Help tell a story of the Upper Amazon!
Organized by: Henry Worobec
With the help of good-hearted and generous donors, Henry Worobec volunteered two months of his services as a filmmaker for a river that you need to know about. The Marañón River has been called the Grand Canyon of South America, The Serpent of Gold, and the principle tributary of the Amazon River. Notably, it is one of the last free-flowing connections between the nutrient-rich Andes Mountains and the globally-significant Amazon Biome. It seems unreasonable that up to 20 large-scale, hydro-electric dams could be constructed on Rio Marañón without a better understanding of the local and worldwide consequences.
In search of answers, our international team rafted 28 days, from mountains to jungle, collecting data, listening to locals, and observing the beauty of this vital river. CONFLUIR, a Study of Rio Marañón will be a short film about our trip and what we learned. The goals of this film are to set a precedence for and encourage further research on Rio Marañón as well as publicize the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy an expedition-style raft trip down one of the greatest free-flowing rivers on earth. We hope to inspire an international audience to spread the word about this incredible river and support MARAÑÓN WATERKEEPER, a new non-profit dedicated to advocacy for the people and ecosystems of the Marañón.
The first $5,000 donated to this campaign covered the travel expenses for the filming of Confluir, but now we need your help to put the film together. We have multiple people working on this film: translating interviews, building motion graphics, assembling a soundtrack, organizing distribution and outreach, and editing together the most educational and entertaining story possible from a hard-drive of over 20,000 video clips. We now have Non-Profit status, so all donations from here on out are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Your donation will contribute to the post-production of Confluir and greatly help our mission to Record and Empower Rio Marañón.
Our Website: maranonproject.org
An article authored by team members Alice Hill and Jaime Goode: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/01/the-rio-maranon-is-moving-dam-construction-in-a-volatile-landscape/
The beneficiary non-profit of the final film: maranonwaterkeeper.org
Preliminary Water Quality Results: https://mountainadventurescience.wordpress.com/maranon/