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A documentary film about the Maya of today, their culture, history, and wisdom.  Seeking funds for final stages of completion.
A documentary film about the Maya of today, their culture, history, and wisdom. Seeking funds for final stages of completion.
290 backers pledged $24,759 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to Guatemaya! We did it!

UPDATE! YAY!!! WE MADE IT TO OUR FIRST GOAL!!! THANK YOU ALL DEEPLY FOR TAKING THIS JOURNEY WITH US AND FOR SUPPORTING US ALONG THE WAY.  THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE AND TO REACH TOWARD OUR STRETCH GOALS!  The more resources we have, the more exposure this film will receive.  You can still make a donation until 11pm PST.   TO SEE WHAT WE ARE UPTO AND TO STAY CONNECTED WITH US THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE VISIT: http://www.unityfilm.com

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Help us surpass our goal today and reach our $34,000 goal to ensure a quality marketing and press campaign for public outreach.

WE HAVE JUST MINUTES TO GO! Together we can do this.

Thank you all so much for helping us share this journey to the heart of Maya with the world.

Artist Mario in front of his painting of the grand jaguar and Maya nawales
Artist Mario in front of his painting of the grand jaguar and Maya nawales
Photo taken at the Pyramids of Tikal on December 21, 2012. Photo by Danielle Barnett.
Photo taken at the Pyramids of Tikal on December 21, 2012. Photo by Danielle Barnett.

 Four and a half years in the making and we are SO CLOSE to sharing our journey into the roots of Mayan culture, but we need your help.  Kickstarter is an extraordinary way to bring people together in support of a creative project. It works as an All or Nothing fundraising platform and we have 5 days left to reach our fundraising goal.  This is only possible with prompt and generous participation of a greater community, i.e., YOU!   So please, spread the word, share with friends and get involved in the conversation. Below you will find all the information about our Kickstarter funding goals, as well as info on the amazing rewards we are offering for your generous donations. Myself and the entire production team thanks you from our hearts for joining us on this mission to complete this extraordinary journey to the heart of Maya.

-Cassidy Rast Filmmaker Guatemaya- The Unification of Wisdom.

About the Film

This documentary is a declaration to the world, uncovering the struggle of the Maya, their wisdom and the present day reclaiming of their voice.  It exposes the misleading 2012 doomsday campaign led around their culture throughout the western media, which spread misconceptions and fear worldwide.

Despite volumes of written material and media, most in the west are not familiar with the true Mayan culture, who they are as a people today and the significance of their art, cosmovision, native spirituality and innate relationship to Earth and Time.

If the Maya never said the world was going to end, then what are they saying?  Take a journey to the heart of Maya through the eyes of Mayan elder Tata Pedro Cruz alongside a group of Mayan elders and youth who are working to keep alive teachings of their ancestors while reaching out to the collective wisdom inherit in humanity.

This is a film not only about the Maya but also about a global unification of cultures. Silenced for centuries, indigenous peoples worldwide face challenges through forced modernization, exploitation of their lands and the centuries-old oppression of their cultures. All peoples face a rapidly changing world, yet the Maya are celebrating a new era of unification of humanity through wisdom. Maya is not only a culture but a mindset of how to live in harmony with the Earth and one another.

Awesome rewards from the artists of Guatemaya

If you look over on the right we have all the prize packages but I want to highlight some of the amazing art pieces and handicrafts made by Maya artists the Leon Cortez brothers and Marina Cruz who you will meet in the film and who are the artist featured in Guatemaya. 

FOUR DIRECTIONS BRACELET - Hand crafted by the amazing Marina Cruz who is the daughter of Tata Pedro Cruz.

ART LOVER LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

Images and Artwork Copyright 2013 All RIghts Reserved.
Images and Artwork Copyright 2013 All RIghts Reserved.
TIMEKEEPER

Hand beaded by Marina Cruz of the 20 Mayan day energy signs.
ORIGINAL WOOD CUT IMPRESSION
Images are watermarked for the protection of the artist and will NOT be on the final art piece that you recieve.
Images are watermarked for the protection of the artist and will NOT be on the final art piece that you recieve.
 

