CORINA: Beyond The Billboard
CORINA: Beyond The Billboard
From food stamps to BILLBOARD CHARTS TOP 10. The triumphant rise, fall & rebirth of one of the most inspiring ARTISTS in a generation.
From food stamps to BILLBOARD CHARTS TOP 10. The triumphant rise, fall & rebirth of one of the most inspiring ARTISTS in a generation. Read more
THANKS SO MUCH TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO HAVE JOINED US ALONG THIS LEG OF THE JOURNEY TOWARDS THE MAKING OF CORINA: BEYOND THE BILLBOARD!! MORE THAN JUST THE BACKERS, I THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO VISITED THE PAGE, WATCHED THE TRAILER, SHARED THIS PROJECT, WROTE US ABOUT HOW CORINA HAS INSPIRED YOU, RESPONDED WITH CONTRUCTIVE CRITISISM OR JUST SENT US YOUR THOUGHTS AND WELL WISHES!!
THIS PAST 42 DAYS HAS NOT ONLY BEEN A TREMENDOUS KICKSTARTER EDUCATION BUT HAS SERVED TO STRENGTHEN OUR TEAMS RESOLVE(IF THAT IS EVEN POSSIBLE) TO BRING YOU THIS FILM, ABOUT THIS PHENOMENAL ARTIST AND INSPIRING WOMAN! LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, CORINA: BEYOND THE BILLBOARD WILL BE PRODUCED BY WAY OF KICKSTARTER AND/OR ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT WILL BE SECURED TOWARDS THE FULL COMPLETION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THIS FILM!!!
THANK YOU ALL!! YOU INSPIRE ME!! THERE WILL BE NO STOPPING UNTIL THIS FILM IS COMPLETE AND THE INSPIRATION WITHIN IT'S STORY IS SHARED ALL THE WORLD OVER!!
GRATITUDE & BLESSINGS!!
Director: CORINA: Beyond The Billboard
By the time CORINA's hit single "TEMPTATION" rose to #6 on the BILLBOARD Charts, CORINA was already a FREESTYLE Legend. She was on a World Tour with MARKY MARK(Mark Wahlberg) & BOYZ II MEN, was signed to ATCO/ATLANTIC RECORDS, was making TV appearances on REGIS & KATHIE LEE, CLUB MTV, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO and ET(Entertainment Tonight) where she was the first Latina Pop Star to be featured on the program, and was fast on her way to becoming an International Pop Icon.
And then……………………………………………………………...She Vanished!
OR DID SHE?
CORINA: Beyond The Billboard is the true story of how a South Bronx born, Harlem bred little girl, raised on food stamps and government cheese, rose to international stardom, lost it all and then re-emerged stronger & brighter than ever! It is a tale of how focus and faith make dreams come true, how strength and perseverance allow us all dominion over our own destiny.
From an early age CORINA's aspirations to become an entertainer were at most, a highly unlikely long shot. She was from the Barrio, was Puerto Rican, was raised by a mentally ill teenage mother who regularly beat her unconscious and when she watched TV, there was not a face that looked even remotely like hers. After years of performing in the mirror and discovering the similarly talented and complected CHER as her proof of possibilities, CORINA, against all odds, began her ascent into Pop Culture History.
With 10 plus years atop the BILLBOARD charts with songs like "WHISPERS" & "SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME", produced by LIL JON, and a blooming Film & Television career, CORINA was establishing a worldwide fan base. After starring as FRIDA KAHLO in Oscar winning Actor/Director TIM ROBBINS' CRADLE WILL ROCK and starring opposite JOHN CUSACK, BILL COSBY, MARC ANTHONY, IRIS CHACON, SUSAN SARANDON, VANESSA REDGRAVE, RUBEN BLADES and PETER DINKLAGE in various roles CORINA's "Star" was rising still. But was it enough? Could she escape her unresolved patterns of childhood abuse that slowly but surely threatened to dismantle what she had worked so hard to achieve.
