About this project
Our project, Ámuñegü, a full length documentary film, is a story told through the eyes of two communities, Placencia and Seine Bight, trying to defend a balance they have maintained for generations. The Placencia Lagoon is home to many species and is the nursery for local fish stocks, manatees, rays and dolphins, and is also the livelihood of several regional communities including people of Garifuna, Creole and Mayan desent. In recent years, a rise in unregulated development has damaged much of the Lagoon. Our documentary will follow community leaders and fishermen who are trying to protect what makes Placencia unique, culturally rich and self-sustainable. We will share their story at film festivals internationally because we believe that their struggle is echoed in other communities around the world.
The villages of Placencia and Seine Bight, Belize, are not alone in defending sustainability and community autonomy, but they are unique. With such a diverse cultural background spanning from Garifuna, Creole, Mayan, and ex-patriots from around the world, the communities of Placencia and Seine Bight are an inspiration, and recently stopped efforts by a large cruise ship company to set up a cruise village within Placencia Village. With that momentum, both communities are now looking to make the Placencia Lagoon a protected area. This Lagoon has been a part of the culture, economic livelihood and environmental equilibrium for countless generations and recent unregulated development in the Lagoon is threatening all of that. My goal for this documentary is to share the story of these villages with a wide audience to inspire other communities around the world.
Galen Brown - Director / Executive Producer
Galen Brown is the creative director of 3004 Studios. His work has taken him around the world to South America, Central America and Asia. He graduated from Bishop's University, Canada, and received a certificate in digital videography from Concordia University in Montreal and has worked on a variety of media projects including music videos, documentaries, corporate productions, and narrative film.
Monica Gutierrez - Production Manager
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Monica graduated from York University’s
Visual Arts program focusing in video art. This led to an internship
in Bilwi, Nicaragua, working with youth at a local television station
(Bilwi Vision) and producing and directing her first documentary "La
Prepa" (2007). Monica also works as a community artist, and has run
arts and media workshops for children and youth in Central America and
Canada. Her work often circles around environmental conservation,
citizen media, and popular education. Monica's video art and documentary productions have screened at various festivals including AluCine Film Festival, Parkdale Showcase and TAIS Animation Showcase.
Sara Daniels - Writer / Producer
Sara completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming in 2010, where she specialized in fiction. Sara has worked for several years in publishing and nonprofit communications, most recently as Fiction Editor for the Owen Wister Review and as a contributing writer for Mount Sinai Science & Medicine. Currently an instructor at OCAD University in Toronto, Sara has also taught creative writing and composition in New York City and Laramie, Wyoming.
What am I supporting with my donations?
The production team will travel to Placencia, Belize, for 3 weeks in order to obtain the footage needed to create this film. We have included an extra trip should the need for any follow-up arise.
The team will be shooting and conducting interviews every day for the scheduled 3 weeks. This means we'll need insurance for our equipment, transportation to various sites, and of course food and lodging.
After principal photography, the team will return from Belize to edit the film. This process is lengthy and requires time and equipment to make rough cuts, structural changes, sound editing, colour correction, and so on.
One of this film's strengths is the music. Traditional Garifuna and Creole sounds will make up the soundtrack to the film and give it its soul. Rights must be purchased to use music in a film and that is what you will be directly helping us accomplish. Here is a song by Andy Palacio that will be the theme for the film (and where the name of the film came from): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNjSz0152-A&feature=related
Do you have to reach your goal? Yes. It is an all or nothing deal. If we do not meet our goal no one will be charged anything and we will not receive funding.
What happens if you exceed the goal amount? If we exceed our goal, that money will go towards increasing production value on several ends. One, the access to locations and camera positions for filming (underwater filming as an example), and after that we will use extra funds for our promotional and marketing campaigns.
What’s the release date? Right now we are looking to enter film festivals by the end of 2012, moving into 2013. It is important to note for the rewards that DVD copies cannot be released to ANYONE until after screenings in all festivals. This is a policy of most film festivals and if we want the film to have a chance we need to abide by this simple rule.
Can I give my reward as a gift? Yes, of course. If you gift a reward to someone else, and give us their information they too will receive the rewards mentioned. What a great idea for a gift!
Recent Victory for Placencia!
Recent Victory for Placencia!
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