YASUNI MAN - THE FILM
Yasuni Man is a feature documentary of the deep Amazon. Oil drilling imperils Earth's greatest wilderness and the Waorani people who call it home.
I am an adventure filmmaker who’s developed programming for National Geographic and PBS—including NATURE, Dangerous Encounters, and the upcoming Wild Americas. I have logged thousands of hours tracking and filming the region’s magnificent and often deadly wildlife. I am also one of the few to maintain personal contact with Ecuador’s indigenous and warring Waorani people.
A crew and I will film on location in Yasuni Man Biosphere Reserve, Earth’s most remote and mega-diverse wilderness. Its jungle landscapes are unrivaled in beauty. UNESCO declares it a World Heritage Site.
It spans vast fields of oil.
Energy companies have begun drilling in Yasuni, decimating its wildlife and threatening the existence of the people who live there—the Waorani, plus two rival tribes who have no peaceful contact with the outside world. The Waorani are fighting back—but are they powerful enough?
Conceptually, Yasuni Man resembles a true-to-life cross between immensely successful films Crude and Avatar. Audiences will experience close interactions with the embattled Waorani—and heart-stopping encounters with endangered and deadly animals. They will learn how energy corporations are laying waste at the edges of Earth’s unknown—unfit politicians failing to stop it.
I am uniquely positioned to produce and direct this pressing story—but I need your help!
I need funding to purchase specialized HD equipment, assemble a crew, and get to the field to begin shooting (scroll down to see full equipment list).
When the film is completed, Renacuajo Productions will pursue nationwide promotion and theatrical release.
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Thank you for your support, and please spread the word about Yasuni Man: The Film!
Ryan Killacky, Founder, Cinematographer and Director
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After living in isolation for 6,000 years, the Waorani were contacted by rubber barons and the Shell Petroleum Company near the turn of the 20th century. Invaded by outsiders seeking natural resources, with spears and blowguns the Waorani defended their land and drove out the intruders.
In the 1950's, Christian missionaries moved in to tame the Waorani, known as the Auca, a Kichwa word for “savage.” Though five Americans were speared to death at first encounter, in time they established friendly contact. Having never been exposed to western diseases, a series of epidemics drove the Waorani to near extinction. The sudden, unexplained deaths led to brutal internal warring among the tribe, with homicides reaching 42 percent of deaths—the highest homicide rate known to man.
The tribes split and weakened, petroleum companies seized the chance to exploit the region’s oil wealth—and have been ever since. But the Waorani and neighboring tribes continue to fight against outside interference. Most recently, an illegal logger was speared to death in 2008.
As years passed, human rights were abused and oil spills fragmented the terrain, the region’s importance as a treasure of biodiversity grew. The sheer density of species here is greater than anywhere else known to man.
In an effort to preserve the region’s people, its resources and astonishing array of wildlife, in 1989 the United Nations declared this swath of Amazon a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renaming it Yasuni Man Biosphere Reserve. This designation has done little, however, to protect Yasuni Man from the heavy hand of the industrialized world.
But there is hope. The government of Ecuador recently declared that it would leave untouched one of Yasuni Man’s largest oil fields, as long as the international community compensates Ecuador for the revenue it will lose by preserving it. This novel approach is gaining momentum. On August 3, the UN announced the Yasuni-ITT non-drilling initiative, a new fund through which wealthy countries can both offset their carbon emissions while compensating Ecuador for preserving the Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini (ITT) oil field. But there’s fine print: Countries have to provide the money, and any agreements will eventually expire.
What comes next for the Yasuni Man preserve—its people, its wildlife, the land and its oil? For how long can the Woarani defend themselves with spears and blowguns and political protest, while tenuous international agreements keep the oil industry at bay?
The financing we’re raising through Kickstarter will help to purchase the following equipment and services needed to film Yasuni Man:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm f/4L USM AF Lens
SanDisk 8GB Compact Flash Cards
Canon MR-14EX TTL Macro Ring Lite Flash
Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Ringlite Flash
Canon 17mm f/4 lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
Canon Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM AF
Sigma Zoom Super Telephoto 300-800mm f/5.6 EX
SONY BPU-60 Battery
SONY SPB-32 32 GB SxS Cards
Equinox HD Pro Underwater Housing
Birns and Sawyer Shoulder Mount
Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 8x Lens
Sony HXR-MC1 HD Camera
Sony NP-FH70 Battery for HXR-MC1
Impact DVS-WA45-30M 30mm .45x Wide Angle Lens
Sony Memory Stick Duo 8GB Card
Bogen Tripod w/ Fluid Head
Back up Drives
Sony Port A Brace RS-EX3 Mini-DV Rain Slicker
Sony PMW-EX3 HD Camera Body Armor Mini Kit 2
Cartoni Mini Jib
Wendt Four Channel Field Mixer
Lectrosonic Wireless Transmitters
Lectrosonic Wireless Receivers
K-Tek Boom Pole
Sennheiser Shock Mount, Shotgun Mic and Windscreen Kit
Marantz Digital Recorder
Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit
LitePanel Two Light Combo
DVLPKIRS Single LitePanels DV Infrared Kit
Round-trip flight from Washington, DC to Quito, Ecuador
Flights from Quito to Coca, Ecuador for the director, second camera person and sound technician
21 nights in Yasuni filming indigenous communities and dazzling wildlife
- (50 days)