CORINA: Beyond The Billboad.com is an intimate portrait into the creative force, the entertainer and the Artist behind those achievements. It is an astonishing journey through her world as she manages to face herself, the abuse and her abusers to emerge a broader and more powerful Artist than ever before. We will follow her as she embarks upon her Feature Film Directorial Debut, returns to the recording studio and works to get her Sitcom "LATIN IN AMERICA" picked up by Network Television.
CORINA: Beyond The Billboard is a story about the Artist, the FREESTYLE era, the hit music and her rise to Hollywood, but more importantly it is a story about resilience, about transcendent perseverance, human triumph and remaining true to oneself. It is proof that in the end, our dreams, and the living of them, are ultimately and joyously in no one else's hand but our own. This is a story about the power in a dream….and It is a story that needs to be told for the benefit of anyone who has ever had one.
REBIRTH POSTER - $75
AUNQUE ME DUELA POSTER - $75
MASTER & SERVANT POSTER - $75
FEAR & ALL OF ME POSTER
It was Thanksgiving Day 2013 as Corina and I worked intimately to prepare the coming meal for family and friends. She worked in the kitchen and I in the living room and I began to hear a voice that simply filled me with joy. Corina had begun to humm, and that humm lifted into a voice of song. I was filled with emotion and entranced by the beauty. For it is when CORINA sings that I know she is happy and full and free.
Ohhhh that voice! And in that moment I was transported, reminded that I am the luckiest man in the world, blessed to be her partner and to have the closest front row seat to her heart, which blooms the brightest while in song. In that moment I was struck with the deepest of desires, a knowing, that I must do my part in sharing this voice, her voice, once again with the world. Not only is she my beloved wife but a treasure, one that belongs to more than just her family and friends or to me even but to the world.
Now, some years removed from her Billboard Topping Hits of the 90's I understood that it was time for her gifts to be shared with the world once again. And by the peaceful power in her song I understood that she knew it too. In conversations and moments to come I reintroduced the idea of filming a documentary with her story as the subject and with a warm smile she said, "let's do it, it is time!
Corina is an Artist in the deepest sense of the word. For Corina there is no greater honor than to surrender to the voice of Source which speaks through her as works of Art & Song and no greater responsibility than to protect the open channel of that voice. This indeed is the very reason why she has shared her work and then retreated, only to share her work again, and then to retreat once more. For the Artist, there must be a space to recharge, reconnect and replenish, that one may create again, and in new and transcendent forms.
This, at the core, has been Corina's journey. A journey which I have accompanied her on and a journey which I, through this film, have the honor of sharing with you! Here you will get a front row seat to the work, commitment and grace it takes to transcend what often appears to be insurmountable odds in the attainment of ones dreams. Through this portrait of her family, culture, influences, music and work CORINA's story will inspire you to remember that there is nothing in this life that is beyond your reach. That when we are willing to put our whole soul into our dreams that they will and must come true. CORINA: Beyond The Billboard, your Artist, your Film, your part in the making of History!
THIS IS A LIST OF THE INTERVIEWEES THUS FAR WHICH IS STILL EXPANDING.
First we have to make this film and this is how we can do it. I've done the research and the math and the most popular Kickstarter Donation level is $25. To reach our goal we need 8,000 to 10,000 people to donate $25. On average 10% of the people donate once they are aware of a Kickstarter project. That means that to get to 10,000 Backers we need to reach 100,000 people. It's easier than it seems, believe me. Remember the good old fashioned chain letter? Well here it is, Chain Social Mediaing, or something like that.
When 10 of you share CORINA: Beyond The Billboard with at least 10 people that's 100 people. When they share it with at least 10 more people that's 1000 and when they share it with 10 more that's 10,000 people. One more sharing spree of 10 or more and we have quickly reached 100,000 people. That adds up to just 5 generations of sharing with 10 or more people. And now we will get to see the magic of facebook & twitter because most, if not all of us, have at least 10 friends and I know that sharing this Campaign with 10 or more of them is something each and every one of us can easily do.
