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About this project

Fighting for survival: The banana is becoming an endangered species – and the consequences could be devastating: Worldwide every human eats an average of 12 kilograms of banana each year making the fruit one of the most important foods for billions. But a deadly fungus is racing around the globe destroying plantations one by one. Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is jumping from continent to continent and has so far proven unstoppable.

This film will show how serious the threat of extinction of the banana actually is. For us personally – like most of us having had our first encounters with the yellow berry as babies and toddlers – it's hard to imagine that one day there will be no more bananas. But what does that mean for entire countries relying on bananas and plantains as a staple? Will parts of Africa soon be starving because of lack of bananas?

We want to go into depth and investigate how a single fungus could become such a deadly hazard. We will show what measures are actually taken to slow the spread and the different approaches scientists pursue at the moment. But how are the chances of winning the fight for the banana? Is there enough money for the necessary research? What role does industrial monocropping play? Why does the banana industry keep silent on the situation? What can we as consumers do to help fight TR4?

 Why This Film

No one has really told the story to a wide audience yet. Being filmmakers for 30 years, when we first learned of Tropical Race, we decided to do our part and produce this documentary. Because we think more people should know about what is going to happen to the banana if we all don't act soon. This film will offer disturbing insights into banana farming and business, show how close we are from losing one of the world's major staples and how we all depend on a functioning banana industry. And we are sure, the deeper we go into the matter, the more incredible details we will find.

About The Filmmakers

Regina is an award-nominated filmmaker with a passion for documentary films. She began her TV career in 1986 as a political correspondent in Bonn, then capital of Germany. In the decades that followed Regina produced and directed several feature documentaries for major German and European broadcasting companies. Her last big one was about Germany's Ex-Vice Chancellor, Franz Müntefering.

Dirk started his profession as a radio reporter in 1989 and in 1993 was the first western journalist after the war who reported freely and unrestricted from communist Vietnam without a government minder at his side. He soon after discovered his passion for filmmaking and has since not only produced and directed numerous documentaries and reports from all over the world for major German TV channels but has as well served as a director of photography on several feature documentary shootings.

Where The Money Goes

Up to this point, the project has been funded out-of-pocket. Now we are at a point where we cannot go any further without proper funding. We do not have the funds to complete the project, nor have we been able to get the funding for this film through regular means. We have already given a lot of time and work to bring this documentary to life. For us this is a passion project and we hope you will share our enthusiasm and support us. This kind of documentary is very expensive to produce for a variety of reasons: we're going to fly around the globe, which means high travel expenses like flights, rental cars, food and basic or suitable accommodation for the the team.

We have much of our own equipment but there are still key bits of necessary gear that we need to rent to ensure the film is produced in the highest quality possible. This list is endless, and we are asking for the bare minimum we need to pull this off. We'll do our best to keep the crew as small as possible and rather use the money for additional shootings to cover as many aspects as possible. We already did shootings with Prof. Gert H.J. Kema, Plant Research, University of Wageningen (Netherland), with Prof. Dr. Andreas Buerkert, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel (Germany), with Thomas Baumgärtel, famous German artist known by his art-banana, logo of the arts scene, we shot some footage in the botanical garden of Saigon, Vietnam, and at grocery stores and street markets in Germany. But now we are out of funds and need backing.

 What We Need To Carry On

With the bare minimum of 50.000,-- $ we'll do - additional researching - filming in the Philippines - filming in Uganda - filming in Ecuador - filming in Europe

But we are optimistic hoping to exceed this amount so we can make the best documentary possible, travel to more important locations and interview partners, get the editing done with really impressive graphics and, yes, support us a little.

If the money from our backers exceeds our goal and reach 90.000,--$ - additional filming in the USA - additional filming in Martinique, Caribbean - additional filming in the Union of Comoros, Indian Ocean - additional filming in Costa Rica - additional filming in Europe

If the money from our backers exceed our goal and reach 130.000 $ we have sufficient funds for even the post production including - graphic design - editing - music licensing - narrator - sound mixing - color correction

Together we can get this done! Please help us to tell the important story of DEAD YELLOW!

 How You Can Help

1. Back the Project - Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING. If we don't meet or exceed minimum 50.000 $ target we get nothing. Any amount helps us achieve this goal!

2. Spread the Word - Whether you are able to donate or not, sharing this project on your social media accounts or via email truly helps us build a community.

3. Follow us & SHARE on Facebook and Twitter – DEAD YELLOWwill be sharing all up-to-date information, exclusive videos, and other news on social media. 

4. Get in Touch - Have questions? Want to learn more? Write an article? Let us know by emailing us at regina.niedenzu@amapola.de and dirk.rensmann@amapola.de If you'd like to invest more deeply in the project, or are interested in a tax-deductible contribution, please contact us at the above email addresses. We'd love to talk with you!

Thank You! Gracias! Danke! Merci!

Our Agenda

It took us more than a year to get where we are in preparing the incredible untold story about TR4/Panama disease. With your help in this next big push we will reach an important marker - and perhaps even more the total amount needed to complete the film. And with this first goal achieved, and the momentum of all of you helping, we will keep moving! Ultimately, the greatest risk and challenge is raising the funds to cover not just the second step of filming but also to complete the final film and eventually to release it. We have prepared everything to ensure we reach our final goal.

Making a film is a multi-faceted endeavor which takes time and money. If we encounter delays for any reason, we will inform all funders with updates as to our progress. We hope that all backers will feel a part of this process and share the pride of the finished project. THANK YOU!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Risiken und Herausforderungen
After more than a year of working on this project, we are convinced Dead Yellow will be an arousing, informative film and that it will find an audience once it is completed. That said, we cannot guarantee mass distribution of the film, whether we get the total amount needed for the entire project or just for the first round of shooting abroad. But we are passionate about this story, determined to share it with as many people as possible and draw worldwide attention to the problem. Documentary filmmaking is always very challenging but we won’t let anything get in the way of creating an amazing film for all of you.

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