara Moncada, Chris Morrell, Janessa Olsen, Lollie Ortiz, Kunal Prasad, Puneet Prasad.
THE TEAM (In alphabetical order)
Mathew Antaky, theatrical lighting, Stephen Berke camera, Alec Boehm, camera / DP fill in, Lena Chavez, hair and makeup, Kathy Douglas, screenwriter and director, Greg Landau, production sound manager, Eddie Madril, assistant director, Jacob Martinez , lighting/grip, Scott Mason, co-producer, Sara Moncada, producer, Claudia Ponce, hair and makeup, Rachel Poulos, wardrobe, Conrad Scheepers, sound, Laina Thomas lighting/grip, Marlon Torres, director of photography, Renick Turley, camera.
Risks and challenges
It is not easy filming flamenco. The essence of flamenco is improvisation within structure. Kind of like Jazz. So one of the things that has and continues to make this difficult is capturing this extraordinary art form when you can’t ask the dancers/musicians to repeat what they did over and over exactly the same way. We are inspired by the challenge and address it both in how we are capturing the performances and how we are editing them. But it has impacted our budget with things like needing more cameras on a shoot and needing specialized talent to capture and manage the sound challenges. In addition, as with any film not backed by the big guys, our risks and challenges center around making sure we have the resources we need to finish this film with the quality it deserves. Your help will make that happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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