Lasso the Sun is a documentary film that chronicles the story of uranium and humanity's attempts to corral its unlimited potential and frightening power. The film is centered in the Southwest United States where the story of uranium has a deep past and an active, yet currently undetermined, future. Given the actual history of sociological, human health, and environmental hazards that previous nuclear booms have left in their wake, the film seeks to discover whether a green vision of uranium's energy generation is feasible or a fantasy. In other words can humans, indeed, lasso the sun?
This first campaign is raise funds to pay for Navajo translation and transcription services. Later on we will be having Kick Starter fundraisers for music composition post production expenses.
Among other things, Lasso The Sun covers the presence of uranium as part of the daily lives of people, past and present, living in the Southwestern United States. We have shot about 150 hours of footage some of which is spoken in Navajo.
These folks are ex-uranium miners, their wives, and children–all have all been affected by uranium exposure in some way. Before we can start editing the film we need to get this Navajo footage transcribed and translated into English.
Navajo is a difficult language to translate and we simply have to hire a professional. This is why we need your help. We have managed to shoot Lasso The Sun on a very thin budget, but the translation is a task we simply cannot do ourselves.
Please help us reach our goal of $2000 to pay for these translation services.
If we surpass our ask for $2000, the extra funds will go towards music composition and post production expenses.
Thank you for your time. If you do choose to donate to the Lasso The Sun Navajo translation and transcription fundraiser, we very much thank you for helping us deliver a top quality independent documentary.
Risks and challenges
Challenges: The public is hungry to view more educational, artistic, and thought provoking documentaries, but the lack of capital makes it difficult for talented filmmakers get their films produced. One of the biggest challenges for a truely independent documentary is getting the funding to complete the project. As grants and investors dry up there is more competition for the limited amount of funds available for all filmmakers. This is why we are bringing Lasso The Sun to Kickstarter.
Risks: Any project that anybody takes on has the chance to fail or not be delivered. Yet given that the filmmakers are award winning, are critically well received, and work professionally in the industry; the directors credibility is very important in order to retain their reputation and work flow. Thus the likelihood of Lasso the Sun being completed is extremely high. There is also the risk of personal taste. If you contribute to the film there is a chance you may love it or not care so much for it. That is the nature of the art, but rest assured your gift will contribute to a professionally composed film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
How hard was it filming scenes for a documentary when you couldn't frame the dialogue and ask good follow up questions ?
In all the times when we were out in the field filming the Navajos we always had a Navajo that could translate our question into English and then give us a brief synopsis to the answer back in English.
We used a Panasonic HVX 200 HD camera and a Lumix GH2 with many of the Driftwood settings.
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