Filmmaker creates crowdfunding relief campaign to help Puerto Rican town subject of documentary
GritoBlast! For the last 4 years, filmmaker and photographer Frank “Silent” Rivera has been back and forth to Puerto Rico, working on a documentary about La Perla, Puerto Rico. La Perla is one of Puerto Rico’s most notorious “slums” and until now, has unfortunately been infamous for its negative reputation. The goal of the documentary is to shed light on the positivity within the community.
The neighborhood’s reputation recently got a boost when singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee decided to use La Perla as the backdrop for their “Despacito” music video. Things were beginning to look bright for this infamous neighborhood and its residents — until Hurricane Maria.
Feeling a special connection with La Perla and a few surrounding communities after living there on-and-off throughout the filming of his documentary, Rivera has a special place in his heart for the island and its people, and was absolutely devastated at the destruction that Hurricane Maria left behind.
Rivera has spoken to community leaders, the local pastor and residents and would like to provide relief supplies directly to the communities of La Perla, Villa Clemente, Tocones and Catano.
To raise the necessary funds to purchase items such as: nonperishable foods, water bottles, feminine hygiene products, first aid kits, battery operated fans, batteries, tarps (to cover damaged rooftops), small toys for children and other necessities, Rivera has set up a GoFundMe campaign.
Rivera plans to document how the money is spent via photos and video footage posted on the campaign website, along with, all of his social media pages.
For those who wish to donate actual bulk items (cases of water, packs of batteries etc.), he asks that you email him directly to make arrangements.
With your help, we will be able to give back and rebrighten a community of amazing people. I hope that we can exceed our goals and inspire others to come together with love, in support of those in need.
Don’t hesitate to share this campaign with your friends and family. Sharing increases the chances of reaching other people who may be able to help as well.
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