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A young woman from Mexico journeys to Cuba in the wake of her brother's suicide, in director Kelly Daniela Norris' feature film debut.
A young woman from Mexico journeys to Cuba in the wake of her brother's suicide, in director Kelly Daniela Norris' feature film debut.
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Welcome to our Kickstarter!

Not only is this an opportunity to view the WORLD PREMIERE of our trailer (in the video, above), but also a chance to aid immeasurably in the completion of a very special and deeply moving new film.  We are raising $15,000 in order to complete Sound Design, record a musical score, acquire necessary music and media rights, and produce screening prints - all so that the film can be ready for its exhibition on the festival circuit this Fall.

Let's get it done and get it seen!

Synopsis

Shades of Blue (Sombras de Azul) is the story of Maribel (Seedne Bujaidar), a young Mexican woman who grieves her brother's suicide by traveling to the place he'd always dreamt of going - Cuba.  There, through tortured ruminations and the guidance of a devoted stranger, she searches for answers, and must decide whether to open herself up to love and loss once again.

Significance

The film reimagines my own experience of bereavement following the death of my brother, weaving together real memory and reflection with the sights and sounds of a country still taboo to many Americans in order to form a unique cinematic elegy.  Ultimately, Shades of Blue reflects on one of life's great ironies - that if living and dying are one and the same, then to grow close to someone is to open yourself to pain, and to love is to suffer.

Current Status

Thanks to an AMAZING and dedicated cast and crew, we shot the film this past Fall in Cuba, becoming one of the first and ONLY American independent films ever to accomplish the feat.  (The film is a co-production of Mexico, Cuba, and the United States.)  After months of intense collaboration with the film's editor, Travis Pittman, we now have a Rough Cut that I am extremely proud of; a true realization of a deeply personal and (hopefully) universal story that first grabbed hold of me nearly 5 years ago.

Where to?

The hard part's over; the journey's almost at its end; all that's left is getting the film to its audience.  ANYTHING you can give will help incalculably to that end... and those rewards (on the right) aren't too shabby either.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the trailer!

Gratefully,
Kelly Daniela Norris
Writer/Director, Shades of Blue
www.shadesofbluefilm.com
www.sombrasdeazulfilm.com

CREDITS

Cast:

Yasmani Guerrero as Eusebio

Charlotta Mohlin as Alissa

Lieter Ledesma as Arturo

Roberto Suarez as Benito

Maria Zambran as Caridad

Alejandro Cuba as Carlos

Señora Habana as La Santera

and introducing Seedne Bujaidar as Maribel

Crew:

Writer/Director - Kelly Daniela Norris

Director of Photography - Bob Geile

Editor - Travis Pittman

Costume Designer - Priscila Sahagun

Wardrobe Coordinator - Christina Blackaller

Additional Costumes - Renetta Lloyd

Producer - Kelly Daniela Norris

Producer - Travis Pittman

Co-Producer - Elena Molina

Production Coordinator - Sheila Winslow

Executive Producer - Seemant Menon

Co-Executive Producer - Karen D'Or

Co-Executive Producer - Robert Pittman

In association with the Instituto Cubana de Arte e Industria Cinemátograficos

TRAILER CREDITS

"Asturias"
Performed by Gregory Norris
Publishing courtesy of Alfred Music Publishing

"Sombras de Azul (Version Libre de Trumpeta)"
An original song written and performed by Alberto Ferro Cabezas

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    The above, plus an Executive Producer credit on the film (IMDb listing and name in the credits), and two tickets to a festival screening near you!

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    To recap -

    Special Thanks on our website
    - Thank You note from the director
    - Copy of the Soundtrack
    - Autographed DVD of the film
    - Special Thanks in the end credits
    - Autographed 8 x 10 still
    - Personalized gift from the director
    - Autographed poster
    - Executive Producer credit
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    Plus, a private dinner with the director and lead actress at your convenience.

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