CIFF Project of the Day: American Tourists in ‘The Ocean Does Not Care’

CIFF Project of the Day: American Tourists in 'The Ocean Does Not Care'

All this week, we’re spotlighting four films that will be in the running
for our Camden International Film Festival Project of the Week
contest.  At the end of the week, we’ll have a vote for the project that
you like the most.  That project will get to pitch their project at the
CIFF Points North Pitch, where a world-class panel will give feedback
on their projects and award one pitch project $1,000.  The
Indiewire/CIFF Project of the Week winner will receive free lodging in
Maine and a travel stipend!

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Ocean Does Not Care”

Tweetable Logline:

THE OCEAN DOES NOT CARE explores how American tourists rely on global inequalities to subsidize their leisure.

Elevator Pitch:

Americans travel to Mexico more than any
other country in the world, because it’s close, warm, and most
importantly, cheap–relative low wages make it affordable for families
and spring-breakers looking for an “all-inclusive” getaway. THE OCEAN
DOES NOT CARE explores how local communities develop around tourist
economies, in places like Cabo San Lucas, where the government has spent
millions remodeling its marina for tourists even as many locals live in
makeshift neighborhoods without electricity or water, or Cancun, where
few of its six million annual visitors ever venture into the crumbling
city of 700,000. 

Production Team:

The makers of “LIFELIKE” 2011

About the Production:

“What attracted us to this project was
uneasiness with our own time spent as tourists, in different countries
but especially in Mexico. With THE OCEAN DOES NOT CARE, we hope to
inspire audience members to consider their own travel experiences and
desires as countries across the world premise their economic development
on tourism. We don’t seek to condemn these tourist economies–we’re
approaching this film with curiosity and humility. But there is no doubt
that beyond the sunset strips and shopping centers of hotel zones are
communities of people whose culture and livelihoods have been
fundamentally altered by our presence.”

Current Status:


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People are affected by the presence of other people? You don't say.

I don't get it.


been wondering what you guys have been doing. so excited for this.

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