Category: crowdfunding

Finish what you started

 

These days feel like a new circle is opening. Old things in life are knocking on my door again. But I am a picky one and I just let the worthy ones coming back to me.

One of them is a work in progress project started a while ago in Nepal called “DHARMA”.  It explains the dialog existent between two distant realities that seek each other organically. On the one hand, the daily life of children monks in the Monastery of Khawalung in Kapaa area of Kathmandu. On the other hand, the reality of the children in the rural areas of the Himalayas, who have to work and often miss school, (if they have one) thus increasing the children labor rates of the country. Following the Buddhist value of the universal order, Dharma, those kids who have grown in the Monasteries, privileged ones for having received education and protection, go back to their native villages with the aim of building new schools based in modern education. So the new generation won’t have to leave their families seeking for a better future and will be able to improve their quality of life in the mountains. A right that they never had before. Here’s the Teaser:

I am the Producer of the Documentary with a very talented team formed by a Cameraman, a Sound Engineer and an Assistant Producer. The four of us are living so many adventures together thanks to this project, since designing the very start of the creative process and writing the script, to be hiking and story hunting for weeks in Kathmandu Valley, also conducting interviews, meeting local people, meditating with the monks, editing video and audio…  We also experimented a crisis moment while planning how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign in order to give the Buddhist Foundation more visibility and if possible, some funds. One of the reasons why we had to face such a tough moment  was because we are involved in this project as volunteers so all of us had other urgent projects to work on at the same time. If one was in Cuba filming a movie, the other one was in New York working for a Dence Company and when they came back I left to Mexico and Los Angeles working for other photo Organisations. This kind of logistic dynamics put in danger the life and development of our project (timing is the key in Project Management and even love!). Therefore, our initiative could have become a cost instead of a help for the Foundation, which we wouldn’t accept to be. Lack of planning, sources or experience could have been some of the causes of it. But we have the most important variables to succeed, will and tools. We genuinely wanted to help from the beginning, so we are doing it now. Not for us, not to impress anybody, not even to gain some professional background, but because we owe them, we gave our word, they need us and we are nice people.

As Producer and responsible of the DHARMA I started a round of contacts to organize a big Crowdfunding weekend (23-24 of April) in Catalonia to remember the earthquake tragedy of last 4/25/2015. With the motto: “One year later, still with Nepal.” All the beach volleyball nets “Pay & Play” on the 5 beaches of Barcelona will be full of people playing, competing and having fun for Nepal, including Treasure Hunt games for kids. Homemade food and beverages will be served. Meditation marathons and Yoga retreats all over Catalonia will be part of the event. Even triathlons! Also, postcards and bookmarks with my photos of Nepal will be informative flyers in bookstores and an improvised Photocall to take portraits for lovers will be available on the streets of Barcelona for St. Jordi’s Day (4/23) and hopefully subscriptions to pujas (monks meditations) recorded by us at the Monastery will be for sale too.

It is beautiful to see how easy everything comes out when you are surrounded by the correct people. The connection, empathy, “egoless” thinking, authenticity of souls bonitas. I can’t wait for you to see the resume and results of that weekend in a post-Crowdfounding Campaign throught the Network! Stay tuned!

04/25/2016
It was awesome!!group photo

And the finalists:

at the finals

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