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 post production funds to produce a trailer for The Repass. Having worked for companies like Lionsgate, One Race FIlms and The Firm, I wanted to bring these experiences to directing and producing my first original feature film. I love making thrilling films about the challenges of the human spirit and uncovering hidden truths, and making this film continues to be an exciting adventure.
Why do I want to tell this story?
In this story I wanted to investigate the journey of a family that explores Haitian vodou as a healing source to a dark tragedy. In the Repass we witness the magic of Haitian vodou, a New Orleans we haven't seen before, and the faint line that delineates the dead and the living. We discover our infinite capacity to come together during the darkest of times and spread light within the world.
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.
What is a repass?
The repass is the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition that brings a community together to celebrate life in the face of death. It honors the passing of a life from one stage to another. This film honors this deeply spiritual and unique New Orleans tradition of renewal and renaissance 10 years after Katrina.
What About Voodoo/Vodou?
Vodou is not the same as hoodoo or voodoo but the connections between Haitian vodou and New Orleans voodoo, cannot be denied. Vodou is a holy, sacred and mysterious tradition of Haiti that evolved as a result of indian and West African slaves hiding their religions within European Catholicism. 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 heal the darkest ills in a tradition the celebrates the crossroads between the living and the dead and our place in it.
Why Should You Support This Film?
We have a recognized script, potential investors, and experienced producers on the project. We shot these first scenes to create a trailer for the feature and now we're raising funds to complete post production and submit the trailer as a package to partnering production companies and investors. We know that our scenes will get the commitment we need to move forward and get the film produced in 2014 ten years after Hurricane Katrina and we would like you to participate in this journey with us.