Photo Credit: Christopher Porche West (all rights reserved, used with permission).

“A Cultural Odyssey: from New Orleans to Santiago de Cuba” is a film and video project of New Orleans-based Bluethroat Productions, currently doing a turn at Kickstarter seeking $10K to fund a trip to Santiago de Cuba in July to shoot additional footage for “Uprising,” a documentary, and a range of other cultural activities. From the Kickstarter description:

This project reveals the rich, rhythmic African Diasporic heritage that connects, New Orleans and Santiago de Cuba, two unique, yet strikingly similar cities. This project is a journey of ecstatic collective street celebrations that transcend time, place and politics.  These celebrations are known as Second line parades in New Orleans and Conga parades in Santiago de Cuba and literally move thousands of participants to shared altered states of mind and affect the very fabric of art and society in both cities.

Over our 20 years of participating and documenting New Orleans Second Line parades and Congas parades in Santiago de Cuba, we realized that most New Orleanians and Santiagueros have no idea that their unique parade traditions are shared across the Caribbean sea.

That is why Bluethroat Productions is reconnecting these communities through the power of image and sounds that explore the historical and modern day aspects of these parade traditions.

For a complete accounting of the project and to donate, go here. There’s only 5 days to go and they’ve received $5,520 in pledges, including $10 from me.

Update: Done deal.

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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