Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ISO: Chamorro end credits music

I'm in the online edit now, finishing The Insular Empire with rock star editor/After Effects wizard Mike Addison at Force Four here in Vancouver. But we've run into a snag: my fearless team in the CNMI hasn't been able to track down the rights to the song we'd been planning to run over the end credits of the 58 minute (festival/educational) version.

So... now, in the 11th hour, we’re looking for a new song for the end credits. It has to be sung in Chamorro, and ideally it should be about the Marianas as homeland.

If anyone out there can suggest a song, please email me – and please attach the song (or a link to the song) so I can hear it. And if you know who has the rights to it, please let me know that as well.

Si Yu’us maase!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More fallen soldiers from Guam and CNMI

I've identified three more soldiers killed in the US "war on terror". That brings the total from the Marianas to 26.

Iosiwo Uruo
Derence Jack
JayGee Ngirmidol Meluat

Please notify me ASAP if you know of any others! Thank you.

News from Indian Country - and More Fallen Heroes

Hope Cristobal just pointed me to one of the best articles I have read in a long time about Guam and the US military buildup happening there. Published on a news site called News from Indian Country, and written by journalist Beau Hodai, who has worked for both the Pacific Daily News and the Marianas Variety, the article documents the self-censorship of Guam's corporate-controlled media.

It also documents the heavy burden the Marianas are carrying in America's wars overseas. I'm not convinced that Hodai's numbers are accurate, but according to Hodai, the Marianas now have lost 46 soldiers, giving "Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, with a population of under 300,000, the dubious honor of being the region of the United States with the highest number per capita of such casualties."

I am collecting the names and photos of these fallen soldiers for the film. So far, I have photos of the following 23 soldiers:

Christopher Fernandez
Jose Charfauros, Jr.
Adam Quitugua Emul
Christopher Jude Rivera Wesley
Eddie Chen
Gregory D. Fejeran
John D. Flores
Jesse Castro
Jonathan Pangelinan Santos
Kasper Allen Camacho Dudkiewicz
Leeroy Camacho
Michael Vega
Richard D. Naputi, Jr.
Henry Hank Ofeciar
Victor Fontanilla
Wilgene Lieto
Ferdinand Ibabao
Brian Leon Guerrero
Samson Mora
Tony Carbullido
Christopher Quitugua
Joseph D. Gamboa
Anamarie San Nicolas Camacho

If you are aware of anyone not on this list who should be, please email me [vanessa-at-horsopera.org] immediately. We are locking picture in less than a week!