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A Film By Jeremy Xido
Producer: Amanda Burr
Co-Producers: Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær and Susanne Guggenberger
Filmmaker and performer Jeremy Xido grew up as the only white kid in his neighborhood in 1970s Detroit. Not black but not quite white, he was unable to reconcile his identity in the racist, segregated world around him—so he fled. He traveled the globe as a performer and filmmaker, collecting footage to make a movie about colonialism, heartbreak, identity, and kung fu. Twenty years later, he returns to Detroit for the first time to perform the internationally celebrated multimedia performance piece he created from that material called “The Angola Project.” Xido’s plans are unexpectedly turned inside out as the Detroit of his memory and artwork collides with a city in the midst of a death-match struggle over its own identity.
THE ANGOLA PROJECT: DETROIT, indebted to works by Spalding Gray and Chris Marker, is a cinematic adaptation of the critically acclaimed multimedia performance, framed by and mixed with the story of Jeremy’s return home to Detroit. A funny and moving investigation into the complex, often unexpected polycultural identities emerging in the 21st century, THE ANGOLA PROJECT: DETROIT traces Jeremy’s global, real-life attempts to make and finance a film while confronting, over and over, questions of truth, identity, and the nature of storytelling.
Jeremy Xido (Director / Co-writer) - Jeremy Xido is a filmmaker and performance artist whose work has taken him around the world in an exploration of complex issues of community and personal identity. His approach to stage and film blends emotionally gripping personal stories with the larger social contexts from which they emerge. Originally from Detroit, Jeremy graduated cum laude in Painting and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. A Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow, he studied at the Actor’s Studio and since 2003 has been the artistic co-director of the performance and film company CABULA6, which was voted “company of the year 2009” by Europe’s prestigious performance magazine, Ballettanz, and awarded “Outstanding Artist of the Year 2010” by the Austrian Ministry of the Arts. Jeremy’s award-winning feature documentary DEATH METAL ANGOLA has screened at more than 80 film festivals including Rotterdam, Dubai, BAFICI, Sydney, CPH:DOX, and DOC NYC. Reviews in Indiewire and the Hollywood Reporter have described it as “riveting,” “absorbing, beautifully shot... superb,” “raucously crowd pleasing,” and “a cult classic in the making.” It opened theatrically in the United States in November 2014 www.deathmetalangola.org. Jeremy’s three-part solo stage performance “The Angola Project,” developed with funding from the European Union and a residency at the Experimental Music and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), has premiered around the world at venues such as Impulstanz in Vienna and PS122 in New York. The New York Times found it a “marvelously quixotic…jostling collage that is intimate yet informed by sweeping issues surrounding class, race and identity.” Jeremy performed a selection of the piece at TEDx Fulbright in 2014; it can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/RblakAuoG8c. In 2006, he was commissioned by the European Union to create a six-part documentary series called CRIME EUROPE which screened in festivals around Europe, on Swedish TV, and in the German Parliament. Since 2012, has been working on cinema and transmedia versions of THE ANGOLA PROJECT: DETROIT with support from Cinereach, the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the POV Hackathon. In addition to ongoing projects as a producer, director, writer, and performer Jeremy teaches documentary film master classes at the New York Film Academy and conducts site-specific performance workshops at festivals around the world. He is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and is based in Harlem, New York City. www.xido.org
Amanda Burr (Producer) - Amanda Burr is a film producer and writer. In addition to her work on THE ANGOLA PROJECT: DETROIT, she is also the series producer for FILMS BYKIDS, a series for PBS, and producer for a narrative film in development with writer/director Jeremy Xido. Recent producing credits include the documentaries DEATH METAL ANGOLA, MAN SHOT DEAD, and the short doc/fiction hybrid "Solitary/Release." For several years, she was the creative director for the online learning company Nomadic Learning, where she wrote, directed, and produced over 50 animated short films. She has also worked as an associate programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival, a consultant with the Screenwriters Colony, and a programmer for the Chicago Humanities Festival. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and a current MFA in Writing candidate at Spalding University.
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