About this project
Closer Than You Think | The Cuban Artist Project
A feature length documentary film from director Paul Irmiter.
This film examines artists abilities to communicate across cultural borders and make deep and lasting connections.
In Collaboration with US Artists
Rafael Gonzalez, Chaka Mkali/aka I Self Devine, Sharolyn Hagen, Malamanya, Sarah White, Rico Simon Mendez, Orko Eloheim, Walter Chancellor and others.
In April 2014, Director Paul Irmiter, producer Mariesa Ryan and their crew traveled to Cuba to start the filming of a documentary about 2 painters, 2 musicians and a photographer where they quickly immersed themselves into the daily lives of these 5 Cuban artists.
A mural, conceived and painted in Cienfuegos, Cuba, music written and recorded in Havana and live music performed and filmed for the documentary in Trinidad inspired artists, friends, families, neighbors and seemingly all of Cuba to jump in to help. All of this was captured on film.
In true Cuban fashion, Paul and crew rolled in with a very small amount of gear, only what was needed. Everyone on the crew at some point was recording or filming. It was truly a collaborative effort.
On June 11, the 5 Cuban artists will all be traveling to Minnesota for 10 more days of filming and then we move into post-production. When we finish there will be a feature documentary and a sound track.
This is more than just a film project for both Paul and Mariesa, it is a labor of love and a way to bring greater understanding of Cuban people through the voices of some of their most beloved citizens...artists.
What Comes Next
On June 11, the 5 Cuban artists will all be traveling to Minnesota to continue filming in Minneapolis and the midwest, capturing performances, workshops and exhibitions with Cuban and American artists, working side by side. After this intensive tour, we begin post-production; editing, sound design, and culminating our journeys by producing a feature length documentary and soundtrack.
We already have strong interest in hosting our premiere in Minneapolis and we will screen the film in Cienfuegos, Cuba this fall.
Why We Need Your Help
This film project isn't a profit driven venture, we are telling the story of a group of people that exist outside of the standard dialog of Cuban - American relationships. We hope to rise above the noise and simply help foster the connections everyone of us share through art. To make this a reality and finish it in a professional and timely manner, we are reaching out to you for help to complete this film. In doing so, you will be a part of a cultural exchange between the people of Cuba and the United States. As the title says, we are "closer than you think".
Breakdown Of Costs
100% of funds will go towards previous production costs, producing the 2nd half of the documentary, completing the film (editing and post production) and supporting exhibition options.
We are so excited to share Cuban culture with you in some way, the Cubans will be in Minnesota in less than a month! Here are some of the rewards we are offering for becoming a part of our effort.
- Original and print artwork by the Cuban artists featured in our film
- Film and song downloads and hard copies
- Comp tickets to paid events and workshops (June 2014)
- Meet and great with Cuban artists and filmmakers (June 2014)
- Promotion as film or event sponsors at engagement events (June 2014)
Our Film-making Team
About US Cuba Artist Exchange
US Cuba Artist Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural appreciation and personal growth between American and Cuban artists through collaborative art programs and cultural exchange. We aim to enrich US and Cuban communities through the development of artists from both US and Cuba, the production of collaborative works, and the infusion of inspiration and influence from each other's culture.
Risks and challenges
Getting into Cuba was a challenge in itself, but we were able to make that happen legally with the help of many people and organizations just like you.
Personally, we have a lot at stake. We're extremely invested in this project and feel passionate about sharing this story when it's relevant. Some personal and professional things have been put on hold as we make our way into the 2nd half of production.
Also, we've made it through several big hurdles on our own with our own resources - we got the 5 Cuban artists their Visa's to come to the US, shot the 1st half of the documentary and are planning the June production as we speak. If we aren't able to shoot the 2nd half, all the work and resources we've leveraged so far would be lost.
THANK YOU for contributing to our project, we can't do it without you or any of the other collaborators we've worked with or will work with along the way. Community is powerful!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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