THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT will follow the journey of six team members as they travel more than 300 miles through the Peruvian Amazon to document the lives of tribal communities living an experience that is vastly different from the world we know. The month-long journey will take us through the restricted area of Manu National Park, a legally protected zone of pristine Amazonian rainforest, and one of the last truly wild places on Earth.
We want to make something clear:
We are NOT planning to make first contact with any uncontacted tribes.
We ARE planning to document the lives of Native Communities established along the border of the uncontacted zone. By allowing the people in this transitional region to tell their story through their own words, we plan to shine a light on one of the most unique places on Earth. Their contact with the outside world is at times sporadic, relatively new, and often precarious. The project will ask: What does "our" society look like, from the outside looking in? How is the growing presence of modern technology affecting the lives of people in this region, who are just beginning to transition to a state of connectivity with the rest of the world?
On April 1st, we'll set out for 30 days to visit these Amazonian communities who have invited us in to share their experiences, their voices, and their values.
To make THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT a reality, we've decided to engage in a collective effort between those who will benefit from learning more about this important issue.
Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. So we're raising $14,800 in the next 30 days. Anything less, and we're back to the drawing board (and all funds will return to our donors). Any excess funds will be greatly appreciated and will go toward making this the best possible project it can be.
From each and every one of us, thank you. We hope you'll join us and pledge now!
Para nuestros amigos quienes hablan español:
Querido amigos del proyecto THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT,
Antes de comenzar, vamos a aclarar algo:
NO estamos aquí para hacer contacto con las tribus indígenas de no contacto.
Como equipo, SI estamos aquí para traer luz sobre uno de los lugares más singulares de nuestro planeta - ¿cómo aparenta "nuestra" civilización, si se mira desde el exterior mirando hacia adentro? Y ¿cómo se afecta la vida de estas comunidades nativas, que están haciendo la transición a un estado hacia la conectividad con el resto del mundo?
Así que el primero de Abril, vamos a proponernos llevar a cabo esta misión. Durante 30 días vamos a estar viajando a través de la Amazona Peruana para visitar comunidades nativas que nos han ya invitado - para caminar en sus zapatos, poder escuchar sus historias, su voz y representar sus valores.
Para hacer realidad el proyecto de THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT, hemos decido crear una campaña en la única fuente que mejor encarna la identidad de este proyecto - un esfuerzo colectivo entre humanos - Kickstarter.
Para aquéllos que son nuevos en Kickstarter, esta campaña funciona que tenemos todo ó nada. Estamos recaudando $14,800 en 30 días. Cualquier cantidad menos como meta , al llegar al fin de los 30 días, regresamos al comienzo (todos los fondos regresan a los donantes) - lo perdemos todo. Llegamos a nuestra meta , y llegamos al oro - hacemos lo que sea para crear el mejor proyecto posible.
De todos y cada uno de nosotros, gracias. Esperamos que te unas a nuestro proyecto. Done HOY!
The final film for THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT will be a 60 minute film diving deep into the heart of the Amazon, the lives of these individuals, and their reflections on our own society and its impact on their lives. We'll be traveling by foot, canoe and off-road vehicles to meet these very special individuals.
THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT photo book will contain a selection of the best work from our expedition, allowing the reader to see the journey through the eyes of our newly emerging and internationally published photographers.
Our team hails from Puerto Rico, Perú, and North America and consists of a conservationist (Brett Garner), a filmmaker (Kyle McBurnie), a journalist (Shelby Johnson), an anthropologist (Kevin Floerke), a photojournalist (Lina Collado) and a local Peruvian conservationist/guide (Dante - see 'Our Game Changer').
Our game-changer, Dante, was born in Cusco, Perú and has dedicated his life to protecting the delicate ecosystem of the upper Madre de Dios River. Dante was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit private reserve, Amaru Mayú Ecological Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, which has protected over 1,000 acres from illegal logging, mining and agriculture (a first of its kind effort for the area). Currently, Dante operates as an official guide specializing in the Manu region and continues to manage the Amaru Mayú project. Click here if you wish to learn more about Dante and Amaru Mayú.
With over 20 years in the Amazon, Dante has acquired invaluable connections, and gained the trust and friendship of Native Communities we will visit in the area. Thanks to Dante we have received invitations from multiple villages deep inside the restricted zone of Manu National Park. He will act as our local guide, our translator and a crucial team member.
*In-country expedition budget includes: transportation, gas, generators, food, lodging & guides - it's no small feat trekking 300 miles into the Amazon.
Total funds required : $26,400
We have already received $11,600 in personal donations. With a successful Kickstarter we will make this happen.
All we need now is your support.
We ran a scouting trip in July 2015 and acquired our connections.
Everything shifts into high gear once we reach our Kickstarter goal!
One of our signed & accepted invitations:
After our return from the expedition in the end of April, we hope to keep our momentum moving to impact a broader audience. After cutting and producing the documentary, we plan to submit The Uncontacted Project to several film festivals (Jackson Hole, Telluride and Banff Film Festival, among others).
We will also be showcasing this film and the photos in schools for high school students, faculty and parents in order to connect them to this important region. We have already secured a presentation for one school in Jackson, WY, and are continuously seeking out new schools at which to present our story. We hope this widespread outreach will lead to an increase in support for conserving what is left of the Amazon rain forest and the people, both contacted and uncontacted, from within.
Check out our new reward from Supporting Partner Lifestraw!
We now have Lifestraw Go water bottles available as a reward, which comes with a sticker and a digital copy of the film. Lifestraw filters make contaminated water safe to drink - and we'll be trusting them for our hydration needs deep in the Amazon. Learn more here.
Pledge now and join THE UNCONTACTED PROJECT!
Rewards range from shout-outs to T-shirts and getting to actually visit Dante in his one-of-a-kind nature reserve, we hope you'll enjoy our rewards. Our limited-edition photo book will be signed by our artists and will include limited edition photos and content not available online.
We are most excited about the CURIOUSITY reward. Come up with an amazing question and we might even include it in our final documentary!
Shout-outs will be given as donations come in. All other rewards will take 4-5 months after our return to arrive:
To learn more about the project, click here to go to our website and read more in depth about our team, our philosophy, our goals and keep up to date with our blog!
Risks and challenges
The Amazon is a place known for its challenges, including high waters, mudslides, and many other general complications that come with operating in a rainforest.
This is a big project and we may encounter possible weather delays - there's only so much anyone can plan for when venturing into the Amazon. But with Dante as our seasoned expedition leader we're confident we'll be able to adapt to anything we come up against.
Most importantly, we are committed to open communication. Our backers will be the first to know if anything comes along that may affect our timeline. Our team is committed to being forthright and transparent should any problems or delays occur along the way. We are committed to doing our very best to make sure this project happens on the presented timeline. We are all in this together!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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