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$3,945
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
72
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 20 2013

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The Story of Candelaria, Texas

Candelaria is an unincorporated community in Presidio County, Texas, United States, with about 75 inhabitants. The town stands in the Chihuahuan Desert on the north bank of the Rio Grande, just across from the small Mexican town of San Antonio Del Bravo. The two towns were linked by a bridge across the river that enabled the inhabitants of San Antonio to buy groceries and supplies from Candelaria; some sent their children to school there. However, in 2008 the bridge was controversially removed by the US Border Patrol because of concerns that it had become, in the words of Border Patrol chief John Smietana, "a route for terrorists, drug traffickers and illegals

Imagine you lived in a small town and then imagine you couldn't travel more then a few miles from that town. This is the problem that the residents of Candelaria, Texas face every single day. The only reason they live there is to send their children off to school on the U.S. side, because the school on the Mexican side is in complete shambles. The closest town with a grocery store is one hour away and for fear of deportation they cannot even travel to buy food. They must rely on anyone who is willing to help them. Most of the men work on the Mexican side but their wages are so small that most families have 4, 5, or even 6 people living in small trailers made only for a couple of people. 

Why We Need This Money

Any film is a great challenge both creatively and logistically. The amount we are asking for may seem like a lot, but when talking about a movie it really isn't. We need this money for:

Camera Rentals, Audio equipment and audio operator, travel and lodging for a small crew, post-production cost such as editing, audio mixing, color correction, music licensing, web site development, film festival fees and other promotional expenses. So as you can see the amount we are asking for will quickly be used up in the production and post-production costs of making a movie. We can not do this without you. Please contribute and make your voice on immigration heard loud and clear. 

Who We Are

Alberto Garcia Writer/Director
Alberto Garcia Writer/Director

Graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas with a degree in Video Production. I started my career with KXTX Telemundo in Dallas, Texas as a news editor. Editing in a high energy, high paced environment helped me sharpen my storytelling skills. I quickly fell in love with the art of the story, so I decided to try my hand at photojournalism. I worked with Univision 23 also in Dallas, Texas and although I learned a great deal about crafting a story I knew my true passion was filmmaking. I spent three years of my life producing my first film called "An American Dream" and now I am ready to embark on a new journey called The Lost City. 

Lorena Garcia Producer
Lorena Garcia Producer

The People of Candelaria, Texas

The families of Candelaria, Texas cannot even do the simplest of things like go to the grocery story to buy food, they must rely on friends and pay them $50 every month so they can travel one hour, to the nearest store, to buy groceries  for them. They are trapped in their own small community without the freedom to even travel to buy the basic necessities for their children. 

The families of Candelaria, Texas
The families of Candelaria, Texas

Our Intention With this Movie

Three years ago I started a film called An American Dream a movie about the immigration debate raging in the United States. Two years after I began the film it was picked up by The Documentary Channel and aired every month for 2 years across the United States. It was viewed by more then 500,000 people, our voice about immigration was heard. Now with my small crew I want to repeat that process with this new movie called The Lost City, our voice can and will

be heard across the country. Tell everyone you know to help support our effort to make this movie.

Photographs from West Texas 

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Lajitas Golf Course (Frame Not Included)

HOW TO PLEDGE AND BECOME A BACKER!

You can become a backer in just three easy steps:

  • Step 1: Read through the pledge levels and rewards we're offering in the right sidebar of this page.
  • Step 2: Click the large, green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button to the right of the trailer video at the top of this page. 
  • Step 3: Enter your pledge amount - and complete the steps for filling in your information. This process takes just a few seconds!

That's it! 

You've played an important role in sharing this message with the world (and get some pretty sweet rewards too!). 

We owe you big time!

Risks and challenges

Risk and Challenges
As we proceed with this film there is always a risk of these families being deported. It has happened before and could very well happen again. Regardless of the risks many of these families have agreed to help with the telling of their stories no matter where they are. We plan to help them, by traveling far and near to the US/Mexican border and deep into Mexico if need be.

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    Candelaria is in West Texas there are very beautiful mountains, rivers, and scenic views here. A one dollar pledge will get you a handwritten postcard from me to you thanking you for your pledge.

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    Your choice of photos from my own collection, in JPEG format. These photos can be blown up to make beautiful framed wall portraits. (FRAME NOT INCLUDED) Choice of photos can be seen below.

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    A downloadable copy of the movie The Lost City, and your choice of photos from my own collection, in JPEG format. These photos can be blown up to make beautiful framed wall portraits. (FRAME NOT INCLUDED) Choice of photos can be seen below.

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    A downloadable copy of the movie The Lost City, and a PDF copy of the poster of the movie. Also a special feature DVD including out takes from the movie, special interviews with immigration and community leaders.

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    A downloadable copy of the movie The Lost City, and a PDF copy of the poster of the movie. One DVD of the first installment of this project An American Dream/Un Sueño Americano 33 minutes in duration. Explore the immigration debate from the immigrant who sends money back to his family, to the border patrol agent who tries his best to secure the border. You can see the trailer to this movie at the bottom of this page.

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    Everything in the $50 package, plus 2 tickets to the film festival premiere of the movie (Premiere city TBA. Contingent on festival acceptance)

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    Everything in the $50 package and $100 package, plus Producer credit on imdb. Your name, as producer, at the end of the movie!!

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    Everything in the $50 package, and $100 package plus Producer credit on imdb. Your name, as producer, at the end of the movie!! Jewelry from the Tarahumara tribe, found only along the U.S./Mexico border

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    Everything in the previous packages, plus Executive Producer credit on imdb. Your name, as Executive producer, at the end of the movie!! Also one roundtrip ticket to the Premiere of the movie (Premiere City TBA. Contingent on festival acceptance)

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    The Ultimate: Get involved and be part of the experience. Round trip ticket to West Texas, come with me to Candelaria, TX. Meet the people and see for yourself the situation in which the people of Candelaria live in. (Lodging and food not included)

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Funding period

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