I could never imagine, that I would go so far with my “Like a Prayer” film.
I remember how hard it was to organize the first screening. How busy I was, that I was stuck at home every day and evening. Thanks to my doggie, Maya, she was the reason why I went out to get some air. In my case, I wasn’t her, she was walking me. All of the time and energy I spent for the first film screening and then the second, third, and fourth was worth it thanks to the reactions that the film has been receiving from fans. Sometimes I’m crying, reading all the warm messages and congratulatory words towards the film. I know now, that each hour, each month, each year working on this amazing project was definitely worth it. The time and energy that was spent on 4 private screenings in the West and East Coasts as well.
Now “Like a Prayer” will have 20 more upcoming screenings in 20 cities, 10 countries and 3 continents. And there are only two people who are behind organizing the screenings and after-parties all over the world. Me and my bestie Jeannie Buxo. We don’t have a sponsor, or publicist or a producer. We don’t have money to afford all these people. But we want to spread the word about our love and passion for Madonna, and we want people to get inspired more and more with her amazing energy. And we have the priceless support. The support from her fans.
I want to say thanks to everyone, who believes in me and in my film. In our film. It’s so wonderful to have the support of people, that are united by the same idea, passion, and the same love for Madonna.
I want to say thanks to the fans, who offered their help to translate the film in Spanish. I was surprised that most of you asked me to send you even more text to translate, even after you completed tons of text. To translate is a very robotic job, it might get annoying, especially when the text is boring as hell and you push yourself to translate. I’m so happy, that you could enjoy the stories of “Like a Prayer” as well, while you were translating it. Yes, “Like a Prayer” is a feature length film with 120 minutes. So… Thank you so much: Peter Stacee Jaxx, Alexis Gonzalez Guarneros, Dirk Verbeeck, Odt Saga, Plourde-Pamatz Abel Ryan ,and Carlos G Copka. A big thanks to the amazing Alejandro Parrila, who helped to grammatically correct the Spanish version.
A want to say thanks to Alexis Gonzalez Guarneros who became a big part of “Like a Prayer” family and our Guide in Mexico. He helped us to find a movie theatre in Mexico City.
I want to say big thanks to Facu Muller and Alejandro Parrila for doing the same job right now in Buenos Aires. We are looking for the theatre and afterparty place.
I want to say thank you to Sara Gato, Grazivolpiano, Camila Campos for helping me to translate the film in Portuguese. Now I know, that “Like a Prayer” in Portuguese is “Como uma Oraçao”.
I want to say thanks to Fernando Soto for his help in finding us a beautiful theatre in Madrid. You reached out to so many theatres and I think we picked the best one right in the center of Madrid.
Finally, a special thanks goes to the French version of “Like a Prayer” Film. I want to say thank you to @xxsarxh and @sofibanofee for their offer to translate the “Like a Prayer” film in French. Please take your time, because it takes so much time and Thanks God, we have it! The screening in Paris is in March 2020 and I’m so excited about it! By the way, Jeannie Buxo speaks French as well-)) I know, babe, you are busy with a hundred jobs for the “Like a Prayer” film, but maybe you’d be interested to translate your own story-))
Now the good news for you and the bad for me. Lol. The “Like a Prayer” film will be seen in Portuguese, Spanish and French subtitles. I took your advice. Almost everyone voted for subtitles! I’m completely against them, because we are all lazy in Russia. We never read subtitles and plus we use one Russian language all over Russia, not like the Spanish language, which is different in Mexico, Spain, Argentina and a lot of other countries. (I was so surprised about it.) Plus, for me it’s a lot of work. Because I’m going to be the one who will puts in all the subtitles. In general I am so happy about it because I learned so many Spanish words. Gracias. Now I know that “Like a Prayer” in Spanish is “Como Una Plegaria or “Como Una Oracion.”
Let me thank the people who have helped us with the “Like a Prayer” Screenings.
