Monday, 11 April 2011

Together, yes, we can! (2) Tim Lindop's Story


In response to our recent efforts to attract some volunteer animators/motion graphics experts to our team, we received a remarkable email from a cameraman in Cusco, which is located in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range.

Tim Lindop told us he was intrigued with our programs and he wanted to learn more, and perhaps get involved with Ridealist projects.

Tim is among several people who have approached Ridealist with unique skills who are willing to offer their time on a volunteer basis to tell some remarkable stories.

And does he have some amazing stories to share:

"I can think of at least two non-profits that have my respect: One is run by a man I have known for 15 years educating and raising indigenous street kids in the Amazon. The other is a Catholic brother who is training, against all odds, including poverty, a group of indigenous girls in the Andes to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Front and center is their poverty, which is extreme to say the least, and despite having won every competition they have entered regarded as the winnowing process for choosing Olympic Athletes, (The National competition in Lima, the South American Competition in Paraguay and the international races in Spain, where Brother Pablo hails) they still have to come up with their own money and chances are that won't change if they are selected for the Olympics.

Interesting sidelight, though, is that the Inca Empire had a system of relay runners who connected the Empire. These girls come from the same region in the Andes where the Incas recruited their runners, making them heirs to a great indigenous tradition. In effect, long-distance running is the family business.

Picture wise, there is great opportunity to shoot them in their villages with the Andes as a backdrop, helping their families by tending to llama herds, weaving clothing from Alpaca wool.

I think most documentary film makers would find it almost impossible to come up with a more worthy, timely, and potentially commercial viable documentary subject than this.

It is Tim's story.

The question is, how can we make it happen?

How can we put Tim in the position to get time away from his day job to spend weeks with the team, documenting their struggle to represent Peru and their ancient culture at the London Olympics?

Ridealist can handle the editing, graphics etc here in Hong Kong. For free.

So, as you can clearly see, the production costs would not be prohibitive.

Tim's story has all the elements of a compelling documentary. And it needs to be told.

So what are you waiting for?
Email Tim at : lindop.tim (@) gmail.com


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