Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kickstarter: "People of the Delta" Film Project by Joey L.

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Last week, I wrote about a Kickstarter project to fund a 1,000-mile trek to photograph and provide prints to the people of Chukotka in northeast Russia. Photographer Joey L. is widely known for his creative lighting style and overall awesome photos. Still in his 20s, he has shot for major clients, such as National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Forbes and many more. On top of his commercial work, he has also spent time shooting portraits of indigenous tribes around the world. 


Currently, Joey is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new film telling the story of the Dassanach and Hamar tribes of Ethiopia, that have historically competed with one another for limited fertile land. Payments and donations to the tribes and people will be a large part of the budget. If you'd like to support this project in reaching its $150,000 goal, check out the Kickstarter page. Here's an explanation from the website:


Early poster concept art by Sam Spratt.
"People of the Delta is a cinematic narrative film collaborating with real people and stories from the tribes of Ethiopia's Omo Valley. 

 
The script was written with true events in mind, shaped from the collective wisdom of stories handed down from the elders of the Dassanach and Hamar tribes. These two tribes are historically known for competing against one another for the limited amount of fertile land found along the Omo River. This fragile way of life becomes the backbone of our film’s plot. 

Conflict over resources extends to every culture and country on the globe today, and is expressed with an entirely unique perspective in the film.

The story is told in two chapters from two unique perspectives. Kulcho- a young boy from the Hamar tribe who becomes a warrior, and Bona- an elder chief of the Daasanach. Although they are from rival tribes, their lives become connected."

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