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Update #10

PROJECT UPDATE

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Dear friends and supporters, 

We hope this finds you well. We are writing to let you know that the editing of our film, Transnational Fiesta: Twenty Years Later, is coming along nicely. Thus far we have over fifty minutes edited of what will be a 90-minute film--the 60 minutes we planned initially will not be enough to present the richness an diversity of the recorded material. We have also edited twenty “visual footnotes,” each one of 5 to 10 minutes duration, which will accompany the film. Although it is taking additional time to put together what will be over three hours of edited material, the wait will have been worth it! 

The finished film will offer a rich visual ethnography that moves back and forth in space between Cabanaconde and Maryland, and between the fiesta today and twenty years ago. Indeed, what we have edited thus far have already condensed a great deal of material that includes: establishing the key individuals in the film, making connections between twenty years ago and today, the Virgin of Carmen celebrations in Maryland, traveling to Peru, and the celebration of the fiesta in Cabanaconde. 

The visual footnotes that we have edited will provide a wealth of resources for researchers, teachers, and students, both in and out of the classroom. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that this innovative technique has been used and it will clearly enhance the finished product. Please see the picture below. 

We are extremely excited with what we have accomplished so far and with the way the film is shaping up. We are working hard to complete the production this fall.  Thank you very much for your patience. We will let you know as we get closer to the finished product. 

All the best, 

Wilton Martinez and Paul Gelles 

Queridos amigos y aliados del proyecto, 

Reciban un saludo muy afectuoso. Les escribimos para contarles que la edición de nuestra producción, Fiesta Transnacional: 20 Años Después, está avanzando a paso acelerado. Hasta el momento, tenemos editados 50 minutos de lo que será una producción de 90 minutos--los 60 minutos calculados inicialmente no son suficientes para presentar la gran riqueza y diversidad del material grabado. Además, tenemos editadas veinte "notas visuales a pie de pantalla" con una duración de 5 a 10 minutos cada una. Aunque nos está tomando tiempo adicional completar lo que serán más de tres horas de material editado, la espera definitivamente valdrá la pena! 

La producción ofrecerá una valiosa etnografía visual que se desplaza espacialmente entre Cabanaconde y Maryland, y temporalmente, entre la fiesta contemporánea y la fiesta de hace 20 años atrás. De hecho, el corte ya editado condensa una buena parte del material grabado e incluye: presentación de los personajes principales, celebraciones de la Virgen del Carmen en Maryland, viaje a Perú, y una buena parte de la celebración de la fiesta en Cabanaconde. Las notas visuales a pie de pantalla ofrecerán una plétora de recursos para investigadores, profesores y estudiantes, dentro y fuera del salón de clases. Esta es la primera vez, hasta donde sabemos, que se implementa esta innovadora técnica que enriquecerá aún más el producto final. Ver foto debajo. 

Estamos muy entusiasmados con lo logrado hasta la fecha y con la forma que está cobrando la producción. Estamos trabajando fuerte para completar todo el trabajo antes de fin de año. 

Muchas gracias por su paciencia y gracias una vez más por su valioso apoyo. Les avisaremos a medida que nos acercamos al producto final. 

Saludos cordiales,


Wilton Martinez y Paul Gelles

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Update #9

PROJECT UPDATE & NEW YEAR GREETINGS!

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Dear friends and supporters of our project,

Happy New Year! We wish you the very best for 2013! 

We are writing to let you know about the progress in our film. In the last months we have reviewed, organized, selected, and begun editing from all that we have filmed (almost 50 hours!). The quality of the material is very high and we feel sure that the final product will be excellent. Again, this last phase of the project is only possible thanks to your generous support.

We are working hard in this editing process but, given the richness and amount of material, there is still much to do. We are hoping to have a final cut by spring and you will be the first to know when we finish. And of course, we will send you the promised rewards for your invaluable contributions.

Something that will be of interest to our academic friends and supporters is that, since this is a visual anthropology project, we are developing an innovative, new model for the editing and presentation of our final product. In the DVD, we will include 20 or so “visual footnotes,” that is, short films to accompany our film. While the film itself will be approximately an hour long, these footnotes will each be 5 to 10 minutes in length and will provide greater detail about particular events and individuals portrayed in the film. We believe that this new model will be very useful for your research and teaching!

