About this project
About the show
Hosted by a trio of traveling friends, each episode offers a unique opportunity for one immigrant living in the US who can’t help but miss the sights and sounds of his or her hometown. Together, they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, sampling culinary staples of the region, visiting non-tourist landmarks, walking the streets of the guest’s childhood, and perhaps reuniting families and old friends.
De Vuelta also opens up a space for cultural debate. As U.S. demographics evolve, it is essential to engage with these new “places of origin”. This is done not only by learning their rich history, but also discussing their current socio-political situations. In turn, the show becomes a celebration of the vast cultural landscape throughout Latin America, its ever-changing nature and challenges, and the sometimes-bittersweetness of going back.
Where we are
De Vuelta has been months in the making. The production team has been coming together slowly, making sure each member truly connects with the vision of our show. We are pleased to collaborate with experienced videographers and sound professionals who are currently collaborating with our director Joel Maysonet on developing the style and personality of the show, both from a narrative and technical standpoint. In addition, ever since our website went live we started receiving submission from dozens of immigrants wanting to go back and visit their hometowns. The production team has been busy reviewing those stories, reaching back to some potential candidates, and researching some of those towns. Not only the story needs to be compelling but also the town needs to accommodate the current resources of our production. That’s why we narrowed down the search to Ecuador. We already have a network of contacts in this country that will make this stage of the project feasible. And so, after weeks of review we have selected our first traveler!
Born in Quito, Ecuador. Gleska lived in the neighborhood of San Carlos before moving to the United States with her mother. She is now a succesful graphic designer based in New Jersey.
Gleska clearly remembers the smell of a bakery by her house and cannot wait to taste some of their delicious treats. She also has fond memories of school friends and neighbors and wonders what it would be like to see them again.
We are ready for our first journey, and so is Gleska. We cannot miss this opportunity to help her rediscover home.
Are you making a full hour episode?
Not yet. The first step in getting this show on the air (or on the web) is to share De Vuelta with a television network. But this is TV and a simple description just won’t cut it. That’s where a mini-pilot comes in. Contrary to a traditional TV sizzle reel, we will actually produce a full story, not just a trailer. Just scaled back to a feasible length that will give an idea of what a full hour episode would be like. De Vueta is scheduled to start shooting on January 9, 2015.
What will the money be used for?
Your contribution will help finance the essentials of a video production: equipment rentals, travel expenses, accommodations, production insurance, and (most importantly) meals for our crew. Without it, the De Vuelta speed train (or paper plane) will come to a full stop. The $10,000 Kickstarter campaign guarantees we can both offer Gleska the opportunity to reconnect with Ecuador and produce a compelling mini-pilot that could land us a network deal, thus opening the doors for the vast number of stories waiting to be told.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for a production like this is making sure all the locations and people we schedule to appear on the show can follow through on their commitment while we are in Quito. Maybe a restaurant to be featured on the show will have to cancel on the production due to unforeseen events, thus pushing us to improvise. Luckily for us, the show's format enable us to find replacements for such situations. If a family member gets cold feet and doesn't want to be on camera, then we can find another one that will. Same thing with featured venues, if one cancels, we have a long list of alternatives and a broad network of contacts in Ecuador that can get us out of a jam in case we would need to make a quick booking.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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