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We're preserving nine 16mm films from the Yanomamö Series, one of the most important ethnographic film collections of the 20th century!
We're preserving nine 16mm films from the Yanomamö Series, one of the most important ethnographic film collections of the 20th century!
178 backers pledged $26,739 to help bring this project to life.

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DER has been awarded a matching grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve and remaster 9 classic 16mm films from the Yanomamö Series! 

Now, we're asking for your help in raising $25,000 to meet the grant's match requirements and preserve these films for future generations. 

In 1968 and again in 1971, ethnographic filmmaker Timothy Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon formed a unique collaboration to document the Yanomami, an indigenous community living in the Amazon River Basin. The resulting Yanomamö Films Series was a groundbreaking ethnographic media project consisting of 21 finished films that expanded the boundaries of documentary. 

We've selected a mix of Asch's innovative short "sequence films," and films about myth and fieldwork to focus on in this round of preservation (The Ax Fight was restored and preserved in 2001). All of the selected films are in regular demand for teaching and screenings around the world.

Choose the 'Picture Perfect Donor' reward to receive a limited edition framed 8x10 print of this photo from our Yanomamö image archives.
Choose the 'Picture Perfect Donor' reward to receive a limited edition framed 8x10 print of this photo from our Yanomamö image archives.

These are some of the most important ethnographic films of the 20th century, and we can't afford to lose this record of our shared human history. Your donations, big or small, will contribute to preserving:

A Man Called "Bee" (40 min,1974) Tim Asch’s documentation of Napoleon Chagnon’s fieldwork among the Yanomami. Match required: $5,000

Magical Death (29 min,1973) documentation of Yanomami shamanism. Match required: $5,000

A Father Washes His Children (15 min,1974) observational study of a Yanomami headman. Match required: $3,000

Moonblood: A Yanomamö Creation Myth (14 min, 1976) exploration of Yanomami mythology. Match required: $3,000

Weeding the Garden (14 min,1974) documentation of everyday Yanomami life. Match required: $3,000

Climbing the Peach Palm (9 min,1974) observational study of Yanomami tool use. Match required: $1,500

A Man and His Wife Make a Hammock (12 min,1975) observational study of Yanomami daily life and crafts. Match required: $1,500

Arrow Game (10 min,1974) documentation of Yanomami children’s games. Match required: $1,500

Children's Magical Death (7 min,1974) Yanomami children imitating their shaman fathers. Match required: $1,500

For this project, we’re partnering with the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archive, the archival repository for the edited Yanomamö Films and their “outtake” footage. Over the past twenty years, the Smithsonian has cared for these materials; this is the best long term home for our films. Once the new masters are created, they’ll go straight into archival, subzero film storage and a copy of the digital files will go into a secure digital asset management system.

The Yanomamö Films Series was one of DER’s two founding collections, and was produced, edited, and distributed all in-house. We are proud to continue to be the caretakers of these innovative pieces of documentary history. We hope you will join us now in ensuring these films will be available to educate, debate, and inspire for another fifty years!

With gratitude,

All of us at DER

Risks and challenges

DER has years of experience with preservation projects, and brings a wealth of expertise to these issues. We work closely with the National Anthropological Film Collection at the Smithsonian Institution on preservation and remastering projects and with the Harvard Film Archive on storage of our distribution prints. Most recently, DER staff have overseen successful film transfer, color correction and remastering of 21 films from the classic "Faces of Change" series. With the experts at the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Smithsonian working with us on this project, we have assembled the best possible team to handle any hiccups along the way. We just need to raise our matching funds to get started!

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    Social Media Shout Out!

    We thank you on our social media, shouting out our gratitude to the world! This perk is included at all other levels.

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    Movie Night!

    We provide you with one of our favorite docs from the DER collection on demand for a cozy night in. All you need is popcorn!

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    The Local Flavor

    For donors in the Boston/Cambridge area, a DER staff member of your choice will treat you to good coffee and conversation!

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    Field Notes: handwritten thank you!

    It is our great honor to send you a handwritten thank you note on a commemorative Yanomamö postcard--from our Watertown, MA HQ to anywhere in the world!

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    Yanomamö Tote

    A beautifully designed, limited edition Yanomamö tote bag. Perfect for carrying your Magical Death snuff powder. Or groceries.

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    Children's Magical Donor

    *Your Name* under the Kickstarter Thank Yous in the credits of each film for all the world to see! AND on demand streaming of the beautifully remastered Children's Magical Death!

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    We're Totes Thankful!

    *Your Name* under the Kickstarter Thank Yous in the credits of each film for all the world to see! AND limited edition Yanomamö tote, plus other perks!

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    Must Love Docs!

    A season pass to the DocYard, the Boston area's beloved screening series celebrating innovative and inspiring documentary! Plus other perks!

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    Magical Donor

    48hr streaming access to FIVE of the remastered Yanomamö films curated by DER! Plus other perks!

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    Cinema/Lovers

    A year long Dual Membership at the Harvard Film Archive, perfect for locals looking for rare, experimental, and arthouse cinema! Plus other perks!

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    Masters of Ethnographic Film

    We send you 4 films (on DVD) by and/or about ethnographic media masters John Marshall, Ricky Leacock, Robert Gardner, and Jean Rouch! AND streaming access to ALL NINE restored Yanomamö films! Plus other perks!

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    Maine Attraction: CIFF All Access Pass!

    One All Access Pass to the 2018 Camden International Film Festival in beautiful midcoast Maine! You'll get total access to all the amazing films, panels, and parties that CIFF is famous for, and to top it off, we'll treat you to a seaside lunch! PLUS a Yanomamö tote to model at one of the best documentary film festivals in the country!

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    The Auteur: DCP for your short!

    Do you have a short film in the works? Our friends at MODULUS STUDIOS will create a 2K DCP for your short film, including 2 USB flash drives, and Unlocked, Stereo or Surround sound. This service has been donated by MODULUS STUDIOS, a trusted local provider of documentary film post finishing services. Plus other perks!

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    Picture Perfect Donor

    A beautiful, limited edition, framed 8x10 photo from the Yanomamö project! PLUS one year of streaming access for all 9 of the remastered films, plus other perks!

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    Private Screening

    A private screening of all nine restored Yanomamö films for you and nine of your friends, hosted by DER and special mystery guest! Plus other perks!

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    Adopt-A-Film: Climbing the Peach Palm

    Congratulations, you're a film parent! You've contributed hugely to this film's preservation, and we're thrilled to give you the special "Preservation Made Possible by" credit in CLIMBING THE PEACH PALM! Plus other perks and our deep gratitude!

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    Adopt-A-Film: Children's Magical Death

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    Adopt-A-Film: Arrow Game

    Congratulations, you're a film parent! You've contributed hugely to this film's preservation, and we're thrilled to give you the special "Preservation Made Possible by" credit in ARROW GAME! Plus other perks and our deep gratitude!

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    Adopt-A-Film: A Father Washes [...]

    Congratulations, you're a film parent! You've contributed hugely to this film's preservation, and we're thrilled to give you the special "Preservation Made Possible by" credit in A FATHER WASHES HIS CHILDREN! Plus other perks and our deep gratitude!

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    Adopt-A-Film: Moonblood

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    Adopt-A-Film: Weeding the Garden

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    Adopt-A-Film: A Man Called "Bee"

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    Adopt-A-Film: Magical Death

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