BALENTES - The Feature Documentary A passionate Sardinian anthropologist returns to the island paradise of her childhood uncovering a sinister conspiracy of exploitation, toxic waste and human suffering.
BALENTES is a provocative documentary - part exposé, part mystery and part showdown - seeking accountability for the ruthless exploitation of Sardinia’s rich resources, natural beauty and social traditions.
Using a host narrator format, BALENTES is an intimate film, creating a meaningful bond that engages the audience in the issues of corporate greed and exploitation, environmental contamination and the turmoil of social restructuring in response to economic pressures. This film visually speaks to the beauty of Sardinia against the ugliness of corporate greed.
The story is captured from the perspective of the director and host-narrator: Lisa Camillo. Born of a Sardinian mother and Australian father, Lisa Camillo moved to Australia where she spent 14 years working in Aboriginal communities as an anthropologist and as a filmmaker.
Sardinia, a large Italian island off the Mediterranean Sea, has become a tale of two realities. Outside the high-end luxury resorts accessible only to the world’s elite, Sardinia is being driven to poverty and ill health of its resident population.
Plagued by unemployment and illnesses attributed solely to environmental contamination, large areas of Sardinia have been reduced to wasteland.
Sardinia is in crisis - environmental, economic and social crises and its population are diminishing at an alarming rate.
BALENTES: the film takes its name from the Sardinian word meaning ‘man of worth’ – one who strives for social justice, defending the weak against oppression.
BALENTES è un documentario che racconta la Sardegna di oggi in modo obiettivo e disincantato, senza nascondere le sue gravi difficoltà, le speranze e fallimenti della sua storia recente.
Proiettato in anteprima nei più importanti film festival internazionali contemporanei, tra cui Cannes, Tribeca (NY), Sundance Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Festival di Berlino, BALENTES porta all’attenzione del pubblico internazionale, il caso emblematico della Sardegna, isola unica al mondo e territorio vassallo per eredità storica.
Ricchissima di risorse appetibili, di bellezze naturali e tradizioni genuine rimaste intatte nei secoli proprio grazie al suoi isolamento, oggi è impoverita e ridotta alla fame da speculazioni e scelte sbagliate.
E’ un caso esemplare, di cui il film mette in luce i meccanismi più eclatanti, non senza cercare, con interviste e proiezioni, prospettive di futura prosperità.
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OUR REWARDS / PREMI PER CHI CONTRIBUISCE:
- SOUNDTRACK SAMPLE (BY JESSE DEMPSEY) / COLONNA SONORA CAMPIONE (DI JESSE DEMPSEY)
- HAND-MADE INVELOVERITAS T-SHIRT (IN BLACK & WHITE) / MAGLIETTE FATTE A MANO DI INVELOVERITAS (BIANCHE E NERE)
- THE OFFICIAL BALENTES COFFEE TABLE BOOK SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR LISA CAMILLO / IL LIBRO UFFICIALE DI BALENTES AUTOGRAFATO DALLA REGISTA LISA CAMILLO
Lisa Camillo (MA Int Dev) is a passionate award-winner human rights-driven director and anthropologist.
Born from a Sardinian mother and Australian father, she grew up between Sardinia and Rome, until she moved permanently at twenty years old in Australia. After her degree in Criminology at Melbourne University, she completed her Master in Anthropology, specialising in International Development. Working with the Australian government on Aboriginal Health, gave her a great insight into Aboriginal culture and communities, and strong ties to this culture.
Lisa has won several community health project awards for her work in developing and implementing community-based programs and activities to increase health awareness among Aboriginal communities and her work has been published in health magazines and international conferences.
Lisa then completed the Diploma in Film and Media from Sydney Film School, where she won several awards for her films and her commitment.
She is a natural and intuitive director with a clear and original vision of the projects she creates and is involved with.
She's a skilful director, producer, script writer and cinematographer. Deep, meaningful and heart-felt, her work is poetry meeting visual experience.
One of her best work is Live Through This which won three awards and was nominated to nine international film festivals.
Viv Scanu is a Director of Photography, resides in Sydney Australia and works as an active cinematographer, specialising in high end Television commercials, Network Promo’s, Music Videos and Television content for both the local and international markets.
He is also the founder of Red Apple Camera Rentals Pty Ltd, a leading camera rental facility in Sydney, Australia. Red Apple will be providing an array of equipment for this project.
Viv has worked his way through the film industry ranks and has had the privileged to work on Australian films with some of Australia’s best cinematographer such as Oscar winner, Russell Boyd ACS ACS, Peter James ACS ASC, Mandy Walker ACS, ASC, Steven Windon ACS just to name a few.
Viv has a great eye for detail and strong passion for story telling which keeps him constantly working and in demand.
Steve Dunn is based in Sydney Australia and is a Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the successful Post Production company FSM (Frame Set and Match).
With his successful post production base in Sydney Australia, he is in a fortunate position to produce high quality films that always remain under his control. Steve is privileged to have worked with Phillip Noyce, Jane Campion, Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong and projects ranging from The Matrix feature films to Farscape, Hero and Bright Star.
With a good eye for visuals and the knowledge of what “works” for people he is on the constant look out for real stories that touch the soul and he in inextricably attached as one of our “Balentes.”
Lloyd Hildebrand is a U.S. based serial entrepreneur, and investor / executive producer for independent films, helping coordinate Balentes activities in North America.
He has CEO-level experience startup and early stage medical technology companies; leadership roles in international professional organisations; and a senior manager experienced in business planning, fund raising, talent recruitment, marketing and sales management, financial management and budgeting, marketing, leveraging innovative and results-oriented leadership skills.
He is also a seasoned academic ophthalmologist and educator with specialty training in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Naomi Shaw is an Independent Producer. Productions to date have included, short films, documentaries, music videos and commercials.
Naomi brings to producing considerable years of strategic business, human resource and change management experience.
Companies include Greater Union Group of Companies: - Greater Union Cinemas; Film Lab; Videolab; GU Theatre Supplies, and Chep Equipment Hire – Division of Brambles; Ecco Industrial; Catalyst Industrial and Datec.
Recent employment has included producing short films; commercials; providing business strategy consulting to a film production company and lecturing to senior executives from Chinese TV, Radio and Media.
Naomi seeks to combine her technical film production knowledge with her academic background and practical work experience in fields of communication, organisational behaviour and project management. Talents encompass the ability to communicate with people at all organisational levels from all walks of life.
Winning entry – Sydney Film Festival/ Vodka O Competition 2013
Jesse Dampsey is an extremely talented music composer that will compose the music of Balentes.
Jesse has composed music for 2 feature films, over 50 short films, 10 documentaries and several advertisements. At the age of 26 his music has been played in festivals all over the world, and his output has gained him 'Best Composer' at the SFS film festival in Sydney for 2 years running.
After several years in India studying traditional music and orientating curricular musical activities, Jesse has become fast and efficient at producing original creative material.
Vilma Conte is an Italian freelance editor, based in Milan, with experience in the audiovisual field by counting the editing relative to documentaries, short films, feature films, music videos, television programs and commercials.
She's a winner of several awards: MEDIA STAR “Compass” “BMW” “AUDI”, NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL “SKY”, KEY AWARD “San Souci Bier” “Damiani Gioielli”, SPOTITALIA “Lotto”, Festival del Cinema Italiano Nomination “Strane Storie”.
Chris Morton is a 30 year old Writer, Director and Producer based in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently working for Australia's Nine Network in Television Presentation as a Co-ordinator.
He has many years experience in the industry and cites his father's influence for igniting his passion into film. Chris has written and directed several shorts (including Relationship Status) he has acted and worked in various different roles since a very young age, first appearing in Bill Bennett's critically acclaimed A Street To Die in 1985.
Chris attended Australian Film Television and Radio School and completed a Masterclass in Directing with Rowan Woods, (Little Fish) has a Diploma IV in interactive Multimedia and is an experienced 3D generalist.
L A U R E N H A N S O M
With a Advanced Diploma in Screen Acting and a background in Media, Lauren has been furthering her career in the film and tv industry. From working on both independent and professional sets, she has undertaken many roles from assist producing, art directing and ADing to writing, directing and acting. Lauren’s experience as a filmmaker, actor/dancer, journalist and radio presenter has given her the opportunity to gives others a voice as well as her own.
Mommotty is a Sardinian Production house born from the passion of the fourth film professionals, through the classic cinema and documentary, seeking the fusion of the most innovative contemporary visual solutions and the great tradition of Italian cinematic narrative.
Mommotty is: Nicola Contini (Documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, camera operator.) Laura Biagini (production, sales manager, casting, location manager, executive producer). Federica Ortu (Photography, operator, editing, post production, sound department). Matthew Incollu (screenplay, script consultant, director, assistant director, creative producer).
Risks and challenges
The risks are low for BALENTES because we’ve shot two thirds of the film, we have incredible editors in both Italy and Australia working to complete the film and a host of internationally recognised and awarded people ready to work once we reach our goal.
The biggest challenge will be ensuring that the money raised is effectively managed so that we can deliver the best possible film. The money we are asking for is modest considering the costs we have already incurred and met without backer support.
We need to exceed our set target, this is the bare minimum! Our goal is the make all the money we raise go as far as possible.
Once we complete the shoot we will immediately move into post production: editing the finished film and delivering something worthy of international festival recognition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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