Meet the Artists

Above is artist Marina Cruz. She is a master craft woman and teacher within her community in Lake Atitlan.  You will get to meet her in the film and learn from her incredible wisdom and the amazing work she does through beading. We are grateful for Marina sharing her extraordinary talents with us.

Meet the Léon Cortez brothers, Juan, Miguel, and Mario. They are master artists of Chichicastenango in Guatemala and we are so grateful that they are a part of the project and have shared their beautiful talent with us.  You will learn more about their story and the work they are doing with their community in the film.

*Note:  For international donors please note that international shipping fees apply.  Thank you.

Oil on Canvas Original Art 

"RETURN FROM THE UNDERWORLD"- Oil on Canvas by Mario Cortez. Est size 1ft x 1ft.

*Note that artowork comes without a frame
*Note that artowork comes without a frame
"MAYA COSMOVISION" by Mario Cortez. Est. Size 1.5 ft x 1ft.
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Where the film is at now?

We are so close!  After four and a half years of filming over 200+ hours of footage, transferring, translating and editing, a rough cut of the film has been made and has sneak previewed in communities worldwide with great feedback from distributors and the public.  The film is now in its final stages and has come this far on its own and now needs your help to complete it so we can get it out to the world.

Why $24,000?  What the funds will be used for?

$24,000 may seem like a lot of money, and it is, but in the world of production this is the bare cost to have a film completed from the point we are at now. I need a budget to hire the people to get it done in a timely and professional manner. Funds collected from Kickstarter will be used to complete the film so it is festival ready, broadcast ready, community screening ready, and eventually ready for television and online releases for the Public.

Breakdown of Funds- Stretch Goals

What the $24,000 will go toward

*Completion of picture.

*Additional editing.

*Finishing the musical score and licensing music.

*Finishing sound design, sound editing and sound mix.

*Finalizing picture elements such as color correction, visual effects, graphics and titles.

*Professional translations.

*Professional subtitling.

*Mastering and conversion.

*Kickstarter expenses- mailing and raw costs of goods and Kickstarter promotional costs.

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 Our goal is to go beyond the minimum to be able to ensure a distribution and community outreach campaign.
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Stretch Goals

$34,000

Ensure a quality marketing and press campaign for public outreach.

*Building and maintaining a professional website.

*Designing and printing postcards, posters, and other promotional materials.

*Film festival entrance fees and expenses.

*Quality Marketing and bi- lingual press campaign.

*DIY distribution and marketing strategies, including audience building and social media.

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$40,000
North and Central American educational outreach and screening tour.

*Get the film out to the Americas first.

*Provide the film as a cultural and educational tool to be viewed both within major urban and rural communities throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

*Create educational interactive guide, people can use use alongside the film to help create greater awareness of philosophies discussed in the film.

*Screening in Guatemala City, as well as two major U.S. Cities, and Mexico City.

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$55,000

World screening unification of wisdom tour.

*The film will be presented at two major cities in Europe.

*Two major cities in Asia.

*Two major cities in South America.

*Two screenings in Cape Town South Africa.

This is also the opportunity to get the message of the Maya out to the word, which is ultimately the message of unity through our shared consciousness as a planet.

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Can We Raise More Than Our Goal?

YES, we can..... and we are counting on it for our stretch goals so we can have a successful distribution.  On Kickstarter, there is no limit to the amount of funds we can raise.  In today's new distribution environment for independent films, filmmakers can take an active role in distributing their films, which is incredibly empowering.  Listed above is our “stretch goal” section you can see how raising additional funds will help bring the film to even more audiences.

What Happens If We Don't Raise Our Goal?

If we don't raise our goal, we go away empty-handed.  So, if we only raise $23,500 of our $24,000 goal, we don't get to keep any part of the $24,000.  Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed.

Why it is important to make this independently?

Producing the film independently has been the motto I have carried throughout the film since the beginning.  Initially I was able to make the film through using loans and some of my savings and through the help of an amazing crew who have volunteered and dedicated their time to make this possible.  Over the years I have been able to sustain the project through generous angel donors, loans and credit cards which allowed me to be able to return multiple times to gather the necessary information to have a complete story and maintain the integrity of the story which many Networks would not allow for.  Also through producing this independently, it allows to work more closely with the communities.  

Why Kickstarter?

