“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie”
– Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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JUST FOR NOW is the first documentary to explore Venezuela's socio-political crisis through an exile's eyes.
WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY:
Have you ever repeated a word until it lost its meaning?
We believe that Venezuelans have lost their sense of wonder due to 14 years of suffering. So what better way to determine a country’s true change than sending an exile back home?
This documentary was born out of a need for answers. More than 32 radio and TV stations were closed during Hugo Chávez’s regime, and the last Venezuelan opposition TV station was recently forced to accept a purchase offer by government related parties.
We are now witnessing the fall of the last bastion of free speech in Venezuela, and it is up to us to perpetuate it or break the silence.
We are offering website credits, production diary, digital copies of the film, a special edition tote, digital copies of the soundtrack, a signed DVD of the film, film credits, vintage Venezuelan coin necklaces, a quote on a wall in Venezuela, miniature adobe houses, signed posters, photo books, Skype sessions with the filmmakers and several IMDb credits.
All pictures are prototypes. Final designs may vary.
All pictures are prototypes. Final designs may vary.
***Todas las fotos son prototipos, los diseños finales pueden variar.
CRISIS AREAS TO BE COVERED IN THIS FILM:
-Finding housing: Venezuela's inflation rate was recorded at 39.60 percent in June of 2013. The minimum wage stands at $390 per month for the currency control's official exchange, and at $70 for the exchange rate that Venezuelans can actually obtain. Our protagonist, who left the country as a middle-class citizen, will have to learn living under a completely different economy.
-Finding food: According to Venezuela’s Central Bank, the scarcity index is more than 20 percent, meaning that out of 100 goods, 21 are currently unavailable.
-Freedom of speech: More than 32 radio and tv stations have been closed during the last decade, and filmmakers, twitter users and journalists have been arrested for stating their opinions.
-Security: The World Justice Project ranks Venezuela 90th out of 97 countries in Order and Security and 97/97 in Criminal Justice. In Iraq, a country that has about the same population as Venezuela, there were 4,644 civilian deaths from violence in 2009. In Venezuela, the number of murders climbed above 16,000 the same year.
-Currency controls: Since 2003, Venezuelans live under a strict currency control and the country has gone through several currency devaluations. If the vast majority of products they consume are imports, how do they survive?
There are basically two ways to fund a documentary; private investors and funding organizations. Some of them offer sums significantly higher than our minimum goal here, but accepting that also means giving away most of our creative control. Since some of us come from a petro-state, where everybody has a price, we knew from the beginning that our film’s premise wouldn’t be up for sale.
Our priority with this documentary is to screen it at film festivals and schools. We want this documentary to engage viewers and spark conversation about the Venezuelan crisis in a “democracy vs. dictatorship” context, not as the typical battle between two political parties in the way it has been portrayed by the media. The only way to keep our creative vision intact is to ignore the industry standards and receive help directly from the people.
If we don’t meet our kickstarter goal, you won’t be charged, and we won’t be able to tell this story. Our funding goal is the minimum we need to produce this documentary. If we exceed our goal, we will use the additional funds to provide more coverage on the crisis, digital cinema packages, better music, promotion, more news and archival footage, and better post-production for our film.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is the possibility of getting arrested in Venezuela while shooting the documentary. If this happens, we may be unable to fulfill our documentary’s original purpose. If raising the funds, we will seek personal security and legal assistance to prevent this. We are also designing a post-production workflow to have our footage backed up outside Venezuela the same day we produce it, so in case this happens, part of our team can still continue to complete the documentary while exploring the changing events.
The quality of the project depends on the funds we raise. If we only raise our minimum goal of $75k, we will deliver a quality film, however, If we raise a much larger sum, we will be able to document the crisis in different states of Venezuela.
Our goal is to show this documentary at film festivals, schools and possibly even selected theaters. If we meet our goal, we intend to start production in November, and finish the documentary by the second trimester of next year. Commercial release will depend on the documentary’s festival run.
Making movies is an unpredictable business, and we recognize that this documentary implies a greater risk than your average film. We are committed to documenting this journey in its most authentic form, and hopefully we will come up with a product we are all proud of.
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