Brazilian Filmmaker Looks to Crowdfund Unique Story of African Heritage Embraced by Danny Glover

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Black, Latina filmmaker invites movie lovers to back her film The Summer of Gods on Kickstarter, and send the message to Hollywood that diversity and unique stories matter.

Film Director Eliciana Nascimento slates the next shot.

Film Director Eliciana Nascimento

My interest in telling this story is to help preserve my ancestors’ traditions. Personal life experience informs its characters and theme as many elements of the film are pulled from my own childhood memories.

MFA candidate Eliciana Nascimento has announced her thesis film, The Summer of Gods, will be funded via Kickstarter, giving real people the chance to tell Hollywood that diversity and originality matter to them. The film has garnered significant interest, and received promotional support from Hollywood heavyweight Danny Glover.

Reboots, remakes and restarts – that seems to be the rule in Hollywood these days. Moviegoers across the nation have lamented Hollywood’s seeming inability to produce anything original or new. MFA candidate Eliciana Nascimento looks to change all that. Her thesis film, The Summer of Gods, will be funded entirely through the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

Funding this innovative, unique film offers moviegoers the chance to not only help create something original, but send a message to Hollywood that more diversity is necessary in the film industry. Nascimento’s Kickstarter campaign asks the question, “How many movies directed by women have you seen?” For most of us, the answer is “not many”. She also asks how many movies directed by women of African descent have you seen? Again, the answer is “not many”.

The Summer of Gods Kickstarter gives fans and movie lovers the chance to be part of something amazing – funding an original film written and directed by a woman of African descent. Of course, it’s more than just a wakeup call to Hollywood about the need for significant strides in diversity. It’s about originality, unique voices and powerful stories.

Those qualities are exactly what drew actor, director and activist Danny Glover to the film. The longtime Hollywood mainstay says, “We urge you to support Eliciana in the making of her film, The Summer of Gods. It’s a great story that comes from a unique voice. The world of cinema is missing stories like these.”

According to Nascimento, “My interest in telling this story is to help preserve my ancestors’ traditions. Personal life experience informs its characters and theme as many elements of the film are pulled from my own childhood memories.”

Set in Northeastern Brazil, where Afro-Brazilian religious traditions remain strong, The Summer of Gods is a short film that follows Lilli, a young girl visiting her grandmother in rural Brazil. In a nearby forest, she encounters African gods (Orishas) who take her on a mystical adventure.

Lilli’s grandmother is a powerful priestess and a unifying force in her community, helping her community honor the Orishas. Lilli is herself blessed by the goddesses, and her journey is both physical and a symbol of her initiation into this tradition.

This new film is evocative, original and startling in both its personal roots and its message.

To learn more about the film or to make a donation and support The Summer of Gods production, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eliciana/the-summer-of-gods/.

About Eliciana Nascimento: Eliciana is an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidate currently studying at San Francisco State University. The Summer of Gods will be Eliciana’s second narrative film, and its production and completion will fulfill the requirements to earn her degree. Eliciana is herself a native Brazilian of African descent, and has an abiding interest in Pan-African themes.

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