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Project of the Day: ‘American Milk’

Project of the Day: 'American Milk'

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“American Milk”

Tweetable Logline: In the eyes of a quiet Filipina, the neon swirl of Vegas is infused with the air of the Philippine jungle. Global economics from one person.

Elevator Pitch: This documentary crystallizes the most important trend in global economics into a single story. Talaca is the Every-woman of our globe, not because she is the average (far from it), but because she is a member of the countless millions who leave their native homes in search of a better life. 

Talaca’s story goes beyond expectation, however. With the money she makes in Las Vegas, she goes home to carry on the ancient traditions of Ifugao, honoring her grandparents with ceremonies far from western experience. Every corner of the world is connected with every other corner in American Milk.

Production Team:

Nikolas Diener – Director (Ardenter, The George Street Artists) 
Gregory Timmons – Camera/Editor (The George Street Artists, Who Knew)
Joe Lee – Camera/Editor (The Witmans, Pine Tree)
Rauthild Orleth-Diener – Producer/Anthropological Consultant
Adam Evans – Producer (Pine Tree)

Associate Producers – Ryan Troop, Anna C. Coatsworth, Pamela Lee, Beverly Yohe
Executive Producers – Leslie Drinkwater, Alex Dwyer

About the Production: Talaca first met the Dieners just days after her birth. Her mother had died as a result of her pregnancy, and Shirley Diener, who had also just given birth, offered to nurse Talaca. Many years later, when Rauthild came back to Ifugao to do her doctoral research, Talaca was reconnected with her “milk family”, and has remained close ever since.

Nik, Joe, and Greg have been shooting documentaries since their fingers first found the record button. All three wanted to create a film with a truly global perspective, and the story behind American Milk is far too perfect an opportunity.

Current Status: 
We’re nearing the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we’ll be shooting in the Philippines throughout June.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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