By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 10, 2014 at 10:50AM
In the interest of time (the campaign has just 16 hours to go, as of the time of this post), I'll skip the formalities and commentary (it's a topic that's been discussed ad naseam on this blog over the years) and just share the filmmaker's (Magdalena Albizu) pitch. If you'd like to contribute, go to the project's Indegogo page HERE to do so (or click within the widget at the bottom of this post):
NEGRITA is a documentary about the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States. Black Latinos/as are often overlooked or dichotomized as either "black" or "hispanic" in the United States. However, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) , Hispanic or Latino origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. Hispanic or Latino origin is independent of race and is termed "ethnicity" by the United States Census Bureau. NEGRITA highlights individual unique Afro-Latina experiences within a broad skin color and ethnic range, while revealing psychological and social factors that add to the confusion, uncertainty, shame and affirmation about one's self-image of being both "Black" and "Latina". NEGRITA: Racially Black. Ethnically Latina.
We started developing NEGRITA in 2012 but were forced to halt production temporarily until we raise enough money to cover production costs. Our goal is to capture the experiences of Afro-Latinas in different cities across the USA, such as Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Los Angeles. We've already started shooting in New York but in order to take this show literally on the road we need your help to raise $50,000 in order to cover: Equipment rental; Airfare and accommodation expenses for our crew; Crew wages; Crew meals; Insurance; Location fees; Music Licensing fees. We are offering unique perks in return for your donations, such as: Exclusive digital download of behind-the-scenes footage; An official Negrita T-shirt; An official Negrita tote bag; A personalized Instagram Thank You video shot on set; One-on-one meeting with the Director; Associate Producer credit and many more!
And with that, here's the pitch video, followed by the Indiegogo widget which will take you to the project's campaign page to make a contribution: