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Agosto

August, 1994, Cuba. Carlos (13) is expecting a regular summer; but the government policies change and thousands of Cubans take to the sea hoping to escape the island’s fate. Friends leave, families part, emotions roar for the first time. A crowd rage in his hometown. Nothing will ever be the same.

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For a long time this has been an untreatable issue in Cuba. It still is an uncomfortable subject. This story and these images have been with me since 1994; and this film is kind of an exorcism to live with those memories.
- Director de Agosto, Armando Capó.

What happened in Cuba in August, 1994?

On August 94 we went through very harsh times. Most of the crew members of this film were children or teenagers at that time and we recall how our parents would do anything to get our daily bread. How transportation almost collapsed and bicycles were the only choice, a really suffocating means in the Caribbean heat. Blackouts going on for over 16 hours a day, so we had to eat and do homework every day under candlelight. The social dismay and seeing neighbours carry rafts and walking to the sea to embrace the hazardous journey toward the United States pursuing a better life. We went to the beach to say goodbye to strangers and somehow sensed we were witnessing a scene we would never forget. August, the film, has that quality to it.


Fotografías, Agosto 1994

In 1994, Cuba was in the deepest economical crisis caused by the downfall of the Soviet Union. As a consequence, illegal migration to the United States increased. The Cuban government intercepted four vessels with emigrants leaving the country, which caused the largest anti-government riot in the history of the revolution, the so-called Maleconazo (August 5th, 1994). After this, Fidel Castro announced that anyone who wanted to leave the country could do so (August 13th, 1994). This triggered The Rafters’ Crisis, where more than thirty-five thousand Cubans took to the sea heading to the US in rickety boats pursuing better living conditions. On August 19th, US president Bill Clinton ordered the interception of Cuban migrants at sea and their transfer to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, where they were to wait to be admitted into the United States. These events left deep marks on the Cuban people; these were painful and distressing times for many families.

Who are we?

Agosto is a movie by Cuban director Armando Capó, written by him and Abel Arcos, a Cuban scriptwriter, produced by Marcela Esquivel (Costa Rica), Claudia Olivera (Cuba), and co-produced by Paraiso Production Diffusion - Nathalie Trafford, Pomme hurlante Films (France) - Eva Chillon (France).

How have we done so far?

Making this film has not been an easy journey. Armando and Abel started writing, Marcela, the producer, joined the project and started to develop it internationally. Then Claudia entered the project and it became stronger on the Cuban side. Neither government made it easy for us. Neither Cuba nor Costa Rica has legislations supporting filmmaking and very few resources go to a film like Agosto. After 2 years we received the approval from both governments to make our co-production official. Now we also have a co-production with France and we are still in the process of finding other co-production partners.

With the developing of the film, the script and a nice folder we have achieved these awards:

Carpeta en español
Carpeta en inglés

Workshop Columbus / TYPA Project Development, 2011 (Argentina), Cinergia support for development (Costa Rica), First Workshop on Project Development of Central America and the Caribbean, Ibermedia 2012, unpublished scripts Selection of the Festival of Havana 2012, Eave Bridges (Locarno, Ventana Sur) 2013, Selection Cinema Fabrique du Monde, Cannes, 2014, Winner Coproduction Forum, San Sebastian Festival, 2014, Winner of Latin American project, Amiens Festival 2014.

"I was very impressed with the far reach and humanity of the screenplay by Armando that Marcela is producing. The universality of the characters described in the rite of passage that is "Agosto" makes me anticipate a project that will charm a wide audience around the world."
-Walter Salles, director of Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road, Central Station.

Which actors take part in the cast?

Laura de la Uz

This Cuban actress will play the character of Mirta, mother of Carlos, our protagonist.
Laura has starred in roles in films like Hello Hemingway directed by Fernando Pérez which won her the Coral for best female performance at the XII Habana Film Festival. Other feature film works include:
Madagascar, El Benny, Homo Sapiens, El cuerno de la abundancia, Boleto al paraíso, Y sin embargo, Esther en alguna Parte y La película de Ana.

Carlos our main character, is in the process of casting and so is Mandy and Elena, Carlos’ friends.
Given that they are teenagers, it is not possible to confirm them too son, as they would change physically fast.

