Remember that film on the use of ayahuasca in the treatment of addiction?
The one that an international team of crazy people had spent the better part of a decade trying to make?
Well - whether you remember us or not - you are receiving this letter because somewhere along the way you kindly pledged to support us - and so, to the tremendously helpful group of people who’ve done so - (both patiently and, understandably, less patiently)
We have some very exciting news.
But first we need to apologize for the silence these past few months - there was a reason: one that surprised us all - a legal one.
Since the crowdfunding campaign, and for reasons not worth going into, our relationship with our producing partners (who held the rights to the film) had become more and more complicated. So much so that eventually both parts agreed it was best to go our separate ways.
No separation is ever easy, and neither was this one. It was a long negotiation, much much longer than we ever expected. Long letters, long conversations, lawyers were called, then were called off. It dragged on for months (about as long as our silence to you.)
And then last week, after many months of back and forth, we reached an agreement all parts are happy with.
We are extremely happy to announce that the rights to the film are now fully back in our hands.
Our film is ours again,
and we are ready to proceed.
It has been a difficult process. It was especially difficult not being able to talk about it.
We want to thank you again for your patience through what must have felt like a strange silence.
But now, get ready - from now on, our updates will be regular- and we hope you will become bored with them, rather than left wondering. We are working on the rewards and you will be getting sneak peeks into them very soon. Our brilliant editor Mahi is moving into a new home closer to where Mark lives in Toronto. She’s camera shy, but we’ll coax her to include her thoughts of the process.
Many things have happened in the past 2 years, Jeronimo has had a second child. Some of us lost our parents. There have been breakups and reunions. Toddlers have learned the wonders of our natural world.
& we have honed the direction we’d like to take the film.
More to come on the next steps we are taking. But for now, it’s exciting to have our child back.
We look forward to taking these next steps with you.
When Gabor heard the news he wrote this:
“Now that the legal situation has cleared, I’m excited about the potential of this film being completed. It could, I know, be the most powerful documentary on the plant ever done and certainly the most beautiful.“
We hope to honour that promise, and the one we’ve made to you all.
- Mark, Robin & Jero