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:

Fri Mar 20 '20 Announcement
12 days ago – Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:39:11 AM

Hey, everyone!

 

There has been a lot of talk about cancellations, postponements, and other such scheduling chaos due to the wild science-fiction dystopia we're all experiencing together, so we wanted to let you all know:

YES, THIS MOVIE IS STILL HAPPENING!!

 

While our filming schedule is on temporary hiatus, every other facet of production is well underway, and in some cases, accelerating.  Our animators are animating, our composer is composing, and our editors editing just like before.  Barring the apocalypse, we are still on the path to getting this movie out at film festivals and early screenings in 2021.  See these previously-unreleased images from our rough animation sequences by our team below to get a taste of our progress: 

 

Artwork by Ariel Paxton.

Artwork by Anaiyah Tatiana.

 

Artwork by Shammah McVay.

 

Sammus performing at the Brooklyn Museum in March 2020.

 

By the way, happy birthday, Enongo!  

With the global coronavirus pandemic, countless musicians and other artists have lost tens of thousands of dollars.  All of Sammus' shows have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, which, like so many performers, has made a major deficit in her funds.

Enongo has said, "For my birthday I want YOU to buy all of the tunes you can on Bandcamp because TODAY and ONLY today until 12am PST, Bandcamp is waiving their revenue share policy, which means that all money used to purchase an album goes directly back to the artists. Help if you can! And if you can't, spread the word pretty please!"  If you can, please support hardworking artists impacted by this event ASAP!  

It's more important than ever before to uplift and support each other (ideally from afar and at least six feet apart from each other).  But buying merch and music, donating to crowdfunding campaigns, and even just giving a phone call to loved ones who might be lonely or going through hard times is absolutely vital.  

Thank you all for your incredible support, everyone!  We'll keep you posted on any further major updates (and maybe some surprises along the way).  In the meantime, let's make a movie!  (And wash your hands!)

 

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

Tue Feb 11 '20 Announcement
about 2 months ago – Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 01:04:24 PM

Sammus returns this year...

 

Hey everyone,

 

Welcome to 2020!  With a new year, we have lots of exciting updates...

First, as you can see in the image above, Sammus is hard at work on her next album.  We can't give away too much yet (SPOILERS!!), but it's safe to say that this record is beyond anything you've heard from this artist yet, and we are tremendously fortunate to be able to exclusively document this creative process as part of our film.

 

Photo credit: Kenneth Bachor

 

While Sammus is busy recording her next opus, she will be live on stage here and there!  See her in person at the following events in Maine, Brooklyn, SXSW, Boston, and Virginia:

2.22    Brunswick, ME — Bowdoin College (Black History Month celebration)

2.27    Boston, MA — Hard Rock Cafe Boston (with Mega Ran & Kadesh Flow)

3.7      Brooklyn, NY — Location TBA

3.19    Austin, TX — Beerland [SXSW] // fb rsvp

3.21    Austin, TX — Flamingo Cantina [SXSW] 

3.27    Blacksburg, VA — Virginia Tech

 

Seriously, if you have never seen Sammus live, then you need to change that ASAP.  

For more updates, check out the Sammus Tour website: https://sammusmusic.com/shows-tour-dates/

 

Also, a special shout-out to our friends who made the beautiful film, Hair Love, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this past Sunday!  Notably, congratulations to producer Karen Rupert Toliver, who is now the first Black woman to receive an Oscar in an animation category!

If you haven't seen this lovely, vital film yet, watch it now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28

Two of the directors of Hair Love –– Matthew A. Cherry and Everett Downing –– generously donated to our project, and we wanted to show our gratitude and share our congratulations with them and the whole team by making a simply animated digital gift, drawn and animated by two of our Enongo crew members, Shammah McVay and Anaiyah Tatiana.  

See our post (and give it a like and a share!) at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enongomovie/videos/2840782882626186/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ZneuLn6FI/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnongoMovie/status/1226973591318777857

 

 

Speaking of gifts, we have just launched our first big wave of physical rewards to our generous backers who helped support the Enongo Animation Fund on Indiegogo!  If you supported that campaign and pledged to a level that included either a Sammus t-shirt, signed CD, or enamel pin, check your email inbox for a USPS tracking number.  If you did not receive a message with a tracking number, don't worry!  We have a few more back-ordered, and we'll send the remainders out as soon as humanly possible!

Everybody from cinematography and editing to music and animation is giving this passion project their all.  We can't possibly make this happen without your continued support, so be sure to help keep awareness alive, follow us on social media, and invite your friends on this journey!:

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 once again, everyone!  We have lots more exciting updates for you in the near future.  In the meantime, let's make a movie...!

Sun Dec 8 '19 Announcement
4 months ago – Sun, Dec 08, 2019 at 11:00:14 AM

 

Hey, everyone!

 

If you are seeing this update, then you helped us raise $22,255 for the Enongo Animation Fund in just 60 days!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  

 

 

This was a truly global team effort.  While the vast majority of funds came in from the United States, we has backers generously give their hard-earned money to our project from around the planet, across five continents.  Backers came from Canada, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Germany, Australia, India, Qatar, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Brazil!  Over 300 people from all different backgrounds, origins, and lifestyles believed in our movie.

 

We also want to give a special shout-out to (and, let's be real, humble-brag about) some very special backers who swooped in at the end: two of the directors of the new and truly wonderful animated short, Hair Love (which is honestly the best thing you'll have seen in all of 2019) –– Everett Downing and Matthew A. Cherry –– generously donated to our Indiegogo campaign!  Like so many of you, they know that animation is not only very expensive, but a beautiful vehicle for engaging storytelling, starting conversations, and even creating much-needed change.   

 

 

Thank you, Hair Love crew!

 

Another bit of good news: Because our Indiegogo campaign successfully made and surpassed its minimum goal, we have qualified for an InDemand project!  That means that our Indiegogo campaign is STILL ALIVE, and people can continue to donate at their leisure and availability.  So if you know anyone else who would like to support an incredible team of Black women animators, help make history, and get a lot of neat rewards and merch, please send them our way (and follow us on social media)!:

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 are all truly, genuinely, thoroughly so thankful to every single one of you for contributing to our cause.  Fundraising is full of highs and lows, and the lows get BAD.  But when we are able to attain a goal like this, with the love and support of so many people, it not only makes our project physically and financially possible; it also brings emotional validation to our cause, reminding us that this film is worthy, wanted, and important.  In many ways, that is the most essential contribution to the Enongo project.  We cannot thank you enough for your kindness, generosity, and trust.

We'll cool it with the Indiegogo updates for a while, but that's only because we're going to be working harder than ever to bring this film to life.  Our animators, composer, director, cinematographers, editing team, producers, and post-production artists are all bringing their best into this passion project.  We can't wait to share it with you.  

Sammus merch will begin shipping out to backers in January (once she restocks her swag after all of her successful shows on the road!), and we'll have even more exciting updates on our production in the future.  In the meantime, let's make a movie...!

Sat Dec 7 '19 Announcement
4 months 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
4 months 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!!