Love Letters to an Iconess
Puerto Rico’s National voice, Lucecita Benítez, deserves a documentary for all her fans and anyone that have not yet discover her music, because of the national veto that kept her away from radio and tv. This documentary is almost done, we just need your support to finish the post-production.
Inclusion StatementThis documentary is a love letter from one queer afro-caribbean woman artist to another. Lucecita Benítez was marginalized by the way she looked, behaved, sang about social issues and her inclinations for the independence of Puerto Rico.
About The Project
When your favorite artist has been banned, it’s up to you to prove her that she’s still loved.
The directress Gisela Rosario Ramos had been concerned with the lack of historical documentation that exists in Puerto Rico regarding women artists. One day, she read a newspaper article where Lucecita said her country had forgotten her. Gisela wanted to show her that it wasn’t true. So, she wanted to find the real experts in that matter, Lucecita’s fans. An open call was made through social media, Lucecita’s fan page, radio and tv.
For her powerful voice and incomparable interpretive talent, Lucecita Benítez is considered Puerto Rico’s National Voice. Simultaneously marked as a controversial artist, for her queer identity and her political expression for the independence of Puerto Rico, resulted in a national veto in radio and television. In spite of this, her fanatics follow her passionately, buy her music and travel to her concerts. They narrate this documentary through anecdotes, preserved newspaper and magazines clippings, which demonstrates the magnitude of their admiration for her. Lucecita is fundamental in their lives, and they are willing to put their love to the test for the only Puerto Rican singer that can have the title of iconess.
The first version of the documentary is a 52 minutes film realized thanks to the DocTv’s convocatory, a program to promote creative documentary making in Latin America impulsed by the CAACI (Conference of Audiovisual Authorities of Film in Iberoamerica). The medium-lenght project was the finalist winner in Puerto Rico and was presented in public television channels in latin america.
Why do we need your support?
Your support will allow us to finish the post-production of the long version of the movie (editing, color & sound correction) and also support the marketing and promotion of the finished project, to be presented in films festivals and movie theaters.
Through the making of the short version of the documentary in 2018, we compiled a lot of footage, images and anecdotes that would be a waist not to share with Lucecita’s fans, and with the audience that wishes to know her better.
Illustrations by Karla Claudio Betancourt // IG: elmatojal
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About This Team
I'm an independent mediamaker doing mostly social issues audiovisual work. Most of my experience is as an editor but In the last couple of years I've started directing documentary and I'm in advance development of my first feature length narrative film that I wrote and will direct. It's called Perfume de Gardenias and have received support from Tribeca Film Institute and Ibermedia. We'll be shooting at the end of this summer.
I chose to work with Producciones Cabeza because I've known them for many years and we seem to have similar interests. Also, they have a diverse work experience and manage a lot of productions like shortfilms, documentaries, television programs, movies, advertising, corporates events and more.