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Proud to be Cape Verdean: A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State

Mike Costa's new film features a look at the Cape Verdean community in California featuring music by The Mendes Brothers and Narration by Michael Beach.

Los Angeles, CA, May 04, 2012 --( Mike Costa’s new film, “Proud to be Cape Verdean: A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State is a documentary that will capture the essence of the Cape Verdean culture in California through an insightful look at individuals and organizations and their desire to maintain their cultural identity. This film will highlight the unique Californian, the Cape Verdean, whose distinct classification of African and European roots will present them as a robust ingredient in the “Melting Pot” we call America. The Mendes Brothers John & Ramiro will provide the music. Actor/Producer Michael beach will offer his voice talents as Narrator.

The writer/producer/director of the film, Mike Costa, has been a Professional writer for over 15 years and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. His many credits include, Roseanne, The Steve Harvey Show, In the House and The Gregory Hines Show. His interest and experience in documentary film making has resulted in collaborative works with other Cape Verdean film makers.

This one-hour documentary will offer oral histories in conjunction with interviews, photographs and re-enactments that will accurately depict the transition of small family gatherings where Cape Verdeans shared their love of their cuisine and music grew, inspired and eventually shaped the formation of non-profit Cape Verdean organizations dedicated to sustaining the legacy of their racially and linguistically rich culture while maintaining a strong connection to their East Coast ties as well as their home country of Cape Verde. Experts such as Gina Sanchez-Gibau, PhD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Indiana University/IUPUI, James Lopes, noted Cape Verdean Genealogist, the world famous musicians, The Mendes Brothers are featured.

This has been a collaborative effort of the entire California Cape Verdean community. The one hour completed film plans to have its world premiere in 2012 in California.
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