As you have already heard from Kickstarter, we did not make our goal and your credit cards will not be charged with the pledge amount. However, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! You will forever be a Golden Tracker now, and we will never forget that you were of the first people to seriously back and believe in our cosmic project.
We were skeptical of fundraising through crowdfunding because it is a tough endeavor, but we decided to go for it with, indeed, a very ambitious goal. More than anything, we wanted to be truthful to how much a filmic journey like ours would cost and we didn't want to do it half way. We know what our budget is and now we will continue to fundraise for it.
Along this journey and through our outreach, we have developed some amazing friendships and garnered the support of the original Voyager Interstellar Message team, including Ann Druyan herself. Not to give too much away yet, but we feel closer than ever to the launch of our own mission.
With Professor Frank Drake, the incredible mind that hinted the idea of the Golden Record to Carl Sagan. Cornell University, October 2017.
We leave you with a little piece that The Chicago Maroon did on our project, we hope you enjoy it!
Finally, Golden Tracks is fiscally sponsored by Video Veracity Inc in New Orleans, and if you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution (which is something that Kickstarter does not offer), please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Biliana & Marina
Dear Golden Trackers and El Jinete followers,
September was an amazing month for Golden Tracks and we are very excited to share the following updates! with you!
First off, we are now at the halfway point of our campaign and have 27 days to still reach our goal! We were recently very inspired to create a brand new concept video after returning from the Arizona desert. We spent two amazing days in the presence of Tony Redhouse, Navajo musician and spiritual healer who shared his story and the work he does with women recovering from substance abuse. Please be sure to click on the main video link to check it out!
At the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, our interview with Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak marked a significant step in our understanding of the mysteries of the cosmos and Voyager’s survival in deep space.
On September 28 in Pasadena, CALTech held a panel discussion for the 40th anniversary of Voyager's Golden Record, including the participation of Voyager Project scientist Ed Stone, Creative Director of the Voyager Interstellar message Ann Druyan, Producer of the film ‘Interstellar’ Lynda Obst, Co-producer of the first vinyl release of the Golden Record David Pescovitz, and artist Reggie Watts. This event brought us a step closer to realizing our dream of tracking the music of the Golden Record. We have some very exciting news to share with you all very soon.
And finally, across the globe in the East, Marina has connected with JAXA, Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency and has some exciting meetings set up for the following months.
We want to conclude by officially releasing the musical segment we filmed with Bulgarian-American folk ensemble Blato Zlato in New Orleans this summer. Here they are performing a beautiful and original rendition of “Izlel E Delyo Haydutin,” the Bulgarian folk song originally recorded by Valya Balkanska and currently floating through interstellar space aboard the Voyager spacecraft. This summer, we interviewed Valya Balkanska herself and she showed tremendous enthusiasm for our project. We cannot wait to return to the Rhodope Mountains and continue filming with one of Bulgaria’s greatest national treasures.
Enjoy, and visit our Kickstarter to check out our latest reward: $1 in the name of science, music and preserving our culture! If you can help us share this message to 175,000 people, we will surely make our goal :-)
Biliana & Marina
Hello Golden Trackers!
Thank you so much for joining our journey and contributing to our campaign! We have until October 30 to raise our final goal, and we ask current Golden Trackers and supporters to please continue to share the project with their networks so that we may reach as many people as possible!
On opposite ends of the world (that are actually quite close!) we have made some exciting new progress! In Tokyo, Marina will be meeting with members of the Chikumeisha Shakuhachi Guild: masters, students and protégés of Goro Yamaguchi - the original performer of the Japanese track 'Tsuro No Sugomori' on the Golden Record and the leader of this guild up until his death in 1999. Today, the musicians of the guild preserve and continue to master the style of shakuhachi of Yamaguchi. The Head of the European branch of the guild, Shakuhachi master and teacher Gunnar Jinmei Linder has played a vital role in connecting us to Mizuno-sensei of the guild.
