Connect Cuba is now live thanks to all of your initial support! Please visit us at the official campaign link below:
Ana's original Connect Cuba video:
Ladies in White Leader Berta Soler supports Conecta Cuba!
Gloria Estefan shows support for Connect Cuba! See the video:
Willy Chirino Lends his Voice to Conecta Cuba:
Ana and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FHRC) really need your help to make our human rights campaign for Cuba an epic success.
Together, we plan to produce a high quality campaign video about the current human rights situation in Cuba, launch it online, along with an original song currently being developed to inspire the international community in supporting the human rights movement in Cuba, sign an important global petition, and create global support for the human rights movement in Cuba. We also plan to re-launch our website with cool new features including a more sophisticated way of reporting our human rights work via Google Maps, a cool new donation platform, and e-commerce.
There will be many ways to get involved once the campaign launches, but we really need your help RIGHT NOW to launch this timely and unique project.
Read our latest blog!
Ana Villafañe was discovered by Dolphin Entertainment in 2006, and signed with their management division upon graduating from high school. Her first time on a film set was as a runway model in the Bollywood hit Dostana before playing “Catalina” in the award-winning feature film Magic City Memoirs (executive producer Andy Garcia, Miami International Film Festival 2011). Next, Ana moved to Los Angeles, and starred alongside Esai Morales and Lupe Ontiveros in “Los Americans”, an original series written and directed by Dennis Leoni (Resurrection Boulevard) and produced by Robert Townsend. In early 2011 she was back on stage as Mimi Marquez in the Hollywood production of the musical “RENT” by Jonathan Larson (Jerica Productions; Hollywood Hudson Theater). Ana then starred in the feature film “Hiding” alongside Tyler Blackburn and Jeremy Sumpter, directed by Thomas Wright. TV credits include “Isabella” on season 4 of Rizzoli and Isles (TNT). Between films, she studied vocal performance and earned a degree in music from Loyola Marymount University in 2012.
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (“FHRC”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1992 to promote a nonviolent transition to a free and democratic Cuba by empowering independent Civil Society within Cuba. FHRC maintains regular contact with human rights defenders and civic activists who are working for change in Cuba through nonviolent means. Some of these individuals include prisoners of conscience and their families, independent journalists and bloggers, cultural activists, as well as members of independent unions and marginalized sectors. FHRC also maintains initiatives outside of Cuba to promote efforts by Cuban Civil Society within the Island, including fundraising campaigns and raising awareness about conditions on the Island. FHRC feels a profound responsibility to support and empower Cuban Civil Society in its efforts to nonviolently transition to a free and democratic Cuba that has zero tolerance for violations of human rights.
What We Need & What You Get
WHAT WE NEED:
Here is a basic breakdown of what we need and how much $ everything costs...
$10,500 for a full HD quality video to launch the campaign
in English & Spanish.
$10,000 for a top notch website complete with interactive
map, online petition, new donation platform, and e-commerce! As well as all the
info you need to know to Connect Cuba!
$3,000 for a top quality original recorded song, including mixing, mastering, wrtitten in both English & Spanish.
$6,500 for a full HD quality music video featuring Ana’s
song in English & Spanish.
$1,500 for B-Roll and electronic press kit to help us tell
all the major media outlets about Connect Cuba.
- $3,450 for some online marketing and promotion to get the word out about the importance of connecting Cuba.
Grand total: $34,950!
WHAT YOU GET:
Your funds will go a long way to helping us launch this campaign and believe us, every dollar helps! And, to thank you for your contribution you can choose to receive some very cool benefits including:
- Special Invites to FHRC's signature gala "Noche Tropical" featuring musical guest Willy Chirino.
Invites to our Connect Cuba afterparty! Please wear your Connect Cuba IndieGoGo apparel with pride...
Private, VIP invitation to meet Ana, the creative team, and FHRC staff at the official production wrap party!
DVD / download of all the campaign videos produced including special behind the scenes footage.
Digital Download or CD of the original song and music created for the campaign.
Personally Autograph poster or headshot from our star Ana.
Campaign T-Shirts and other cool swag.
Special "Thank You" on our New Website.
- Social Media "shout-outs" and more!
THE CUBAN PEOPLE NEED OUR HELP TO GET CONNECTED & EMPOWERED!
If for some reason we don't reach our entire "Indie goal," funds will go to launching parts of the campaign in smaller stages, but remember, we NEED to get the entire campaign out there this Fall to be super effective! Plus, when it comes to human rights in Cuba, it's all or nothing!
The Impact Connect Cuba will have for the Cuban people, and the world for that matter, is priceless. We have the opportunity to give 11 million people something they have never had before...A voice and a choice! Through our unique collaboration with award winning activists such as Yoani Sanchez, and Sakharov Prize winners The Ladies in White and Guillermo "Coco" Fariñas we can create a profound impact from inside the island of Cuba.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that you may not be able to contribute financially, but there are other ways you can help the cause!
Please share our campaign using the IndieGoGo share tools on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.
Email everyone you know the link to this page!
Follow, share and like Connect Cuba on IndieGoGo...
Together, we can do this and give the Cuban people something
they have never had before…access to uncensored information and a voice.