Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, Women Make Movies continues to achieve international recognition with Academy®, Emmy® and Peabody nominations and awards, as well as at Cannes and Sundance, including this year’s Academy® winner SAVING FACE. Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist media organization, is the world's largest distributor of films by and about women and our Production Assistance Program helps women get their films on the screen. Contributions for this project are tax-deductible via Women Make Movies and to the extent permitted by law.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED AND SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE. YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT KEEP THIS PROJECT GOING. I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RAISE THE FUNDS THAT I DID WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. I AM TRULY THANKFUL AND WORDS COULD NEVER FULLY EXPRESS THE APPRECIATION I HAVE FOR EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU. ISABEL ROSADO IS A PHENOMENAL WOMAN WHO HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO ONE THING AND HAS DONE IT SO POWERFULLY NO MATTER WHAT OBSTACLES SHE FACED IN DOING SO. HER LOVE AND RESPECT FOR HUMANITY IS GREATLY ADMIRED AND THIS STORY MUST BE TOLD. IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GO TO THE LINK BELOW AND SCROLL TO THE DOCUMENTARY.
I WILL BE SENDING OUT INFORMATION SOON ON WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE AND HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT FURTHER IF INTERESTED. ALSO PLEASE CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE WWW.ISABELNACIONALISTA.COM
THANK YOU AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MELISSA MONTERO PADILLA
Supporters and Community:
Montero and I have been working on my documentary tentatively titled: Isabel
Rosado: Nacionalista (working-title) for the past few years. This film was
formerly known as Our Women, Our Struggle and was based on the lives of several
Puerto Rican revoluntionary women, however, as the project progressed, it was
evident that this story was about Isabel Rosado and the history of the Puerto
Rican Nationalist Party. I have managed to raise enough funds that has enabled
me to get through 90% of production and I could not do it without your support.
Every donation and contribution really made a difference. I am truly
Nationalist (working title),
is an hour long documentary that features the life and times of Isabel Rosado,
a centenarian, who at 30 years of age joined the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party
and dedicated her life to the Puerto Rican independence movement. Through
her story-- as a Party member Isabel collected funds, sewed flags, delivered
messages, cared for the stricken leader Don Pedro Albizu Campos, and took up
arms in the fight for independence. We learn about the colonial relationship
between Puerto Rico and the United States and Puerto Ricoï¿½s struggle for
independence. Isabel, spending approximately 12 years in prison, has become a
revered symbol of colonial resistance in Puerto Rico. Her life is a testament
to the islandï¿½s unresolved conflict with political status, economic
development, and a century-long struggle for independence. Isabel Rosado:
Nationalist, chronicles the life of a woman of humble means who risked it
all, endured persecution, and had her civil rights violated. Not only does her
story highlight the central problem of colonialism but it also represents a
marginalized community who for many years struggled for their nation's right to
self determination and sovereignty.
Isabel Rosado: Nacionalista
is intended to bring social awareness and educate the general public on the
impact colonialism has had on a group of people, the colonial status of
Puerto Rico, and the political persecution many people faced throughout
the 1930s, 40s and 50s. This documentary will uncover decades of unknown
history of this island and encourage discussions on political repression,
surveillance, and human rights violations. This is all done through Isabel
Rosado's story which is the thread that will narrate this documentary.
The film hopes to also spark discussions on whether or not this type of
repression and such similar practices still continue today.
What We Need &
What You Get
The documentary is
currently in the last stages of production and soon hoping to enter
post-production. Principal photography of Isabel is complete. I will
continue to fund raise by applying to various foundations for grants and
hosting fund raising parties. Your generous contribution will support the
3 final secondary interviews
Rough cut edit
Titles and graphics
Your support is
greatly appreciated and any donation amount does truly make a
difference...look, it has brought me this far. Please check out the incentives
and perks we are offering and see which way you can support. If our goal is
met, we can complete all production and move into post-production.
Other Ways You Can Help
you make your gracious contribution, please spread the work and forward this
campaign to your friends, relatives, and associates. Post our campaign on your
facebook wall! Tweet about it! If 500 people contribute $20 to our campaign, we
can meet our goal. Anything is possible!!!
I am proud of this work and
I do look forward to sharing with everyone the story of Isabel Rosado and the
group of people she represents. Documenting this unknown history of Puerto Rico
is very exciting and I hope one day my film is spread across University
libraries here and abroad. And we are off to fund raise!!!
My sincerest appreciation,
Melissa Z. Montero