Who are your main characters?

We follow two long-time fair traders, Matt Earley and Chris Treter, as they journey 1000 miles from Mexico to Nicaragua.  Their story and insights will be the entry to the story and the introduction to the multitude of coffee farmers we meet.  The stories of this coffee farmers will lead to the broader historical and political point.s   Also, experts in coffee, equitable trade and Latin American history will play an integral role in the film.

What are your thoughts on the controversy in the fair trade world?

There is growing divide amongst fair trade leaders regarding the future of the movement.  Our goal as filmmakers is not to take sides, but to show to the opinions of the different sides.  To us, it’s important to take a step back and look at the shared goals of those working towards ‘equitable trade’.  We’ve interviewed a great number of people with diverging opinions. We’re approaching this  as responsible journalists – we aim to show the multitude of voices and let the viewer make their own decisions.   However, it should be noted that this film is the story of the coffee farmers – and it is their voice and history that make up the majority of the screen time.

If you are accepting donations for businesses and individuals, how are you remaining independent?

We’re very grateful for the individuals and businesses that are helping us making this film.  But we have strict policy that no donors, sponsors or people appearing in the film have any editorial, artistic, or technical control over the film.  We want this film to be a broad tool that can be used by any organization involved in equitable trade as well as coffee shops, class rooms, religious institutions, etc.   This film is in no way a promotional piece for any of the business, organizations or people appearing in the film.

How can I help share the word about this project?

Thanks for asking!  This project has such big goals, and a wide subject that it can be difficult to explain succinctly.   First off, sharing this short link is the best way to get the word out: http://kck.st/16NFsx4

And here’s a brief facebook post template:

Connected By Coffee is the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region’s troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey across coffee-land, the film will give a voice to the farmers, and show how they are working together with equitable traders around the world to empower their communities and build a more just future.  Help this inspiring project reach their funding goal!

And a here are some tweetable options as well:

A new film needs your support to show the stories of the world’s coffee farmers and how fair trade can help them! kck.st/16NFsx4

A new film about coffee farmers & the connection between coffee and Latin America’s troubled past and hopeful future. kck.st/16NFsx4

Chelsea Bay DennisFAQ