Crowd funding through Kickstarter is one of the most effective ways to complete an artistic project.  It also is way to help us build a community and awareness around this project on a grass roots level. It is this community that we build here together that will be instrumental in getting the voices in the film out to the world.  Every donation counts.

When Will You Receive Your Reward?

When you receive your rewards varies on the type of reward you choose. Since a lot of the rewards are based on the film being completed we are going to take the time to finish the movie and then will work on getting the rewards out to people by December.  In the meantime, all of you who donate will be updated as we go into the final completion stages of the film and will get a firsthand behind the scenes look into the post production finishing process.

How Else Can You Participate?

GUATEMAYA is your film, too, so the most valuable thing you can do is Participate. "Like" our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter and share this with as many people as you can.  Join the conversations there and give your feedback. This is what Kickstarter is all about!

Connect with us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/unityfilm

Connect with us Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Guatemayathemovie

Learn more at our website:  www.UnityFilm.com

Risks and challenges

The Post Production team is going to be a highly skilled team of professionals who are all experienced in the Post Production process. Although we don't anticipate any setbacks, there is always the possibility that some of the tasks which we have listed such as color, sound, composing, and graphics can run longer than anticipated or cost more than we originally negotiated. That's why we have a contingency built into our budget to allow for additional costs and have a strict schedule for finishing in late November nearly a month before our hard deadline to finish the project.

The rewards process could have some customs and or delivery setbacks. However we are dedicated to making sure it is delivered no matter what.
A shipping issue could happen when the donor does not pay for the out of country shipping fee, this may delay their particular delivery time.

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    ONLINE ADVANCED SCREENING// Advanced online screening of GUATEMAYA- The Unification of Wisdom- This level of donation allows you to be amongst the first to watch the film online in your home before it is released to the general public.

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    SEEKER ONLINE SCREENING PACKAGE// Online advanced screening + access to an exclusive online live Q&A forum with the Director and other members of the film. (Q&A in English and Español). You will also receive a desktop screensaver of our best scenic photography from the shoot.

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    EXPLORER DVD// Receive a special limited edition DVD of the director's cut of GUATEMAYA, sent to your home upon release of the film + the SEEKER Online Screening Package.

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    FOUR DIRECTIONS // Hand beaded BRACELET with a Mayan day energy sign with the four direction symbols (earth, air, water, fire). This is hand crafted by Marina Cruz, daughter of Tata Pedro whom you will meet in the film. You will also receive the SEEKER Online Screening Package.

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    EXPLORER HD (Blu Ray + DVD)// Enjoy high-definition quality of the beautiful images we captured with this Limited Edition of the director's cut of GUATEMAYA on Blu-Ray + DVD. Also included is a postcard of one of our favorite landscape photographs from the production with a thank you note + everything in the SEEKER Online Screening Package.

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    ART LOVER – “Magic & Power”// A rare 8.5 x 11 high quality print of the artwork "Mágia y Poder" by Maya artist Miguel Leon Cortez who you will meet in the film + everything in the Online Screening Package.

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    ART LOVER – “Jaguar Ix”// A rare 8.5 x 11 high quality print of the artwork "Jaguar Ix" by Maya artist Juan Leon Cortez who you will meet in the film + everything in the SEEKER Online Screening Package.

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    DAYKEEPERS // Learn more about your Mayan Day sign- Receive a detailed one page reading about the meaning of your Mayan Day-Sign Energy (soul reading) along with a brief introduction to how the Mayan calendar functions day to day in our lives. The ancient Maya created a time keeping system that is still active to date and used by many throughout the Maya lands very much like the I-Ching, is being used worldwide + the SEEKER Online Screening Package. Please provide us with your birthday and whether you were born before or after sunrise.

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    TIMEKEEPER // Hand beaded belt of the 20 nawales that comprise the Maya Tzolkin Calendar. Hand crafted by Marina Cruz, daughter of Tata Pedro who you will meet in the film. + an original photograph thank you postcard + the SEEKER Online Screening Package. *Note colors may vary from what appears in photo.

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    WOOD CUT IMPRESSION – “Magic & Power” // A unique 8.5 x 11 hand stamped print of "Mágia y Poder” from artwork of Maya artist Miguel Leon Cortez. These woodcuts have been hand crafted by the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. We will also include an extra printed reproduction from one of the ART LOVER packages + everything in the SEEKER Online Screening Package.

