"Shades of Blue" is a visually gripping documentary about subterranean aquatic ecosystems that connect the citizens of Tulum, Mexico.
The Mesoamerican Reef will be dead within 20 years or less… if we don’t do something. This December, Coldust Productions & SunTime Films will film the underwater documentary Shades of Blue: Life Veins of a Coastal Town in an attempt to raise awareness about the fragile ecosystems at stake. We will feature the Mesoamerican Reef - the second largest barrier reef in the world; the cenotes of the largest underground river system in the world; exotic mangrove forests; and nearly a dozen featured locals ranging across various tourism industries. The city of Tulum has an invested interest in Shades of Blue because they understand that it will benefit their future at a pivotal moment in this town’s growth. Furthermore, Shades of Blue will help mark the end of the Mayan Calendar with its release in 2012. This is a timely film.
Shades of Blue is the first film to:
- Expose the water management/conservation situation in Tulum
- Promote sustainable tourism in Tulum
- Support the local economy- specifically Mexican and Mayan businesses
- Be produced jointly by the up-and-coming sports/nature/documentary/marketing/extremist filmmakers of SunTime Films and Coldust Productions
While we have local cost-share and are personally sponsoring this as well, we need further support to make this positive impact in Tulum possible. Where will your money go?
- Payment to locals for their assistance with the production (fishermen, captains, divers and more). Investment in the local economy.
- Necessary Equipment rentals (underwater housings, lights, scuba gear)
- Entry to film festivals, advocacy venues and more distribution
Thanks for spreading the word and for your donations. We cannot wait for you join us on this journey.
- Jonathan, Lisa, Colin and the Production Team
...Cenote comes from the Mayan word "dzonot" for well. Cenotes are sinkholes or wells formed by collapsed limestone rock, that expose a subterranean water source. The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the longest underground river system in the world, with an estimated 7,000-8,000 cenotes. The Mayas revered cenotes as sacred and believed that some were the passageways to the underworld, or "Xibalba". Cenotes are mostly filled with fresh water, but as they connect to the mangrove forests and to the reef, they sometimes have brackish water or haloclines of varying fresh and saltwater currents. All water from cenotes, and anything else in it, eventually reaches the fragile Mesoamerican reef, which is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
... The Municipality of Tulum is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Caribbean coast, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum is 84 miles south of the popular beach resort destination of Cancun. Currently it does not have it's own airport and is accessible through the international airports of Cancun to the north, Cozumel to the northeast and Chetumal to the south.
...Shades of Blue is imported because it will reveal the interconnectedness of three aquatic ecosystems and how they connect the citizens of Tulum. This film will uncover the controversy of relying on cenotes for quality of life while impacting the ability of these fragile ecosystems to sustain life. Finally, this film will feature Tulum as a sustainable tourism destination on the brink of either foreboding or auspicious growth, depending on our response. Personally, Water Veins will encourage you to consider the life source in your life and what you do to protect it.
... A timely event for this documentary, the end of the Mesoamerican Calendar's current Long-Count cycle of 5,125 years is scheduled for December 21, 2012. The meaning of this date is widely debated, including theories of apocalypse, galactic disasters and positive outcomes. Optimists and many new age Mayas believe that this date represents a physical or spiritual shift in our relationship, as humans, with the earth. Shades of Blue will touch on this topic and we hope that it will encourage you to form your own opinion regarding the 2012 phenomenon.
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A big THANK YOU credit on the film's websiteEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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All of the above PLUS... We'll be thinking of you while diving in the cenotes!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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All of the above PLUS... Get the DVD and/or video file of our documentary so you can play it at home or on a mobile device, with free shipping anywhere in the U.S.! (Canada, please add $5 for shipping consideration; international please add $10).Estimated delivery: May 2012
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All of the above PLUS... A voucher for 2 free Discover Scuba Dives, available for your visit in Tulum through 2013. This is you and friend's chance to try out diving for the first time with no prior studying required through a PADI certified course.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013