The Carbon Trace Productions documentary team will travel to Vietnam in March to film a story about former U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen returning to Hill 50.
That is where they fought soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army as part of Operation Utah in 1966. Their journey will include visiting the battle field, meeting with NVA soldiers who fought against them on Hill 50, and visiting a rural school where U.S. Marines have been doing charitable work through the years — the little-told story of work that follows from humanitarian service to villagers in South Vietnam during the war. For all but one of the seven Marines and Navy Corpsmen traveling in March, this is their first trip back since the war. This is an inner journey, where each man will connect with a former enemy and maybe a lost part of himself.
Carbon Trace is traveling as part of a American-funded mission approved by the government of Vietnam. Your donation will help us tell this important story by providing funds to cover some expenses the team will incur while in Vietnam. Among these are entry and exit fees, baggage fees, local transportation, tips, food, and other production expenses. As a part of our humanitarian mission, we will provide our production services, access to our media files, and ready-to-publish media free of charge to the veterans' group. Your contribution ensures we can continue the our humanitarian efforts.
Film Project Details: We will be traveling to Vietnam March 01- 13, 2019. We will begin post production upon our return. We expect to have a finished film by the end of May 2019.
A little bit more about us: Carbon Trace Productions is a Missouri non-profit media organization (501c3 status pending) dedicated to educating college students about the art of filmed and multimedia documentaries. Students learn to tell stories of compelling social importance without regard to commercial potential. Carbon Trace Productions specializes in working with, and telling stories about, humanitarian organizations, other non-profits, and NGOs. You can find out more at www.carbontrace.net
Risks and challenges
Barring some kind of a major setback (airline issue, international incident, death), travel logistics have been secured, all tickets have been paid for, and equipment is ready. While we have planned for most issues that are common when filming in a foreign country, we assume we will have extra obstacles to overcome. Luckily for this project, we have a field producer, Ha Ngan Hoang- a digital film and television student at Missouri State University. She is a native of Vietnam and will be working as a vital part of the crew as our fixer and translator.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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