ENONGO - The Sammus Documentary

Created by "Enongo" - The Sammus Documentary Team

The inspiring story of rapper/producer/Ph.D candidate Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, a.k.a., Sammus.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Sat Dec 7 '19 Announcement
1 day ago – Sat, Dec 07, 2019 at 10:54:21 AM

Artwork by Enongo senior character designer, Dan Haskett.

 

Hey, everyone!

 

Welcome to our newest backers!  We're honored to have your support on this exciting film of ours!

 

Last night's open mic fundraiser for Enongo at The Bronx Brand was thoroughly inspiring!  The evening was hosted by The Bronx Arts Initiative and MC'd by one of our animators, Bronx-born-and-raised Anaiyah Tatiana.  Thank you to all who attended and donated!  

Links to some of our performers and supporters:

Anaiyah Tatiana: https://www.instagram.com/anaiyahtatiana/

North of Division X: https://www.instagram.com/north_of_division_x/

Division X Music: https://www.instagram.com/divisionxmusic/

Ajohntae: https://www.instagram.com/_ajohntae_/

The Bronx Brand: https://www.instagram.com/thebronxbrand/

The Bronx Arts Initiative: https://www.instagram.com/bronxartsinitiative/

 

And we couldn't resist posting two covers by multi-talented Anaiyah, who performed "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid and "Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog with her ukelele.  Check out the link before the Mouse House takes it down!:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5yAxUwABDA/



 

A nice thematic connection from the evening: For anyone who missed this behind-the-scenes trivia, our animated version of Enongo was designed by legendary African-American animation artist, Dan Haskett –– who, coincidentally, designed Ariel and other legendary animation characters, including Belle from Beauty and the Beast and several characters from The Simpsons and Toy Story, among countless other credits.  We're honored to have Dan's support on our film!

 

Support the next generation of animation champions!: We have just about 13 hours left in our campaign (it officially ends tonight at 11:59 PM PST).  Animation is absurdly expensive, and we need all the help we can get.  Every single dollar truly counts.  Let's make the most of the little time we have left so we can raise funds to make the best project we can –– Please spread the word, tell your friends to donate, and keep this project alive!:

 

Indiegogo Fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enongo-animation-fund

Vimeo Campaign Trailer: https://vimeo.com/365043886

Official Website: www.EnongoMovie.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EnongoMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/EnongoMovie
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EnongoMovie

#Enongo

@EnongoMovie


Thank you to all who have supported this meaningful, exciting project so far!  Keep this Indiegogo alive!  Let's make a movie!

Fri Dec 6 '19 Announcement
2 days ago – Fri, Dec 06, 2019 at 11:22:06 AM

Artwork by Enongo animator Brooklyn Lee

 

Hey, everyone!

 

As always, welcome to our newest backers!  We're thrilled to have your enthusiasm and generosity on this passion project, Enongo.

 

A few updates and reminders for you all:

 

 

Enongo director Kevin Schreck hosted the Men's Gender Empowerment Group meeting at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, a non-profit designed to provide young people from underserved communities the tools, equipment, and knowledge for filmmaking and life in general.  This month's meeting was focused on video games and gender roles.  For context and to inspire a dialogue, a clip from Enongo was shown (you can see it here on Facebook and on Twitter!).  The conversation was electric and inspiring, and included a discussion about everything from Metroid and Overwatch to Lara Croft and Princess Peach.  (And they even applauded for our footage!)

 

 

 

Last reminder for this great event happening tonight for all of you in New York City: 

We're honored to announce that the Bronx Arts Initiative is presenting an open mic fundraiser for our film, hosted by Enongo animator, Anaiyah Tatiana!  The event will take place on TONIGHT6:00-9:00 PM, at 37 Bruckner Blvd in The Bronx.  Local artists and performers will be encouraged to perform their music, poetry, stand-up, and visual arts, and previously-unseen sequences from our movie will also be shown throughout the evening.  Director Kevin Schreck will also be in attendance.  Admission is just $10 and ALL proceeds go to our animation fund to support our amazing team of Black women animators around the country. 

We are immensely humbled by this opportunity and love from the local New York community, and hope that you can join us for an exciting night of art and celebration.  If you can't make it to the venue that night, then please get the word out about our Indiegogo online!

