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A traveling documentary film festival that screens in makeshift spaces and offers its programming for free!
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LAST DAY TO GET 5 REMARKABLE DOCUMENTARIES YOU CAN WATCH RIGHT NOW!

Reportero (EMMY NOMINATED!!!)

Rivers of Men

Unique Ladies

2501 Migrants

Ilusíon Nacional

Fine print:  Each film is a password protected screener link.  Passwords expire in 1 week.

#BringAmbulante2CA

For two weeks, from September 21 to October 4, Ambulante will embark on its first major U.S. tour throughout the Greater Los Angeles area to create unique exhibition spaces and program free documentary cinema happenings. 

Our mission is simple: Democratize documentary culture. Since 2005, Ambulante.Org has annually organized an epic three-month tour across Mexico presenting remarkable international documentary cinema in areas with limited access to film. Thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, our efforts of adapting the successful model in the United States are underway! 

BUT WE NEED YOU TO MAKE IT HAPPEN: 

We are less than three months away from our festival tour and we still need to secure supplemental funding to realize the large scale of the touring festival.  We are asking our new public to be principal supporters and join the Ambulante movement at this vital stage.

OUR PROJECT GOAL:

We like to occupy alternative, outdoor and makeshift spaces while offering the best quality screen and sound for a truly cinematic experience. The funds we raise on Kickstarter will go towards investing in state of the art projection, transportation costs, as well as providing meals and gas mileage to our awesome volunteers.  The more backers and funds we raise, the more terrain we can cover to #BringAmbulante2CA

There is no other organization that travels as far and wide to exhibit DOCUMENTARY cinema outdoors and for free to the general public!  Join us in bringing Ambulante to the diverse communties of Los Angeles this year!
There is no other organization that travels as far and wide to exhibit DOCUMENTARY cinema outdoors and for free to the general public! Join us in bringing Ambulante to the diverse communties of Los Angeles this year!

 WHAT IS AT STAKE:

Ambulante in California is a pilot program. How successful we are this first year will determine if we can activate Ambulante tours across the United States. Here's a trailer of the 2014 Spring tour in Mexico which gives a glimpse to the wide scope of programming Ambulante offers.

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WHAT IS OUR PLAN IN CALIFORNIA:

Each day, in partnership with local organizations, the festival will program one free screening event and invite the filmmakers, subjects and other special guests to engage in conversation with audiences after the film. Naturally, we also want to organize some happening after screening parties and musical performances that will be free and open to the public.

WHAT KIND OF FILMS DO WE PLAY?

Just a few of the documentaries that Ambulante has toured in the past.  Click on image to go to archive.
Just a few of the documentaries that Ambulante has toured in the past. Click on image to go to archive.

Our programming vision is to promote the discovery of the most innovative filmmaking and inspired storytelling art of non-fiction film. We are excited to announce our freshly curated and eclectic Ambulante California lineup of films from all around the world, while also highlighting vibrant Mexican documentaries.

IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS

Honestly!  Your help in spreading the word on social media is priceless. You can help us shape the festival.  Like our founding members, Diego and Gael say, "The cool thing about Ambulante's design is that it's a platform the public owns and self-determines as their space for cultural and social exchange without outside restrictions."

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A RELATIONSHIP

The ladies of Ambulante; Managing Director, Marie-Ève Parenteau.,  Executive Director, Elena Fortes, and Ambulante California Director, Christine Davila
The ladies of Ambulante; Managing Director, Marie-Ève Parenteau., Executive Director, Elena Fortes, and Ambulante California Director, Christine Davila

It takes a passionate collective of people with relentless energy to produce the growing global reach of this festival.  We want to introduce and welcome you to the Ambulante Global community.  Every backer will be sent a series of exclusive videos; anecdotes conveying the story of Ambulante from our filmmakers, staff and volunteers.  We also captured some personal and thoughtful video conversations from our Kickstarter shoot with Diego and Gael that you won't want to miss.

