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Wally MoranBy Wally Moran
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For 50 years, Americans have looked south at a tropical paradise forbidden to them: the island of Cuba. But in recent years, the fences between the two countries have been falling, and although the barriers are still formidable, Americans are generally forbidden to travel there.

While in Cuba, Wally Moran and Jeffrey Cox, in conjunction with TheSailingChannel, will be putting together footage for an amazing one hour show to be presented to public broadcasting stations and other broadcast outlets.

Our vision is to share this adventure, and to showcase the beauty and complexity of the Cuba's unique culture. As people passionate about Cuba and Cubans, their music, art, geography, and history, we invite you to join us in this adventure of a lifetime, and perhaps change the course of history.

From the viewpoint of a cruising sailor plying these turquoise waters and with the assistance of co-producer Jeffrey Cox, who has produced tv shows for the Travel Channel, we will bring to American viewers the arts, culture and people of Cuba. Whether trading t-shirts for lobsters with a local fisherman or partying to the exhilarating music of the Buena Vista Social Club, from rolling cigars to distilling the famous Cuban rum, dining in paladars and meeting the Cuban people at every turn, we will bring viewers into the lives and culture of the Cuban people.

Cruising sailor, SAIL Magazine Contributing Editor and video producer Wally Moran has explored and written about the north coast of Cuba extensively from his sailboat, Gypsy Wind. He’s discovered that America has a huge fascination with Cuba and an intense desire to travel there - a desire for what has been ‘forbidden fruit’. His boat show seminars on the topic are jam packed, and his articles about Cuba in SAIL Magazine well read, his videos a popular download. American interest to know more about this amazing country is certainly evident.

Wally is returning to Cuba to explore the south coast of this fascinating island in the winter of 2013, completing a circumnavigation. During this voyage, he will explore the UN Heritage cities of Trinidad and Cienfuego, visit Santiago de Cuba, relax and spearfish for lobster in the cays of the Archipelago de los Canarreos, visit the Isla de la Juventud, or Isle of Youth, Cuba’s second largest island and cruise by Guantanamo. He’ll end this spectacular cruise with a lengthy stopover in fascinating Havana, exploring again this most amazing of cities, before setting sail to return to America.

Part cruising guide, part travelogue, part social commentary and all reality, this show promises to be the most fascinating, in-depth and candid look at Cuba for years. Wally invites you to join him on this journey.

Who should be a part of this project? Anyone who travels, or sails. Anyone who wants to travel or sail. Anyone who wants to discover what a fascinating people and culture exist just 95 miles south of Florida. Anyone who loves great music, incredible art, good cigars, better rum, and magnificent scenery...and the amazingly friendly, happy people we know as Cubans.
Anyone who is concerned about the daily hardships of the Cuban people. Anyone who cares about the lack of understanding between the US and Cuba. The people of Cuba understand that the problem is between governments, not the people of the two countries, and if together we accomplish nothing else but to create a higher degree of friendship and understanding between these two antagonists, then we've more than accomplished our purpose.

For some more great material on Cuba, check out the trailer to my sailing video, Forbidding, Forbidden Cuba, produced by TheSailingChannel.tv  This video is of particular interest to sailors.

Here are some photos taken from my last trip to Cuba, and don't forget to check out our Facebook page, and be sure to 'Like' us there.You can also discover more at our website, Cuba - Forbidden Paradise.

If you have more questions, email us at VIP@cubaforbiddenparadise.com

Music - it's the soul of Cuba
Music - it's the soul of Cuba
Havana Dreaming
Havana Dreaming
Fishermen off Havana
Fishermen off Havana

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    Digital copy of the book, "Cuba - Forbidden Paradise" plus ten hi res digital images of Cuba from around the island suitable for printing and framing. These images would make beautiful gifts for your friends, or look spectacular in your home. Digital podcast of Havana and other cities and sites in Cuba, showcasing the music, artwork and lifestyle of the Cuban people.

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    A custom designed and sewn Blue Heron tote bag, complete with an autographed edition of the book, "Cuba, Forbidden Paradise", tucked inside. Also, a ready for framing photo of your choice from the digital collection of "Cuba, Forbidden Paradise". Digital copy of the film, "Cuba - Forbidden Paradise". CD of original Cuban musicians. The bag will be embroidered with your name, and the slogan "Proud sponsor of Cuba - Forbidden Paradise". (p.s. - this is a very special prize - these bags are great quality, made in the US by a friend. If you wish, we will send the bag in October, 2012, and the balance of your gifts in November 2013. Worldwide shipping

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    See your name in the movie credits as an Associate Producer, plus a full color ‘Cuba - Forbidden Paradise’ coffee cup with your name and title printed on it. Digital copy of the film and a autographed copy of the printed book, "Cuba - Forbidden Paradise".

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    An invitation to join the crew on site in Cuba as a member of the crew. A cameo appearance in the film. Digital copy of the film and a autographed copy of the printed book, "Cuba - Forbidden Paradise". Costs of travel and lodging are the responsibility of the backer. Reward limited to three backers only, time and place of cameo the decision of the project director. If unable to join the crew in Cuba, you will receive credit as an Associate Producer, plus a variety of original Cuban music and art from Cuban bands and artists/artisans. Note - US citizens may require permission from US authorities to travel to Cuba. We will provide media accreditation to expedite the process where applicable.

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    We will come to you! A private screening for your company, school, or organization, anywhere in North America or Europe, of Cuba - Forbidden Paradise, plus a question and answer period to follow. Timing TBA based on Wally Moran’s schedule. You'll need to cover costs of travel and accommodations. You'll also receive five copies of the hardcover book, and of course, a copy of the film itself. As well, a signed and ready for framing photograph from the beautiful collection of digital images of 'Cuba - Forbidden Paradise'. Please contact us if you have questions about this reward.

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