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3848664148492455/

Hope to see you there!

 

We have just ONE DAY LEFT (plus a few extra hours) to make the most out of this Indiegogo campaign!  Animation is ridiculously expensive, and we need all the help we can get (plus, we gotta pay for lame Indiegogo fees and send you all a ton of awesome Sammus merch!).  It's true that every single dollar counts, and our incredible team of artists deserve to be paid.  Every cent goes to their hard work (see a bonus clip of some before & after animation evolution by Ariel Paxton here!: https://www.facebook.com/enongomovie/videos/565611040884187/), so be sure to help get the word out so we can make this the best movie it can be!:

Indiegogo Fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enongo-animation-fund

Vimeo Campaign Trailer: https://vimeo.com/365043886

Official Website: www.EnongoMovie.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EnongoMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/EnongoMovie
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EnongoMovie

#Enongo

@EnongoMovie

 

Thank you so much again for your kindness and support, everyone!  We are SO CLOSE to $21,000!  Can we get there today?  Only with YOUR HELP!  Let's make the most of the time we have left: let's make a movie!!

Thu Dec 5 '19 Announcement
3 days ago – Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 11:45:46 AM

Artwork by Enongo animator Anaiyah Tatiana

 

Hey, everyone!

 

As usual, welcome to our newest backers!  We're honored to have your generosity and kindness to help make our film, Enongo, into a reality!

 

 

A little humble-brag for you all: One of our favorite animation directors working today, two-time Academy-Award nominee Mark Osborne (SpongeBob SquarePantsKung Fu PandaThe Little Prince) chipped in some money to help our Indiegogo campaign along!  It's an honor to have someone who you admire see value in your own endeavors, so thank you, Mark!

 

But it doesn't matter who you are, where you live, what you look like, or even how much you donated –– you ALL are helping us make a truly unique and memorable cinematic experience.

And it's thanks to all of you that we can now officially say...

 

 

... we finally reached 100% of our minimum goal!!!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, everyone!!  We're so fortunate to have your enthusiasm and trust in this project manifest in a massive, worldwide team effort.  

 

 

A few SAMMUS bangers to celebrate with:

 

SAMMUS - Power-Ups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s64aSHOk3bg

SAMMUS - 100 Percent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzZ3ONYNi10

 

SAMMUS - That Feeling (Beat the Game): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TAaco2-5nQ

 

But keep in mind that this is called our MINIMUM goal for a reason: Animation is absurdly expensive, and every single dollar counts.  $20,000 gets us far, but not far enough to get everything we need accomplished.  Plus, we also have to factor in lame Indiegogo platform fees, as well as buying, packaging, and shipping all of that rad merch around the globe.  That's already a few thousand spent.  But if we can raise as much as we possibly can in our remaining two days, we might be able to get enough to make this happen.  So let's make this the best Indiegogo campaign it can be to make the best film we can make!  Please spread the word, tell your friends to donate, and keep this project alive!:

 

Indiegogo Fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enongo-animation-fund

Vimeo Campaign Trailer: https://vimeo.com/365043886

Official Website: www.EnongoMovie.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EnongoMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/EnongoMovie
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EnongoMovie

#Enongo

@EnongoMovie

 

Thank you so very, very much for all of your love and support so far, everyone.  The past eight weeks have been grueling, exhausting, crushing, and uplifting –– just like filmmaking and animation!  Two days left, everyone!  Get the word out, and let's make a movie!!

Wed Dec 4 '19 Announcement
4 days ago – Wed, Dec 04, 2019 at 02:24:22 PM

Artwork by Shammah McVay.

Hey, everyone!

 

First, welcome to our newest backers!  We can't thank you enough for your support in helping us make this film, Enongo!

 

A few exciting new updates for you all:

 

Sammus and the Mocha Magic Orchestra (Adrienne Hailey & Zöe Brecher)

 

Sammus is going back on the road and armed with her bandmates, bassist Adrienne Hailey and drummer Zöe Brecher.  Sammus and the Mocha Magic Orchestra (formerly Sammus and the Galactic Federation) will be performing at the following venues in December and January (with more to come).  Click the links for more info and to get your tickets:

12.7    Ithaca, NY — The Haunt
12.12  Durham, NC — Motorco

1.2-5   Washington, D.C. — Super MAGFest 2020 (exact dates/times TBA)

If you're in the area, you seriously won't want to miss their mindblowing performances.

