TO OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS,
Two and a half years ago we embarked on a journey to tell a story about what it means to grow up as an Afro-Latina, daughter of immigrants, in a racially tumultuous New York City. As we call it, a love letter to black life, in all of its complexities.
As co-directors we made the commitment from the very beginning to bringing together a team that is reflective of the story being told. We intentionally built a family of diverse creative collaborators who have been essential to the filmmaking process, and have made it possible for us to finally start the post-production process!
We have finished shooting, but the editing process will be intense, and we are SO excited for it! We are commissioning more animators and musicians who are politically and culturally aligned with BEBA to join our team, and really bring BEBA home. Your contribution not only supports our project, it supports local artists and creatives. We would LOVE to get our SUPER-STAR editor and musical director the best support they can get. Not to mention sound and color mixing, OOF!
SO over the next month we will be working tirelessly to raise $40,000 to finish the film, and bring BEBA's story to life. As you probably know, we have to raise ALL the Kickstarter money, or we get ZIP. So, please donate what you can, SHARE the video with anyone you think may be interested and help us get the word out!
We are blessed to be in this stage and have gotten here with hard work and a lot of love, but we can not complete this project with out your help!
With Love and Eternal Gratitude,
Sofia, Rebeca, and the BEBA Family.
TO BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING, A STATEMENT FROM REBECA HUNTT
Raquel slept to the left of me, and Juancarlos to the right on our blue mattress. Growing up in a one-bedroom apartment wasn’t perfect, but my mother held it down. My siblings were out of the house years before me. Raquel— not before leaving me with a few good whoopings --left me with an array of books that would shape my revolutionary flair, while Juancarlos taught me to think critically by analyzing hip-hop lyrics on our neighbor’s boombox. One day, after sneaking out to smoke weed on stoops with Eddie, I came across a red envelope with my name on the table, an acceptance letter, and shortly after a scholarship grant, with seven pages of jargon attached. I left home to matriculate into a school with castles, email etiquette, and white kids playing guitar on the grass.
A feature-length hybrid documentary, BEBA tells the coming of age story of Rebeca Huntt, an Afro-Latina activist and New York-native. In a traditional 3-act narrative structure, the film uses vérité documentary style, interviews, and animation, to trace Beba's journey of self-empowerment as she contends with her racial identity while confronted by the rise and fall of a friendship with a wealthy white classmate and the suicide of a fellow activist of color in the times before, during, and after four years at an elite, majority-white, private college.
A hybrid documentary, BEBA uses cinema vérité, present-day interviews and animation, to tell a complex and multi-layered personal history. BEBA seeks to be poetic, playful, intimate, incisive. The narrative will be introduced with archival footage of Harlem, and verité scenes of Beba shot in the present, layered with her lyrical voice over. We will be introduced Beba’s family, former teachers, childhood friends, and Sofia, through a series of interviews, that will add a layer of memory and a necessary insight to her story. These reflections will be intercut with animated sequences, depicting visual metaphors of the dual weights of institutional racism and systematic violence that shaped Beba’s adolescence, and racial identity. As the narrative progresses, the verité sequences will become increasingly poetic. As we dive into Beba’s psychological evolution, she becomes intensely self aware, questioning her place at Bard College, and then more broadly in her very own New York City. With BEBA we seek to deliver a complex narrative around race relations in the U.S., one that is intersectional and deeply personal. An intimate view of one individual’s experience, BEBA holds the potential to resonate with anyone who has loved, and offers a potent contribution to the contemporary conversation on race in America.
Risks and challenges
As emerging filmmakers we are learning and growing every step of the way. We have systems in place to hold each other and our team accountable, but as we move forward there could be foreseen obstacles that might extend our schedule.
That said, we have kept to the motto "hard work and humility is everything" and are committed to completing this film no matter what, and making it the best film it can be!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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