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PROJECT BAYGANDA
 
PROJECT BAYGANDA
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Montaigne Massac

United States/Uganda, 2016, 60min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2017
Category: Documentary
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Cast:  Erica "Evarize" Varize, Zachary Fernandez
Crew:  Producers: Montaigne JahLogic Massac, Erica "Evarize" Varize
Email:  mrmassacgmail.com

synopsis
Project BayGanda is a documentary about Bay Area fashion designer Erica Varize's ( "Evarize" ) 10 plus year youth program the "Sew What Sewing Camp". The film details her humble beginnings, and how she merged her passion for fashion with her passion for youth development. The documentary shows her journey bringing the "Sew What Sewing Camp" to Uganda, Africa (from the Bay Area, California) for the first time.

director
Born Montaigne Massac to a single Haitian mother in Brooklyn (Brownsville) New York, and raised in Far Rockaway, N.Y.C, Montaigne would learn to balance morals taught by his mother with his street smarts and survival instincts. He would later be known to his peers as Logic. On his search for a better life Logic would enroll into B.M.C.C at the age of 17 for Business Administration and later Business Management. With his social skills being as great as his organizing skills, he excelled at his hands-on experience; via his student organization "Street Smart Movement" (founded by himself and fellow student organizers in 2004). This allowed him to network with business professionals and student activist, as well as encourage other students and "street" persons alike to continue to work at their goals in order to create a self-made network of likeminded individuals. It was at this time when he began to learn video and audio technologies. His self-made experience and talents led him to work with and gain mentors in the "HipHop underground" / "independent business" crowd. He did event planing, promotions & marketing, and event hosting, for Lyricist Lounge as well as Lyrics To Go Ent. Montaigne "Logic" Massac then decided to get into the field of Youth Development where he taught music business in South Bronx high schools. He also taught life skills in Juvenile Jails. Around this time Logic refrained from the industry lifestyle to secure a steady income needed to be a self-sufficient adult known to the youth and social work professionals as "Mr.M"; yet his connections in the entertainment world didn't fade. Therefore when his associate M.C Mighty Casey publicly known for his comedic Rap Song "White Girls" (aired on B.E.T uncut) stated he wanted to shoot a movie / satire of the state of Hip Hop Mr. M. knew who to work with and already had good relations from past video work he assisted in producing. After a couple years of research, planning and writing, Mr. M would become the Executive Producer / Writer / Director and one of four main characters of "Chicken & Beef Presents: Monkey Gang The Mockumentary" and C.E.O of Chicken & Beef INC. Now doing business as (D.B.A) Film De Montaigne, Mr.M has been using his experience as a film maker to create films and video's for youth and other youth advocates. With his latest film being "Project BayGanda" a documentary about fashion designer/youth advocate (once his co-worker) Erica "Evarize" Varize's youth program in Oakland, California and Uganda, Africa.
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