The general casting of the film will be done starting January 2016.

What do we need the money for?

With this collective funding we want to achieve the goal of completing the required budget for shooting Agosto. The budget of the filming amounts to $100,000; we have managed to raise $80,000 and we would need to raise at least $20,000 more to secure our shooting.

How are we going to use the money?

The money we manage to collect thanks to your contributions, is going to be spend in actors’ fees, food, transportation and art. All of this is vital to carry out and complete the project successfully.

What if we exceed the target?

If we exceed the proposed amount, all the work we’ve done so far would be a sound achievement. Plus, there are also many situations where an extra penny will do the trick, bear in mind that:
Cuba is an unsteady country in many ways, things might change overnight. For example things like foreign currency exchange, banking transactions, taxation, international shipping, communications, printing, supplies in general.

Cuban independent films are usually shot very hastily, with few resources and very much in the mood of "guerrilla moviemaking". Having more money allows us to do this movie in a looser way, with better control of any contingencies.

¨The film is a tribute to all those who suffered the tragedy of migrating risking their lives on rafts made from almost nothing; memories of the grief of those left waiting for news of their relatives, it is also a contemporary review of Cuban history.¨
-Javier Labrador, Agosto's Cinematographer.

Are there other ways I can help?

Many, but above all spread the word!
Share the information and tell friends and family about Agosto. Let the world know through Facebook or send an email to your contacts.
If you have your own internet platform, website or blog; share it with your followers.
The best way to recommend anything is by telling acquaintances, relatives and friends.

When will I receive the rewards?

Rewards will be given depending on their nature:
• Rewards related to the shooting (to name your raft, to have your bike assembled, or to cast an extra), will be arranged a month before filming, during the preproduction stage.
• Rewards requiring completion of filming will be sent two months after the end of the shooting. (Production manual, access to the Making Off, interviews, copy of the script with interviews to the screenwriters).
• Finally, rewards involving the premiere of the movie, the link to the uploaded copy and the DVD distribution will be arranged up to the end of 2017.

How do we deliver rewards?

For physical merchandising rewards we will use postal mail or shipping to the address you send us.
Other rewards will be arranged over email and telephone.

Schedule

Pre-production will start in June 2016 (that is; all the preparation previous to the shooting).
Shooting in August 2016; and then editing and post production.
Our goal is to release the film by early 2017 either at the Berlin Festival or Cannes Festival, San Sebastián.

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We are aware that this is a story that needs to be told with all the honesty it deserves. Agosto will be the first film to feature this issue, from the viewpoint of a teenager who lived through it and who now works out his memories and emotions through cinema. This is a coming to terms process for our director.
We can all profit from it, and join him in healing whatever wounds are left open for any of us back then.
Therefore, we invite you to join this film.

#HagamosAgosto

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  • Equipo de Agosto La película

    Equipo de Agosto La película
    Author

    about 4 years

    Hola José Carlos, si deseas puedes enviarnos tu currículum al correo agosto@laferiaprod.com
    y estaremos revisándolo en cuanto podamos.
    Si de tu parte conocés a personas interesadas en donar y contribuir con el proyecto, sería muy bueno que les hables de la película y de la campaña.
    Un gran saludo!
    -Equipo de Agosto

  • Jose carlos viquez g

    Jose carlos viquez g

    about 4 years

    Soy estilista y maquillista de tv y cine en Costa Rica,me gusta el proyecto y quisiera saber si puedo colaborar con mi trabajo, gracias.

#02 / Dos de nuestras balsas ya tienen nombre :)

Hoy queremos agradecer especialmente a María José y a Mayela quienes fueron las primeras en apoyar con la construcción de las balsas. Amigas tenemos ya dos balsas gracias a ustedes y una se llamará María José y la otra Mayela. Qué ilusión!
Agradecer también a Yoani, una amiga cubana a quien le tenemos mucha admiración y que sabemos que su apoyo para nuestra campaña será fundamental.
Y finalmente a la siempre y única familia eictviana. Gracias por estar porque vive el cine latinoamericano unido.
Y a todos/ todas por hacer nuestro día feliz con sus contribuciones.
Un abrazo muy alegre
Marcela Esquivel
Productora
Costa Rica

5€
23 backers

Ashé - Good karma ($5,5)
Good wishes for the film continuity and good vibes for everyone.
+ Thank you post in Facebook.

