A community in rural Panama finds itself without water for months every year during the dry season with "not even enough water for a cup of coffee." In search of a solution, members of the community try to get the government involved, but with no money and few votes to offer, their pleas fall on deaf ears.
Through community discussions they decide to search for another water source. “And that’s when we starting going up, walking, walking, walking until we found, up in the mountains, this big, huge, beautiful watershed."
The small stream they find is not enough for the suffering area. Action must to be taken to ensure the current population, and future generations, don't go thirsty ever again. "That's when I knew that we needed to build a dam."
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In 1914 engineering history was made when the Panama Canal opened its locks for the first time. Since the canal's completion, the surrounding area has continuously prospered and developed but the rest of the country (about the size of South Carolina) has remained isolated in poverty.
In an attempt to stay competitive and maintain their quality of life, Panamanians living in rural areas looked to lumber clearing and cultivation for subsistence farming as a means to stay afloat. As a consequence, rapid deforestation occurred, creating a steep decline in necessary natural resources like freshwater. The dry season continues to worsen each year and the wet season doesn't seem to quench the growing population's thirst.
How is your money helping?
The goal for this project is to reach as many people as possible, notify them of the good work going on in the world, and to inspire them to contribute. This untold story highlights a larger worldwide problem that unfortunately doesn't receive the attention it deserves. Your contributions will be extremely helpful at getting this documentary completed and seen.
Donated funds will go toward improving the production quality of the film, making it more appealing to film festival critics, audiences, and broadcasters.
- A professional editor will ensure the story arc and plot structure are solid and will speak to a larger audience. ($1,200 per week for 24 weeks)
- Sound editing and mixing are essential for any film trying to break into the film festival/broadcast market. ($2,000 per week for 2 weeks)
- Music helps tell the story and evoke emotion in a film. ($400 per track for 4 tracks)
- Distribution costs (avg. $40 per festival submission, DVD authoring, etc.)
Ways You Can Contribute
- Online - see the "Rewards" on the right side of the screen and select your pledge level, similar to any other online purchase.
Offline - to make a contribution offline please contact Kurt via email at MasstoMtn@gmail.com and we can discuss check or money orders.
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Kurt Sensenbrenner - Director/Producer/Co-Cinematographer
Kurt is located in Brooklyn, New York where he is working as a freelance cinematographer, AC, editor, etc. He has an MFA in Documentary Studies & Production from Hofstra University and a BFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This is his first documentary feature.
Colin Sytsma - Cinematographer
Colin is a Milwaukee based documentary filmmaker whose work has been published on outlets such as PBS and Al Jazeera. Primarily working on social issue documentaries Colin has dedicated himself to help De la Misa a la Montaña | From Mass to the Mountain be finished.Lucas M. Dantas - Editor
Risks and challenges
"I don't know everything!" Father Wally "Padre Pablo" Kasuboski once told me, and neither do I!
All of the material to make this story engaging to an audience has already been filmed, the challenge now is structuring and editing the footage to make it really pop! I am confident Colin, Lucas, and you can help me bring this important story to the big screen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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