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Six people. One City. Our Future. LAND OF OPPORTUNITY captures the tumultuous reconstruction of New Orleans.
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As the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches on August 29th, 2010, communities all over the world are struggling to recover from disaster, whether economic, natural or man-made. LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, a groundbreaking multi-platform documentary, captures the early years of post-catastrophe New Orleans through the eyes of a diverse group of people. From the urban planner to the immigrant worker to the public housing resident, our protagonists hail from across the spectrum of the city's population. Through their eyes, we experience the ups and downs of an unprecedented urban reconstruction process. Democratic processes fail them, economic crises pull the rug out from under best-intentioned plans, and migration and displacement prove to be a strange bargain. The people in the film are powerful, marginalized, black, white, latino, men, women, opinionated, humble, angry, sad, wise, hilarious, flawed, and often contradictory. Contained in their stories is our story, the story of ordinary people in cities and towns across the world, grappling with extraordinary circumstances much larger than themselves.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

It's been over four years since I left my comfy life as a filmmaker and teacher in Los Angeles and relocated to New Orleans to make LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. Since then, I've come to exemplify the cautionary tale of the debt-ridden, half-crazed documentary filmmaker singularly obsessed with a project that has taken years of my life. Yet I don't regret a single moment. I'm held captive by the resilient magic of this city and its residents, who refused to go quietly even when many of them were given one-way tickets out of town. For New Orleanians, this city not only represents home in the deepest sense of the word, but is also a bulwark against our increasingly gentrified, homogenized, and anesthetized (sub)urban landscapes. I am more convinced than ever that the stories that come from this unique yet quintessential American city hold very important lessons for us all if we choose to listen and engage.

While filming LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, my intrepid cinematographer and I have had some unforgettable and life-changing experiences. We've re-occupied shuttered public housing developments with displaced residents facing fully-armed SWAT teams, posed as undocumented immigrant workers rebuilding the Superdome, and accompanied one of our main protagonists in a private meeting with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In the past four years, we have amassed a treasure trove of exclusive footage that has helped to tell the story of post-catastrophe New Orleans to members of Congress and UN officials. Our footage has also been featured in art exhibits and used as part of a NOVAC workforce media training workshop.

A feature-length version of the project will be broadcast in Europe for the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an important milestone when the world will once again turn its eyes towards New Orleans. However, Land of Opportunity is much more than just a movie designed to passively entertain. We are developing a groundbreaking distribution strategy called SUMMER OF THE CITY, which will use shorter, web-based pieces from Land of Opportunity to inspire civic engagement and "active viewership" in sister cities across the country.

USE OF FUNDS:

In order to bring these ambitious plans to fruition, we need your (and your sweetie's and your cousin's and your co-worker's) help. We need to raise a minimum of $25,000 to help cover finishing costs (color correction, sound mix and graphics) to deliver the film to our European broadcaster in mid-May. We also need funding to further develop our web-based content for the summer. Please help us by pledging your support to LAND OF OPPORTUNITY! Thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Video Veracity, your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Renowned artists and writers have provided unique rewards that reflect the spirit and rich culture of New Orleans. Greater detail about the awards and the artists will be provided in our regular updates. Please help spread the word by joining our group on Facebook, following us on Twitter, sending emails, and talking to people the old-fashioned way about this timely and important project.

Many thanks, in advance, for your continued support.

Luisa Dantas and the Land of Opportunity team

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Luisa Dantas
Director/Producer
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY
info@joluproductions.com
www.landofopportunitymovie.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Land-of-Opportunity/143012887037
www.twitter.com/landofopp

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    Fan bundle PLUS a Limited Edition LAND OF OPPORTUNITY stencil, handmade by our own Cinematographer, Micheal "Boedi" Boedigheimer.

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    Fan Bundle PLUS, if you know anyone with a birthday this summer, why not treat them to a special and unique HOMEMADE birthday cake, baked by our own assistant editor Jen Picard! Jen's fine handywork can be seen on one of our previous updates, when she baked Luisa an exquisite birthday cake. Only TWO cakes available to backers in the New Orleans area (too delicate to ship, sorry!)

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    Fan bundle PLUS a signed copy of a forthcoming new CD from local New Orleans jazz guitarist Raphael Bas. You can hear his great sounds via his website: http://www.raphaelbas.com/

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    Fan Bundle PLUS a signed copy of ONE of the following essential books:
    1. "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster" by Rebecca Solnit.
    2. "Breach of Faith" by Jed Horne.
    3. "Floodlines" by Jordan Flaherty (to be released in August, 2010).

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    Fan Bundle PLUS a signed copy of "Choices", a fabulous jazz CD from Grammy award-winning musician and composer Terence Blanchard, featuring special guest Cornel West.

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    Fan bundle PLUS a Limited Edition LAND OF OPPORTUNITY t-shirt, made by great local designer Dirty Coast. (We will contact you for your size).

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    Fan bundle PLUS a signed copy of "Suburban Nation", a groundbreaking work on urban planning and architecture by Andrés Duany, one of the stars of LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.

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    Fan Bundle PLUS signed copies of "Clear as Mud", an important new book from Dr. Rob Olshansky and Laurie Johnson about the recovery and planning process in New Orleans.

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    Supporter bundle PLUS a box-set of seminal films by local filmmakers, including:
    1. "By Invitation Only" by Rebecca Snedeker (also LAND OF OPPORTUNITY co-producer), 2. "Faubourg Treme" by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie,
    3. "All on Mardi-Gras Day" by Royce Osborn.

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    Supporter bundle PLUS a limited edition signed print by New Orleans photographer and writer Pableaux Johnson.

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    Benefactor package PLUS cooking demonstration for you and up to 5 friends (total 6 people) in a traditional Creole Cottage in New Orleans with renowned local writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie. Your party will get copies of the exquisite recipes and demonstrations of the dishes.
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    Benefactor package PLUS an exclusive, personalized walking tour of New Orleans for you and two friends with world-renowned urban planner and architect Andrés Duany, star of LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.

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    Benefactor package PLUS a non-theatrical private screening for you and up to 10 of your closest friends in a city and venue (private home, small business, community center, etc.) of your choice. Producer/Director Luisa Dantas will attend the screening and host a Q&A discussion about the project.

    PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for the logistics of the event and travel arrangements for Luisa (if outside the Gulf Coast). Luisa will have limited availability from July 15th through August 29th, 2010.

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    Benefactor package PLUS A personalized "Land of Opportunity" tour of New Orleans for you and a friend by Producer/Director Luisa Dantas and NOLA native and Co-Producer Rebecca Snedeker and a special surprise NOLA guest.

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    Benefactor package, plus 2 invitations to our NOLA premiere with special Benefactor recognition at the event. Local lodging for two nights and dinner for two at a celebrated New Orleans eatery are also included.

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    Benefactor package PLUS a one-on-one weekend Editing Workshop in our LAND OF OPPORTUNITY office with Producer/Director Luisa Dantas, who in her past life was an accomplished film teacher! During the workshop, you will use footage from LAND OF OPPORTUNITY to cut a scene or trailer for the project, which will be featured on our website and credited to you.

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