"Every culture and society should seek ways to achieve peaceful coexistence among its citizens."
Reminding us of this, and telling stories through their lenses, is what photojournalists and documentary filmmakers do. Two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated photojournalist and film director Roger M. "Luke" Richards chases an Inca legend in the Andes Mountains, and this is your chance to be part of his feature documentary film team. More than a trip to Machu Picchu, this adventure is in pursuit of clues to an ancient mystery that modern technology has not been able to resolve. When searching for truth, you turn over as many stones as possible to see what lies beneath.
You don't get to choose what you find.
And so our journey to the land of the Incas begins in Peru.
Description of the Project
The team arrives in Cusco, Peru, where we will begin filming. Up to 10 participants will be personally involved in the details of documentary film production, beginning in Cusco and as we travel to the Sacred Valley. Each member of the team will be assigned a role but will also learn multiple aspects of film production.
Although there is no extreme hiking or climbing, participants can expect to walk and must bring a small backpack large enough for personal items as well as film gear. There are a couple of short half day hikes. A visit to Machu Picchu is included, followed by a drive over the Andes Mountains to continue shooting in a small Amazon jungle village. The project concludes in Cusco.
Those who wish to continue with the team, can travel to Puno, Peru where our Bolivian guide will meet us and escort us
across the border for a 1 day visit to the famous ruins of Tiwanaku.
What you Need to Know
Each participant is required to sign a NON-DISCLOSURE agreement to protect the integrity of the project.
Professional film equipment will be used, and instruction included in the technical aspects of production.
However, our main emphasis is on the craft of storytelling and not technical training.
Personal cameras and devices are welcome after a discussion regarding the parameters for their use.
All post-production work will be done by Roger Richards. Participants are not expected to assist with editing of the movie.
The feature documentary film production is intended for release on theatrical and online streaming platforms, to be announced in future.
All participants will be included in movie credits.
Who Should Apply?
Aspiring filmmakers * Historians * Botanists * Photographers * Videographers * Students * Scientists * Adventure Travelers * Writers
How to Apply
Deadline March 30: Send an email to INFO@ADIOSADVENTURETRAVEL.COM /Include full name, email address, phone number, current country of residence and experience.
April 6: 10 Participants will be contacted and at that time they should pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their spot. In case they change their mind, the next person on the waiting list will be notified.
MAY 1: Final payment due.
Peru Trip Dates: June 7-16 (10 Days not including 2 travel days. One on the front and one on the end)
Bolivia Extension: June 16-18 (2 Days)
Cost per person in USD: $2950 - 10 days Peru / add $400 - 2 Day Extension in Bolivia
Payments can be made by calling our US office in Virginia. M-F / 10-6 PM. All credit cards accepted.
Included in the price:
- All accommodations in basic 3* hotels with private bath in double rooms and camp (gear included) for 2 nights in the jungle village.
- All ground transportation from the time you arrive in Cusco until you depart.
- Cusco airport transfers.
- Breakfasts in the hotels/ All meals in the jungle village
- English-speaking local guides and interpreters
- Entry fees to all the sites we visit including Machu Picchu
- Film gear and equipment
- Travel assistance
Not included in the price:
- International flights to Lima, Peru
- Domestic flights from LIM-CUS or JUL-LIM (for those who do the Bolivian extension)
- Lima hotel (Wyndham is only hotel located at the airport. Best rates can be found on Expedia, Orbitz etc)
- Lunches / dinners / bottled water except where noted (budget $30 USD pp per day)
- Travel documents including visas (not needed in Peru for US citizens. Required for US citizens to enter Bolivia. $165 USD pp)
- Yellow Fever Vaccination for Amazon portion. Please check CDC for health guidelines.
- Tips for local staff (at your discretion)
- Travel Insurance (we recommend WORLD NOMADS. You are free to choose any provider)
Meet Roger M. "Luke" Richards
Filmmaker and photographer Roger M. Richards works in nonfiction, fiction and commercial film production, photojournalism/ documentary photography and multimedia production for magazine, newspaper, commercial, TV and motion picture clients.
His work has ranged from coverage of the White House in Washington, DC to conflict zones around the world, including the disintegration of Yugoslavia (particularly the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and the 44 month siege of Sarajevo), the civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, the US invasion of Panama, the guerrilla and narco-conflict in Colombia, political and social issues in Haiti and Peru, and the search for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Richards was a founding Senior Producer and Director of Photography with The Drew Carey Project at ReasonTV from December 2007 to November 2009. Prior to that he was Multimedia Editor/Producer, photo editor and staff photographer for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia from 2001 to 2007. At the Pilot he helped pioneer Hamptonroads.tv, the first newspaper video portal in the world. He is a former Associated Press photo bureau chief in Bogotá, Colombia, and was a staff photographer at the Washington Times in Washington, DC, from 1997-2000.
His television work has been broadcast on several networks, including ABC, NBC, FOX and the National Geographic Channel. His films have been shown at many film festivals, including winning a Best Short Documentary prize at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival for “Mississippi Drug War Blues: The case of Cory Maye”, which he co- directed with Paul Feine. Richards also works as a Director of Photography and film editor on projects by other directors and producers.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for photography, video, multimedia and picture editing from the National Press Photographers’ Association, the White House News Photographers’ Association, Pictures of the Year International, American Society of Magazine Editors, Society of Newspaper Design, Society of Professional Journalists and the Virginia News Photographers Association. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1990 and 2008. Richards was a picture editor on the staff of the Virginian-Pilot when the newspaper won the Society of Newspaper Design's international award for World's Best Designed Newspaper in 2001. Richards is the author of ‘Remember Sarajevo’, photographs and writings from the siege of Sarajevo (2004, Zone Zero Editions). It was one of the first publications of war photography to be published in the eBook format.
Roger M. Richards is currently a member of the WARM Foundation, an international foundation working on the world’s contemporary conflicts. He is also on the International Expert Team of the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, focused on documenting and bringing to justice war criminals wanted for acts of genocide. He has been a member of the White House News Photographers Association since 1997.
FILMOGRAPHY (from 2010):
2017-Tidewater (Feature documentary-directed by Roger Sorkin) Camera
2016-Sarajevo Roses-A Cinematic Essay (Feature documentary) Director-Writer-Producer-Cinematographer.
2016-Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution is Now (Feature documentary-directed by Jon Bowermaster; executive producer and narrator Mark Ruffalo) Cinematographer.
2015-Dear Governor Brown (short film, 25 mins.-directed by Jon Bowermaster) Cinematographer.
2014-Glen Campbell..I'll Be Me (Feature documentary/directed by James Keach) Cinematographer,Washington D.C.Unit.
2013-Gold Star Children (Feature documentary-directed by Mitty Griffis Mirrer) Director of Photography and Editor.
2013-Finding Family (Winner of two 2014 BAFTA-British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards-feature documentary-directed by Oggi Tomic and Chris Leslie) Photography
2011-Building Peace on Desktops (12 minutes) Co-Director- Cinematographer-Editor with Chris Tyree.
2010-A Walk with Ghosts (9 min 54 sec) Director-Cinematographer and Editor.
2010-Reason Saves Cleveland (Feature documentary-narrated by Drew Carey) Cinematographer and Editor.
All local travel arrangements are coordinated by Adios Adventure Travel
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