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Update #10

Songs of Ayahuasca CD, first selections

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Dear backers,

Greetings from the Ayahuasca Project decentralized offices.  I have been slowly going through the hard drives containing 10 years worth of recordings, to make a preselection of songs to include on the Songs of Ayahuasca CD reward.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing some of them with you. I am going to start with a rather special one. 

The story goes like this: in 2007 while doing research for the film I met in Perú a man who was convinced he was possessed by the devil. I won't go into the details, he looked normal enough. I'll just say that when I met him he had been drinking ayahuasca for a few months with no major effects. The first 2 times I drank with him it was uneventful. The third time, however, something happened. During the session what he called his devil "came out" in the open for the first time. It just so happened that I was recording audio that night. 

I will save you that recording, suffice it to say it is some of the most hair-raising shrieking I have ever heard. The entire rom was terrified. When I revisited the recording I could barely listen for more than a few seconds. That night it took the curanderos all their power and more than an hour to get the situation to the point where the shrieks became a whimper. When there was finally silence, the entire room breathed out a collective sight of relief

When the room was finally at peace Jacques Mabit sang this ícaro: madrecita ayahuasca.

Mabit told me that the author of the ícaro is maestro José Campos. I have translated the lyrics so English speakers can understand the words. Use the captions button (next to the gear icon) to see the English subtitles. This ayahuasca song is almost a battle tune, meant to cast off evil, and claim the space back. Mabit calls the spirits of the most powerful plants, and of everything he holds most sacred. It's almost a declaration principles, a manifesto, stating where the curandero stands, and under which forces his sessions are run, as you will see it is also full of poetic turns, and inspiring calls.

I will say no more. I think the song speaks for itself. I am however, unsure of wether to include in on the selection or not.  What do you think? Would love to hear your opinions.

Once again thank you for your generosity and patience.

Best,

    -J


Update #9

What about my rewards?

Dear backers:

First of all, our deepest apologies for the long silence. We didn't want send an update until we had firm news, and we have been carefully taking our next steps.

As all you know, after 10 years of work, the final stretch of The Jungle Prescription put all three of us on the verge of economic ruin. We wanted to make the best film about ayahuasca ever - so when the funds ran out, we poured our own savings into the project. We launched the crowdfunding campaigns to raise funds to finish our film, and thanks to the open-hearted generosity of hundreds of backers like you, that’s now possible: the funds we gathered will cover a new edit.

They do not, however, cover our living expenses through the edit, post and promotion period.

So, while thanks to you now we have money to finish the film, we don't have money to stop everything and and work on it full-time in the manner it deserves. For that reason, the 3 of us have spent the past year taking other work, hoping to be able to save enough to properly get us through the 3-month edit, and 6 weeks of final post (including sound design, music composition and colour correction).

We are trying to live a dream and pay the bills, it is possible, but as many of you know, it takes time. So it is taking longer than we expected, and that is the reason for the delays.

The good news is that while we each work on other projects, we have been making important allies and deepening our community: like-minded people who will help us spread our film further afield. In the long run, this means the film you’ve supported will have a greater effect on the world - and reach more people than we had imagined.

Gee, that is great, but what about my rewards?

We are very conscious that we promised to deliver all rewards by Sept 2012. Unfortunately, that estimate turned out to be wildly optimistic (what can we do? we like to think positive .-)

So we have revised our plan. We were hoping to save on shipping costs by shipping all rewards together. But since finishing the film (DVD) is taking longer than expected, we have come up with a new plan: we have divided rewards in two categories, short-term delivery, and long-term delivery.

Short-term deliveries include the Songs Of Ayahuasca, and Poder Verde! CDs, the Jungle Insight t-shirts, the Art Prints, and Gabor Mate´s signed books and skype consultation. We intend to get those on the fast track and deliver them to you in the first quarter of 2013.

Long-term deliveries are those which will take some time to produce: basically the Ayahuasca Conversations book, and the DVD of the feature-length film (and the rewards tied to the film, like Associate Producer credits, the premiere invites, etc). We can't deliver those until we have finished the film- but we promise when we do it will be worth the wait!

So the good news is that we are on it. Jero has been pouring through the archives and fishing out some amazing ayahuasca songs for the CD. We think we have found a service delivery company that will do all shipping for us. We are on it, and you will hear more from us soon, as we prepare to ship CDs, t-shirts, and other rewards.

With our deepest gratitude

              -Mark, Jero, and Robin

PD Please don´t hesitate to continue contact us with questions, suggestion, comments, love/hate mail, etc. We take some time, but we do answer every email.


Update #8 - For backers only

What about the Songs of Ayahuasca CD?

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A much needed update

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Update #6

One day to go!

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Five days ago we reached our original goal of $40,000, and we set a new goal. With one day to go, over 600 wonderful people have pledged.  

This has been more than we imagined.  We are humbled by your generosity and commitment. With all this support, we feel inspired to not only to accomplish what we'd hoped, but to go even further - creating greater outreach for the film, and sharing it with an even-wider audience.

