I am so happy to report that the shoot for "A Secret Legacy" this week went really well. We had an awesome crew, including Producer Amanda Spain, Cameraman Bryan Donnell, Production assistant Nicolas Ros, and audio Gustavo Moller. Thank you to everyone in my family who participated and agreed to have me stick a camera in their face all week- Frank, Mariana, Lisi and Magda. We were also very fortunate to interview Captain Juan Peron, and experts Stephen Weissman and Frank Villafana. After this week, we are about 90% done with the filming for "A Secret Legacy"! Thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen. Check out some of the photos from the shoot below!
The "A Secret Legacy" team would like to wish all of our supporters a Happy New Year. We made a lot of progress this year, and were able to film a good portion of the film. After our next shoot in February, we will be about 90% done with filming. It's been hard work, but also very rewarding. Thanks again to all of our 2013 supporters for making it happen!
Last week, Camera Operator Eve Cohen and I flew down to Miami and we were able to capture some amazing footage. Friday, we filmed several scenes, including one very special scene where ex-CIA agent Roberto Medell walked my father around the top-secret airport where the CIA trained the Cuban-exiles before they flew to the Congo in the 1960's.
Saturday we had the opportunity to film at the yearly Cuban Pilots reunion. It was a pleasure and an honor to film with men with such an incredible history. Most of them were either in the Bay of Pigs or the Congo. We also captured a very heartfelt meeting between one of the son's of the Cuban-exiles who died in the Congo, David Tunon, and Juan Peron, the Cuban pilot who was the last person to see his father alive. It was the first time that David was able to hear the truth about his father's death, and we were honored to be able to film such an intimate moment.
Click below to view some of the production photographs from the Reunion-
Thank you again to our sponsor MATUSALEM RUM for helping us throw a great Fundraiser on October 24th in Miami.
We really appreciate the support and contributions of all of our guests and donors!
To check out the 1.5 min video from the party, CLICK HERE
(shot and edited by Nicolas Ros at Pro-Touch Production)
A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and donated during the fundraiser on October 24. Stay tuned for more updates about the filming! Feel free to click through the photographs from the party below. (Photos By Bello)
Check out the piece about our fundraiser that aired on Marti TV (it's in spanish!)
It was a good piece, although I want to state that they got some of their facts mixed up (they called Capt. Amado Cantillo "Alfredo Cepero", and they said that Panchito disappeared in the Congo, they said that Frank's father was part of the group that fought Che)
But otherwise, I'm very happy for the exposure for A Secret Legacy! Click here for the link, or click on the video below
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support "A Secret Legacy" fundraiser Thursday night. We had an estimated 180 guests! Many of those who were not able to attend also provided donations online.
Due to the generous donations of all our supporters, WE HIT OUR TARGET GOAL! We are now able to do 5 filming days in Miami in January, as well as 10 days for editing.
A Special Thanks to NBC 6 reporter Hank Tester for speaking at the event, as well as to Capt. Fred Flaquer and Capt. Amado Cantillo for their attendance. Fred and Amado were both Veterans of the Congo Operation, and were welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation!
If you know anyone else who would like to donate to this project and help tell this story, Click on our donation page
To see some photos for the event, Go to our Facebook page
(we will post more photos soon!)
Picture it: Cuban exiles, hired by the CIA, fighting communism in Africa’s Congo. Sounds like a crazy Hollywood plot, right? But it’s a true story — one you can help bring to completion. The incredible story of men taking on communism is the center of the documentary A Secret Legacy: Cuban Exiles, the CIA and the Congo Crisis. The film, sponsored by the nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project, was directed by Sandra Alvarez-Smith, who has close ties to the story — her grandfather was one of the veterans involved in the crisis. The film’s team will host a fundraiser for the A Secret Legacy this Thursday at the CubaOcho Art and Research Center (1465 SW Eighth St., Miami). The event, sponsored by Matusalem Rum, aims to be a fun night out for arts supporters. From 7 to 10 p.m., attendees can watch a “top-secret” screening, listen to live Cuban music by Miami Son and El Ritmo Alonso, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and enter to win raffle prizes from local vendors.
Click here for view the article on the Miami New Times website
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTICLE ON LA NUEVA NACION WEBSITE
UN LEGADO SECRETO (LA SAGA DE LOS PILOTOS CUBANOS QUE COMBATIERON EL COMUNISMO EN EL CONGO)
Por Alfredo Cepero
La productora y documentalista cubanoamericana Sandra Álvarez se encuentra en proceso de terminar su documental "A SECRET LEGACY" donde describe con lujo de detalles nunca antes vistos la lucha de estos pilotos cubanos contra el entonces enemigo formidable del comunismo internacional.
En los momentos culminantes de la Guerra Fría la Agencia Central de Inteligencia contrató a un grupo de pilotos cubanos exiliados para combatir al comunismo en el mismo corazón de África. Este documental revela la verdad detrás de aquella operación que, en su tiempo, fue calificada de "Top Secret" por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. El abuelo de Sandra fue uno de los miembros de aquel grupo de valientes.
La productora Álvarez invita a todos aquellos que deseen ver avances de este documental a que la acompañen el jueves 24 de octubre a las 7 de la noche en los salones del Cuba Ocho Art Center, ubicado en el 1465 S.W. Street, de la Pequeña Habana.
En la actividad se ofrecerán aperitivos, tragos y música cubana. Se sugiere a los participantes una donación de 30 dólares que serán destinados a sufragar los gastos de terminación del documental. Dicha donación es totalmente deducible de los impuestos y se aceptarán cheques, cash y tarjetas de crédito.
Party-goes will have the chance to take home 2 boxes of Plasencia Reserva Organica Cigars during our raffle!
For more information about the October 24 fundraiser click here
Plasencia Reserva Orgánica is the First and Only Organic Cigar in the World: made of 100% organic Nicaraguan tobacco, with the sole purpose to offer the discerning smoker the same taste that enchanted the Europeans when they arrived to the New World more than five centuries ago. "The Taste of the Discovery".
Sandra Alvarez-Smith is the director and Executive Producer of the film