Feature length documentary film project
DOCUMENTARY FILM OBJECTIVES
* Expand the reach of the message that the Maasai have a desperate need to develop reliable water resources.
* Highlight the beauty and glory of the Maasai people and their rich culture and tradition.
* Educate and create greater awareness of global water issues, in part by telling the Maasai story and sharing their joy in digging a well.
“Quenching the Thirst” the six-minute promotional film received the “Chairman’s Choice Award” at the Bucks Fever Film Festival sponsored by the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce on June 19 and 20, 2005. One of the goals of the project is to fund a documentary film about the Maasai. Hours of footage were filmed in May and June, 2005 while our Maasai friends visited the US, including the NYC trip to the United Nations 4th Session on Indigenous Peoples Affairs on May 18th. Volunteer crew and equipment as well as Shooters Post and Transfer, Inc. in Philadelphia have very generously donated time and equipment to the documentary project.
From November 26 to December 7, 2005 nine people (four-person film crew) traveled to Kenya to live with the Maasai for ten days and film the drilling of the first well. Travelers to Kenya were: Jen Ellsworth – Executive Producer; Phyllis Eckelmeyer – Producer; John-Michael Trojan – Producer/Director; John Gooch – Audio; Phil Bradshaw – Camera; Jason Contino – Camera; Susan Arns – Journalist; Michael Bird – Consultant; Skylar Bird – Student/Audio.
May 2006 the seven-minute trailer for "Quench" was completed. The film is currently in post-production.
November 26 to December 7, 2005
Nine people (four person film crew) traveled to Kenya for 12 days to film the drilling of a well.
Please visit: www.maasaiculturalproject.org for more information about our amazing trip.
Crew filming at Chief Daniel's house - Kenya, East Africa
John-Michael - Director, Producer
John Gooch - Sound
Phil Bradshaw - Camera
Jason Contino - Camera
Please send donations to: MCEP Film Fund
Quenching the Thirst received the “Chairman’s Choice” Award at the Buck Fever Film Festival sponsored by the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. The film was screened as part of the film festival held at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA on Sunday and Monday, June 19 and 20, 2005. Maasai tribe members Susan Naserian Nkitoria and Daniel Salau Rogie were present to receive the award. The film was also included in the Freedom Cinema Festival 2005 held in Park City, Utah from January 25 to 30, 2005
Five members of the Maasai tribe were hosted in
The students and Maasai guests worked together under the guidance of MCEP gathering footage to produce a six-minute promotional film titled “Quenching the Thirst.” The film also includes footage taken in December 2004 on location in
“Quenching the Thirst” is being presented at film festivals, schools, churches and community organizations. The donations collected will go toward helping the Maasai drill wells, educate children, and empower and educate Maasai women. The six-minute film was premiered in