Hey everyone! My name is Shenny De Los Angeles and I'm currently fundraising for a trip I'm taking with my Co-Director, Maria Marrone.
Our film "the ritual to beauty" is screening with the British Film Institute and it has been nominated for the Short Film Award Competition, which recognizes short film works with a unique cinematic voice and confident handling of chosen themes and content.
The ritual to beauty is a short film about three generations of Dominican women exploring their relationship to relaxing their hair. By conjuring the magic of water and the power of her ancestors, a daughter uses spoken word poetry as an incantation to break the generational curse that has blocked the women in her family from locating where joy lives inside the body.
Proud to say, the ritual to beauty has screened at many festivals in the past year and even received the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival this year. Because of this, the ritual of beauty is potentially up for an Oscar nomination. There have been such victorious moments, and due to the pandemic, we have not been able to experience all these wins in person, so it's important to celebrate this one as we close out the year.
All of this being said, the trip to Europe is pretty expensive, as the festival will run for two whole weeks in October. Unfortunately, most festivals do not financially support the artists' travel. Creating this Go Fund Me page, we're intentionally seeking to receive support as we move forward with this trip.
If you have felt moved by the work, please consider donating your joy number to this fundraiser. You'd be supporting two artists eager to expand their networks, grow in their experiences and careers, but most importantly, celebrate this victory.
We're asking for $4000, and receiving this money will support the following:
$2000 for the Roundtrip flights (including Maria's child, who will be attending with us)
$1000 for hotel/living costs
$500 for food
$500 for transportation (including gas and public transit)
Thank you for taking the time to read this; we sincerely appreciate your donation.
Personal note: I started writing these poems in 2017, trying to find a way to show my mother what lived inside of me. It has been a humbling experience to have profound conversations with so many Black and Brown femmes along the way. Witnessing their reaction to the film and connecting through a shared lived experience of forgiving and loving the complexity of our mothers has been my biggest blessing. This opportunity will allow us to experience deeper connections with other artists across the diaspora who are also healing and dreaming and blessing and offering and breathing and being alive.