Thank you again for your support.

Sincerely,
Wilton Martinez and Paul Gelles

P.S. Please see our greetings picture below, taken last July with Nilo Abril and his wife Lucy, sponsors of the 2011 fiesta in Cabanaconde.

Queridos amigos y aliados del proyecto,

Reciban un saludo afectuoso y nuestros mejores deseos para el nuevo año!

Les escribimos para contarles cómo va avanzando el proyecto. Durante los últimos meses hemos revisado, organizado y seleccionado todo el material grabado (casi 50 horas!) y ya hemos iniciado la fase de edición. Estamos muy entusiasmados con el proceso y estamos convencidos que la producción final va a ser de excelente calidad. Una vez más, esta fase de la producción se está haciendo realidad gracias al generoso apoyo que nos han brindado ustedes.

Estamos trabajando muy fuerte y ya tenemos editada una buena parte de la producción aunque, debido a la riqueza y abundancia del material, todavía queda mucho más por hacer. Esperamos tener un corte final en los próximos cuatro o cinco meses y, por supuesto, ustedes serán los primeros en enterarse. A medida que avancemos, también les haremos llegar las recompensas prometidas por su valiosísima contribución.

Algo que será de interés para nuestros amigos y aliados académicos es que, ya que nuestro proyecto está informado por la antropología visual, estamos desarrollando un nuevo modelo de edición y presentación. El producto final (DVD) incluirá la producción misma además de cerca de 20 "notas visuales a pie de página" o videos cortos. La producción tendrá una duración aproximada de una hora mientras que los video cortos tendrán una duración de 5 a 10 min. cada uno y mostrarán en mayor detalle los eventos y personajes incluidos en la producción. Estamos seguros que este nuevo modelo les será de mucha utilidad para su trabajo académico y educativo!

Muchas gracias nuevamente por su valioso apoyo.

Saludos cordiales,
Wilton Martinez y Paul Gelles

P.D. Ver debajo nuestra foto de saludos, tomada en Julio pasado con Nilo Abril y su esposa Lucy, devotos de la fiesta de 2011 en Cabanaconde.

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Update #8

MOVING ON!

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Dear Friends and Backers,

Once again, thanks for your tremendous support! The great success of our Kickstarter campaign is due to your trust and your generous contributions. Many thanks to all of you!

We have now begun to work on the benefits that we offered you in return for your support. To begin with, your names are now on the Donors Page on our website, www.transnationalfiesta.com. Please let us know if there is anything you would like changed about the way you are listed. Additionally, we are in the process of designing the postcards we promised and we will soon be asking you for your mailing addresses so that we can get these to you.

From here on, we will be working hard in the post-production stage. The truth is that we have excellent material and are anxious to get started with the editing. We will keep you informed about our progress as we go. Please send along any comments or questions you may have.

Thanks again!
Wilton & Paul

Queridos amigos y donantes,

Nuevamente les agradecemos profundamente su gran apoyo. El tremendo éxito de nuestra campaña lo debemos a su confianza y a sus generosas contribuciones. Muchas gracias a todos ustedes!

Ya hemos comenzado a trabajar para cumplir con los beneficios que les hemos ofrecido. Para comenzar, sus nombres ya están en la Página de Donantes de nuestro website, www.transnationalfiesta.com. Por favor hágannos saber si quieren que hagamos algún cambio en la manera como los hemos listado. Asimismo, estamos en el proceso de diseño de las tarjetas postales y les avisaremos pronto para que nos hagan llegar sus direcciones postales y poder enviárselas.

De aquí en adelante estaremos trabajando fuerte en la etapa de post-producción. La verdad es que tenemos excelente material y no vemos la hora de poder empezar a editar.

Los mantendremos informados sobre cómo avanza el proceso. Por favor hágannos llegar cualquier comentario o pregunta que tuvieran.

