About this project
Join me - writer, director, producer and Tijuana native Lorena Santana - as I explore the Baja California, Mexican peninsula. The purpose of this show is to showcase the beauty of my home state while celebrating women who venture out of their comfort zones to travel off the beaten path!
Viewers will discover the rich waters and terrestrial ecosystems that make Baja California such a special place, as well as hear one-on-one interviews with women who have experienced the challenges and rewards of traveling. Their advice, anecdotes, and honesty are what make Barefoot in Baja so unique. The show is educational, entertaining, and inspirational.
Why Barefoot? Not only does being barefoot have many proven health benefits, but barefoot movements have made an huge impact on our culture. In the early 20th century Californian Isadora Duncan revolutionized dance in the Western world by performing barefoot. She anticipated the modern women's liberation by linking barefoot dancing to ideals such as "childhood, the idyllic past, flowing lines, health, nobility, ease, freedom, simplicity, order, and harmony". Those are the ideals I wish to embody when I travel. So, while the first two Barefoot in Baja pilots were filmed successfully with a crew, my ultimate goal has always been to return to Baja California alone and represent the ideals associated with being barefoot. Interestingly, those qualities also encourage sustainable tourism practices. That means shooting footage without a large crew and capturing the rewards and challenges of my travel experiences.
Completing four Barefoot in Baja episodes is estimated to cost $20,000. However, as this is my first online campaign, I hope to raise $12,000 through Kickstarter, with the remainder of funds ($8,000) coming from additional sources, such as sponsors and other fundraising efforts. Kickstarter funds will be used for film and sound equipment, travel costs and post-production expenses. Reaching the $12,000 goal will result in the creation of four documentary style episodes scheduled for completion November 2014.
Risks and challenges
Challenges will undoubtedly present themselves while completing this project. Obstacles such as extreme weather conditions, budget constraints, and complications during travel can happen. I previously overcame the challenges that presented themselves and understand that creating this show requires a great deal of commitment and perseverance. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and my incredible support network contributed to the actualization of the previous pilot episodes.
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