A surreal tale of a young Creole girl who loses her brother in Hurricane Katrina, but harnesses Haitian vodou spirits to find him.
Who Am I?
I am the award winning writer-director of the short film Soap and Roses, a poet and educator and we are on Razoo to raise funds to produce The Repass. I treasure the darkness of fairy tales and I love teaching discovery. This film is about uncovering new things: the magic of Haitian vodou, a New Orleans we haven't seen before, the faint line that delineates the dead and the living. I am asking you to join us in bringing to life a beautiful, lyrical and darkly thrilling narrative about a young girl of color who discovers the light within herself.
In this supernatural thriller seven-year-old Creole Marie must witness the turmoil that erupts between her parents, Marianne and Boden, as they desperately search for their son. The beautiful and delicate Marianne is a mother whose spiritual and personal beliefs are challenged as she tries to save her son in the wake of several tragedies, while Boden is a foreign citizen whose search through the city is halted by the politics of a community in chaos. Marie finds solace only in the mysterious silence of the cemeteries where she discovers the haunted and terrifying Effrayant. He is tormented by a fragmented memory and lost in a city of death. With nowhere else to turn Marie descends into the world of Haitian vodou where her aunt, the priestess Aunt Ynetha, and the lwa spirits of vodou, Papa Legba, Ezili Danto, and the macabre spirit Baron Samedi guide her to her own met tet (or master of her head) Damballah the snake lwa, and the answers she seeks. Using the power of voodoo spirits, culture and dance, Marie helps her brother pass out of the darkness and into the light.
Why Hurricane Katrina?
The Repass is not a story about the pain and anguish of this event, but about the strength and resilience of these remarkable people. The repass is the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition that brings a community together to celebrate life in the face of death. This film reaches the darkest depths and brightest heights to celebrate this deeply spiritual tradition of renewal and renaissance 10 years after Katrina.
What About Voodoo/Vodou?
Vodou is not the same as hoodoo or voodoo. It is a holy, sacred and mysterious tradition of Haiti. What I discovered is that Vodou is not a practice of spells, it is a religion of community, of healing. The most intense rituals of Haiti are meant to heal the darkest ills in a tradition the celebrates balance and crossroads between the living and the dead and our place in it.
Why Should You Support This Film?
The Repass is a haunting and mysterious supernatural thriller that will remain in your memory like The Sixth Sense or Pans Labyrinth. Everyone wants to know the secrets of death and here you get to watch a young girl delve into this world and find answers. It is time to see movies back on the screen that makes us feel something: pain, love, hope, fear. The Repass will do that. Help us get this powerful story to the screen. Visit our website at www.therepass.com to find out more.