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Project of the Day: Real-Life Filipino Fairy Tale in "Gwapa"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire November 29, 2011 at 11:15AM

Project of the Day: Real-Life Filipino Fairy Tale in "Gwapa"
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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.

"Gwapa"

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"Gwapa"

Tweetable Logline:

#GwapaFilm - Every child deserves the chance at a beautiful & healthy future. An inspirational documentary to #help Filipino #kids in need.
 
Elevator Pitch:
 
Gwapa (Beautiful) is a real-life fairy tale that follows two unlucky Filipino families and their journey for a healthy future. Every year, 4,000-5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft deformities, which are among the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go un-repaired. One surgery can change a child's life forever. Gwapa (Beautiful) is the first feature-length documentary dedicated to bringing awareness to the high number of children born with cleft deformities in the Philippines and the great need for free reconstructive surgeries. This stunningly remarkable film is a powerful tale of love, determination, and hope. 
 
Production Team:
 
Director: Meg Pinsonneault
Producers: Carlos Espinoza, Lindsey Rowe, and Meg Pinsonneault
Director of Photography: Sabina Padilla
Editor: Eamon Glennon
Composer: Aaron Dressler
Color Correction: Brian Sorbo
 
About the Production:
 
"As an avid traveler, I thought was prepared for this experience. But the extreme poverty and cleft issue in the Philippines was heart-breaking, to say the least. Despite desperate conditions, the Filipino culture is wonderfully rich. Its people are as beautiful and caring as the stories they share. I quickly feel in love with the families I documented and I'm better person for having known them. Needless to say, this project has changed my life forever. I hope to raise the funds needed to finish this inspiring film and for the opportunity to share my experience with the world." -- Meg Pinsonneault
 
Current Status:
 
In production.
 
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