What if you could reverse The Clock and ask your great-great-grandparents to pass on a family recipe, an old tribal song, a story, or festivity? Admit it. It'd be cool to take that rich past and somehow adapt it for a more flavorful present. For many in Turkey today, The Clock is at that pivotal moment.
Social and economic forces are swiftly changing traditional culture in Turkey's Kachkar mountain highlands. Three generations now straddle the not-yet-forgotten past and the globally connected tomorrow.
Which cultural distinctions will remain, which will vanish, and which will be redefined in an urban context?
Dance the Past into the Future gives voice to those living at the intersections that will determine their people's history and future. These challenges transcend Turkey's highlands culture and confront modern humankind with the price of progress. Their stories compel us all to appreciate and nurture what we already have but maybe didn't realize.
The documentary follows both villagers and metropolitans as they venture to high-altitude plateaus in the summer. We learn why they make the journey now versus why they did in the past. We experience regional distinctions such as the energetic Horon dance, the Vartavor Festival, Tulum bagpipe music, livestock migration, handmade wood and stone multi-family homes, and traditional clothing. Local Hemsin, Laz, and Turkish people wrestle with and explain their own role in the unfolding story of highlands traditions and modern lifestyles.
As an audience immersed in the experiences unique to individuals, we are able to connect our own humanity to theirs. We relate ourselves to the battle between our own quest for meaningful roots and transcendent self-identities versus the irresistible draw of modern materialism, education, and technology. By balancing this tug-and-pull, what roots can we plant today for generations after us?
Will the children in northeast Turkey grow up to return to the highlands for summer festivals or find themselves too busy with metropolitan life? Will any of us pause for a moment and embrace what we currently have in our families and communities and make it a point to pass on all that is good, noble, fun, and transcendent?
Your donations will make possible everything from language transcriptions & translations, to local guides, to transportation costs, to distribution, marketing, and outreach efforts, which account for 80% of the project's projected costs. The remaining 20% applies to the actual filming and studio production.
We need a dedicated community of givers to get behind the film both financially as well as enthusiastically among their own social media and local communities! We need YOU! Take part.
FILMMAKERS' UNIQUE POSITION TO TELL THIS STORY...
Dance the Past into the Future will be Visual Peace Media's second documentary. We remain committed to telling human stories that reduce social distance and increase cross-cultural appreciation.
This summer our filmmaking team will be living on-location in a Hemsin village on steep mountain slopes. We've made friends with a local leader and entrepreneur who has promised to introduce us to the characters that will drive this story. His name is Mehmet and he's very excited about this topic and believes in its value.
There are a handful of others whom we've bonded with in the area as well. In conversations we've tested the story idea and approach. In fact, these conversations have helped shape the story and it's theme.
Post-production and follow-up filming will be headquartered in a nearby city this Fall and Winter. We'll be close to the action for an extended amount of time.
Our filmmaking team has lived in Turkey for 3 years in the pursuit of various expressions of Visual Peacemaking. We're competent in the local language and sensitive to, and appreciative of, local culture.
With our multi-cultural perspective we are speaking to both Western and Turkish audiences. For this reason, the film will be understandable to both English and Turkish speakers. Our outreach and distribution will connect to markets and audiences in both Turkey and our home country America.
When the film reaches its final cut, we are committed to submit to film festivals and video-on-demand distribution sources. We will create snazzy-looking hard-copy DVDs as well. We will facilitate screenings and post-viewing discussions. Visualpeacemedia.org will host a project page dedicated to documenting the process and thoughts that are going into making Dance the Past into the Future. The project will also be leveraged to support the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) and their movement at visualpeacemakers.org.
Phase 1 :: $6,480 BY AUG 31st
Phase 2 :: $10,340 Fall 2012
GRAND TOTAL $16,820
(Includes Kickstarter Fees of $500)
Core Filmmaking Crew
Director Mario Mattei - visualpeacemakers.org/mariomattei & vimeo.com/mariomattei
Producer John Machado - visualpeacemakers.org/about/founders/
Producer Logan McAdams - visualpeacemakers.org/about/founders/
- (49 days)