When war correspondents move on to their next conflict, a more personal struggle is just beginning for those left behind. This has been painfully true for survivors of the in war Bosnia - Herzegovina. Luckily for some in the small mountain town of Livno, an unlikely brotherhood has emerged, giving a community of marginalized veterans an equally unlikely path to rebirth.
As paramilitary leader at the young age of 20, Lija now heads the Wolves, a motorcycle club that resembles the Hell’s Angels in rough image only. This wild cast of Wolves, under his guidance, have become a humanitarian force for good in Livno. One mission captures their spirit more than any other. In the mountains where they once fought, they now tend and defend a herd of wild horses that society has similarly deemed expendable. A harsh environment, poachers, and urbanization continually threaten the herd, and, while it’s not an easy path, the Wolves are determined to control their own fate and survive, along with the horses, a war that seems to never end.
WILD is a fascinating journey of redemption as the Wolves rediscover themselves by helping others, not least the 250 wild horses that inspire them to redefine what it means to be free.
For 11 years the Wolves have trusted and followed Lija. The ranks have grown, along with their humanitarian successes. But Lija’s ambition for change has grown as well. Frustrated with the incompetence and corruption of the post-war government, a possible political career may soon challenge the time he has for the Wolves. While good for this community, it may leave the fate of the Wolves and the herd hanging in the balance. It’s important that we return to BiH to capture this fascinating development as it continues to unfold.
It is imperative we get back to Bosnia - Herzegovina for an extended stay as soon as possible, and your support will enable us to film on location from the end of March through the middle of June.
Lija’s political run has changed the timeframe of our shooting schedule. We’ve asked for the minimum we need to be there as the story develops. Any additional funding will greatly increase our flexibility and allow us to ensure the quality of editing and postproduction talent this story deserves.
Shawn Convey worked as a fine arts and commercial photographer in New York and Chicago before moving to Mostar, Herzegovina to concentrate on filmmaking. The film was born on his five years abroad, during which he discovered the Wolves and begun research and shooting. Shawn is currently based in Chicago.
InselFilm from Berlin will be handling the bulk of the production duties and we are pleased to have experienced sound and cameramen (Martin Langner) from Berlin and Zagreb contributing as well. While this portion of the photography is underway, InselFilm will be solidifying relationships with international broadcasters, film-funds, and sales agents to insure that the transition into post-production, release, and distribution will be seamless.
WILD was selected from 136 entries and 24 European countries to participate in When West Meets East, a annual forum for Eastern European film projects taking place in late winter 2013. WILD was also a selected as a featured project for development through the European Documentary Campus' Crossing Borders 2011 series. The three clinics took place in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and Leipzig, Germany, in late 2011, and put us in contact with broadcasters, sales agents, and producers, including Gregor and Friedemann from InselFilm based in Berlin, who have become producers alongside Convey Films here in the US.
WILD is one of two documentary film currently in production. The other, DMT, is a film about the use of Dance Movement Therapy as an alternative tool for healing survivors of human trafficking in India. DMT is currently in post-production.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, the greatest challenge we face falls squarely on the success of this Kickstarter campaign. Several broadcasters and distribution agents are already interested in this film and rooting for its success. Continuing and finishing principal photography during this very important transition is essential to the story. Your help will get us back to filming while we continue to develop those relationships. And even if you can't contribute financially, please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, your blog. Every little bit helps, and we will be forever grateful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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