A 15 minute short created by the students and faculty at Inter-American School in Xela, Guatemala.
Through preparation and production, "Guns from Dead Men" will teach our high school students visual storytelling, give hands-on experience with both narrative and documentary film-making, educate them about major conflicts in history and create a short film that can be used as an educational tool in both Guatemalan and U.S. classrooms.
The story follows a brother and sister living in the shadow of a war their father died in, exploring the redemptive power of relationships and the tragic consequences of violence.
In May two good friends, Andrew Gumm and Daniel Page, will fly down with equipment from the production studio they work at to help. $1,500 won't totally cover all costs, but it will go a long way towards equipment rentals and plane tickets. The rest will be covered by us.
This year's project is modeled on a similar effort completed last year in Honduras, with two other good friends and experienced filmmakers. "Goat in the Washer" let my Honduran students do everything from hold boom mics, build sets, blow up a time machine and light a cow head on fire, and the end result will be submitted to festivals as soon as the soundtrack is recorded.
Thanks so much for considering the project and supporting our students.
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