About this project
THE JUNGLE MEDIC FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: We can see the finish line to completing The Jungle Medic Feature Documentary, but we need a little help. Having spent only personal money on this passion project over the last few years, and a whole lot of time, it is imperative that this 100 minute documentary be finished. Not only to showcase the amazing work the Jungle Medic has done in his humanitarian efforts for so many, but also to inspire others that may be entering the medical field. And we believe this documentary will appeal to a broader audience as well as it focuses on the adventure of traveling through the jungle. We need a minimum of $11,000 to complete the post-production of the documentary. And if we can raise more money, we can create more stories, and bring more aid to Medical teams around the world! Positive propaganda through media is the best way we can help! Whether it is by showcasing the documentary through film festivals and securing distribution or developing a television series for further adventures of Jungle Medics and their teams!
THE JUNGLE MEDIC: Bryan Buchanan is the Jungle Medic. Once a paramedic from Indiana, Bryan made the huge move to Guatemala where he began treating over 137 native villages including Mayan Indians. He cannot do it alone however, so he enlists medical students from the U.S. to help. Some of his teams have never actually touched a patient, and their skills will be put to the test on a people that have no one else for medical aid.
THE TEAM: These young Americans are "Fish out of Water" when it comes to the jungle, and the stresses they'll face will either break them or change them forever. They must work together if they're going to make it through each and every day.
HELPING THOSE WHO HAVE NO ONE ELSE: Take a look at the amazing progress this boy has made with the Jungle Medic and help from doctors in the states.
THE GOAL: We are so close to sharing this story with the world! We need the minimal amount of $11,000 to finish the post-production on the 90 minute Documentary. But we want to do so much more. While the doc will bring attention to the many villages in need, and the incredible work that the Jungle Medic and his teams perform, we want to create a television series as well as reach some of the most remote villages that have been waiting for the Jungle Medic for over a year. The more money we raise, the more we can help, and the more adventures we can share of this incredible ancient culture and the "fish out of water" medical students who dare to take the expedition!
THE JOURNEY: With a bus converted into a mobile hospital, a 4X4, an ambulance, and two Jungle Medic boats, he can get to almost anyone in need. But the journey to these villages can be treacherous, with constant flooding, fragile cliffs, mudslides, and all sorts of dangers on each adventure.
THE VILLAGES: When and if the team makes it to each location, they will have to manage all of the dangers that are unique to each village. This includes bad weather, various ailments and medical emergencies, limited rations, and the customs of each group they encounter.
ENABLING BETTER LIVES: The Jungle Medic's wife, Marleni Buchanan, grew up in the jungle. Now, she helps women that have been abused - both physically and psychologically. And for young women that travel (many whom are first year medical students), seeing Marleni in action is incredibly inspiring.
THE FINISHED PROJECT: When editing is complete in August of 2015, we will take "The Jungle Medic" to Film Festivals around the U.S. and internationally, which will encourage more teams to join the fight for the "forgotten ones". We will attempt to secure a distributor for the documentary as well as create a television series in which we will create new exciting episodes of medical teams, as they risk their lives to save people in need, all around the world.
Risks and challenges
We have filmed many hours of footage with Bryan Buchanan and traveled to four remote mayan villages with his crew. All with our own money invested. But that money has run out. To complete the editing of the feature documentary, we need a minimum of $11,000. The bank account is empty and all the favors have been used up! Though we had many challenges in the jungle, our only challenge now - is to finish this film and show the world the incredible work of the Jungle Medic and his teams!
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