Exciting news! The man featured in the documentary “Being the Diablo” has invited me to collaborate on another documentary film – this time, one that features the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. I’ve been itching to get more involved in documentary and film making for too long now. Finally… I am!
Helped film two most interesting interviews today. Jay and I spoke with Barclay Martin and Paul Pearce about a concert held in the middle of jungle. Ten thousand locals gathered to watch 13 young kids accomplish the unimaginable. They are producing a documentary feature film about the event. Speaking with them super-charged my enthusiasm about getting involved with the projects surrounding the Tarahumara.
I’m waiting to get the files from Jay so I can help him edit a compelling piece from our interviews. In the meantime, check out the bios of Barclay and Paul below:
Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Barclay Martin has had a successful recording career highlighted by international travel since 2000. Martin’s current project, the Barclay Martin Ensemble, produced a music video and is set to release its first album in May 2008.
Martin also has invested his talent and passion in support of Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. He participated in a trip to CFCA’s projects in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in November 2006.
In 2007, Martin traveled to the Philippines several times to work with Filipino musicians and children. He arranged for local musicians to introduce Filipino young people from the CFCA projects to the traditional songs and instruments of their culture. Martin’s journey is the framework for the film Zamboanga. This is Martin’s first time as featured artist and music director for a full-length film.
As the director of international programs for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Paul Pearce is responsible for the organizational structure and direction of CFCA overseas programs. CFCA is a Kansas City-based sponsorship organization that brings support to children and the aging who struggle to overcome dire poverty. The Philippines is one of 25 countries where CFCA strives to walk with the poor.
Pearce has traveled to the Philippines yearly since 1998, observing the strength, talent and perseverance of the poorest segment of the population. The documentary film project Zamboanga grew in part from the profound effect the people living in such harsh conditions made on Pearce. The Filipino spirit in Mindanao, where the film takes place, radiates joy and song, despite the oppressive and violent realities the people face every day. Pearce feels that the film and its music represent a celebration of the freedom CFCA helps its sponsored communities achieve. This is Pearce’s first producing credit on a feature-length documentary film.
In a remote part of the Philippines, people live with the daily threat of terrorist attacks. They are challenged by poverty. And they shine.
The documentary Zamboanga follows musician Barclay Martin’s journey through the southern region of the Philippines where he comes face-to-face with the persevering soul of the country. The trek leads to a regional concert where thousands of people, Christian, Muslim and indigenous communities, come to participate in and celebrate the wealth of a vibrant culture.
As he meets and performs with local musicians and watches Western-mesmerized kids discover their own rich heritage, Martin and the audience find an original world rhythm and a new, deeper meaning of harmony.
Missed updating last night, so just wanted to throw another shout out to Bob. He invited me to have dinner at his parents house where we filled our bellies with savory roast doused in a deliciously smoky gravy on a cold winter’s night. The warm buttery rolls, mashed potatoes and green beans accented our roast. Chocolate cookies for dessert. Thanks Bob!
Spoke with Fer earlier in the day…
Some interesting metaphors:
“Arriving with one foot in the door and one foot already on its way out.”
“Arriving with two suitcases – one packed for the relationship and one already packed for taking off.”
“Taking a shower, putting on only your shoes and running out the door.”
People who say they have nothing to hide, have something to hide.