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Project of the Day: Bahia SXSW Title ‘Bay of Saints’ Looks for Finishing Funds

Project of the Day: Bahia SXSW Title 'Bay of Saints' Looks for Finishing Funds

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“Bay of All Saints”

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Doc film about 3 single mothers and a refrigerator repairman in the notorious water slums of Bahia, Brazil will premiere at SXSW.

Elevator Pitch:

In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. When the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration, hundreds of families are about to lose their homes. BAY OF ALL SAINTS is a lyrical portrait of three single-mothers living in the water slums during this crisis. Their individual stories of poverty unfold through visits from Norato, their big-hearted refrigerator repairman, born and raised in the palafitas. As these women rise to fight for their future, they begin to see the bay in a whole new light.

Production Team:

Director/Camera/Editor: Annie Eastman
Executive Producers: Diane Markrow & Henry Ansbacker
Producers: Diane Markrow & Davis Coombe
Field Producer: Gustavo Gelmini
Original Music: Koven Smith, Jeff Linsenmaier
About the Production:
“It was through my experience of working/living in the water slums of Bahia, Brazil that I first explored the medium of film. When I learned of the government’s plans to demolish these homes, I set out to document the impact on the impoverished community it would displace. I made 12 additional trips over 6 years. I fell in love with observational filmmaking—the thrill of not knowing how situations would unfold, or how they would ultimately be edited into the film, but sometimes, it’s just a matter of keeping the story options open, my camera steady and my focus sharp.” — Annie Eastman
Current Status:
The film is currently preparing for its SXSW debut.
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