Domingo Canate, Film and Event Producer, HANDS TO THE SKY

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***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators and troublemakers to share news and insight about the creative impetus & inspirations behind their latest projects. This week, Domingo Canate, film and event producer, shares the journey behind the house music documentary, Hands To The Sky.

Name: Domingo Canate

Occupation: Film and event producer

Motto: Not so much as motto as a theme song – “Keep On” by D Train.

My current project is….

Working to take Hands to the Sky to the next level. I’d love to secure a sponsor to allow the film to be screened for house heads all around the world. I’m also in pre-production on another documentary with the working title, The G and Me, which will delve into how people’s experiences at the Paradise Garage helped form their worldview.

The inspiration for Hands To The Sky came from….

I’ve been attending these outdoor dance parties for years and one day, I just picked up my camera and started filming. The people and places where these events go down provide some of the richest visual content any filmmaker could ask for.

The process for the project is/has been…

…a three-year labor of love. What’s been complicated is trying round up enough funds to keep screening the film.

My favorite highlight (so far) is….

Sitting in the audience during screenings. Almost to the letter — from when we screened at The Brooklyn Museum to Machine in Boston when it just recently showed at Indiescreen in Williamsburg — everyone reacts enthusiastically to the same scenes.

What’s next….

Beyond the screening on May 25 at Harlem MIST, we’re looking for more opportunities to get the movie seen. We’d really love to participate in The Chosen Few Picnic in Chicago this summer.

Shout outs to…

My crew, without whom, none of this would be possible:

Wendy Amirah, Angelo Boyke, Kervyn Mark, Jean-Paul Noel, Chris Hunt-Walker and Erik Talbert. Also a shout out to the ones who hold the key to my heart, my daughters Isabella and Jessica. I also want publicly thank Cedric Beasley of MIST Harlem Cinema for believing enough in the film to allow us to screen there on Saturday May 25 on such a prime date as Memorial Day Weekend. It is sure to be a night to remember!

If you want to see a wonderful celebration of community and the power of music, go see Hands To The Sky.

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