I want to say thanks to the amazing Hugo Salazar JR., he was the host for both film screenings in NYC and he also made a voiceover for the young Madonna fan. You lied in your application and said you were 12 years old ( Hugo’s age begins with the number 3) but that was the case when lies brings the best to the film. Because you are so talented and the way you play with your voice and to express the emotions of a 12 years old Madonna fan is priceless. (Hello to all the people who like subtitles, and doubt that voice overs can be used.) That was a story in the film, when most of the audience cried, and you Hugo, are part of the success of this story. Thank you for being patient with microphone problems. As someone from the audience said, you handled it better than Madonna did in ‘Truth or Dare”. lol.
I want to say thanks to Nikita Khripach for shooting the Q&A at our first movie premiere. Who would ever think that 13 years ago, we were sitting together at our desks in lecture class at the journalism dept. in Siberian University, that one day, we would move to NY and sometimes we would collaborate together.
Thank you Alexis Gonzalez Guarneros. The first time we met was at the first screening in NYC, and I’m so happy that you got so much inspiration and you are now part of the “Like a Prayer” Family. You are so responsible, you literally help with everything; from translating to finding a theater to book in Mexico, or helping us to organize the screening in NYC. I like your own personal story a lot. And I’m so happy that you will be part of “Like a Prayer 2” and you will be able to inspire other people.
A Big thanks to Galushko Elena and Cranberry_Project and of course to Svetlana Stoli and Gioconda for performing at our “Like a Prayer” film afterparty. Russian team is always powerful.
And DJ Luciano Lima from Brazil for helping us to be a Dj at the afterparty in NYC. So that my bestie Jeannie Buxo could have some drinks with me and dance to Madonna. Now we are coming to your country, Brazil and I can’t wait to meet other Brazilian fans in December/January.
I want to say thank you to Terry Martin for helping us to shoot the Q&A in San Francisco in a very beautiful historical place, even though the theatre was dark, you made magic with my iPhone.
And Tiffany Linter for hosting Q&A in San Francisco. I sent you the script right before the screening would begin but you were hosting this event like you had planned it months in advance.
I want to thank Eddie Corronado for offering us to help to promote “Like a Prayer” Film screening in Los Angeles. He gave away hundreds of flyers, which is a hell of a job. Its really difficult nowadays, to give flyers, because people are really busy and usually ignore it. Everyone who gives away flyers knows how hard it can be. We also never met before but you were so hospitable and showed us all of L.A. and even secret Madonna locations. To us and my doggie Maya. I hope she didn’t leave a lot of fur in your car.
Thank you William Brogan and your boyfriend for doing routine with the flyers in San Francisco. I was so happy to meet both of you in person.
Thank to Brady Walters for helping us get the word out in Los Angeles ! We were so happy to share the night with you and Doug, hopefully you will both see the film when it comes to L.A. in November !
Brendan Petrizzo we met in NYC two years ago during the shooting of another film, It was so amazing to see you again in L.A. Thank you for being an excellent host for the Q&A and for making it through crazy traffic in LA.
Thank you, Alex Elliott,for making a DCP of the film for us. DCP costs at least $700 to make, and this was an expense that we couldn’t afford. Before, we would use a Blu-ray that would cut on the sides of the screen. Now we will finally enjoy the film full sized in our next 20 screenings, thank you for supporting our project
Thank you Rondi Bryson for bringing me flowers at the LA screening, you treated me like a Hollywood star, ha ha. Because of your help, we have amazing footage that we can keep as a memory of the event.
Thank you Luana Sandoval. You came to our home after your work during the evening, during your free time, and you sent messages to dozens of people .
Matt Rettenmund, Madonnalicious, L.A. Ray and Nelson Melegrito thank you for sharing the events each and every time. You’re support does not go unnoticed.
Thank you to Stefan Mreczko and Tony Trius for inviting me to be part of your MLVC Podcast and mentioning me and my film many times on various other podcasts. I’m a subscriber! So many people told me that they heard our talk and were laughing and liked it so much. It shows that you guys are doing such a wonderful job and you have so many listeners.
Thank you Madonna.com for sharing the events from the West Coast and East coast, your support means everything for us.
Now you can see that this project is not just two people. It is now become universal. I never met all of these people before. They had simply heard about my project, liked it and reached out to help. I am grateful to all of you and we can’t wait to meet more fans at all the other up coming screenings around the world.
And Thank you, Madonna. We love you so much. You make people come together and help together.