About Let the Spirit Move You: The Documentary
Let the Spirit Move You is a celebration of ancestral belief systems that are a proud and important part of our cultural legacy as African descendants. The documentary focuses on the African based spiritual traditions that continue in Puerto Rico grounded in ancestral worship - espiristmo. Because of misinformation and preconceptions, to date there is little information on the sacred African traditions that are part of the cultural life of Puerto Rico. These traditions have generally been practiced out of public view and now with the advent of Evangelical types of religions labeling these traditions as "devil worship" many practitioners out of fear are going further underground or giving up these important historical ancestral traditions.
Right now, Let the Spirit Move You is a short documentary that I will be screening in advance on May 4, 2013 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The information and interviews we have collected provide the opportunity for a full-length 60-minute documentary that will be only possible with your support.
This is where you come in!
Let the Spirit Move You is now a short documentary. The information and interviews we have collected provide the opportunity for a full-length 60-minute documentary that will be only possible with your support. $15K IS OUR GOAL!
Your kind support will provide for:
- First of all, I want to thank my production team who travelled to Puerto Rico with me to capture the essence of this project, and who are still working non-stop to make this project happen.
- Special thanks to the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) for co-producing this documentary
- Special thanks to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Baraka Sele for co-commissioning this project.
- Special thanks to Dr. Maria Elba Torres for assisting me during my research in Puerto Rico.
- Camera Crew: Carlos Marcial Torres, Michael Shawn Cordero and Amílcar Cariño and Production Assistant Regina Bultrón Bengoa
- Thanks to Hardbox Productions for creating the Kickstarter video for this campaign.
- Music Credit: "Congo Manawa" by Oba Ire
Q & A
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Risks and challenges
After our project gets funded, our time during post-production will be our biggest challenge as all documentaries come alive through the many grueling hours of editing. We already have such an array of footage and this is wonderful, but it can also get tricky. This is why we will make sure we lock down an experience editor that can help us narrate a compelling story. You are instrumental to make this happen, so please, help us raise $15K in 30 days!
Also remember that as a Kickstarter backer, you might be supporting a project that may evolve in lots of different ways and the final project may look different from what you expected.
TRUST ME...WE CAN DO THIS!
The succes we have had with our previous projects evidence that we are capable of accomplishing this project and take it to another level.
Our Previous Works
As the founder and president of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) my work has been focused on researching, documenting and sharing the contributions of African and African Diaspora cultures. Part of this work focused on the sacred belief systems that continue to inform the lives of African descendants in the Americas. All these years of research allowed me to produce two of my most important projects: When the Spirits Dance Mambo, the book and When the Spirits Dance Mambo, the documentary. Both, even though they address spirituality from different perspectives, works were successfully published and received by both peer scholars and my audience in general.
“Viva Marta Moreno Vega! With honesty, humor, and love, she relives her coming-of-age in Spanish Harlem—the highs and the lows—eloquently documenting how deeply rooted West African cultural traditions are in her rich Puerto Rican heritage. Marta Vega’s memoir makes me want to mambo.” ~Susan Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine, about When the Spirits Dance Mambo, the book
“Clearly When the Spirits Dance Mambo goes far beyond the colorful rhythm-driven typical Cuban music and dance documentary. Those elements are there, but shown in their natural place, as part of the religious experience.” ~ Philadelphia City Paper, about When the Spirits Dance Mambo, the documentary
CCCADI has a proud history of 37 years of researching and presenting exhibitions, conferences, workshops, concerts and educational programs that celebrate our global African and African Diaspora cultural arts communities. Our Board of Directors and Staff are committed to celebrating the contributions of African and African descendants. The global work of CCCADI has and continues to influence audiences with the understanding of the legacy of African Diaspora communities to world cultures.
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