Friday, February 4, 2011

Help 'kickstart' a new film about Los Amigos Invisibles

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

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Just got word from former Creative Loafing photographer Catalina Kulczar-Marin (the woman behind the recent Let Love Reign photography exhibit in Charlotte) that she and her husband Juan have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new film about the band Los Amigos Invisibles. And you can help. Check out the press release below and then visit www.kickstarter.com (and search for Los Amigos Invisibles) to donate to the couple's project:

Ecuadorian Musician Raises Funds to Complete Los Amigos Invisibles Documentary

New York, N.Y. (January 27, 2011) -­? Ecuadorian musician Juan Miguel Marin recently launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete La Casa del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles. The film includes revealing interviews with the Grammy-­winning Venezuelan band and famous supporters including Talking Heads front man David Byrne. By Sunday, February 20th, 12:36pm Marin must raise $30,000 to help complete this documentary; if that goal is not met, Marin receives zero funding via kickstarter.

Kickstarter is an all-­?or nothing, community based funding website that encourages community involvement and support in order to help creative endeavors, while offering project “backers” rewards for their help.

Marin’s kickstarter campaign began on Friday, January 21st, to date has raised over $5,000 and has nearly 100 backers. The campaign offers different levels of support, starting at $5, all the way up to $5,000 and offers backers at each level rewards such as the full-­?length documentary, La Casa del Ritmo DVD, a bonus DVD, t-­?shirts, artwork by Marin himself, who is an artist with a graphic design background, and even a private screening with Los Amigos Invisibles members.

Grammy-­?winning Los Amigos Invisibles, from Caracas Venezuela, celebrate 20 years in 2011. Marin, whose band La Rua opened tours for them in 2005, was impressed with how hard-­working and serious the band was about their music and their fans. Marin felt their story was a dramatic, emotional tale of passion and perseverance – the same six members, together for two decades, discovered and signed by Byrne for his Luaka Bop label. During that time they relocated to New York City and gained a strong global fan base.

Marin, with the help of Ecuadorian film director Javier Andrade, began interviews last summer with the band members, former managers and Byrne. The kickstarter campaign hopes to raise funds by Feb. 20th in order to finance a filming of Los Amigos Invisibles at the Highline Ballroom on March 11th, to intertwine all the interviews with live concert footage, and pay for the remaining post production costs.

By visiting www.kickstarter.com and searching for Los Amigos Invisibles, viewers can see a pitch video by Mr. Marin, and become a backer.

Updated multiple times on a daily basis is La Casa del Ritmo’s twitter feed @casadelritmo and their Facebook fan plage, La Casa del Ritmo.

Los Amigos Invisibles www.amigosinvisibles.com

La Casa del Ritmo blog: www.lacasadelritmo.net

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