Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Brotherland: East Through The Balkans

It has literally been months in the making, but it is finally here. A culmination of some serious planning, the courage for my brothers to come out to europe, my perseverance to film as much footage as I possibly could and a personal thirst for adventure that drove us to do this trip in the first place have all come together to become "Brotherland: East Through The Balkans". We began in Dubrovnik and made our way north and then east to explore all the region had to offer. For many years now I have traveled around Croatia and managed to explore plenty of what the country had to offer but exploration of "Slavonia, the region furthest east had always eluded me. Steeped in history, it is the region that was the hardest hit during the Balkan conflict of the 90's. The eastern city of Vukovar is still in heavy recovery and is still scarred with the wounds of war. But where sacrifice and hardship left their mark, life goes on. Not only does it go on, but it flourishes. We were fortunate enough to have my friend Katarina show us around to see exactly how life in Slavonia moves forward at a hopeful pace.

Brotherland Episode 1 is the first of a many part series that showcases our travels through Eastern Europe and Ukraine. Stay tuned for following episodes. In the meantime please feel free to repost and share this film with anybody you think might enjoy it. I am not a professional film maker but I am proud of what I have managed to create so please share it. A special thanks goes out to everybody who gave us advice, gave us accommodation, helped us along our way and issued their support for the project. We couldn't have done it without you. And don't forget to check out all the websites and music of the artists who contributed as well.

Check out music from Akido, 41st and Home, Sinewave, A Lesser Panda and Teo Acosta. Big thanks go out for giving this film a fantastic soundtrack. Wouldn't be the same without you guys.

Without further delay, I bring you the first in a four part series. "Brotherland: East Through The Balkans"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Left You All Hanging...

I must apologize for the late late reply. To some of you it must feel like I've abandoned the blog altogether. That wouldn't be far from the truth. In a nutshell I have decided to return to Canada for the winter to sort out visa paperwork and also to make a bit more money for the coming season. So I have been hard at work cranking away on Brotherland Episode 1 as well as a full time job installing yacht systems. Enough to keep a grown man busy. I must apologize for the neglect this blog has been in the last few months and can only tell you that there are big things coming down the pipe... so stay tuned folks! In the meantime I will try to add a post here or there, as well as finish the post on my family quest in Ukraine! Thanks for your patience.