A couple friends of mine, Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson, are fundraising for their documentary film called "The Sugar Bowl". They are planning to travel this Spring to shoot the film. The film synopsis from the site:
This film will be a poetic portrayal of the island of Negros, also known as the "sugar bowl" of the Philippines. Through a chorus of voices we will hear the tragic story of its sugar cane industry through eras of Spanish and American colonization. We will craft an eerie story of people living in the past and struggling to keep things as they once were. The film at its core is a story about resilience in the face of hardships.
My good friend Nicole Rogers is acting as the freelance journalist on the film, which is very exciting. The entire production has received some wonderful funding through their win at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in its Pitching competition, as well as a recent grant from the Toronto Arts Council (way to go!). But they still need some funders to make this project happen.