The tides of history have not been kind to Cuba. The wave of revolutionary change has long receded, leaving only stalled growth and stagnation in its wake.
After all these years there remain staunch, resolute believers in the greatness of Cuban freedom, supporters of the social experiment of the Revolution. This film is not about them. This film is about the rest of Cuba, a land of unborn hopes slumbering in repression. Fidelandia is a documentary feature exploring the constant struggle of those caught in a system that does not work.
Fidelandia explores a nation frozen in time, virtually unchanged since the Revolution, as well as the facets of a society falling apart at it's seams. Fidelandia examines the force behind this stagnation.Faced with technology and policies dating back to the 60s, Cuba is a country trapped in time warp, Fidelandia questions how the Cuban people face bureaucratic stonewalls against progressive thought. The youth fight for an opportunity to experience "Western Freedom," the elderly, many of whom have fought alongside the Castros as brothers-in-arms, express their grief, dreams, anger and hopes of a Cuba they fear will never come.
"If you are caught using the internet, you can go to jail. I was imprisoned for no reason. No! I am not afraid, I am simply telling the truth."
In Cuba there's no evolution, only involution."
ENEAS "EL BLACK"
When Cuba’s former dictator “ Fulgencio Batista” was overthrown from power by Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries in the late 1950’s. The people of Cuba were promised a better Cuba. They were promised the opportunity to rise to a higher standard of living, but according to many struggling to survive within the population, Fidel Castro failed to deliver his promise, delivering instead a growing stagnation of an aging economy
Fidelandia takes a look at the country’s current culture post Fidel’s fifty-year reign. The film explores how the youth deals with the influence of Western culture impacting the country by way of tourism, and the use of illegal Internet and television.
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"As Cubans there is really no motivation to get an education. There is no more opportunity if you are a scholar or a taxi driver. Why learn how to be an engineer when you earn the same as a non-professional? The government control who we are and what we are".
"We have no identity."
Isaias Castañeda is an American filmmaker, born in Chicago, ILL. In 2005, Castañeda directed and produced the controversial documentary film "Season of Death: Chasing The American Dream". The filmmaker follows several migrants on their journey towards the U.S, capturing the harsh reality of some who attempt to cross into the United States of America illegally. After the completion of "SOD", he attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor's degree in Film and Television Production. He is currently in pre-production of "PLAYING GODS, FINDING JOHN DOE and SANTAN'S NIGHTMARE."
IGNACIO J. REVECO
Ignacio J. Reveco is an independent filmmaker, born in Santiago de Chile. studied business and finances as an undergraduate in Chile; before deciding to follow an artistic career, he attended Loyola
Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in film and television production. He has developed a number of projects from documentaries to narrative pieces. He is the writer director of films like “Psychoanalysis”, “The Temporal Party” and the documentary “Tzedakah”. He has also produced and edited other films and documentaries, amongst them “Santeria: Discovering Religion” and the upcoming film “Fidelandia”.
Glenn Gebhard is an award-winning film and video producer. He directs both documentaries and narrative films. Glenn studied history and Spanish at University of Dayton, before receiving an MFA in Cinema Production and Writing from USC. He produced Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation for Parents and Children Together, a non-profit organization geared toward building families and helping vulnerable children Glenn also directed a series of four documentaries called Cuba at a Crossroads. He completed Crossing Borders/A Cuban Returns, which aired on PBS; Baymen, which aired on New York's Metro Channel; and Dreaming a New Cuba, which aired on The Showtime Channel. Other projects include A Farm Picture and Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion, which aired on the History Channel.
Clovis Ong is a Singaporean writer and director, who received his diploma in Mass Communications at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2009 before serving in the Army for two years. He started his film career after being admitted to the prestigious film program at the University of Southern California pursuing a Degree in Film and Television Production where he wrote, directed and produced the post-apocalyptic science fiction film For the Emperor. Shortly after he started Ong Productions as a film and commercial production company servicing clients with a diversified portfolio including advertising, promotional videos, music videos and narrative films. Born in Singapore, Clovis currently resides and works in Los Angeles.
Matt Klien: is a Color Correction professional based in Los Angeles, California. He currently works as an Editor for The National Geographic Net Work
Robert Picker is a Singer-songwriter. Classically trained musician for 17 years. He is a part-time music producer. He holds a career certification in Music Recording Arts at LA Harbor Community College and, an AA with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences from LA Harbor Community College. Mobile technician at Apple in Manhattan Beach.
Alex Brown is an American musician and composer, born in Maryland. Alex left the east coast in 2008 and moved to California to pursue a career in music and production. He received a B.A. in Electro-Acoustic Composition from San Diego State University before settling in Los Angeles. Alex's sound can be described as postmodern, fusing known instruments with the broad palette of sonic textures achieved through the use of modern technology. Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient at electric guitar, piano, and percussion, as well as adapt in synthesis, using the computer itself as a modular musical instrument. Alex has been involved with numerous musical projects outside the world of film, and has worked in every aspect of the field of film sound, from location recording to dub mixer on independent projects. Alex's film scoring credits include the 2015 sci-fi short "In Zugzwang" and the 2015 drama "The Runaway".