Back on the US continent, Biliana and our co-producer Cameron have made considerable progress on a mission that has lead them from Louisiana to California. They are currently en route to the SETI Institute, where Biliana will speak with senior astronomer Seth Shostak, as we investigate the details of Voyager's journey through interstellar space. On their way back through Arizona, they will film with Tony Redhouse, a member of the Navajo Nation, a drummer and spiritual healer, who will demonstrate his music therapy with individuals suffering from drug addiction and substance abuse. Tony will also be rerecording his version of the Navajo Night Chant.
And finally, through our connections to the University of Chicago - which we both attended - we have made a very special point of contact with an original participating member of the selection committee for the Golden Record: Mr. Chou Wen-chung was responsible for selecting the Chinese track "Flowing Waters", an enchanting, ancient piece played on the 7-string guqin instrument, and we shall be meeting with him soon...
All our best,
Biliana and Marina
Our Kickstarter page is NOW LIVE! We are part of Kickstarter's Projects of Earth campaign, and we would love for you to check out our page, take a look at our video and rewards, and join the journey!
Kickstarter, we take you up on your challenge! Wait till you see what El Jinete Films has been working on for the past two years! As part of the Projects of Earth initiative, we will be launching our project about the #GoldenRecord this summer! Stay tuned!
40 years after the launch of the Voyager Interstellar Mission, it comes the moment to look not beyond into space but back toward our planet Earth & the musical messages encoded on the Golden Record.
This documentary series will explore, in musico-visual complexity, the 27 pieces of music of this record. We will not only journey through space and we will not only listen -- we will travel the visually and musically empowered landscapes of our Earth and feel, look, be seduced, with all our senses.
To listen, but also to be in awe at what our eyes behold. At what our world and musical traditions have to offer us, today.
See you on the road, or maybe even in space,
Fellow traveling foodies, good morning!
Nowadays we all seem to abide by the exciting and delicious motto of: Will Travel For Food !
Now, though we may not be taking trips with a specific delicacy or restaurant in mind (not YET at least, here's to developing a our food column so that we can get sent on official assignements!), always when we travel we seek out the best local food experiences. It's not always evident to land in the most authentic little spot, but if you do at least a little bit of research, ask locals, and are willing to travel (by foot or transport) a bit farther for that good bite, then it can all be SO worth it!
Recently we took a four day trip to Rome, Italy. Now, we did the research and by all means, we TRIED to find that cute little authentic pizza spot behind the Vatican. (For all those curious: Bonci Pizzarium). We circled the ENTIRE Vatican City thinking, oh yes, we will find it... Well, we had a 3:15 museum reservation and let me tell you, we did NOT find it, and our hungry bellies ended up eating an ordinary slice near by the entrance so that we would not miss our entrance time.
That being said, Italian pizza still remains an epitimous food experience, whether it's named "the best" in Rome or not. Plus, we also had on our agendas: SHOOT A FILM! (What was presented to you all some weeks ago). Touristing, shooting a film, eating all the pizza, pasta and gelatos you can find... it's sometimes hard to coordinate and make every single experience PERFECT. But don't get us wrong, Rome is Rome and it was quite the amazing experience.
And NOW. With all those food memories still lingering on our minds, we decided to inaugurate the Kitchen section of El Jinete Films with PIZZA! And even more, cooked on a outdoor pizza oven that Biliana built in the back of Villa Jinete (our abode in the Bywater, New Orleans).
So, without further ado, here is our amusing first segment. We hope you enjoy! Watch below, and for FULL RECIPE, click HERE!!!
Europe was once again an amazing and creative experience. We came back late in May from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where we premiered our short film BAJO TIERRA at the Shorts Film Corner. Check out the film's page here! We are so proud to have brought this story to life (trailer here!), and we hope to be releasing it up on our website towards the end of the year once we have completed the short + sweet festival run.
But before Cannes, we took a mini 4-day trip to Rome, Italy and we have compiled a little lifestyle travel video for your enjoyment! Always let a city inspire you creatively. Rome inspired us to create a short little film about sisterly love and... a mutual love interest (fictional only!), accompanied by the beautiful voice of Ornella Vanoni and her love song L'Appuntamento...