CUBA LIBRE is a revolutionary romantic comedy about CHEYNA and
CASSANDRA, two 23-year old Canadian students, who launch an underground
movement to free the men of Cuba…by marrying them.
Director/Writer/Producer - Eva Ziemsen
Eva Ziemsen was born in Munich, Germany. She is currently based in Toronto, where she is an independent filmmaker, Professor and Program Co-Coordinator of the Film & Television Production Program at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. She has written, directed and produced several short films through her company, Cineva Films Inc., which have been screened at festivals internationally and on CBC. She is the co-executive producer of the film REIGN, which was developed in her feature film class at Humber College and was the Opening Night Film at the Female Eye Film Festival, continues to screen and win awards world-wide. She is currently in development with three feature films. She holds a Master of Arts in Feature Film from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, England, as well as, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Video Production and Screenwriting from York University, Toronto. Eva is also a PhD student at UBC and teaches short workshops on financing and the industry for Women in Film & TV in Toronto. Eva Ziemsen has a passion for personal and international filmmaking.
Producer/Writer - Sonya Roberts
Sonya Roberts (LL.B., B.A. (Hons.)) is a lawyer licensed in Ontario and works in business development. Sonya's experience in the entertainment industry is diverse. From 2001 until 2003, Sonya worked for Brunico Communications Inc., where she produced conferences and tracked emerging trends in areas such as children's & youth programming, international co-productions, interactive television and digital asset management. She later reentered the practice of law as a sole practitioner and regularly handled clients in Toronto's entertainment community. In June 2003, Sonya along with two other partners formed RGR LLP, an entertainment law boutique which focused on providing entertainment and media law services. Most recently, Sonya is producing three feature films in development, including, Sara's Peace, with Eva Ziemsen. She has also acted as legal counsel for Hardwood, the National Film Board documentary short that received an Academy Award Nomination in 2004, and for the Mirvish stage production da' Kink in my Hair. Previously, Sonya has worked as a scriptwriter, story editor and researcher for various Canadian television programs, such as Tanlines (CTV's Outdoor Life Network) and Taste of Life (Global's Prime Network). Throughout her career, Sonya has worked with international executives from major international production studios and broadcasters, including ABC, NBC, BBC, Warner Bros., Disney, Nickelodeon and Alliance Atlantis Communications.
The project is at a treatment stage, with portions of a first draft completed. The film received great interest at the EFM and by various producers. The producers are seeking a writer to write the first draft of the screenplay. The intended tone of the film is "Muriel's Wedding meets Motorcycle Diaries."
Shooting Format: HD
Target Audience: 16-35, female and male, theatrical release, Pay TV, Subscription TV,
Shooting locations: Cuba (and/or other tropical substitute) and Canada (Montreal/Toronto)