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In the early 1990's Sarajevo was a city under siege where water was scarce and hope was dying.
Enter Fred Cuny, a man with a burning sense of responsibility to help others coupled with countless ideas and the determination to see them realized.
Our film tells the true story of Fred Cuny's mission to design and smuggle a water filtration system into Sarajevo, sneaking it past enemy lines, contending with political corruption, and dodging mortar blasts as he seeks to save the city.
With a motley crew of engineers, coordinators, and friends behind him, Fred's journey to return water to the city puts these bonds to the test as the mission builds to a shocking conclusion that no one saw coming.
Looking for Trouble will tell this story through unrivaled access to Fred's photos and project schematics from Sarajevo, interviews and footage of colleagues and family members, plus footage shot during the mission by his son, Craig.
Looking for Trouble is a journey of a man who valued lives over bureaucracy. It's a tale of a city fighting for survival. It's a story of responsibility, sacrifice and what it takes to change the world.
Fred Cuny is the heart and soul of the Sarajevo Water Project and of our story Looking for Trouble. He has been described as a Texas style melding of Mother Theresa and Indiana Jones - completely confident in the good that he is offering the world. Through this film we will examine this confidence and see what sacrifices Fred had to make along the way.
Damir, a young Bosnian engineer, thrilled at the prospect to join the team and be a part of the effort to save his home. After two years of devastation in his home country, he is ready to bring hope back to his city.
Fred's 20-something filmmaker son, Craig, joins the team to document the effort and experience the adventure first-hand. Growing up without his dad due to Fred's constant absence, Craig sees the trip as an opportunity to prove himself, despite his father's reservations.
In need of people with industrial capabilities, the down-to-earth Texan Terry Millican gets involved to build the filtration system, seeing the project as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Along with these voices will be Fred's brother (Chris Cuny), his right hand man (Rick Hill), and many more, Looking for Trouble will offer an in-depth look at the Sarajevo Water Project, a humanitarian aid mission that played out more like an Ocean's 11 movie.
With a passion for fast paced media and documentary films, Caroline's hope is to make films that share the stories of people who would otherwise be unheard. Caroline is now in her second year in the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, working towards her Master of Fine Arts. Fred Cuny was Caroline's uncle, and his story has always fascinated her. Though she was young when he died, she has always wanted to share his story. She is thrilled to tell this exciting tale with her co-producer and thesis partner, Bryan Campbell.
An enthusiast in learning anything about everything, Bryan is a visually minded person who loves technology, art, a challenge, and a good story. As a filmmaker who is interested in drama, science, politics, and inspiring individuals, Looking for Trouble presented the perfect blend of a thrilling story mixed with deeper meaning. In addition to Looking for Trouble, Bryan has received recognition for his earlier films Stuff About Stuff and Abroad Horizon at film festivals across the country.
Looking for Trouble has begun the production phase of the filmmaking process - this means we are in the middle of all the traveling, interviewing, filming, and compiling that is needed to make the film a reality, and still have finishing costs to consider further down the line.
We will be talking to Fred’s coworkers and collaborators in Washington, DC, and we have a massive expedition planned to Fred's home state of Texas to talk to his son, family members, and other colleagues. Largest on the list is our trip to Sarajevo to film the filtration system itself, and talk to some of the people whose lives were altered by the project. These stories are the bread and butter of the movie, and we need your help to get their stories out there.
- Licensing Fees
We are going to use archival footage to set the stage for the Siege of Sarajevo. While much of this we are able to use under Fair Use, there are some interviews of Fred and key shots that we would need to purchase the rights for. These licenses can at times be expensive, but are nonetheless a necessary evil.
- Finishing Costs
We want to deliver a project with crisp audio and visuals. We need funding for proper color and sound correction as well as the right composer to score the film.
The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will help us tell this incredible story with the polish that it deserves, as well help us meet our deadlines by circumventing funding roadblocks.
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Risks and challenges
The main challenge facing Looking for Trouble is the time and distance the filmmakers are forced to work with.
Fred disappeared 20 years ago, and the footage shot of him was pre-digital. So although there are a lot of great visuals out there, at times it can be difficult and costly to acquire the footage and convert it into version that is both high quality and useable.To circumvent some of this, we have at times been forced to buy old archival footage from news archives, a cost we would prefer not to run into more than we need to. It is a challenge we have a great head start overcoming, and with your help we can definitely overcome it.
The other obstacle is distance - Fred's colleagues were a motley crew of important and innovative figures around the world, and as such they are scattered everywhere, some across the world. We have compiled a long list of people to talk to, and stacked it based on priority and efficiency (if two people live close together).
These are the biggest obstacles in terms of actual production, and are challenges that we know that we can rise to meet through tenacity, careful planning, and the support of people like you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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