Please 'Like', 'Share' & 'Tweet' about this project. The more people who hear about CORINA: Beyond The Billboard the more people we will be able to invite to get involved in the making of this inspiring documentary. Facebook, Twitter
In addition to making your valued donations and sharing this link We are always on the lookout for more media of CORINA to be included in the Film (you must own the rights to the material). Also if you work in the creative industries and would like to lend your expertise, equipment, facilities and/or time to make this film a reality. DP's send us your REELS. Please contact us at: CorinaTheFilm@gmail.com
This will include what we can do with added funding as $200k is a bare bones budget.
$250k - Will allow us to liscence(essential to the production value) to the stock footage of New York and Puerto Rico, stills, radio interviews, articles, television coverage, audio and music.
$275k - Will allow for recording of New & Original music to be written and performed by Corina to be added to the original soundtrack.
$300k - We will be able to add amazing arial, steadicam and dolly footage which will give the film a much larger and more epic impact on viewers.
$325- We will be able to produce a "Making Of" behind the scenes documentary to be included in the DVD extras.
$350k-We will be able to hire bloggers, social network specialists and a Public Relations Rep. to market and promote CORINA: Beyond The Billboard to a successful film festival run.
Kickstarter is an inspiration. It's an all or nothing platform which is just how we like it. Go big or go home! In practical terms what this means is if we don't raise our goal we get nothing, zilch, nada. Sounds risky right? Well the great thing is that unlike other crowd funding platforms we won't be left with just half our budget and unable to complete our film. This way you are assured that your money will not only get this film completed but get you all the rewards we are so excited to offer you as our Filmmaking Partners.
Doing it this way there is also a major benefit which we can't get through private funding and that's creative freedom. Yes I could go to a couple of our Millionaire friends they would make sure we found the funds but then they would own the mojority of this film which translates into me having to do the film "they" think I should make. Kickstarter will allow us to tell the story the way it deserves to be told, from the inside out, from the bottom up and not from outsiders with money who don't realy know or understand this music or this Artist.
If we don't reach our goal(note to self: never say that again!!), well then you won't be charged a red cent and i like that. I like that because your hard earned $ will not be thrown away on a project that won't get completed anyway for lack of funds. It would be a bad deal for you to lose money on a project that never gets made. When you donate to CORINA: Beyond The Billboard and we reach our goal you are assuring the completion of this project and the satisfaction of watching the film you helped make find it's way to festivals, theaters and your home entertainment centers!
Risks and challenges
This section quite frankly is one that just makes me chuckle at the irony of the subject. Why go into anything if you have not first resolved that you will succeed. Funny thing is that this film is all about taking risks and overcoming challenges thereby rendering them powerless.
OK, so if I must!……. The biggest Risk is in taking no risk at all. Life is a risk. Love is a risk. Anything worth celebrating in life once started off as a risk and it is in the taking of those risks that we uncover our greatest strengths passions & joy! If there is any risk at all here it's in NOT joining us in making this film. Not giving yourself the gift of knowing that CORINA: Beyond The Billboard, a film that you played an integral role in making, went on to win awards and touch people worldwide.
Having shared how inspired we are to bring you this film there are a couple of challenges that all documentary films face. The first is funding and the second is the projected time line for the films completion.
This film will be an in depth and intimate look at Corina's life and work both in the past and more importantly in the present. The film will follow her as she Directs her first feature film, pitches her Sitcom "Latin In America" to networks, records her first Latin LP and stages her second one woman show "Voices in My Head". Given the nature of this documentary which will capture her story as it presently unfolds we are aware that storylines may expand and deepen during production. A challenge will be to complete the film within our scheduled timeline while being flexible to the real life unfoldment of Corina's current projects and story.
Our film finance in turn will be affected by the real time events of this story as additional interviews, locations and shoooting days may be needed. These considerations have been factored into our projected budget and have been reflected in our project funding goal. With this funding goal reached we will have the resources with which to overcome these challanges and deliver a truly inspiring film.
Please note that the delivery of some rewards may be directly linked to the completion date of the documentary film itself. All other rewards will be delivered by our team on or as close to our estimated delivery date as possible.
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