Gracias nuevamente!
Wilton & Paul


Update #7

OUR CAMPAIGN IS OVER...THANK YOU!

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OUR CAMPAIGN IS OVER AND, THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

This afternoon we ended very strong with a number of last minute contributions that bolstered the extraordinary help given by the Cabanaconde City Colca—USA migrant association. Thanks to the invaluable support of our aynis, we were able to surpass our funding goal! Your interest and participation in the campaign, as aynis, supporters and sympathizers, has contributed to generate an even bigger interest in this project, making it more meaningful, relevant, more of a shared creation. Though exhausted from all the work the campaign has demanded, we feel extremely satisfied and deeply grateful. We look forward to delivering to you the rewards promised and to finishing what we believe will be an amazing film. Though the campaign is over, we will stay in touch and keep you informed about how the project unfolds. Once again, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

TERMINÓ NUESTRA CAMPAÑA Y, GRACIAS A TU APOYO, LOGRAMOS NUESTRA META!

Esta tarde cerramos exitosamente nuestra campaña pro-fondos, recibiendo hasta último minuto contribuciones que reforzaron aún más el extraordinario apoyo brindado por Cabanaconde City Colca—USA. Gracias al invalorable apoyo de nuestros aynis, logramos sobrepasar nuestra meta! Su interés y participación en la campaña, ya sea como aynis, difusores y/o simpatizantes, ha generado aún mayor interés en el proyecto, haciéndolo más significativo, más relevante, más de todos nosotros! Aunque agotados por todo el esfuerzo que ha demandado la campaña, nos sentimos muy satisfechos y profundamente agradecidos. Esperamos ponernos a trabajar pronto para entregarles los beneficios prometidos y empezar a editar lo que estamos convencidos será una excelente producción. Aunque la campaña ya terminó, seguiremos en contacto y los mantendremos informados de cómo avanza el proyecto. GRACIAS!! DYUSPAGRASUNKI!!

Wilton & Paul

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Update #6

EXCELLENT NEWS!

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Dear Backers,

Today we received our most generous donation to date and it came from the "CABANACONDE CITY COLCA - USA" migrant association in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Their donation drove us past our goal of $22,000, two days before the deadline! We are proud that they will figure in our film as an Associate Producer and, in fact, they have now become our principal AYNI!

THANK YOU CABANACONDE CITY COLCA - USA! In recognition to your invaluable support, the picture below shows a composite of your website's images and your very meaningful slogan. For more details, visit CCC-USA here: http://cabanacondecolca.com

AND THANKS TO YOU ALL!! Your kind support and generosity has made this possible. But it's not over yet. Our campaign continues until Tuesday 16 (3:46pm ET) and Kickstarter does allow for more donations even after the project reaches its funding goal. If you know people who are still considering or may be interested in donating and becoming part of the project, please let them know that there is room for more in our dear circle of aynis.


Estimados Aynis,

Hoy día hemos recibido la contribución más generosa al proyecto, y ha venido de "CABANACONDE CITY COLCA - USA," la asociación de migrantes en el área de Washington DC, Maryland y Virginia. Con este aporte hemos logrado superar nuestra meta de $22,000, dos días antes del cierre de campaña! Ese monto le otorga a la asociación el crédito de Productor Asociado de nuestro documental y de hecho ya es nuestro AYNI principal!

GRACIAS CABANACONDE CITY COLCA - USA! En reconocimiento a su invalorable apoyo, la foto debajo mustra un montaje con imágenes de su website, incluyendo su slogan tan expresivo y significativo. Para mayores detalles visitar CCC-USA aquí: http://cabanacondecolca.com

GRACIAS TAMBIEN A TODOS NUESTROS QUERIDOS AYNIS!! Ustedes han hecho posible este logro con su generoso apoyo. Sin embargo, nuestra campaña todavía continúa hasta el martes 16 y Kickstarter permite recibir donaciones incluso después de lograr la meta. Si conoces a otros que han estado considerando o pueden estar interesados en donar y hacerse parte del proyecto, por favor diles que todavía hay lugar para más en nuestro querido círculo de aynis.

Gratefully,

Wilton & Paul

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