On the one year anniversary of the tragic Earthquake that struck the island of Haiti, filmmaker Rachelle Salnave launched her kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her 2nd documentary film, entitled La Belle Vie: The Good Life. With just less than 70 days to reach her goal, Salnave is determined to raise start up funds through a grassroots company called Kickstarter.
Kickstarter is a online platform where artists can get revenue to finance their projects within a 90 day period by having people donate as little as $1 to their work. All funds must be raised by the expiration date or all money is returned to the donors.
About La Belle Vie: The Good Life
La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story about Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti.
Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rational behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well. With the proliferation of political turmoil, poverty, and now an Earthquake shattered nation, La Belle Vie: The Good Life in the end beckons all to lay down their arms, be it the tangible weapons of death and pain or the psychological and spiritual tools of division and prejudice, and work as one to rebuild and prosper in the name of a new and stronger Haiti.
About Rachelle Salnave
Salnave is a Harlem native of Haitian decent, graduated from Hunter College. While attaining a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Film Production, she also attended the University of Miami, where she created two films, “Unforgiven Sins,” (Super 8), and “Mistijah” (16 mm). “Unforgiven Sins” was chosen out of thirty undergraduate projects to participate in the University of Miami Film Festival. Salnave has managed to balance an extensive range of professional experiences working with key players in the film and music industry. Both on set and behind the scenes of media production, she has worked with Blackfilm.com, The Queen Latifah Show and Columbia Records. For over a 10-year span Salnave has documented her community by creating a film about the effects of the redevelopment of Harlem. “Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream” is currently touring film festivals, universities and community organization’s designed to discuss ways on preventing the plight of gentrification. “La Belle Vie: The Good Life” will act as her 2nd independently produced documentary. Salnave is based in Atlanta, GA.
“Although I was born and raised in Harlem and feel connected to the American culture, my umbilical cord to Haiti has never been cut. In my new film, La Belle Vie: The Good Life, I will take you on a journey to discover my Haitian roots by examining the broader Haitian society by using my own family history as a case study. This documentary will also unveil how my Haitian culture affected my experience growing up in America but in the end discover a new generation who is determined to shift the consciousness of its people by motivating them to unite to build a new Haiti. Word of mouth is powerful. With just 500 people logging on to the kickstarter page and donating $15, can make this film a reality.” – says Director, Rachelle Salnave.