LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you to everyone who supported! Although we did not reach our full goal, every contribution will help us to create the final edit and we will continue forward with the film! Please continue to support at:
From the bottom of my heart, OBRIGADA!
However you arrived here, thank you for being here! My name is Irene Walsh and I am the Director and Producer of LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA.
IRENE'S LIVE BRAZILIAN MUSIC SERIES in NYC: http://www.splitrockfilms.com/shows
LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA - OVERVIEW
Directed and produced by American filmmaker and NYC samba singer Irene Walsh, LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA allows us to see the world of Lapa both as a foreigner and as an insider. The film uses footage of live performances, samba instrument demonstrations, and over 30 interviews with influential musicians, composers, producers and historians to illustrate the importance of this unique community of sambistas to Brazil’s national music and to the rejuvenation of Lapa.
Lapa’s central location draws a melting pot of musicians from many neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. This new generation of musicians sought from the beginning to professionalize their music, collaborate with older artists, and share their stages with one another. Collectively, they are creating a fierce new music scene inspired by the roots of the traditional samba genre. Together they are helping to reshape not only Brazil’s national music, but also one of Rio de Janeiro’s most vital neighborhoods. This neighborhood was forgotten and abandoned before 2000, but the musicians and nightclubs have since brought Brazilians and tourists, as well as much-needed urban renewal and infrastructure, to the area.
We are looking to complete the film in 2014, as Rio de Janeiro takes center stage for the World Cup, and also in time for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The film is currently in post-production with almost 80 hours of footage in Rio de Janeiro and New York City.
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Making this film began in a very simple moment. I was in Rio de Janeiro sitting with a friend in a club that looks like it could be the inside of a ship - cavernous with huge wooden rafters above us, walls the texture of barnacles, and a parquet wooden floor beneath our feet (great for dancing). A massive chandelier declared the place to be simultaneously bohemian and elegant. The place smelled of homemade soup and bread. As huge as the place is, it feels like it could be your living room, with nooks to chat in, vintage artwork, and staircases leading to other levels where you can investigate bric-a-brac lining little shelves, or get lost in a corner with someone you fancy.
There was an excellent samba band made up of five or six young 20-something musicians sitting at a huge oak table in the center of the room. It’s the kind of table that looks like its job is to collect stories, around which I could easily imagine hosting years of dinner parties full of laughter and friends. The band offered a gorgeous feast of classic samba songs, easily rolling from one song into the next. The boom of the surdo kept the room pulsing with life, and the layers of rhythm above it created the delightful version of having an itch that you just can’t scratch. Some couples were dancing, and others were singing along loudly, chatting and laughing, bringing my dinner party fantasy to life. I was lost in the moment and must have looked as I felt - like a giddy child who has been told they can wander freely around the candy store for hours.
Then, there was an intermission. Immediately, two of the musicians walked directly to our table. I still remember how fantastic that moment was that they so boldly approached me. They had warm smiles and wanted to know where we were from and what we thought of the music. I told them that I was a samba singer in New York City, and they beamed brighter, “You have to sing with us!”
That’s how the idea for the film began. The story will continue in my backer updates.
It struck me that the collective story of the musicians in Lapa was an inspiring one to tell outside of Brazil, and so I set about documenting their community. My film chronicles the story of these musicians as they revitalize their neighborhood and revive and re-popularize samba, Brazil’s official music. I started filming in 2010, and the musicians there were enthusiastic to share their story with me - one that goes beyond the famous carnival parades, and tells a more intimate story about day-to-day life with its humor, woes, loves, losses, spirituality and irony. Samba for them truly is a way of life. And for me, they are a model community for how to create collectively and democratically. Besides, the music is absolutely gorgeous and I can't sit still when I hear it!
Please contribute and help this film to get out into the world. Truly, no amount is too small or too large. Even $1 helps us toward our goal and brings more attention to our project. And our $35,000 goal here is the minimum that we need to complete the film. Thank you for helping us to achieve that, and should you want to invest beyond this campaign or to collaborate with us as an Outreach Partner, please contact us directly.
LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) which means that all of your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Furthermore, PBS has already expressed interest in distribution after a theatrical run.
WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT YOU GET
We need to raise at least $35,000! That is the minimum amount we will need in order to deliver to you our beautiful and complete film. Here's what that covers:
- Editing the final cut
- Hard drives, equipment and editing software
- Fly the director to Rio de Janeiro where we'll edit the final cut
- Credits, graphic art and animation
- A translation of the film and subtitles
- A transcription of the film to be submitted to the library in Brazil (a requirement)
- Outstanding production costs
WHAT YOU GET
See our exciting perks to the right! Every contributor receives a shout-out on our website and social media - we are grateful for every ounce of support. We can't wait to share the film with you - you can be one of the first people to download the film when it is completed. You can own CDs that are not easily available outside of Brazil. You can have a live samba band play for your next event. Also, every contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extend allowable by law - another way of thanking you. Most of the perks will be delivered very soon after our campaign is over, unless otherwise noted.
How does Indiegogo work? Every contribution helps us to reach our goal toward completing the film. Because we are fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT, they process all contributions immediately on their secure PayPal site. You can also pay by credit card there. Achieving and exceeding our goal will allow us to complete our film in excellence. NOTE: It was initially stated here that your contributions would be charged only when the campaign is complete - please excuse the miscommunication. CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE PROCESSED IMMEDIATELY.
What if the campaign doesn't reach its goal? We will still receive all of the pledges made here, so thank you! We will make sure that every dollar pushes the film that much closer toward the finish line. We will continue to seek funding, and we welcome investors too.
Can we exceed our goal? Yes, and we need to!
What will you do with the money beyond the goal? Every dollar raised beyond our goal will be put toward other finishing fees like the cost of archival images, music licensing fees, film festival fees and marketing. Also, this is ultimately a movie about music, and if you are a music lover, you know how important it is to have the best sound engineering that we can afford.
So, PLEASE CONTINUE DONATING EVEN AFTER WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL! We will continue to award perks until the campaign ends. Every contribution truly does count. Thank you!
Can you donate in another's name? Of course! Just let us know the name you would like to donate under.
Can you donate from outside the United States? Yes! You can pay with a credit card from any country.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT NOW?
LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA is an historic snapshot of a vital place at a crucial time for the music from Rio de Janeiro. Right now, the attention of the world is on Rio de Janeiro as they host the World Cup this year, and the Olympics in 2016. The whole world is watching the social revolution that is happening throughout Brazil, and we are witnessing the restructuring of this city in preparation for these international games. It is absolutely essential that in the midst of these changes that the authentic music of Brazil maintains its very important position when we speak of Brazilian culture.
We need to finish this film now. While everyone is watching Brazil, we need this kind of perspective on their music and a positive image of their rich culture.
WHO ARE THE KEY PEOPLE?Behind the camera
Read about us here: http://www.splitrockfilms.com/about/
IRENE WALSH, Director and Producer
VICTOR AVILA, Director of Photography
PEDRO ASBEG, Editor
MICKI MIHICH, Co-Producer
Featured artists in the film:
Alessandro Cardoso, Alfredo Del-Penho, Áurea Martins, Bernardo Dantas, Clarice Magalhães, Cláudio Brito, Cristiane Cotrim, Edu Krieger, Eduardo Gallotti, Elisa Addor, Fernando Temporão, Jefferson Bilisco, João Callado, Julio Florindo, Luiz Augusto, Mariana Baltar, Mariana Bernardes, Moyseis Marques, Netinho Albuquerque, Nilze Carvalho, Pedro Holanda, Pedro Miranda, Roberta Nistra, Sergio Krakowski, Sergio Procópio, Teresa Cristina, Thais Villela, Thiago da Serrinha, Tuninho Galante, and others.
Learn more and hear their music: http://www.splitrockfilms.com/musicians/
WINNER! At the 2013 Trailer Cash competition in New York City, the trailer for LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA was selected as one of 12 finalists out of dozens of submissions from independent filmmakers of all genres. The trailer for LAPA: THE HEART OF SAMBA won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Favorite Awards, plus a total of 2,500 dollars toward our film!
WANT TO HELP, BUT CAN'T DONATE?
Become an Outreach Partner. Spread the word about the film in your community and receive a special Outreach Partner credit on our website. We’d love to discuss partnering with you, your organization, your community to help get the word out about the film. Or tell us about a person, group, business, or any connection that you think might be interested in our campaign and teaming up with us. Please contact us and we’ll get the collaborative juices flowing!
And of course we need your help broadcasting the Indiegogo campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Share it on your blog or site.
For your kindness and generosity, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
REACH OUT AND CONTACT US!
Split Rock Films Telephone: +1.347.735.6722
Facebook Film Page: www.facebook.com/lapatheheartofsamba
Página do Filme no FB (Portuguese): www.facebook.com/sambadalapaofilme