Inclusion StatementCreated by Africans brought to Brazil as slaves, Capoeira is a unique form of cultural expression. It is an art combining martial arts, dance, acrobatics, traditional instruments & a deep history. Our film celebrates the diversity & depth of Latino culture and its connection to African traditions.
About The Project
Stubborn, thirty-year-old Memo Hernandez falls short of his dream and must return to his estranged father and childhood home. Just when things are at their worst, he rediscovers the passion of his youth – the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira – and with it, redemption.
This is a low-budget, character-driven drama in development, set against the backdrop of an art form born in Latin America with African roots. We produced a short, called Capoeira, and now we hope to produce the feature: Follow the Rhythm
What is Capoeira?
Capoeira was developed by Africans in Brazil, it was a means of community building and empowerment for the oppressed. Today the art serves much the same purpose by providing a challenging but supportive space for self-expression and creativity.
Today it is rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the world. There are dozens of Capoeira studios in Los Angeles alone, with an increasingly diverse and passionate following.
We want to tell a story featuring people of color that is not about drugs, gangs, or violence; an authentic portrayal of life for an often misrepresented group of people.
Follow the Rhythm is a celebration of Capoeira and its impact on the lives of those who practice it. We hope to inspire and empower those who may also be searching for confidence, redemption, or renewal. There's a spirit to this art that has a lot to offer, and we want to share that with the world.
What We Need
The short film version, "Capoeira," received numerous accolades among Los Angeles film festival circuits as well as other national and international markets.
“Follow the Rhythm" is a continuation of this vision.
Filmmaking is a very powerful way to communicate across cultures and borders. Unfortunately it is also a very expensive platform.
In order to bring our story to life, we will need to pay for things such as wardrobe, locations of training academies, post-production, camera equipment, editing software, permits-- the list goes on and on.
That is why we need your support to bring this important and empowering story to the big screen.
Where Your Contributions Will Go
Whether it is for locations and camera equipment to feed the cast and crew, your contributions will go a long way to making this film a reality. Contributions of any size make a big difference.
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About This Team
Eli Jiménez - Producer
Studied production and film studies at Los Angeles Valley College. His first collaboration was in the film “Dysmorphia”, a film in a series of shorts produced for SHOWTIME network. After that he worked on the film "Like Grains of Sand“, a film that shows how in the midst of love and war we are all the same, by following the parallel lives of a young Afghan and American. He then executive produced the short film "Delano"; a story about two brothers relationship after their mothers’ passing. As a Theater producer, he is credited with the original play “An Unfinished Man” presented at the NoHo Arts Center in the NoHo Arts district. Most recently, he just completed the short film “Capoeira” under his company Altamar Pictures, which has been exhibiting through the festival circuits and is being developed into a feature as well as in development of the film “Todos Los Santos”; it is an action bank heist thriller to be shot in Dominican Republic. Besides acting and producing Eli has a background in management and marketing.
Eddie Martinez - Lead Actor - Producer.
Eddie Martinez started his acting career in off-Broadway theater and went on to work on shows like “Law & Order”, “Law & Order CI”, and the feature film “Entre Nos”. He made his move to Los Angeles where he landed a role on the CBS show “The Unit”, Showtime’s “Weeds” and TNT “Dark Blue”.
Among his film credits include the Gold Medal Winner at the Student Academy Awards, “A Day’s Work”. He also played the role of Rafael in the feature film “Sugar”, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. He can also be seen in the feature films “Open House” and " A Better Life" directed by Chris Weitz and starring Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir. Other films include " Fighting For Freedom" starring Kristanna Loken & Bruce Dern, directed by Farhad Mann and SXSW Audience Award-winning film " The Abduction of Eden" starring Jaime Chung and Beau Bridges, directed by Megan Griffiths. Eddie has been an avid capoeirista for 10 years, practicing at Mestre Boneco’s Los Angeles studio. He’s thrilled to share his love of Capoeira and show off his talents in this leading role.
