A feature length sociocultural documentary investigating the legacy and influence of Junipero Serra - the Mallorcan-born “Father of California.”
Who is Juniper Serra, and why is he called the “Father of California”? How could a man born on a small island in the Mediterranean have succeeded in becoming one of the most important figures in the history of the United States?
The state of California put forward the figure of Fray Junipero Serra as one of the two people to represent the region in the Capitol in Washington in the company of the most outstanding personalities of the nation.
Serra, an 18th century Spanish missionary, founded in California the missions of San Diego, San Francisco de Asís, San Carlos Borromeo de Marmelo, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Sa Juan Capistrano, and others that eventually became cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, and others. Today most of these missions are considered World Heritage sites and form a network of routes which run through Mexico and the United States.
The documentary reveals various stories of people whose lives were touched by Father Serra´s role model, who have followed in his footsteps. These incredible stories bring us together in spite of distance and apparent differences. In addition, we explore how Serra’s messages are viewed today and to what extent his message of thrust and spirituality prevail in the Hispanic community.
The film, “The Influence of Junipero Serra,” is part of a larger transmedia project called “Juniper300” that promotes the figure and message of Serra as the Father of California. Born in Mallorca, Spain in 1713, his influence crosses borders through Mexico, California, and Spain.
Our protagonist, known as ‘the old man’, was 51 when, almost always on foot, he finally arrived in California in the service of the King and Church of Spain. The Route of Missions founded by this Friar from Mallorca started in the Mexican state of Querétaro. The missions of Jalpán, Tilaco, Tancoyol, Landa and Cocá are today baroque monuments declared World Heritage Sites in 2005.
The documentary will take the viewer to Petra, Mallorca; Queretaro, Mexico; the Californian cities of Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Carmel; Washington, D.C.; and the Vatican.
The filming will start in October of this year and will be completed in November. Post production will take two months, with the documentary ready to air by Summer 2013.
Why We Are Making the Project
The importance of the influence that Father Serra had on American society is indisputable. He is considered one of the ‘founders of the nation,’ the builder of the Californian missions that became some of the first settlements in California. We want to share the experience of adventure, danger, and sacrifice of this man’s life in order to unite two worlds separated by long distance, yet similar in essence.
The project enhances connections between the United States and Spain because the documentary portrays an essence of two worlds: the Mediterranean and the American Pacific Coast, bound by the figure of Junipero Serra as well as the vines and almond trees the two landscapes share. He is moreover the only man of Spanish extraction to whom a statue has been built in the Capitol in Washington D.C.
The strength of Serra and his message have entered into American society and its citizens. His deeds have conquered the hearts of millions of people, and today, in this difficult time, his message has even greater importance. As he said, “Always look forward.”
What You Get for Helping
We are offering many great benefits for your support of this project, found on the right hand side of the page. The benefits range from on screen credit and a free film poster to a private screening of the film in the U.S. or Spain.
Why We Need Your Help
We need your support to complete our internationally collaborative project and create a feature length documentary. Any contribution is helpful and will go towards covering the following expenses of our budget:
Music and script $6,071.50
Graphic design and computers $364.30
Equipment Rental $2,185.75
Travel and pre-production expenses $6,071.50
Other costs of production $850
General costs $5,221.50
Technical crew $32,106.10
How to Get Involved
- Link and share us on Facebook and Twitter (juniper300 and @juniper300), on Pinterest (juniper300), Instagram (juniper300), on Youtube (junipero300) and on Vimeo (juniper300).
- Email our Indiegogo project page link “www.indiegogo/TheInfluenceOfJuniperoSerra” to your friends.
- Post our project link “www.indiegogo/theinfluenceofJuniperoSerra” through your other active social media.
- Visit our official Juniper300 project website www.juniper300.com.
Be in Touch
If you have any questions about the project or would like more information, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who We Are
Tresques Comunicació is an audiovisual production company specializing in magazines and live programs, television formats, and the production of documentaries. We have 12 years of professional experience in the audiovisual world, during which we participated in 9 international and 11 national festivals. Some of our productions have been sold in Spain to Catalan Television and Spanish Radio Television.
We were also selected for the Cervantes Institute of Spain to represent Spanish film in the international world as a stepping stone to a wider audience. This past year, we have been focusing our efforts on the continued internationalization of the company, searching for new markets in places like the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Malta.