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4 travelers. 4 months. No support team. A documentary following an adventure into Patagonia for exploration and conservation.
4 travelers. 4 months. No support team. A documentary following an adventure into Patagonia for exploration and conservation.
4 travelers. 4 months. No support team. A documentary following an adventure into Patagonia for exploration and conservation.
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What's The Film About?

“Unbounded” is an adventure-travel documentary following a young, unaided crew of four as they hike and pack-raft for four months into the infinite region known as Patagonia. The crew’s journey is based along the “Greater Patagonian Trail," a relatively unknown route that is now the longest continual trail network in South America. The adventure takes the crew through dense forests, snow-capped mountains, active volcanoes, barren deserts and everything in-between. The film focuses on discovering the indescribable factors of the region, learning the history and culture of the people living amongst the Andes, and bringing to light the incredible beauty of the area – all in an effort to help raise awareness of the need to preserve this untamed, but delicate environment. A portion of the film's proceeds will go towards environmental organizations in Chile to help protect and maintain the rivers and landscapes in this unique part of the world.

In the simplest of terms, it's about protecting wild places. The film follows our adventure, our experiences, the culture and the people we meet along the way but in the end, it's about something much, much bigger - conservation. We we're fortunate enough to interview around twenty of the top environmentalists and activists all across the country who discuss the environmental issues surrounding Chile. 

The country is currently at risk due to mega hydro-electric dams, mining, unsustainable development and other issues that threaten the incredible biodiversity and fragile state of this land. Our hope is to create awareness to these issues, among others, and raise funds through the proceeds of the film to contribute to environmental organizations in Chile who are working to protect this beautiful region for future generations.  

What Did We Do?

On December 22nd, 2016, we set off on a 4-month journey to Chile in order to document our experience trekking and pack-rafting along the Andes Mountains without any additional support. We aimed to follow a new, up-and-coming trail, "The Greater Patagonian Trail", which is the longest continual trail network in South America. 

The trip was full of ups and downs as we got caught in the worst fires Chile has seen in modern history, became stuck in an overgrown forest and nearly ran out of food, had to rappel down steep, eroded rock cliffs and much, much more. Being in our early twenties and lacking experience, this trip tested us every day both physically and mentally, not only through the hiking and pack-rafting, but the challenges of professionally documenting our journey without support as well. 

We have been back for two months now and have begun putting the footage together, writing the script, getting everything ready for editing and, of course, adjusting back into society after being in the wild for four months straight! 

Why Do We Need Your Help?

We are in the stalemate stage where it seems nearly every documentary gets to at one point or another. Garrett (director/producer) had to self-fund the production phase of the film mainly by himself and there are now currently no funds remaining to finish and distribute the film. 

We are looking for your donations and support to show that there is interest in this film as ultimately, we want to distribute this on an international scale with theatrical releases across the U.S. and abroad. In order to do that, we need support and funds to finish this film to not only inspire adventure, but to hopefully aid in protecting one of the last, wild places in the world. 

Where Is The Money Going?

Where the money is going is simple - editing. We need the funds to hire editors to put this film together to give it the professional editing it deserves. To be exact, this is what your contribution would be going towards:

- Professional editing including color correcting, transitions, sound mixing, motion graphics, Spanish subtitling etc. (Approx. $12,500)

- Kickstarter percentage and rewards/shipping (Approx. $2,000)

- Festival submissions and marketing fees (Approx. $500)

The funds we are asking for are the BARE minimum we need to complete this project to prepare for theatrical and international distribution. In exchange for your support, we are offering some pretty awesome rewards for your contribution (and good karma of course!) Rewards such as your name in the credits, limited edition canvas prints, photo books and more!

Please consider supporting this project by clicking on one of the rewards to the right and help bring this film to life!

Check out some of the press around "Unbounded":

Lonely Planet

Gear Junkie Part 1 / Part 2

Matador Network

No Film School

She Explores

Adventure Collection

Travel Tape The Podcast

Sidetracked    

The UNBOUNDED Crew:

Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Garrett is the director, producer and cinematographer of "Unbounded". He created a video production company, VentureLife Films, at the beginning of last year and has created one feature doc since then. Garrett's passion lies in telling creative stories through adventures and contributing to protecting the environment through his films. You can check out his website here - www.venturelifefilms.com

Spanish Translator/British Traveler
Spanish Translator/British Traveler

Robyn is the Spanish translator for the crew and helped the team talk to the locals, get to know them personally and conduct interviews with environmentalists all across Chile. She is a travel enthusiast, having lived in countries all across Europe, and is a lover of languages. Despite her lack of experience in camping and nearly no outdoor experience, she took this trip head on and now officially can be called an outdoorsy person!

Co-Producer/Cinematographer/German Traveler
Co-Producer/Cinematographer/German Traveler

Aljoscha is the jack-of-all-trades co-producer of the film who helped with filming, sound monitoring, interviews and everything involving the film. His passion for wild and deserted places made him the perfect person to help create this documentary and inspire protection of wild places. He has gone on adventures all around the world and worked for several German television shows. 

Wilderness Guide/American Traveler
Wilderness Guide/American Traveler

Anthony is the wilderness guide of the film and helped the crew navigate the intense environments of the Andes Mountains. Patagonia is a place deep to his heart since he visited there years before. His experience working as an expeditions coordinator and wilderness guide helped the crew travel across these unforgiving landscapes and experience Chile to the fullest. 

Photos From The Trail: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just some of the hundreds of photos we captured along the trail. To see and learn more about the film, the trail and conservation in Chile, visit our website and check out our social links below! 

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Youtube Channel

Risks and challenges

The hard part was actually getting the footage and completing our adventure safely and in one piece. Now that we are back, the challenges are less significant (and thankfully less life threatening). That being said, documentaries are extremely unpredictable and we could hit some snags in the road getting this film completed in a timely manner, including changes in the script, issues in editing and problems getting everything together quickly.

We are confident after completing our adventure though and overcoming constant obstacles over the past 11 months that we can push through anything else that is thrown our way.

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