Dominique-René de Lerma forwards this Sonata Mulattica Update from Spark Media:
We hope this finds you well! Thank you so much for your interest in Spark Media’s documentary Sonata Mulattica. You haven’t heard from us in a little while, so here’s a quick update!
Since we began production in 2011, Sonata Mulattica has received a handful of modest grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fetzer Institute, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Despite a limited level of support we have persevered with creativity and an imaginative use of resources to film some really striking footage, from scenes with Rita Dove and Joshua Coyne to the Sphinx Competition in Detroit, standout interviews with several historians and artistic period re-enactments of George Bridgetower himself.
Four years and over 100 hours of footage later, we are hoping to complete production, round out our archival research and enter post-production with a target release of the film in 2017. We are also developing an exciting new digital project called The Search for Harmony, a web-based game exploring the rich historical legacy of classical musicians of African descent, which we hope will supplement the film’s outreach efforts.
The Spark Media Team
Dominique-René de Lerma