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
""No one can ever block the imagination of a human being. As an artist, I try to put the well being of the world first. Deep down, we are made of the same thing in flesh and blood".
"We should always fight for peace and liberty"."
""As human beings, we are all the same in We have the same appetites, similar ambitions, and we all want many things. But we also have to fight for what we want. We should all fight and work hard in an honest manner. Let’s come together to create a better life for ourselves, and make a happier planet. Saving the world is the most important thing.
You have to take ownership in what you’re doing.
Any healthy society thrives on its community of people... You depend on all your friends and neighbors and other people on the island. When I go into a community to work, I tell myself that I must go into there wanting to make a difference. But if you’ve been there for a while,
and you’re not making a difference, then something is wrong. They had classes by the park. I took classes. That was in the seventies. There are no programs here for the community now. After seventy-three, something just happened. I mean, something began to happen. You know, that people just didn’t care anymore. It's hard to get things for the children to have, like the uniforms. We should have uniforms for our children. But it’s not... I don’t know... something is missing. Something is missing.
You can’t have parties, you can’t enjoy yourself. I think it should be a limit to how much the Government steps in to control our social activities. Every time we start having fun, or a celebration, each time they turn it off, and how loud it should be, but they stand there., put pressure on us and look at you in a way to intimidate you."
"The government doesn't want the world to know what really happens on this island."
VIAKO "EL ARTISTA"
At this day and age in America, it is hard to believe that a society as technologically advanced as we are, we are still very closed off to many events, cultures, and traditions around the world. Not because we refuse to learn about them, but simply because explorers like myself often lack the financial backup from big production houses, or investors, willing to take a chance in education. In spite if this, as a director and filmmaker, I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of artists to make a difference in breaking down the walls of knowledge, by introducing new experiences, through any artistic mediums available, be it through painting, jewelry design, music, dance, theater, film, etc.
In 2005 I directed my first documentary film “Season of Death: Chasing the American Dream”, with the collaboration of people who believed in the film because of its content and message behind it, not because of its financial outcome. It was at this time when I discovered my true passion in life, and filmmaking became my outlet. I knew then that empathy and humanity were necessary for any society to continue evolving, and I wanted to be a part of that process.
FIDELANDIA takes place in Havana’s diverse and edgy multicultural society, which provides a unique backdrop for the film – showcasing intriguing aspects and opinions of life in one of the world’s most expressional cities.
It began in the spring of 2013, when I traveled to the island for the very first time to learn about the religion of SANTERIA. FIDELANDIA immerses itself in the culture by way of direct experience. I lived and traveled as locals do. It is through a series of interviews and risky adventures that I was able to learn first hand about this incredibly rich culture. I can safely say that the messages and interviews are the result of people who agreed to share their experiences and personal observations willingly on camera. They did so firmly because they believe in what they say, and because they want the “true Cuba” to be presented in its current “raw” state.
I strongly believe this film will educate, inspire, and motivate, perhaps a small minority of viewers, but what a minority it will be: those who think, feel and desire to learn about other cultures and human beings, the kind of people who can help make a difference.
Red Chameleon Films, LLC.
INVESTOR RELATIONS: SALES STRATEGY
Having a film distributed in a theater is the ultimate goal for any filmmaker, but is also very hard to get. That doesn’t mean we won’t be pursuing this avenue, for the sheer prestige of it, but it will not be our main focus.
We will be pursuing broadcast deals very heavily in our distribution strategy.
Even though this route is profitable as it once was, DVD distribution is still a hot commodity. We will be working diligently for a wide DVD distribution. One of the great things about DVD is that it can be self-distributed if it comes down to it.
Documentaries also sell well overseas. So foreign sales will be a big part of our distribution strategy.
Thus is the newest territory and technology that are making the selling of indie films much more viable. Services like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and iTunes have revolutionized the way people watch movies, and new distribution models are reflecting this. In fact, many of the latest films produced by forward-thinking distribution companies like Magnolia Pictures are experimenting with dual-releases. We plan on pursuing this avenue for this our movie.
Another avenue we will be pursuing is digital theater projection, which means now we can simply show up with a hard drive and the theater can screen the film. As this technology expands, the ability to self-release theatrically will expand with it.
DIRECT TO CONSUMER SALES
Social media has facilitated contact with consumers like never before, making it easy to find (or create) a market and sell to them directly. With our network of bands and their supporters, we plan to use this medium to sell directly to consumers both in DVD form and online digital downloads.
For screening inquiries as well as bookings of guest panel discussion with the filmmakers, please send a brief description of what your needs are and how we can assist. For educational screenings, please send us a brief description of how screening the film at your institution or event can benefit viewers in relation to the purpose of the event/class/program. Email Isaias Castañeda: IsaCastaneda@me.com or drop us a message below.
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