After the initial launch of Posctards from Utila in June 2011, there was an overwhelming response to the project, and it became evident that there was not only an anticipation for the continuation of this work, but also a need for it. Having screened the short film at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and the Eaton Theatre; in addition to photography exhibitions at the IMA Gallery and the Go Global Expo, as well as an article in Verge magazine, the project had also received much international attention and interest through its online presence. This website has thus far received over 5,500 unique hits; 547 on its busiest day, and the work has garnered passionate responses with individuals offering both their assistance and the interest in the involvement during the development of the next stage of the project. With this in mind, I am setting out to create a full-length documentary film on the complex issues the photographic project examined in lesser detail. I have recruited a very talented editor, Roop Gill, alongside Director of Photography, Coco Flower, to join me on this journey of evolving Postcards from Utila into a format more accessible to a wider audience.
The full-length documentary will explore both terrestrial and marine issues already examined in the photographic work and will feature interviews with leading conservationists and researchers working on the ground in Honduras. The project will serve to correct misconceptions concerning the idealized view of Utila offered in tourist guidebooks by aiming to offer an alternative perspective of the island by focusing on the experience of the local population. Finally, the film will add a significant visual record to Utilian history while attempting to ameliorate these concerns through public education and encouragement of activism. The timeline for the project has been set, with the first stage of shooting commencing in September 2012. We are actively seeking funding for the production of this film, and have started an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise the funds needed.
If you are interested in funding the next instalment of Postcards from Utila, please email Maja Zonjic firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our INDIEGOGO campaign in August, 2012.