Our super bionic and tireless staff in Mexico responsible for producing the longest and farthest reaching documentary film festival in the world!
Our super bionic and tireless staff in Mexico responsible for producing the longest and farthest reaching documentary film festival in the world!

Risks and challenges

Although this is a new social and geographical context, Ambulante has over nine years of experience showcasing films across 16 countries, and it has created strong alliances with international documentary film industry, grassroot organizations and cultural institutions.

Everywhere we have traveled, the fundamental reason we have been successful is because the general public has adopted, embraced and transformed Ambulante to fit their wants and needs.

We've joined the Kickstarter community to seek collaborators, partners, supporters and friends to undertake this exciting new endeavor together.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for being a part of this special project that means so much to us!

-Gael, Diego, Pablo, Elena, Christine, and the rest of the Ambulante & CANANA family!

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MORE ABOUT AMBULANTE

Ambulante is the 2005 non-profit organization founded by actors and filmmakers, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz, and Elena Fortes. For nine years Ambulante has focused on supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. The tour travels across 12 states in Mexico over the course of three months to areas with limited access to film to diversify and democratize documentary culture. The objective is to reach a broader audience by screening films in a wide array of venues and offering most of its programming for free. For more information visit our website www.ambulante.com.mx

EN ESPAÑOL
Ambulante es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a apoyar y difundir el cine documental como una herramienta de transformación cultural y social. Ambulante viaja a lugares que cuentan con poca oferta de exhibición y formación en cine documental, con el fin de crear una audiencia participativa, crítica e informada, y abrir nuevos canales de expresión y reflexión en México y en el extranjero. Desde su fundación en el año 2005, Ambulante A.C. realiza cada año un festival de cine documental que recorre varios estados de México durante 3 meses.

Gracias a la beca de la Ford Foundation, ya está en marcha en Estados Unidos nuestro esfuerzo para adaptar este exitoso modelo de festival itinerante de cine documental impulsado por la comunidad. Sin embargo, para poder realizar nuestra primera gira en Los Ángeles, California, del 21 de Septiembre al 4 de Octubre, aún necesitamos completar nuestro presupuesto de producción. Ya que probablemente no nos será posible confirmar un patrocinio tradicional antes de nuestro lanzamiento, estamos pidiéndole a nuestro público que se una y apoye el movimiento Ambulante en esta etapa crítica.

NUESTRA META:
Como meta de financiamiento, nos hemos propuesto alcanzar el presupuesto mínimo necesario para hacer realidad esta primera edición del festival. Queremos organizar funciones y actividades en lugares alternativos, improvisados y al aire libre, en los que podamos ofrecer proyecciones de calidad para lograr una experiencia comunitaria extraordinaria. Los fondos que recaudemos en Kickstarter serán invertidos en la logística de las proyecciones. Como planeamos desplazarnos por el área metropolitana de Los Ángeles con el objetivo de llegar hasta los barrios más desfavorecidos que cuentan con poca oferta de exhibición, los fondos también cubrirán gastos de transporte, comida y gasolina para nuestros voluntarios. Conforme más backers tengamos y más fondos recaudemos, más territorio podremos recorrer en #BringAmbulante2CA.

QUÉ ESTÁ EN JUEGO:
Ambulante en California es un programa piloto. Nuestro éxito en Los Ángeles este primer año determinará hasta qué punto podremos expandir la plataforma a diferentes estados y localidades de Estados Unidos en el futuro.

Aquí está el tráiler de la Gira 2014 en México, en el que puedes comprobar el nivel de la programación que ofrece Ambulante.

CUÁL ES NUESTRO PLAN EN CALIFORNIA:
La edición inaugural de Ambulante California 2014 viajará a los vecindarios más multiculturales de Los Ángeles para capturar y activar audiencias. En colaboración con distintas organizaciones, el objetivo es incentivar intervenciones artísticas de carácter social, presentar historias que reflejen la diversa herencia de las comunidades y promover la apreciación intercultural desde diferentes perspectivas. Ambulante en el contexto de Los Ángeles favorecerá la vinculación cultural comunitaria a través del documental, generando un diálogo de interés local y global en el marco del vasto y dinámico ecosistema de las subculturas de la ciudad.