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    WOOD CUT IMPRESSION – “Mythical Being” // A unique 8.5 x 11 hand stamped print of "Personaje Mítico" from artwork of Maya artist Miguel Leon Cortez. These woodcuts have been hand crafted by the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. We will also include an extra printed reproduction from one of the ART LOVER packages + everything in the SEEKER online screening package.

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    WOOD CUT IMPRESSION – “Marimba Player ” // A unique 8.5 x 11 hand stamped print of "Marimbista” from artwork of Maya artist Miguel Leon Cortez. These woodcuts have been hand crafted by the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. We will also include an extra printed reproduction from one of the ART LOVER packages + everything in the SEEKER online screening package.

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    WOOD CUT IMPRESSION – “Solar Altar ” // A unique 8.5 x 11 hand stamped print of "Altar Solar” from artwork of Maya artist Miguel Leon Cortez. These woodcuts have been hand crafted by the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. We will also include an extra printed reproduction from one of the ART LOVER packages + everything in the SEEKER online screening package.

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    VISIONARY DIARY// Limited edition GUATEMAYA coffee table book with original photography from behind the scenes with breathtaking images taken over the course of the four year production throughout Guatemala and Brazil. We have some amazing photography that will be featured with wisdom quotes and insight that is spoken fromt hose featured in the film + SEEKER Digital online screening package.

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    “RETURN FROM THE UNDERWORLD” // Own a unique original oil on canvas painting from the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. This will also include “Buitre” one of their original woodcut stamped impressions + SEEKER online preview package. Canvas is circular and roughly around 1.3ft x 1ft. *Note artwork does not come framed.

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    “MAYA COSMOVISION” // Own a unique original oil on canvas painting from the Leon Cortez brothers who you will meet in the film. This will also include “Quetzal” one of their original woodcut stamped impressions + SEEKER Digital online screening package. Est size 1.5ftx 1ft. *Note artwork does not come framed.

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    ANGEL DONOR- MATCH GRANT- CUSTOM ART PACKAGE// We have an angel donor who has stepped up to match any donation of $1,000, with another $1,000 for whoever donates at this level. We will give you a custom original oil on canvas art painting from one of the Leon Cortez brothers as well as 2 unique original wood stamped prints, along with the Blu Ray/DVD package, the online screener package as well as a timekeeper bracelet handmade by Marina Cruz, and a special 8.5x11 scenic photography from the shoot. You will also have our eternal gratitude for acting as a bridge to reach our goal! Yay we can do it! (note: artwork does not come framed.

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    WELCOME TO THE TEAM// This pledge entitles you to a CREDIT for major participation. We will list you in the credits stating, Graphics made possible by...(Your name Here)...!
    With this pledge you will also receive: the SEEKER Digital online screening package, along with the 2 prints from the Art Lover package, the Four Directions bracelet and a Timekeeper’s belt with the 20 Nawales. As a special thank you from us, you will receive your personal Mayan energy sign (Nawale) beaded in a bracelet. Also included is a detailed one-page reading explaining the meaning of your Mayan Day-Sign Energy. You will also recieve everything in the EXPLORER HD package (upon release). To top it off... an original oil on canvas art piece of the Mayan calendar by the Leon Cortez brothers commissioned with our greatest gratitude to you for lending your support.

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    HONORED VISIONARY// You are now a vital element in the completion of this film. This pledge entitles you to an end credit stating: “Mastering and Color made possible by"...(Your Name Here)...! For your key participation you will also receive a private CONCERT AND A MOVIE! Spend an evening with 9 time Grammy nominated composer and pianist Peter Kater who will be helping to compose elements of the score for the film. This concert will be followed by a private screening with the director Cassidy Rast and a Q and A afterwards. We will fly to you anywhere in the U.S. and we ask that you please provide a venue with a piano and a place to screen the movie. If you would like, Cassidy will even show up early to make you dinner. We will also give you an original woodcut print from one of the Leon Cortez brothers to commemorate the night + a hand selected package of ALL the gifts offered in the above categories + the EXPLORER HD package (upon release). THANK YOU SO MUCH – Maltiox

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