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Documentary - The Remote Islands of the South Pacific
"With all the medical discoveries, technologies, teachings and staff training available, if we are unable to deliver them to 30-40% of a targeted community, can we call it a success?"
Trouble in Paradise
Over two million tourists visit the South Pacific islands each year, completely unaware that the people who live on the remote islands, islands far removed from the luxury hotels and cities on the primary islands, are struggling for their very survival.
"These most remote Pacific islanders face ever increasing peril. With earthquakes, cyclones, and tsunamis on the rise, these people are in an endless battle for survival. With food and fresh water sources fading, economic instability growing, and little or no access to medical care, hope is quickly fading."
With over 20,000 remote islands spread across 11 million square miles of ocean, there are no roads, power lines, or phone systems to connect the smaller, less populated remote islands to the same services offered on the larger more populated primary islands. Sadly, these remote islands are left without even the most basic of medical, dental and eye care services or disaster relief aid. There is an effective and sustainable solution currently in motion to bring hope to a neglected people, while honoring and protecting their culture and way of life.
Through the production of a professional video documentary, Sea Mercy (www.seamercy.org) has an incredible opportunity to bring to light these beautiful, but forgotten people. People who are struggling to hold onto their culture and way of life against incredible political, economic, and natural challenges beyond their control.
Dave Carroll, an award winning writer, director and cinematographer (www.suspectfilms.com) is a champion of not only the people of the South Pacific, but also of Sea Mercy and the free Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) program we are providing for these neglected remote islanders. His desire is to bring a top film and audio team to film one of Sea Mercy's remote island rotations in Fiji and document not only the program, but the incredible challenges faced by these remote island people and then to share it with the world.
Below is a movie trailer of Mr. Carroll's most recent award winning work "Bending Steel".
Although Dave is donating his time and talents to direct and shoot this documentary during the upcoming rotation, we are working together to raise the funds to hire his video and audio team and the equipment needed for a professional presentation. The $12,500 funding goal also includes the cost to edit and produce the documentary for presentation.
Video Team: $3,500 (2 weeks)
Room & Board: $2,100 (2 weeks)
Equipment Rental/Editing Costs: $3,500
Travel Costs: $3,400
Sea Mercy is a US based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that operates a fleet of free Floating Health Care Clinics (FHCC). Each FHCC is staffed by U.S. and internationally based health care volunteers serving the remote islands of the South Pacific. Our FHCC's are large sailing catamaran (45'-65') modified to carry medical doctors, support staff, and the necessary medical supplies to these remote islands providing free Preventive, Curative, Educational and Rehabilitative services where there are currently none available. Our vessels also act as Disaster Relief vessels for these same remote islands following natural disasters. We work directly with our island nation partner's local health ministry staff to assist them in achieving their remote island health care initiatives and the delivery of international aid.
Dave Carroll, Director
Over the past two decades Dave Carroll has been working professionally as a writer, director and cameraman. Dedicated to creative content which contextualizes the human experience he founded Suspect Films, a production company focused on telling compelling character driven stories. His directorial debut, the award winning feature length documentary 'Bending Steel' premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and has been on the international festival circuit ever since.