The Future Now Short Film
The Future Now Category Film Client Living Water International The overwhelming majority of films produced for...
Client Living Water International
The overwhelming majority of films produced for charities are documentaries. Docs capture only that moment in time when the crew was on location. It difficult to see the full effects of the amazing work being done over time. Also, there is often a language barrier in the remote places of the world which forces you to use subtitles in the final film.
With this film, we set out to create something that would show the audience what clean water makes possible. We also wanted to do this without words. We wanted the audience to be immersed in the film without the distraction of reading subtitles.
I co-wrote this film with my good friend Meredith Maines and refined the story with the rest of the team. The story is based on the story of so many children around the world. 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water. They are forced to drink water that makes them sick and in some cases, kills them.
This water keeps kids out of school and creates a time poverty. Time people would otherwise use to earn an income, is spent fetching unsafe water and being sick.
Working with non-profits, the budget is always a consideration. We took a minimal crew of 5 people — Director (myself), Director of Photography (DP) (Tim Daniels), ADP (Nam Nguyen), Producer (Sara Banks) and Photographer (Sara Hruzek). This small team from the states worked closed with Living Water teams in Kenya to cast local people, scout locations and coordinate the week-long shoot.
Mercy, our lead actress, had never seen a smartphone, let alone a cinema camera before. Working with a translator and acting out each scene with her we managed to pull an incredible performance out of her.
The film premiered at Living Water’s 2016 gala in front of 1200 people. The gala raised $3,000,000 that night.