Todos los días, en colaboración con organizaciones locales, el festival programará al menos una función, e invitaremos a los cineastas y otros invitados especiales a entablar un diálogo con el público después de la película. También organizaremos actividades diversas tras las proyecciones y presentaciones musicales, que serán gratuitas y abiertas al público.

NO SÓLO SE TRATA DE RECAUDAR FONDOS
¡Lo decimos en serio! Tu ayuda para correr la voz en tus redes sociales es imprescindible. Como a los fundadores de Ambulante Diego Luna y Gael García Bernal les gusta decir, una de las misiones de Ambulante es proporcionar una plataforma que le pertenezca al público y en la que exista un intercambio cultural sin restricciones. Con esto en mente, dependemos de la participación de nuestro nuevo público para ayudarnos a moldear Ambulante en los Estados Unidos.

QUEREMOS ESTABLECER UNA RELACIÓN CON NUESTROS BACKERS:
Se necesita un colectivo de gente apasionada con mucha energía para hacer posible el festival. Queremos que llegues a conocer a nuestros fundadores y al staff a través de las actualizaciones del proyecto. A cada backer se le mandará una serie de videos exclusivos: detrás de cámaras y anécdotas que revelen la historia de Ambulante contadas por cineastas y voluntarios. También capturamos conversaciones con Diego y Gael, rescatados de nuestro video de Kickstarter, que no te puedes perder.

Ambulante Global surge a partir de 9 años de experiencia en la planeación y producción de la Gira de Documentales en México, y representa el primer intento oficial de establecer, a largo plazo, la presencia de Ambulante fuera del país. Con el paso de los años, Ambulante ha acumulado una valiosa experiencia en la producción de festivales de cine en una variedad de contextos geográficos y sociales. En un esfuerzo por alcanzar nuevos públicos, Ambulante ha logrado involucrar a una gran variedad de socios y colaboradores en la organización del festival (complejos cinematográficos, organizaciones de la industria del cine, instituciones, organizaciones no gubernamentales, universidades, etc.). El festival ha conseguido establecer una trayectoria impecable y prestigiosa, respaldada por los testimonios de invitados de ediciones pasadas, múltiples invitaciones a participar en festivales de cine internacionales, y por diversos reconocimientos como el Premio WOLA de Derechos Humanos 2011 por la promoción del documental como una herramienta de cambio.

Durante esta edición, Ambulante Global buscará extender su red de colaboradores, trabajar con distintos socios locales y crear un contexto adecuado para la recepción del cine documental, además de potenciar el impacto y la visibilidad de este importante género.

Desde 2007, Ambulante ha presentado selecciones de documentales en más de 33 ciudades en 17 países en colaboración con distintos festivales, organizaciones, exhibidoras e instituciones. Ambulante ha viajado a Argentina, Australia, Canadá, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, España, Estados Unidos, Guatemala, Inglaterra, Nicaragua, Noruega, Sudáfrica, Suecia, Tanzania y Kosovo.

En todos los lugares a los que Ambulante ha viajado, la razón fundamental por la cual ha tenido éxito es porque el público ha adoptado, acogido y transformado Ambulante para que encaje dentro de sus deseos y necesidades. Nos hemos unido a la comunidad de Kickstarter en busca de colaboradores, socios, aliados y amigos para emprender esta aventura juntos.

Muchas gracias por ser parte de este proyecto tan especial.
-¡Gael, Diego, Pablo, Elena, Christine, y el resto de la familia Ambulante y CANANA!

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    AMBULAN-THON: Every new backer will be able to watch 5 amazing docs with a screener link and password. The documentary celebration begins with 2 Mexican documentaries: Bernardo Ruiz's REPORTERO and Tin Dirdamal's Sundance supported doc RIVERS OF MEN. Check back to see which other incredible films we will be revealing for backers the last 5 days of the campaign. Also, you'll be able to join us for a Google Hangout Telethon this Monday for a Q&A with the filmmakers! FINE PRINT: Screener link and password will be sent to all backers in separate updates starting tomorrow Saturday by 12pm. Each password will be good for 7 days. Each documentary will be made available to NEW and all existing backers.

