Message From Upernavik documentary development

In 2004 Niels put a message in a bottle on the ice floe in Baffin Bay.  Global heating  was already melting glaciers and changing habitats.  The hunter society in which he was brought up in Upernavik, Greenland is vanishing like the ice, and with it a culture deeply interwoven with its environment.
On Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, in 2006, I found the message.  It has taken 12 years to finally make direct contact with Niels.

Increasing storm surge and projected sea level rise are already having effects in Uist.  Will this make inhabitation of low-lying islands unsustainable in future?
This film is about reaching out, international friendship, extreme climate change and a new generation of children fighting for their planet.

In September 2019 I want to travel to Upernavik to begin to film this incredible story of a message in a bottle that brought together two communities both under threat from the climate crisis and with the help of our children start to imagine a different future.

With your support Andy Mackinnon from UistFilm will undertake a research & development trip to Upernavik, Greenland in September 2019 to consolidate relationships with principal contributors to the film, develop story and resolve logistics issues.

Test/preliminary shooting in Greenland and Uist would also take place. A short tease video will be edited to further develop and fundraise for the full production.

Funders will all receive regular updates on progress, a unique funders video download and a special thanks on the completed film credits.

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  • cees van Dijk 
    • £100 
    • 5 mos
  • Kate MacDonald 
    • £10 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £100 
    • 5 mos
  • Iain Macdonald 
    • £20 
    • 5 mos
  • Shona Currie 
    • £30 
    • 6 mos
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Andy Mackinnon 
Lochmaddy, Scotland, United Kingdom
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