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222
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 26 2013 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO SINCE OUR FIRST KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN?

With your help we've raised over $112,000 from Kickstarter, Yale Environment 360, Passion Planet and independent investment. With this funding we purchased gear and got our film crew into the Yasuni Biosphere. After 3 trips and more than 8 months of shooting, we now have over 300 hours of spectacular footage. 

Check out our short film on Yasuni. Partnering with Yale Environment 360, we created this film based on the scientific expeditions filmmaker Ryan Killackey led into Yasuni earlier this year. You'll see more from these expeditions in the feature film, with beefed up graphics and narration. 

Listen to Ryan's interview about Yasuni Man on National Geographic Weekend.

Ryan will also be the subject of an upcoming television series for National Geographic and PBS in 2014.

Now our goal is to edit the film and submit it to the Sundance Film Festival. To get there, we need your help.

Giant Broad-headed Treefrog ©Ryan P. Killackey
Giant Broad-headed Treefrog ©Ryan P. Killackey

OUR STORY

Yasuni Man exposes a conflict raging deep in the Amazon. The story resembles a true-to-life cross between the documentary Crude and the blockbuster Avatar—and it’s unfolding now.

Yasuni Man and the Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in eastern Ecuador located at the crossroads of the Andes, the Amazon, and the Equator. Because of its unique location, Yasuni holds the record for the world's highest diversity of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants. You'll find more plant species in just one hectare (2.5 acres) of Yasuni than in all of North America combined. In short, it's Eden.

Also within the forest live the Waorani tribe and two uncontacted peoples known as the Taromenane and Tagaeri. They've been living in Yasuni for thousands of years, living off of the forest and defending their territory from outsiders. After the discovery of billions of gallons of oil below Yasuni, the industrialized would has tried to access these reserves—sparking a bloody conflict with the indigenous people. 

Many species of wildlife are now endangered, and the magnificent culture of the Waorani is rapidly diminishing. The Taromenane and Tagaeri cling to survival in a forest that is systematically being destroyed.

Yasuni Man tells this story. In doing so, we'll take you on a spectacular journey through the heart of Yasuni. Our hope is that by sharing this story with the world, the international community will come together to protect Yasuni—and all the people and wildlife living within it—from destruction.

Help me finish telling this story, and select a reward on the right of the screen. And please spread the word.

Thank you for your support!

Ryan P. Killackey - Producer, Director, Cinematographer

Ryan and Kemperi, the last of the Waorani shaman. ©Justin Lotak
Ryan and Kemperi, the last of the Waorani shaman. ©Justin Lotak

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED?

To finish the film, we need to hire the services of several professionals to complete post-production (that is, all the work done after actual filming).

Below is a detailed list of what your support will provide:

$25,000 - for a professional editor, translator/transcriber, and graphics.

$35,000 - for the above, plus animations, and a sound engineer/foley to master the audio.

$45,000 - for the above, plus color correction.

$55,000 - for the above, plus the creation of an original music score.

$70,000 - for the above, plus stock footage and additional music licensing.

$75,000 - for the above, plus submission costs to film festivals.

$80,000 - for the above, plus making it all even snazzier.

The RABID field crew. ©Morley Read
The RABID field crew. ©Morley Read

"Enter One" Written and Performed by Sol Seppy. Courtesy of VamNation Entertainment and Sophie Michalitsianos.

Special thanks to the very talented and big hearted Q'orianka Kilcher for recording our video intro! 

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge of this project has always been getting the actual film footage. After more than 8 months of filming, we have it now. What's more, in the course of filming we executed two unique scientific expeditions deep into the forest with the world's leading experts on Yasuni. So in contributing to this project, supporters have not just helped to create art—they have helped conduct real scientific research that we'll use to advocate for Yasuni.

The biggest risk we face right now is that, after having come this far, we'll fail to raise the resources necessary to complete the film's post-production. That is, to carry out the editing, color correction, sound mixing, and other steps necessary to turn our raw footage into a feature film worthy of the big screen.

Regarding the future of Yasuni itself: if what's going on right now is allowed to continue, we'll lose it forever. And here's the ironic thing: Yasuni is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is wilderness already designated to be kept intact. Our film isn't part of a campaign to get a piece of land classified as a conservation area. Our goal is enforcement. A film won't be a sufficient condition to make that happen. But we believe it's a necessary one.

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