" Project BayGanda "

"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.

  • Montaigne "Mr. M" Massac
    Director
    "Chicken and Beef Presents: Monkey Gang The Mockumentary"
  • Erica "Evarize" Varize
    Director
  • Montaigne "Mr. M" Massac
    Producer
    "Chicken and Beef Presents: Monkey Gang The Mockumentary"
  • Erica "Evarize" Varize
    Producer
  • Erica "Evarize" Varize
    Key Cast
  • Zachary Fernandez
    Key Cast
    Project Runway: Threads, Project Runway: Junior
  • Nikki Thomas
    Key Cast
    The Soul Yoga Project
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Uganda, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hollywood Black Film Festival 2017
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 23, 2017
    Southern California Premiere
  • Queens World Film Festival 2017
    New York City
    United States
    March 19, 2017
    N.Y.C Premiere
  • San Francisco Black Film Festival 2017
    San Francisco
    United States
    June 17, 2017
    North California
Distribution Information
  • Chicken & Beef Inc
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Montaigne "Mr. M" Massac, Erica "Evarize" Varize

Born Montaigne P. 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 like minded 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 Songs (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.

Bay-area women's wear designer Erica Varize; started "EVarize" with husband Darryel Varize 16 years ago. During this time the couple has owned the award winning "EVarize Fashion Cafe" the Bay Areas First Cut & Sew boutique, sold the EVarize collection exclusively at 15 other boutiques, Curate and teach EVarize "Sew What Summer Camp" in the BayArea and also Uganda, East Africa, and their most proud accomplishment raising their two children Darius 17 and Brooklyn 15.
The family's continuous philanthropic work in Uganda is what Erica likes to call "our life's work". We have been so blessed with what we have it is our time to give back and use our gifts for greatness.
EVarize is currently building a new collection that is set to release this Summer 2017, collaborating with Darius Varize as their lead designer.

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Director Statement

"Community Over Industry" - Mr. M
"All we gotta do is ask God, he does the rest" - EVARIZE