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A runaway couple find refuge in a motel in the middle of the Andes. There, they will meet a young girl who will change their fate. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 21, 2012.

A runaway couple find refuge in a motel in the middle of the Andes. There, they will meet a young girl who will change their fate.

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Watita

Described by a writing professor as “a Spaghetti Western meets Wuthering Heights,” Watita is the story of a Quechua couple, Victor and Katy, who are moving west from their small, rustic town to a large, developing city overlooking the Andes (much to Katy’s chagrin). After escaping from bandits who’ve hijacked their bus, the couple meet Watita, a young Quechua girl who longs to leave her family homestead. Once Katy discovers why the bandits are chasing them and Victor’s true reasons for wanting to start a new life she must decide whether or not to bring Watita with them to the city.

No such city exists in and above the Andes, so the filmmakers are collaborating with architecture students at Columbia’s renowned Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to design, model, and render a city that is both awe-inspiring and terrifying in its scope. Both the filmmakers and the architects are thrilled to work on the cross-disciplinary project.

With stylistic inspiration from Westerns, gothic dramas, and neo-noir (à la Blade Runner) Alonso and Gabe are working to craft a film that some would call sci-fi thriller, others family drama. Whatever you choose to call it, it will be a sweeping project—one that, we hope, captures the grandeur and mystery of the Andes and the human struggle that arises from an environment experiencing a dramatic transformation.

Why Support?

As with most creative endeavors, Watita is a passion project, one into which Alonso and Gabe have poured blood, sweat, and countless sleepless nights. It is a project that hearkens back to those films that enchanted us on the big screen. Alonso and Gabe want to tap into that vein: the sheer grandiosity of the mountains, man’s quest to best the natural world, love, death, fear, and the ever-present conflict between modernity and tradition.

But film is an expensive medium, and the Andes are a continent away. Alonso and Gabe will need some help to get there. The film will be shot outside of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital in the South East of Peru. In addition to making this project come to life, your generosity will benefit the towns surrounding Cusco, supporting local businesses in a rural, developing region.

Where the Money Will Go

Equipment rental (Camera, lights, etc)

Location rental and permits

Lodging for the cast and crew

Food for the cast and crew

Wages for the local crew

Airfare for Director of Photography, Assistant Director, and Unit Production Manager 

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    5 backers

    Thank You in credits + access to online production still(s) (to keep donor involved in "the alluring and fascinating process of film-making")

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    22 backers

    Thank You in credits + handmade DVD of the final film + access to online production still(s) (to keep donor involved in "the alluring and fascinating process of film-making")

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    4 backers

    Thank You in Credits + handmade DVD of the final film including older films by the filmmakers (endless family entertainment) + souvenir from the Andes+ autographed script or Printed production still of choice.

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    2 backers

    Thank You in Credits + handmade DVD of the final film including older films by the filmmakers (endless family entertainment) + autographed script + souvenir from the Andes + 1 large printed rendering (high quality) of a CGI 3D model of the the City from an original design by a Columbia University architecture student.

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    1 backer

    Associate Producer credit + handmade DVD of the final film including older films by the filmmakers (endless family entertainment) + autographed script + souvenir from the Andes + 1 large printed rendering (high quality) of a CGI 3D model of the the City from an original design by a Columbia University architecture student + signed poster of the film.

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    0 backers

    Executive Producer credit + handmade DVD of the final film including older films by the filmmakers (endless family entertainment) + autographed script + 1 large printed rendering (high quality) of a CGI 3D model of the the City from an original design by a Columbia University architecture student + signed poster of the film + special souvenir from the Andes.

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