Beto Simas - Actor and Consultant
Beto Simas, aka the real Mestre Boneco, began training Capoeira at the age 11 with Grupo Senzala in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1989, after 19 years of dedicated training, he was recognized for his outstanding achievement in the Capoeira community and awarded his black belt by a council of Brazil’s most distinguished masters. Mestre Boneco‘s black belt is also recognized by the Brazilian Capoeira Federation.
Mestre Boneco- founded Grupo Capoeira Brasil, one of the largest Capoeira groups in the world. His 37 years of experience include teaching workshops and presenting seminars in the world’s leading universities and international fitness and cultural conferences, along with the production of over 20 international Capoeira festivals. Today he supervises over 70 graduated instructors with programs in South and North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.
Mestre Boneco has been featured on Telemundo, Univision, CNN, FOX news, ABC, NBC and KTLA news shows, in addition to “Extra Hollywood” and VH1’s “Hollywood’s Hardest Bodies.”
In the entertainment industry, Mestre Boneco has choreographed and trained actors for various motion pictures, national commercials, and stage productions as well as developed his own team of Capoeira-specialized stuntmen, which will be heavily utilized in the film.
He is excited to support this project by providing the use of his LA studio as a primary filming location, playing himself, and extending his influence in the global Capoiera community to promote the film.
Sean Anthony Moran - Actor - Consultant
Sean Anthony Moran has been acting on stage, in television and on film since the age of twelve. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and veteran of Will & Company, a multicultural Shakespearean theatre group. A long-time performer with Playfair, Sean facilitates a one-man show and college orientation at schools across the country. He has worked on many TV, commercial and film projects as both an actor and stuntman. His most notable projects include the indie film "Beat DWN" which he also co-wrote and the feature, "Dead Man Rising," and "Avatar."
In addition to his work as an actor, Sean has been training the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira under the guidance of Mestre Boneco at Capoeira Brasil for over 20 years, achieving the rank of Formando.
He is currently managing director and lead teacher at Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles and a visiting professor in the CalArts Theatre Department.
Jessica Carla de Lima-Moran AKA “Pavão - Consultant - Producer
Jessica Carla de Lima-Moran AKA “Pavão,” has been a capoeirista for 20 years, training and teaching under world-renowned Capoeira master, Mestre Boneco of Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles (CBLA). She is managing director and lead teacher at the CBLA Headquarters in Mid-City Los Angeles and runs a large Capoeira program for youth and adults in Northeast Los Angeles at Artistic Athletics Gym.
In addition to her two Capoeira school locations, Pavão also works throughout Los Angeles teaching and speaking about Capoeira at schools, cultural festivals, corporate events, and community programs. Each year Pavão produces the CBLA International Capoeira Festival which is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.
When she is not working locally, Pavão travels internationally teaching and training at Capoeira conferences and special cultural events throughout the world. She enjoys writing and lecturing on the history, origins, and development of the art.
Beyond Capoeira, Pavão has worked in production, both in front of and behind the camera, in marketing, and with at-risk youth in the community. As a result of her work with Capoeira and youth in the community, she has become a fierce advocate for at-risk youth and enjoys mentoring youth.
Pavão has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her title of ‘Formanda’ and was awarded her brown cord under Mestre Boneco in September 2017.
Carla Hool - Casting Director
Carla Hool CSA, began her career as a casting director on the film Man on Fire, for director Tony Scott. Since then she has been responsible for casting such notable films as A Better Life, Despicable Me 2, Sin Nombre, Che, Apocalypto, Vantage Point, Innocent Voices, 7 Días, Bless Me, Ultima, Nacho Libre, Never on a Sunday, Little Boy, Bandidas, Trade, and The Matador. She also cast Season 2 for HBO's, “Eastbound & Down.” She has collaborated with Directors Chris Weitz, Mel Gibson, Tony Scott, Carl Franklin, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Luis Mandoki, Jared Hess, Pete Travis, Simón Brand, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Richard Shepard, Alfonso Arau, Emilio Maillé, and Carlos Cuarón. Carla is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable internationally- focused casting directors in the film and television industry. She now lives and works full-time in Los Angeles but continues to work on international projects with strong casting affiliations in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, amongst others.
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