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    BUENA ONDA:
    Good vibes! Thank you for joining the movement. We @AmbulanteCA will follow you and send you a shout. PLUS we'll proudly pay tribute to you by listing your name on Ambulante California's web page. PLUS you will get access to our exclusive series of project update videos.

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    CHAMACO Y CHAMACAS:
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    CHIDOS: Our filmmaker friends Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Adam Thomson believe in our mission to stimulate dialogue through the power of film, and platforms that connect storytellers directly with audiences. Thanks to them, we are thrilled to offer a private link to 2012 SXSW Dramatic Competition film LOS CHIDOS!!! The film has not been released yet anywhere in the world so this gives you exclusive access to view the movie online through a password protected link during the one week in late August we make it available, PLUS Buena Onda.

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    CLOSE-UP: Your face all up in our official Ambulante California festival trailer! Send us your headshot – we will create an awesome collage of all your smiling faces. PLUS Buena Onda

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    THIS IS FOR OUR PAISAS: Have your own private screening (password protected Vimeo link) of the subversively historical, never-before released short film compilation, Revolucion. 10 short films directed by today's most visionary Mexican filmmakers including Carlos Reygadas (Japon) Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala), and Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, among others. PLUS Close Up, PLUS Buena Onda

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    GALAN AMBULANTE: TWO EXCLUSIVE PERKS IN ONE: Limited special edition Ambulante tank top in a bright neon color AND you get a strip of the 35mm film Abel directed by Diego Luna, PLUS Paisas, PLUS Close Up, PLUS Buena Onda

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    VATO y VATAS:
    Let's kick it! Join us and Diego Luna at a special BACKERS ONLY party right before our festival (Sept. 20 tentatively)
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    ANOTHER 2 EXCLUSIVE PERKS IN ONE: Our friend Carlos Reygadas has agreed to sign a few posters of his last opus which blurred the line of fiction and non fiction, Post Tenebras Lux.
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    COMPADRES Y COMADRES:
    We will snag you plus a guest a film premiere & party ticket to CANANA's upcoming film, EL ARDOR, starring Gael García Bernal.
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    Thanks to our friends at Criterion Collection, we are able to offer you the incomparable collector's edition box set of the breakthrough film, Y tu mamá también AND the original Charolastras, Diego and Gael will sign and dedicate it to you! PLUS Paisa, PLUS Vatos, PLUS Close-Up, PLUS Chamacos, PLUS Buena Onda

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    AMBULANTEANDO:
    Experience the original, one of a kind and epic world class film festival, Ambulante on its special 10th year anniversary in Mexico next year! Come to magical Oaxaca in May (date tbc) and celebrate the festival's closing fiestas. Includes 2 nights of hotel, private lunch and dinners with international filmmakers and guests, your own dedicated volunteer guide & translator, All Access Pass, and a special Ambulante 10 year anniversary gift. (Flight not included). PLUS PAISA, PLUS Vatos, PLUS Close-Up, PLUS Buena Onda

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    CINEASTA: This is for aspiring filmmakers who are ready to learn the ropes firsthand and jump into the world of production. Think of it as your on the set film school. For being the headliner backer of Ambulante California we will arrange an immersive, on-set apprenticeship with CANANA's Pablo Cruz, the producer of Cesar Chavez, Miss Bala, Abel and Sin Nombre. Not only will you gain one of a kind insight on the set of CANANA's next feature length film, but you will also see your name in lights! Receive your first film credit as apprentice (Assistance with lodging, flight NOT included). PLUS Paisa, PLUS Vatos, PLUS Close-Up PLUS Buena Onda

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    ANGEL: We offer you a seat on our Advisory board. Have a real hand and voice on the guiding committee to implement Ambulante USA, the non profit. Acknowledgement as Patron Angel on a screen card included in our film festival trailer.

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