UNBOUNDED: Patagonia Documentary
Documentary following an unaided 4-person crew as they trek 1,500 km into Patagonia on an adventure for conservation and exploration.
UNBOUNDED will be a feature-length adventure travel documentary following an unaided crew of four as they hike and pack-raft over 1,500 km through the Patagonian Region of South America on a mission for conservation and exploration. The expedition will take place from mid-December, 2016 to mid-April, 2017, documenting the extreme and unique conditions of the trail, as well as the people, cultures, scenery, and conservation efforts in Patagonia and the surrounding areas. The crew will base their expedition along the "Greater Patagonian Trail," trekking it in its entirety until their journey comes to an end in Patagonia National Park.
The film will focus on discovering the indescribable factors that make this region so powerful and mysterious. We wish to learn more about the cultures and histories of the people living in the area and bring to light the incredible beauty of this region - all to raise awareness of the necessity of preserving this untamed but delicate area before it's too late. A portion of the film's proceeds will go towards the environmental organization Conservacion Patagonica to help protect this incredibly vast and breathtaking landscape through the creation of National Parks in the region.
'Greater Patagonia' is a term coined by Jan Dudeck to describe the trail and its surrounding areas, which start north of Patagonia in Chile and run right into the heart of the region. Jan has come back year after year since 2013 and has developed and mapped the trail out mostly on his own, and it has since become the longest continuous trail in South America. The Greater Patagonian Trail follows a combination of old roads, horse and game trails, footpaths, and rivers through some of the most beautiful, varied scenery in the entire world.
Jan Dudeck’s goal is to continue the trail right through the Patagonian Andes, ending it at the region's southernmost point. The current trail is made up of 18 sections with a recent addition of 9 more sections, all being between around 35-150 km long. We will begin our trip in Section 1, just outside of the technical boundaries of Patagonia, and attempt to hike the entire distance of the trail and potentially to Section 27, where our journey will end at the newly founded Patagonia National Park.
Patagonia National Park currently spans over the Chacabuco Valley around 200,000 acres and upon donation of the neighboring Jeinimeini and Tamango Mountains, the final park will encompass a total of 640,000 acres. The National Park will be one of the most beautiful and sustainable National Parks in the world when it's complete.“Patagonia National Park will be the Yellowstone of South America.” -Bruce Babbit (former secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona)
Issues that are particularly concerning in Patagonia right now are overgrazing, desertification, and of course, the threat of industrial development as corporations seek to exploit and abuse the natural resources in the area. Challenges like these significantly impact the lives of locals and traditional indigenous peoples in Patagonia, violating their indigenous rights every day. While Conservacion Patagonica has done much to protect large pockets of land in the area, there is much more that we can and must do to better safeguard the rest of this wild ecological gem.Our goal is to raise enough money and awareness through the distribution of this film to help Conservacion Patagonica finish building a sustainable Patagonia National Park and make it accessible to people around the world.
Meet The Crew!
Garrett is a director and cinematographer and the visionary behind UNBOUNDED. He will be traveling as part of the crew while filming their experiences on the trail and the beauty of Patagonia. His mission is to document this region like it has never been seen before and to help protect Patagonia from outside industries through the creation of UNBOUNDED.
Robyn is a travel enthusiast and linguist from the United Kingdom. She has lived in countries all over the world and travelled Europe and North America extensively. Robyn is fluent in Spanish and will act as the translator during the expedition to help the crew communicate with the locals and gain a better understanding of Patagonia and the surrounding area.
Aljoscha is a world traveler and backpacker from Germany who also has experience in the film industry. His adventures consistently take him deep into the wilderness, and he is always seeking out the unexplored to learn more about not only the world but also himself. His experience with photography and film production will help the crew document this adventure and share Patagonia with the world.
Robert Caruana Dingli
Rob is a hitchhiker, traveler, and avid outdoorsman from Toronto, Canada. Often seen making a beeline for the local bus station or truck stop to grab a ride, Rob takes off on a new adventure every chance he gets. His experience camping and trail guiding in the harsh environments of his own country, as well as his knowledge of wilderness safety and survival, will help him navigate the crew through the rough Patagonian terrain as they traverse the unique landscapes of the region.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the production phase of the documentary. All money raised will go directly towards the film's production and will be allocated according to budget for transportation, a Chilean cinematography team, backpacking gear, and the camera equipment necessary to film the documentary. Any extra money we receive beyond our $25,000 goal will go towards more equipment, professional fees, and distribution expenses during the post-production phase to make this film the best that it can possibly be! *Disclaimer: No money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go to charity. All money goes directly towards the production of this film.
Photos of The Greater Patagonian Trail
*All photos courtesy of and copyrighted by Conservacion Patagonica and Jan Dudeck
Kickstarter Music: "Motionless Land (No Vocals)" by Josh Woodward
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Risks and challenges
Dehydration. Hypothermia. Starvation. Severe Weather. Getting Lost. Significant Injury. Insects. Overflowing Rivers. Heat Exhaustion. Animals. The vast and unforgiving landscape known as Patagonia. The list goes on and on but we're ready - Are you?
"When everything goes wrong - that's when the adventure starts"
-Yvon Chouinard (Owner of Patagonia Inc.)
- (26 days)