In bittersweet fashion, I am thankful to have been pinged about filmmaker Rae Shaw's project, The Repass but sadly, too late in its Indiegogo campaign to stretch out the opportunity for social media shares in order to help Shaw and her crew to surpass their monetary goal.
More akin to the southern gothic, I can with honestly confess that The Repass looks to be one of the most compelling and complex supernatural films with care to the Vodou tradition I've been teased with in a long time.
The Repass is a darkly thrilling tale of a young girl who journeys into the mysterious world of vodou to learn the fate of her baby brother lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Entranced, she discovers the secrets powerful enough to heal her family or shatter it forever.
|Filmmaker Rae Shaw|
On the other side, I can think of so many families who are struggling with issues of money, resources and education. Who has time to dream and fantasize when there are mouths to feed, siblings to care for, and chores to be done? This makes idealistic pastimes like art less of a priority, especially when that pastime is expensive. But the ability to daydream, to contemplate, to wonder is where sci-fi/fantasy/horror thrive.
Writing The Repass was a journey of cultural exploration and spiritual awakening for me. The discoveries and connections I unearthed are authentic and priceless. That’s what I feel The Repass is about--renewing our relationships with the intangible things that shape our lives: our memories, our ancestry, our dreams and even our nightmares, our time with ones we love. But these things are all of the ethereal and supernatural; none of them are practical and yet they are necessary. The supernatural is a part of us; it always has been. Now we get to tell that beautiful story in a thrilling way."
Alluded to as somewhere in a realm between Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke and Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012), The Repass is inspired and a reminder that Hurricane Katrina has disproportionately impacted a community, a people that will feel the ripples of its tragic effects for generations on.
Luckily securing passion with talent, Rae was able to let us know that Ray Auxais (@RayAuxais) will play one of her leads in the role of Effrayant; "[Ray] is a wonderful Haitian-American actor who has appeared on several TV series (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parenthood, Bones) and has been an incredible part of our campaign...There are so many artists who have a passion for Haiti and New Orleans, we know that when they read this story, they will be moved to be a part of it."
With a new producer on board (Eric J. Adams) Rae is ready for next steps which include securing more funding and hopefully, additional notable actors. The major goal is to ensure The Repass satisfies its audience this Christmas.
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