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A Sci-Fi film production that builds renewable energy as permanent sets depicting an ecological utopia.
Ire Cortes
Toronto, Ontario
3 Team Members

Nowhere Here Now is a sci-fi family adventure set in TRON-O, an ecological utopia where all the children have mysteriously fallen asleep. The film follows a mother of the only child left awake. When the child suddenly disappears, she sets out to find her, and in doing, discovers the root of TRON-O’s great suffering.

Inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone and the film, The NeverEnding Story, Nowhere Here Now is about leaving paradise to look for someone you may not find, but you must try anyway. It's narratology is designed to bring this impulse to the story of our present-day climate crisis: for the invisible imagination to become a real part of our everyday life.

In true mythic form, this story is an EPIC trilogy. It is followed by As Below, So Above - told from the missing child's point of view, then ending with Emptiness, a cosmic perspective.

HI! My name is Irene Cortes and I'm the founder of ThreeEstudios - a film studio that reinterprets the film production process as a catalyst for ecological engagement. I've been making films, theatre, opera, writing children's books, taking photos, DJing, making music, writing poetry and staging interventionist performance work as activism for 18 years. This approach to making films is what I've come up with.

Historically, artists participate in "movements" that define approaches to expression. As a contributor, you will be at the forefront of supporting a NEW MEDIUM! I call it a BUILDING FILM. It is a method of creating inspiring movies, but also benefits our ecology while challenging traditional approaches to filmmaking.

Tubao, La Union, Philippines

The set design is deeply inspired by Buckminister Fuller's geodesic dome and the Bahay Kubo, a traditional filiipino hut. Using materials indigenous to the location, this set design will look futuristic and "natural," while providing renewable energy to the surrounding community.

What will we accomplish with $140,673?
With help from an Ontario-based solar firm, Boreal Solar, we will realize a small-scale powerplant capable of generating 50 kw; providing clean power for over 60 households and a small community centre, serving approx. 700 familes in the area.
  • transport of solar equimpment and trained engineers to the Philippines
  • acquiring building materials
  • hiring local builders
  • build a micro-grid
  • provide training for locals on how to maintain the plant
  • a documentary on the "making of" the set

Our budget details can be viewed here.

(note: target funding goal factors in the processing fees charged by indiegogo.com)

What will we accomplish with more than $140,673?

We will be able to build a larger set, beef up the technology while extending the micro-grid to many more families. There are over 200 households in the area. It's our ultimate goal to reach them all.

If we reach waay more than our goal, there are other locations we have established partnerships with:  Art Institutes in Catalunya, an Orphanage in Mongolia, LGBT youth in Uganda, Buddhist temple in Korea, Native Reserves in Canada. We won't stop!

What will happen if we don't reach our target?

We will still move forward. The land in Tubao has been acquired and is dedicated for this purpose. With the funds we raise, we will continue to build partnerships, establish a solid bedrock for the set and continue to fundraise. Money attracts money, no?

I am fully committed to realizing this film and others like it, and plan to do so for the rest of my life.

What do you get?

We have a number of perks that we hope will satisfy. They include mobile solar products, art prints, handmade sculptures, downloads and more! For those interested in becoming a producer, we have an open invitation and a home for you in the Philippines while we build the set. If you are interested in participating beyond $10,000, please email us at nowhereherenow@gmail.com

  • Help invigorate a community by building clean energy as architecture inspiring beauty and pride for their home
  • Be a part of the first wave of supporters for this style of filmmaking
  • Know that by watching, we affect the world around us - how eloquent to achieve this realization through the medium of film.
  • With this approach, I have intialized the development of 2 small-scale powerplants: the first in Tubao, Philippines, the other in Catlunya, Spain.
  • With your contribution, we will build a really cool looking set that is both functional and beneficial to developing communities, and that will tell a story for generations to come!
  • In 2012, I wrote, directed and premiered an opera that builds solar sculptures as part of the performance. Since then, I have been invited to Uganda, Berlin and Seoul.

We intend to make a film that engages an audience to be ecologically critical while inspiring enthusiasm for the potential of this production process.

Irene shaking hands with community leaders in Tubao

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  • $5USD

    THANK YOU! Your name, along with ALL OUR SUPPORTERS WHO CONTRIBUTE will be included in our Family Book. This book will be ecologically printed and placed in the set and film for posterity.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $20USD

    During production, we will send you weekly mixtapes of what we are listening to as we build TRON-O. You will also receive a recording of my opera: Nowhere Here Now with music composed by the ever-talented Geoff Gallegos aka Double G aka the Hip Hop Maestro, techno producer/DJ Marshall Drägun accompanied by Serge Slipachenko.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD

    SENT! You will be emailed a large digital file of of the movie poster, a recording of my opera, PDF of the Working Blueprint for the film set in the Philippines and a "Making Of" documentary.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD

    We will send you a 22"x 44" draft print for the set we build in the Philippines. Numbered and Printed in Canada on locally sourced paper. + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $5 for shipping)

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $75USD

    A Handmade 15” note tote made from reclaimed plastic wrappers, woven by members of the local Filipino communities that will be directly benefited by the set. + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $5 for shipping)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $125USD

    Never be without energy! WIth your contribution we will send you the SOLAR STRAP: a portable battery unit for your smart devices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUoVsnvsneo + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $15 for shipping)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150USD

    3 Poster Prints for the ENTIRE TRILOGY! Imagine the future on your walls. This story is a trilogy beginning with Nowhere Here Now, followed by As Below, So Above then ending with Emptiness. These are 22" x 32" dye prints on ecologically sourced paper from Canada. Signed and Numbered + BLUEPRINT + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $5 for shipping)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD

    Limited Edition box set in a woven case made of recycled plastic wrappers by members of the local Filipino community. Box Set includes: DVD of documentary, CD of full soundtrack, a 50+page illustrated booklet including photos, text and illustrations of the building process. + Once the film is made, you will also receive a DVD Each box set is numbered and signed. This is EXCLUSIVE to the campaign and will only be produced once. + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $5 for shipping)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $250USD

    Have your name carved into the interior of the set. We will send you a hi-res photo of your name along with a few of the perks above. + BOX SET + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC (add $5 for shipping)

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  • $500USD

    We will send you working blueprints for the set, along with the technology specifications we use to make it a working powerplant. This will arrive as a limited edition set including a 50+ page booklet of the process and prints packaged in a 15” WOVEN TOTE + BOX SET + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC

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  • $1,000USD

    HAND CARVED SCULPTURES by ARTISAN CARVER and JEWELLER approx. 10" x 10" x 10" These will come with a handwritten thank you note and booklet on how to care for your Imagination Machine. + BOX SET + MASON'S SET + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC + GRAFFITI

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $5,000USD

    WIth your name in the credits, we will also invite you to visit us on site to pitch in or just observe. Transport from the airport and accommodations for 2 will be provided. You provide your airfare. + BOX SET + MASON'S SET + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC + GRAFFITI

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10,000USD

    WIth your name in the credits, we will also invite you to visit us on site to pitch in or just observe. Airfare, transport from the airport and accommodations for 1 will be provided. + BOX SET + MASON'S SET + DIGITAL PACKAGE + MUSIC + GRAFFITI

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