About this project
The extended goal will cover an extra scene in the beginning of the film. The scene involves the two defectors from Cuba sitting on the boat as it drives away from Cuba in the night. Emma leaning against Miguel, watch Cuba disappear in the dark behind them. Seeing their home fade off into their past. This was the first scene visualized by Noah, but later was cut, because Noah couldn't risk a higher goal on the Kickstarter page. The campaign is an 'all or nothing' campaign and $8000 was already steep enough. $9500, which will raise the whole budget from $11500 to $13000, will all us to afford a boat and a driver for a night shoot on the ocean. This scene is an expensive one, but would show the two lead physically leaving their home.
So don't stop supporting now! Let's try and get the boat scene funded!
93 Miles is a fictional short-film, written and directed by Noah Canavan, and has been in development since 2013. Eventually, Noah saw fit to develop the project in pursuit of his M.F.A. Thesis for Emerson College. The film is entitled after the distance between the U.S. and Cuba to show how close Cuba is, yet so far away when it comes to defecting to 'la Yuma' -- Cuba's nickname for the U.S.
93 Miles tells the story of Miguel, a fictional baseball prodigy, whose journey is inspired by the many Cuban players who defected from Cuba prior to 2014. These young men made the difficult choice to leave the island, believing they could never return to see their loved ones. 93 Miles isn’t about the disappointment of leaving everything behind; this story is about keeping a hold of the optimism for the future and not letting regret and doubt become the predominate factors in the journey. The millions of dollars promised to Miguel, that is waiting for him on a ball diamond in 'la Yuma' may sound like an amazing opportunity, but there are many loose ends in making it to the promised land. 93 Miles is about those loose ends. Miguel’s story is an introspective observation about his opportunity and his decision. We are left to wonder whether Miguel’s decision and the game we love can be redeemed.
93 Miles is the human experience of a human commodity.
Miguel - The co-protagonist to the narrative. A world class athlete who takes the chance for millions as he defects Cuba overnight, with his girlfriend Emma. Miguel struggles to project and preserve a strong image for Emma, as they venture into an unfamiliar place.
Emma - Defecting with Miguel, Emma is conflicted with the love of her family, who she leaves behind in Cuba, yet desires to go with Miguel during the most important chapter of their lives together.
Sebastian and Dave - A father and son team, who are paid by an American sponsor to smuggle Miguel and Emma out of Cuba, into Mexico. Sebastian is a veteran smuggler from Mexico, who takes his job seriously and cautiously. Sebastian learns quickly that he has to deal with the immaturity of his son, Dave, who is influenced in his job by characters from television shows. Dave a first generation Mexican-American, grew up in Texas, left school and joined his father in his career.
The night after defecting Cuba, a baseball player and his girlfriend are held up in a Mexican hotel room. The tension rises as the two become claustrophobic in the stressful situation that they are stuck in.
This is an Emerson College M.F.A. thesis film. All of the funds raised will go directly to the film. Raising above the Kickstarter goal will only increase the quality of this film, including more scenes and time on set to perfect the shots and performances. More money means better lenses, better lights, and better post production on the project. The majority of the budget will go into the gear, traveling fees, and rooming for the production, with the production occurring in Arizona, and having actors based out of LA and Miami.
The production has yet been shot. The footage in the video above was footage I captured on a small DSLr camera. The production is promised to show much higher of quality, shooting with a Canon C300ii with the Alexa color formula.
After first learning about those who have defected Cuba and their tragic journeys, Noah became amazed that many weren't aware of their stories. Many athletes won't publicly discuss their defections, due to the dangers with the ties involved. Noah knew their stories were important, especially now, more than ever. Taking this story on in 2014, Noah has put all of his focus into completing this story and keeping it as authentic as possible. Noah traveled to Cuba in October of 2016 to talk to the locals and learn their stories. Noah has also spoken with several who have defected, to learn their motives on coming to the US, and how they felt during their defection.
Noah's goal is to open the eyes of the fan and show them the shocking true stories behind their favorite Cuban athletes.
"This is my MFA thesis project, here at Emerson College, but I'm not one who just wants to make something and turn it in to get my degree. I want to make something that will open the next chapter in my life. I truly believe 93 Miles is the key to that next chapter. I've grown attached to these stories over the past few years. 93 Miles holds a very important message that has not yet been given the full opportunity to be revealed to the public. I want to help spread that message."
- Noah Canavan, Director
You can read more about the cast and crew at:
Danny Royce is an actor, writer, published model and fitness expert currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Danny is of Afro-Cubano and Puerto Rican decent. Growing up he was exposed to great food, music, and art from both culturas.
Krystal Millie Valdes is a Cuban American actor, director and playwright born and raised in Hialeah, Florida. As a second generation Cuban American she has seen how both of her parents have struggled and persevered to make a new life here in the United States.
She is very excited to work on a project that embraces her Hispanic heritage and shows light on the difficult process of uprooting and starting a new life elsewhere.
Learn more about Noah and see more of his work at:
Noah Canavan's Emerson College M.F.A. Thesis Committee includes these award winning filmmakers:
Bavand Karim - Thesis Chair - Award winning director and documentarian.
Cristina Kotz Cornejo - Thesis Committee - Award winning Director and Screenwriter.
Harlan Bosmajian - Thesis Committee - Award winning and Independent Spirit Award nominated Director of Photography.
And finally, if you read through the rewards during the donation process, you will find a large selection of gifts to show our appreciation for the specific donation you so graciously place into this project. Prizes include copies of the film, postcards and wood panel prints of the From Cuba with Love photography series, and even photo/portrait sessions with either the director, Noah, or the Director of Photography, Daniel. You can also donate the grand amount to become a producer and give you voice to the project.
The From Cuba with Love photography series includes 35 photographs. you can find a few at the film's website by clicking here: From Cuba with Love
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Visit out website at 93milesmovie.com
Risks and challenges
As a Master of Fine Art degree candidate, Noah will use his years of experience at Emerson College and the resources provided to him, to craft 93 Miles into the high quality film to be selected into top tier festivals. Pulling together the talents of a great photographer and professional actors, this film will display the quality Noah aims for. 93 Miles has the potential to reach the goals set up by Noah and his team, and they aim to accomplish no less.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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