We made our Kickstarter goal in just 13 days!!! Thank you to all our backers for your generosity and support! We are truly grateful beyond words. Because of your support we can now finish our movie.
Now, we are officially announcing a stretch goal of $20,000. The additional $5,000 will help our film Yochi have social impact - by getting it out to wide audiences, and helping to educate people about protecting the critically endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots.
We need your help to meet our stretch goal! The money we raise in the remaining days of our Kickstarter will be split between:
- Funding an educational screening tour of Belize in spring of 2017. Our tour will take Yochi to cities and villages across Belize, and include outreach and education about the illegal wildlife trade, and alternatives to poaching in pine savannah communities.
- Supporting the important work of Belize Bird Rescue. This non-profit worked closely with us in making Yochi. The birds in the nest that Yochi guards are Yellow-Headed Parrots rescued and rehabilitated by Belize Bird Rescue.
Yochi is the story of a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course. Yochi is a film about connection, finding your voice, and protecting that which is most sacred to you.
PRODUCTION OF YOCHI:
Yochi is a US-Belizean co-production shot in May, 2016 in western Belize, with a cast made up entirely of Belizean non-actors from villages in Cayo district. We shot in San Antonio Village, the surrounding jungle, and Mountain Pine Ridge. The film Yochi is in four languages: Yucatec Mayan, English Creole, English, and Spanish. The crew is made up of Belizean filmmakers, and students and recent graduates of the Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University.
We are currently in post-production and plan to complete our film by the end of December, 2016. We believe that Yochi has the power to raise awareness about poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, through a story that audiences will connect to. Join our team and help us finish our film and get it into the hearts and minds of people around the world!
For more information about the film, and bios of our full cast and crew, go to: www.yochifilm.com
The Yellow-Headed Parrot, found in the lowland pine savannah of Belize, is gravely endangered due to poaching and deforestation. Populations of Yellow-Headed Parrots have declined over 90% since the 1970s. Our intention for our film is to raise awareness and encourage dialogue about poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Yochi engages a complex issue by humanizing all the characters - and in doing so, will encourage dialogue about the underlying social and economic factors that lead to poaching.
Yochi is the first film of its kind in Belize, and the Belize Film Commission has recently identified it as a film that can have social impact. We are currently planning a screening tour in six cities across Belize, to be combined with outreach and education in pine savannah communities about alternatives to poaching. Help us finish Yochi and bring it to these communities in Belize and elsewhere!
WHAT WE NEED:
We are in the post-production stage and are raising money to cover the costs of sound design, foley, original score and soundtrack, final audio mix, color grading, festival costs and marketing expenses.
Any funds we raise beyond our Kickstarter Goal will go towards paying for eduction/conservation outreach and our screening tour.
Here is a breakdown of the $15,000 we are raising:
OUR POST-PRODUCTION TEAM:
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Kickstarter video editor: Jorge Villareal
Behind the scenes video: Daniel Velazquez
Kickstarter interview shot by Kent Harkey
Original music by Alfonso Loya
Trailer DP: Robert Dugan
Trailer editor: David Morales
Trailer score: Nicholas Roche
Thank you to all the people whose generosity has gotten us this far! Thank you to the Court Youth Center, New Mexico Women in Film, and many others!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
POST PRODUCTION: The post-production phase consists of several stages, and involves the concerted effort of a team of professionals. We already have our team in place - a talented composer and experienced sound designers, editors and mixers lined up, ready to complete their work with the funds we secure secured. We are working hard to raise these funds, to cover our sound design, score, soundtrack, and color timing in time for upcoming major festival deadlines, and for our educational tour in Belize.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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