 




Artwork by Enongo animator Anaiyah Tatiana: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n_Iaug8ov/

 

Speaking of must-see events, a reminder that we have an upcoming fundraising event in The Bronx for all of your New Yorkers:

We're honored to announce that the Bronx Arts Initiative is presenting an open mic fundraiser for our film, hosted by Enongo animator, Anaiyah Tatiana!  The event will take place on Friday, December 6th (the day before the end of our Indiegogo campaign), 6:00-9:00 PM, at 37 Bruckner Blvd in The Bronx.  Local artists and performers will be encouraged to perform their music, poetry, stand-up, and visual arts, and previously-unseen sequences from our movie will also be shown throughout the evening.  Director Kevin Schreck will also be in attendance.  Admission is just $10 and ALL proceeds go to our animation fund to support our amazing team of Black women animators around the country. 

For more information, click this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lcjCopoBI/

We are immensely humbled by this opportunity and love from the local New York community, and hope that you can join us for an exciting night of art and celebration.  If you can't make it to the venue that night, then please get the word out about our Indiegogo online!

 

 

On the topic of fundraising, we just reached 94% this afternoon!  But the stakes are extremely high, and time is quickly running out.  Also, while $20,000 is a big amount of money, we're really hoping to surpass that goal, ideally.  Animation is ridiculously expensive, but an essential component to bringing Enongo's story to life in cinema.  This is only possible if everyone does their best to spread the word.  We're counting on every single one of you to do your part to make this project known so this movie can happen.  Please spread the word, tell your friends to donate, and keep this project alive!:

 

Indiegogo Fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enongo-animation-fund

Vimeo Campaign Trailer: https://vimeo.com/365043886

Official Website: www.EnongoMovie.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EnongoMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/EnongoMovie
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EnongoMovie

#Enongo

@EnongoMovie

 

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm, everyone!  Filmmaking really does take an army of people to make a vision into a reality.  We're honored to have your encouragement and donations to bring this vital, relevant, moving story to life.  Let's make it count, folks!  Let's make a movie!

Tue Dec 3 '19 Announcement
6 days ago – Tue, Dec 03, 2019 at 08:55:07 AM

 

Hey, everyone!

 

As always, welcome to our newest backers!  We're thrilled to have your support on our film, Enongo!

 

 

Another artist shout-out is in order: We're honored that two-time Academy Award-nominated animation filmmaker Tomm Moore (Cartoon Saloon, The Secret of KellsSong of the Sea) contributed a few bucks to our project!  It's truly humbling knowing that other artists who we admire in various disciplines believe in our project enough to support it.

 

 

 

Today is #GivingTuesday, which means this is a perfect opportunity to give to some incredible, hardworking artists!  As of this update, we're currently at 88% (just $10 short of 89%!), and we have just four days and a few hours left to reach our minimum goal of $20,000.  Animation is expensive, time-consuming, but invaluable in bringing Enongo's story to life, and our team is uniquely suited to doing exactly that with their remarkable creativity and talents. 

 

We can't possibly do this without your help, everyone!  The race is tight and the stakes could not be higher.  So this #GivingTuesday, please spread the word, tell your friends to donate, and keep this project alive!:

 

Indiegogo Fundraiser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/enongo-animation-fund

Vimeo Campaign Trailer: https://vimeo.com/365043886

Official Website: www.EnongoMovie.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EnongoMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/EnongoMovie
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EnongoMovie

#Enongo

@EnongoMovie

 

We'll have other big news in our last few days of the Indiegogo campaign, including new artwork to be released, updates on Sammus' tour schedule, and, hopefully, more amazing backers to celebrate!  Thank you for your amazing continued support, everyone!  Your enthusiasm and generosity remind us that this a project worth bringing to life.  But it needs your help to get there.  Keep up the good work!  In the meantime, let's make a movie!