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Help finish a film that brings awareness to the plight of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in the pine savannah of Belize.
Help finish a film that brings awareness to the plight of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in the pine savannah of Belize.
131 backers pledged $16,806 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 
With deep gratitude for your support, the Yochi Team. 

SYNOPSIS: 

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

SOCIAL IMPACT:

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! 

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 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:

 

 PRODUCTION STILLS:

Kerry Landero, as Yochi, and Evan Martinez, as Itza, just before they jump into the river.
Kerry Landero, as Yochi, and Evan Martinez, as Itza, just before they jump into the river.

 

Kerry Landero, as Yochi, after a healing session with the Shaman, who attempts to get him to talk.
Kerry Landero, as Yochi, after a healing session with the Shaman, who attempts to get him to talk.

 

Kerry Landero, as Yochi, visits the nest of Yellow-Headed Parrots that he guards.
Kerry Landero, as Yochi, visits the nest of Yellow-Headed Parrots that he guards.

  

Evan Martinez and Kerry Landero rebuild trust at Yochi's jungle sanctuary.
Evan Martinez and Kerry Landero rebuild trust at Yochi's jungle sanctuary.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: 

Director Ilana Lapid and stars, Kerry Landero and Evan Martinez.
Director Ilana Lapid and stars, Kerry Landero and Evan Martinez.

 

Kerry befriends a bird at Belize Bird Rescue.
Kerry befriends a bird at Belize Bird Rescue.

 

DP Robert Dugan and Director Ilana Lapid shoot a scene in Mountain Pine Ridge.
DP Robert Dugan and Director Ilana Lapid shoot a scene in Mountain Pine Ridge.

  

Cast and crew preparing to depart Mountain Equestrian Trails for our first day of shooting.
Cast and crew preparing to depart Mountain Equestrian Trails for our first day of shooting.

 

DP Robert Dugan beneath a bus, shooting a fight scene.
DP Robert Dugan beneath a bus, shooting a fight scene.

 

1st AC and Gaffer Joaquin Chavana teaches Kerry how to slate.
1st AC and Gaffer Joaquin Chavana teaches Kerry how to slate.

 

Director Ilana Lapid, with two of the stars of Yochi, at Belize Bird Rescue.
Director Ilana Lapid, with two of the stars of Yochi, at Belize Bird Rescue.

 

Kerry Landero and DP Robert Dugan.
Kerry Landero and DP Robert Dugan.

 THANK YOU!!!

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.

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