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93 Miles is a short film about the defection of a Cuban baseball player - the internal and physical hardships involved in the journey.
93 Miles is a short film about the defection of a Cuban baseball player - the internal and physical hardships involved in the journey.
93 Miles is a short film about the defection of a Cuban baseball player - the internal and physical hardships involved in the journey.
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      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. 

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      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:

93milesmovie.com/team

      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: 
noahcanavan.com

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.

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    Exterior Photo Session w/ Noah Canavan

    Whether you need head-shots as an actor, senior photographs for your son or daughter, or even engagement photographs; Noah and his camera will spend an hour making sure you get the quality portraits you deserve. Photography will be taken outside, using natural light and reflectors.

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    *Limited to Boston MA, Quincy IL, and St. Louis MO.

    *Boston MA Sessions to start taking place August of 2017.

    *Quincy IL and St. Louis Sessions to take place Fall/Winter of 2017.

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    ‘From Cuba With Love’ Wood Panels Set

    You will receive five 8”x10” wood panelled photographs, from the ‘From Cuba With Love’ series. With this donation you will choose any five photographs from the series and Noah will mail -or- personally deliver them directly to you. US ONLY.

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    Exterior Photo Session w/ Daniel Lies

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    *Limited to Tempe AZ, Phoenix AZ and the surrounding area.

    *Sessions to take place after August of 2017.

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    The Hardcover Book Perk

    You will receive a hardcover book of the production of 93 Miles. With behind the scene photographs. A handful of the photographs taken in Cuba, storyboard art, copies of production notes, a DVD copy of the film, a CD copy of the soundtrack, photo stills from the film with writings from Noah on the stills, and written statements throughout the book, by Noah and some of the cast and crew.

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    You will be part of the special art series where you will receive the whole series of small postcards in the mail. One side of each card, a note addressed and personalized to you from Noah, the director of 93 Miles. The other side a photograph print from the ‘From Cuba With Love’ series. You will receive your own copies of ALL 35 postcards in 4.25"x6".

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    Studio Photo Session w/ Noah Canavan

    Noah will rent out a photography studio and light your portrait professionally. Great quality for head-shots, engagement photography, and portraits. You can also choose to split up times for studio and out of studio photography. You can use an hour for in studio photographs and an hour for out of studio photographs. If you wanted a change in scenery.

    Five high-quality photographs fully edited and colored, guaranteed. Digital copies.

    *Limited to Boston MA, Quincy IL, and St. Louis MO.

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    You are an Associate Producer!

    As an associate producer, you get a nice big credit in the film as a huge help in making the production possible!

    You will also receive a Blu-ray or DVD copy of the film, with the original cover artwork designed by Noah Canavan.

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    Presented by You!

    As a producer, you will be credited in the opening sequence, with a ‘Presented by’ right before your name. Also, you and Noah will be able to talk about the film, keeping your opinion open to the making of the film. You will get a copy of the script during the pre-production stages, where you will get to voice your opinion before the cast and crew goes into production. You will also get a producer credit in the film, and have your name attached to 93 Miles during its festival run--meaning any awards it may win, you will win with Noah and any other producer who may be attached.

    You will also receive a Blu-ray or DVD copy of the film, with the original cover artwork designed by Noah Canavan.

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