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Project of the Day: ‘Olancho’ Follows the Musicians of Honduras’ Drug Cartels

Project of the Day: 'Olancho' Follows the Musicians of Honduras' Drug Cartels

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Tweetable Logline: A tough young accordionist seeks to make a living performing for drug cartels in Honduras, the most murderous country in the world.

Elevator Pitch: Orlin Chirinos is the new leader of “Los Plebes de Olancho,” a narcocorrido band that creates and plays songs for some of the most dangerous narcos of Honduras. Orlin fell into the role about a year ago when his cousin, also the former bandleader, was exiled to the US after one of his songs angered a local cartel boss. Orlin now has to attempt to create a name for himself without angering his dangerous patrons. His songs glorify traffickers who often threaten him and his family, but in a world ruled by narcos, does he have any other choice?

Production Team:
Chris Valdes – Co-director Producer
Ted Griswold – Co-director / Producer
Shlomo Godder – Director of Photography
Jeff Consiglio – Lead Creative / Technical Consultant 
Esther Anino – Regional Producer 

About the film: From 2010 to 2012, Ted and I taught at a small school in Olancho, Honduras. During this time we formed deep bonds within the community and fell in love with Olancho. We traveled across Latin America and never encountered a people as proud as Olanchanos. Although the province is infamous for the prevalence of drug violence, Olanchanos share a sense of resilience and survival against great odds. Orlin, our subject, embodied this spirit and exemplified it through his music. After two years in Olancho and 4 months of filming the band, we share this sense of pride too.
Current Status: Production/ post-production (We may need to follow our story to Chicago and film more!)

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