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In 1983 my mother moved my sister and me from our home in California to join the Grenada Revolution. Our lives were changed forever!
In 1983 my mother moved my sister and me from our home in California to join the Grenada Revolution. Our lives were changed forever!
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Join a movement and help me recognize the women who move humanity forward!

In 1979 the Grenadian people carry out the first successful revolution in the English speaking Caribbean. Maurice Bishop becomes Prime Minister. The Revolution attracts workers from around the world including my mother, Fannie Haughton. In 1982 Angela Davis, her family, and my mother visit Grenada to witness this miraculous Peoples’ Revolution. In 1983 my mother is offered a position in the Ministry of Education and we leave our home in Oakland and move to Grenada. I’d never seen her happier.

Grenada was briefly our home. In 1983 the United States led a military invasion following the assassination of the young popular Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop. We hid under the bed for three days as bombs shook our new paradise, and changed its course forever.

Sixteen years later, in 1999, I returned to Grenada with my mother, and began shooting a documentary film, searching for her story, one that felt not just untold, but unfinished. My mother, and a group of tireless women, had put their lives on the line, daring to build a better type of country, a stronger more resilient home. You may not know their names, but they have changed the world.

Filmmaker Damani Baker in Grenada (age 9)
Filmmaker Damani Baker in Grenada (age 9)

With your generous support I will be able to complete this feature documentary and you will join a list of incredible backers including the Sundance Institute and Paul Robeson Fund.

Progress so far: With over 70 hours of material, The House on Coco Road is at the beginning of post-production. Over three weeks of principal photography in Grenada produced invaluable and exclusive interviews with former leaders from the years of revolution.

Upon returning from production in Grenada, I continued untangling my upbringing, dreams pursued, deferred, rerouted. The women I remembered sitting in my kitchen, shared fond memories of this unique moment in my family’s history. In an interview with Angela Davis she recounts her first trip to the island with my mother and the excitement she witnessed in this new developing country. Fania Davis remembers the feeling of being in a county with a population of African descent taking control of their destinies and how that had a profound impact on African Americans.

The House on Coco Road is in need of funds for a full post-production schedule. If we meet our goal we will be able to secure an editor and take the project into an audio mix and color correct. A portion of the requested amount will also make additional interviews with other incredible visionaries possible such as Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Dr. Cornel West.

OUR MINIMUM GOAL IS $110,000. These funds will allow me to bring together our team of incredible collaborators to start working on the film full-time. Primarily the projects editor will be hired and see the film through to our stretch goals. 

HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP.

Your money will be used to:

  • film our final interviews with family members and scholars

  • begin a collaboration with brilliant artist Meshell Ndegocello

  • start editing an assembly of the film using interviews and archival materials.

  • produce a fine cut of the entire project with original music.

  • deliver project in late 2015 early 2016

                       STRETCH GOALS

Stretch Goal #1 - $150,000:  This goal covers proposed archival rights and clearances and relevant team.

Stretch Goal #2 - $210,000: This goal supports any final pick-up shooting, completion of editing, graphics animation, interactive web environment.        

                                 Meshell Ndegocello – Composer/Original Score

                                                     Eisa Davis- Co-Writer     

                                                 Max Osterweis - Producer

                                           Belvie Rooks - Consulting Producer

                                     Rogelio Abraldes - Director of Photography

                                            Ku-Ling Yurman - Still Photographer  

                                                Maria Murillo - Location Sound

                                      ADVISORS - MENTORS - SUPPORTERS

Fania Davis - J.D., Ph.D. Writer, activist and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth.

Angela DavisAngela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. 

Danny Glover - Actor, producer and humanitarian.

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is always a challenging and demanding undertaking. With any art the question of engagement is crucial. The House on Coco Road hopefully is not only a film but a movement and opportunity to remind citizens of all walks of their own potential and possibilities. This type of mobilization is daunting and exhilarating. The success of previous films like Still Bill was the result of a massive ground campaign that got as many eyes on the project as possible through private screenings and opportunities for fans to host music themed events around the project. I hope to do the same type of community engagement rooted in conversation and action.

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