Help finish a film that brings awareness to the plight of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in the pine savannah of Belize.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
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. Our line producer, Arran Bevis, is a jungle expedition leader whose jungle lodge - Mountain Equestrian Trails - was our production base.
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
Yochi represents an innovative and creative response to an environmental crisis. 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!
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:
BEHIND THE SCENES:
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