Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

El Inmigrante… Life and Death on the US/Mexican Border

Okay. After having the Ouzel Motion Pictures blog now for a few years, I have not really mentioned our past documentary El Inmigrante. Even though, the documentary is getting older now I am still very proud of what we accomplished as a team. El Inmigrante, went on to play over 60 film festivals, we won a handful of awards, Free Speech TV aired the film and we received some nice reviews for the film. Much more information about the film can be found at El Inmigrante’s website:



Lasso The Sun: Navajo Translation & Transcription Kickstarter project

We have launched our Kickstarter campaign today. Get involved, spread the word, watch the video and be apart of a great documentary.

Lasso The Sun Documentary Kick Starter campaign

Welcome 2013 and now it is time to get our documentary Lasso The Sun in postproduction. I have been watching and looking at successful Kick Starter campaigns this morning and taking notes on how we can build a winning fundraising portfolio. First off we need funding to translate and transcribe the Navajo footage that we have. To get an accurate transcription it is going to be expensive. Unlike our last documentary El Inmigrante, which is about seventy percent in Spanish. Lasso The Sun will have far less translation to be completed, but there are not too many professional Navajo translators out there. So we really are limited in who we can hire to do the job. I am excited and nervous at the same time going out and fundraising. We never want to be tacky and pushy, however with out funding important documentaries will never get finished. Just like NPR and PBS we have to hit the trail and go for it.

Below is a montage of some of the footage that we have for Lasso The Sun.

Gail Harris BBC story

I did this story on Gail Harris back in the spring 0f 2012. Gail is a fantastic person, with a great story.

Agence France Presse

A few years back I got the opportunity to do some freelance work for the Agence France Presse. I have to thank my friend Erica for the great opportunity. I am definitely learning how the “news” is created verses doing narrative and documentary work. I did not study journalism in college, but rather documentary film and field biology. But I finally figured out by working with the people in DC is that I am making headline news stories that are very much in the style of NPR. Doing the news, has definitely helped my story telling ability and getting to the point. But I must say I still prefer to do longer format documentary style story telling. Here are some of the links to the stories that I’ve worked on in the past. I have new stories to pitch to the folks in DC, so stay tuned for some new material.

A new uranium boom in the US West?

Off The Beaten Slope

The acceptable face of US marijuana?

Humans linked to dust cloud damage

In the US Wild West ‘skijoring’ turns extreme sport

Here is the start and some San Juan River B-Roll

I started a blog so that the people can have other forms of seeing our work. I’m still super new at this program, so it may take some time to get it all sorted out.

Here is a video from the San Juan river back in the fall of 2010.

Lasso The Sun

With the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters fading from public consciousness, nuclear energy is inching back into vogue across the globe. Its proponents, including prominent environmentalists like Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, and Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth catalogue, market this new nuclear wave as a viable “green” product—unlike “dirty” coal and petroleum—and as a more reliable energy source than solar or wind, In short, they say, it is a local utility that can help any nation achieve energy independence while reducing CO2 emissions. The BP gulf oil spill will more than likely thrust these evaluations further into public consciousness.

In the United States, the greater Four Corners region is very rich in several energy sources: coal; natural gas; uranium; petroleum; and sun, which has made it an epicenter of energy development and production since World War II. Uranium production rose to prominence and took center stage during the Manhattan Project and its reign continued until a sustained uranium crash began in the early 1980s. Although coal and natural gas are now dominant, a vigorous renewed pursuit in uranium production has blossomed over the last two or three years. This is where our primary interest as filmmakers lies: Lasso The Sun is about the sociological, cultural, environmental, and medical impact uranium production has had— and may, once again, have—on the people and communities inhabiting the Colorado Plateau of the Southwestern United States.Lasso The Sun will focus on the “front-end” of the nuclear fuel cycle.

In brief, there are four phases to the cycle:

1. Mining of uranium ore and the milling of the ore into yellowcake;
2. Enriching yellowcake into fuel rods;
3. “Burning” the fuel in nuclear reactors; and
4. Storing the highly radioactive spent fuel.

But after reading this info, our film is going to be altered after what happened in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.

So here is one of the old trailers. By no means is this what the final product will be for Lasso The Sun. These trailers are used to give a sketch and a vibe of what we are looking for.

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