Today, on the last day of the campaign, we offer 2 exciting new rewards:

GABOR MATÉ PACKAGE- $60
A signed copy of Gabor Maté’s most recent book, the award-winning In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction which played an important part in the development of the film´s underlying themes.  “Gabor Maté’s connections- between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political- are bold and wise.” -Naomi Klein (No Logo, the Shock Doctrine). “Maté probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of his many patients... What emerges is nothing short of a revelation.” —Edmonton Journal. Signed book includes a personal dedication from Dr. Maté to the person of your choice. PLUS A SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION DVD OF THE FILM.

ART PACKAGE - $300

3 beautiful high-quality prints from the film, signed by cinematographer Mark Ellam.  Audiences have been consistently awestruck by the beauty of the film’s cinematography- Avi Lewis (director of The Take) says “Mark paints on your eyeballs.”  Mark Achbar (The Corporation) called the Jungle Prescription “gorgeous, groundbreaking.”  Own these meticulously shot and crafted images, signed by Mark Ellam (Sample images here: http://bit.ly/xHEvmQ.) PLUS the SUPER COMBO PACKAGE (book, DVD, t-shirt, Songs of Ayahuasca and Poder Verde! CDs)

We want to thank all of you again for pledging, sharing, posting and spreading the word.  A super-special thanks goes to Matthew Watherson at the Temple Of The Way of Light in Iquitos, Peru, for his noble support and generosity. 

We ask for your help once more on our final push- if you could please re-post this last request to your like-minded friends & listeners, we would be hugely thankful!


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    SONGS OF AYAHUASCA - Ayahuasca cultures across the Amazon are very rich and varied, the one thread that unites them all is the use of music. These songs, of ayahuasca, for ayahuasca, carry in them the knowledge of these traditions. This CD has been specially compiled from our personal recordings. It includes our favorite Vegetalista icaros from Perú, Yage songs from Colombia, hymns from the Daime and Barquinha churches in Brazil, and UDV chamadas. Nothing like it exists anywhere. The CD comes with a booklet with liner notes, pictures, and translations of the lyrics. Please add $5 for international orders

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    GABOR MATÉ PACKAGE- $60 A signed copy of Gabor Maté’s most recent book, the award-winning In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (which played an important part in the development of the film´s underlying themes.) “Gabor Maté’s connections- between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political- are bold and wise.” -Naomi Klein (No Logo, the Shock Doctrine). “Maté probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of his many patients... What emerges is nothing short of a revelation.” —Edmonton Journal. Signed book includes a personal dedication from Dr. Maté to the person of your choice. PLUS A SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION DVD OF THE FILM.

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    THE AYAHUASCA CONVERSATIONS BOOK - Our film includes only a small fraction of the rich material we have amassed on the subject. We have collected hours of fascinating conversations with the world´s most knowledgeable ayahuasca minds, from shamans to scientists. This book is pack full with information you won´t find anywhere else. Please add $15 for international orders

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    COMBO PACKAGE - Signed DVD, T-SHIRT, Songs of ayahuasca CD, a handwritten thank you note - PLUS an extra CD of music: PODER VERDE! A very special mix of the radio sounds of the jungle. A selection of Amazonian Cumbia grooves, mixed with real ads that travelling shamans broadcast in local Amazonian radio stations. Full of outrageous claims, reverb drenched voices, boasting DJs, and green grooves, you have never heard anything like this! Please add $20 for international orders.

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    PRIVATE PREMIERE - A private screening of the film with one of the filmmakers (Mark and Robin in North America, Jero in Europe) Our home or yours, we provide food and stories, and you get to ask all the questions you want... PLUS An Associate Producer´s credit on the film (and IMDB) the ART PACKAGE (3 signed lithographs) and 2 SUPER COMBO PACKAGES (book, DVD, t-shirt, Songs of Ayahuasca and Poder Verde! CDs). Travel expenses not included.

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    MASTER CLASS - The Jungle Prescription has been praised as “a master class in documentary cinematography “. Want to learn how we did it? For fifteen years, Mark Ellam has shot feature documentaries for theatrical and international release. In this special invitation, you accompany our crew and gain access to a learning experience otherwise unavailable. With this reward, you accompany us on our final shoot. Experience some extraordinary locations, meet some of the documentary´s characters, immerse yourself in the intimate process of filmmaking - and get to see it all from behind the lens. Whether you just want to come along for the ride, or you wish to learn more about the craft of constructing scenes from reality, advance your knowledge of camera work and lighting, or consider a career shift from one métier to another, you will be part of the team, and be personally coached in whichever aspects of documentary filmmaking you are inclined. This truly unique experience is a limited offering & everything you will never learn in a film school of any kind. REWARD includes credit on the film (and IMDB) the ART PACKAGE (3 signed lithographs) and the SUPER COMBO PACKAGE (book, DVD, t-shirt, Songs of Ayahuasca and Poder Verde! CDs). (Travel expenses not included)

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