Just a quick update on the progress of the feature length documentary film Marrow of the Mountain that we are fiscal sponsor of. There has been progress on the postproduction and we are told that story elements are coming together.
The major news is that in July of 2022 the high courts in Ecuador voted to uphold the ‘rights of nature’ in the face of mega mining companies and mineral extraction. This means a bit more production needed to happen to capture the outcome of this decision to incorporate it into the film.
Covid has changed the landscape and made it more difficult (and more expensive) to collaborate on important stories to protect people and the natural world. This has really impacted our current project, Marrow of the Mountain, which we are fiscally sponsoring. Covid hit while the filming (director, producer, cinematographer) were in Equador filming in early 2020. Because of COVID-19 they were unable to finish their production and spent most of the time holed up in an apartment in Quito.
We admire the film teams dedication to this project and are proud that they are back in the country continuing the important work. They are currently in Equador filming what we hope is the final major production before the final post production of the documentary film can continue.
Remember, even though the kickstarter project is over, you can still donate to the cause. Any money donated to the Marrow of Mountain fund is going to reimburse costs of gear and direct filming expenditures and helps the in country production team. Your donations can help this story continue.
We are pleased to announce our newest collaboration: Marrow of the Mountain, a film directed by Dylan Stirewalt and Solange Yepez.
Mega-mining has come to Ecuador. In 2017, multinational mining companies bought the rights to huge swaths of the country, leaving Ecuador’s most sensitive and biodiverse habitats at the mercy of international mining interests. This happened suddenly, and without public knowledge or consent; most of these sales are in the mineral-rich and endangered Chocó Rainforest. Told in the voices of three women, we witness the deep impact of extractive industry on Ecuadorian lives, as they struggle to protect their families and communities whilst the land is being sold out from under their feet.