15€
31 backers

Light a candle ($16,5)
We will put together an altar to clear the way to success for our film.
+ Thank you post in Facebook.
+ Video of the final altar with your name on a candle.
+ Link to the movie

25€
48 backers

How to survive a Cuban film ($27,5)
Get to know the production team’s experiences through the king of the film and get a link to it.
+ Production Manual: We will design a small digital and illustrated book which will include insight on how to get going in the hazards of making an independent film in Cuba
+ Link to the movie
+ Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film.

35€
19 backers

Tu propio Agosto ($38,5)
The actors and screenwriters will share their experience, you’ll be able to read the script and watch the movie.
+ Digital copy of the script including exclusive interviews with the screenwriters
+ Interview with the leading actors who will tell you about the work process and the experience of acting in the film
+ Production Manual
+ Link to the movie
+ Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film.

50€
25 backers

Agosto behind the scenes ($55)
You’ll get to know in all detail how we did Agosto.
+ Light a candle: Video of the final altar with your name on a candle.
El Paquete (includes):
+ Link to the Making Off (interviews and more)
+ Production Manual
+ Digital copy of the script including exclusive interviews with the screenwriters
+ Interview with the leading actors who will tell you about the work process and the experience of acting in the film
+ Link to the movie
+ Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film.

75€
9 backers

Put the shirt on ($82,5)
Get a t-shirt and exclusive pins of Agosto.
+ T-shirt with an exclusive design
+ Pin with an exclusive design
+ El Paquete

90€
8 left (of 15)

Watercolour painting of the director ($95)
You will receive an exclusive piece of art right to your home.
+ You will receive a watercolor painting of the locations or movie scenes painted by our director, who is also a painter.
+ El Paquete

100€
12 left (of 20)

Ride on ($110)
Help us rent Chinese bicycles for scenes in the film.
+We will send you a digital photo of your bike
+Your initial will be in the bike
+Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film as part of the team who financed the bikes.
+Pin with an exclusive design
+El Paquete.

150€
1 backer

Agosto in your hands ($165)
You get an original poster of the film signed.
+ Poster of the film signed by the director and main actors
+ 5 pins collection
+ El Paquete

250€
5 backers

Your name in the film ($275)
+ Your name will be spoken in some scene of the film.
+ You’ll get a print of a watercolour painting of our film locations or scenes painted by our director, who is also a painter.
+ EL Paquete.

300€
5 backers

Agosto’s Casting ($330)
Make possible the workshop that will allow our director to work with the final casting of the film with a "performance coach” and select the film’s extras.
+ You can cast extras for Agosto, using pictures we will send you for selection. You could also pay for a relative from Holguín or Gibara to be an extra in the film.
+ T-shirt with an exclusive design
+ Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film as part of the casting team.
+ Agosto DVD will be shipped to you.
+ Personalised thank you video by the the main actors of the film.
+ If you are in any of the countries when the movie is premiered (Costa Rica, Cuba) you will get a special pass to be a part of the Official Premiere of the film. (Travel expenses, food and other are on behalf of the contributor).
+ El Paquete.

1.000€
11 backers

We Made It! ($1101)
We’ve challenged bureaucracy, heat, tropical storms, economic embargo, and all predicaments. We made it!
+ You will get credit as special sponsor
+ A production/direction diploma including scenes, and resources made possible thanks to your contribution.
+ We will feature and put together a most lovely album, with printed photos of the film in Gibara
+ Special bag with printed with Agosto’s poster and Cuban souvenirs with in it.
+ You will receive a watercolor painting by our director.
+ Your name will be spoken in some scene of the film.
+ If you are in any of the countries when the movie is premiered (Costa Rica, Cuba) you will get a special pass to be a part of the Official Premiere of the film. (Travel expenses, food and other are on behalf of the contributor).
+ Agosto DVD will be shipped to you.
+ El Paquete

100€
5 patrons (sold out)

Build a raft ($110)
Help put together rafts for the film.
+ Your name will be in one of the rafts we will build
+ We will send you a digital photo of your raft
+ Your name will be listed in the acknowledgements of the film as part of the team who financed the rafts.
+ Pin with an exclusive design
+ El Paquete

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