Please view our short video for an all encompassing project description. Additional project details, budget information, and crew backgrounds are listed below.
The production of Namibian Craft : Reflecting the Past will take place in three phases during 2014/15: pre-production, production, and post production.
In pre-production we will plan the logistics of the trip, research the subject, and begin fundraising efforts.
Production will take place in Namibia during December 2014 and January 2015. In Namibia, we will document and record indigenous artists and their processes. This could include bead work, pottery, painters, weaving, dancing, and leather work. The interviews will cover basic information and the cultural heritage behind their art.
Post production will include completing visual products including a photography book, documentary, and exhibition on the project.
Namibian art is under represented around the world, and this project provides an opportunity to preserve culture and magnify the artisan African voice around the world. We will spend time documenting and photographing their process, recording video interviews, and capturing portraits of the artists. All of this material will be used in the final product. With support in place to translate interviews, we will be able to digitally preserve Namibian Craft and offer open source materials to an international audience.
We will offer authorship to the artists involved in an effort to be fair to their story, encourage discovery of Namibian artists, and allow for a first-person voice. The project's permanent contribution to the field includes cultural ties, first person artists profiles, and archiving of disappearing artistic processes.
It is important to record and translate these interviews because there isn't another resource for this information.
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The Namibian Craft : Reflecting the Past team is fully committed to this project. We have chosen our locations and artisians to be highlighted in the project carefully. As a testament to our commitment, we have fully funded and successfully completed a location scout. Our guide and fixer, Albert, met up with the villages we are going to document in order to pre-negotiate filming agreements and expectations. He also looked into the most economical of accommodations which include small inns and camping facilities. We have secured four locations for filming and craftspersons who work within the mediums of wood, jewelry, pottery, and weaving.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges by way of the unknown with documentary and exploration based projects. One is subject to the changing weather, current events, and a person's ability to relax on camera. The crew's background and cumulative experience in field production will serve to mitigate these risks. We will anticipate possible pit falls and work up "back up plans" before we depart for Namibia.
The other challenge that comes to mind is the difficulty raising funds for a project with this scope of travel and remote access. I have raised $15,000 through the University of Alabama for the project and I have also received additional grant monies in modest amounts. This project will be realized with these funds.
With Kickstarter support, I will be able to lower the amount of funding that I will have to take out a loan to cover. The cost for a much-needed guide, 4x4 diesel vehicle for the trip, and translation services alone are more than I had anticipated. The full amount I am fundraising for both production and post production is $8,500.00.
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