Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!


Dear Supporters, Family and Friends:

I am excited to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign for JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana. In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), we are seeking $10,000 to complete production in the city of Tampa. Your contributions will be used in the following three areas:

  • HD production crew
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel & accommodations
Additional funds raised over the goal will be used for production in other key cities. Ultimately the goal is to travel to Western Canada and Havana, Cuba in order to capture the true essence of the film. Your support will help us finish the documentary and bring it to an international audience. All funds received through this crowdfunding campaign (and other donations) will be 100% managed by our fiscal sponsor, SDF.  To learn how you can make a tax-deductible donation, and to learn about some interesting rewards we’re offering our supporters, please visit OUR INDIEGOGO PAGE.
Here are 3 ways you can help:
  1. Visit our Indiegogo campaign page to SUPPORT our campaign and claim your rewards within 30 days. Crowdfunding campaigns are most successful when they receive about one-third of their goal in the first few days. Donations made through our Indiegogo site are tax deductible donations.
  2. Personally SHARE this project with at least 3 friends who you think might want to support the film. Nothing beats word of mouth when it comes to getting a campaign to take off.
  3. HELP spread the word to your network of friends and colleagues via Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter with a brief mention of our film and our fundraising link.
We hope you will join our community of supporters and thank you in advance for helping us reach the finish line!
Leslie Cunningham, filmmaker
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Published by: Leslie Cunningham

A master storyteller with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, writer, filmmaker, collaborator and creator of TRIBES Magazine. Driven by a passion for storytelling, Leslie is a graduate of the Documentary Arts Program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has directed, produced and collaborated on a collection of engaging documentary films and short video for public broadcast and film festivals. Leslie’s debut documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi festival of Africa (2016), Gender Reel film festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), and Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012). Leslie is currently working on her second feature, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, which was selected for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Program. Leslie was also a recipient of the 2014 ITVS Diversity Development Fund and a fellow of the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker Residency Program. Owner of TRIBES Entertainment, a boutique digital marketing company in Durham, NC, Leslie brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her client work. She has worked tirelessly on several worthy projects to help raise money for local non-profits and is committed to mentoring young emerging artists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. Email Leslie at

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