The lack of news from 21st Paradigm has been because I’ve been locked away researching, writing and editing Lost Dogs. Much progress has been made and a paradigm‐shifting interview was done with Derrick Jensen, activist and author of close to twenty books on our culture’s death urge. In Lost Dogs, Jensen addresses the silencing of the dogs and how their captivity relates to our own captivity and silencing by corrupt institutions. Thus the vision I had from the start in my heart but which I was unable to articulate is coming to fruition. Lost Dogs was always to be about far more than street dogs, about domination and dominion, about silencing, human versus nonhuman, powerful versus powerless, rich versus poor. This film is about you and I and the choices we have to save the world in which we live. It’s about opening our hearts and waking up.
An excerpt from A Language Older Than Words, by Derrick Jensen:
In order for us to maintain our way of living, we must, in a very broad sense, tell lies to each other, and especially to ourselves. It is not necessary that the lies be particularly believable. The lies act as barriers to truth. These barriers to truth are necessary because without them many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. Truth must at all costs be avoided. When we do allow self-evident truths to percolate past our senses and into our consciousness, they are treated like so many hand grenades rolling across the dance floor of an improbably macabre party. We try to stay out of harm’s way, afraid they will go off, shatter our delusions, and leave us exposed to what we have done to the world and to ourselves, exposed as the hollow people we have become. And so we avoid these truths, these self‐evident truths and continue the dance of world destruction.
For those of us living in the United States, just one example of what Jensen is addressing is the denial of a holocaust that kills ten thousand dogs every day in an institutionalized system we ironically call a “shelter.” It does not need to be like this, if we would only take a look. If we would think of the unthinkable, speak of the unspeakable, we could change these things. Gabriela Jarpa – one of the central characters in the film – is currently trying to care for 93 dogs in Rinconada (Santiago’s dump for dogs). 65 old dogs and 28 puppies. Imagine for a moment you are trying to feed and shelter, then adopt out this many dogs almost single‐handedly? And always more are abandoned. From what I could make out on Gabriela’s Facebook post, this dog was suffering for days/weeks in Rinconada but in a place where Gabriela could not find him. The other dogs dragged him to the place where she feeds them, seemingly in an attempt to help save him but it was already too late. This is Gabriela’s world and I have seen her persevere year after year as I fumble through the edit without adequate funds to hire a writer who could shave months off this process. The street dogs of Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, India, China, Thailand and so on – numbering 600 million – cannot feel any change until the film is completed and distributed globally. This takes funding.
I am asking for your support in completing Lost Dogs by the spring of 2012. There are two reasons why post‐production of Lost Dogs is taking longer than expected:
- a) Lack of funds to hire help, and
- b) The fact that I need to work a regular job to pay personal bills as well as cover production expenses.
All my time has been in a volunteer capacity since the start, but there are costs I myself cannot get around. Most important at present is funding for archival footage fees, overheads and writing input.
If you are a writer with filmmaking experience and could offer consultation, please contact me at Vanessa@21paradigm.com. If you know someone, please refer me to them, or if you can offer financial support that allows me to hire the person most suited to the job, please make a year‐end donation. No matter how small your contribution, you will be a part of the change.
Via Paypal at http://www.lostdogsfilm.org/donate/
Or please send a check to:
1714 NW Quincy Ave
Bend, OR 97701
Thank you also to Misha Dickerson for coming on board 21st Paradigm to help with promotion and fundraising, to Natalia Smith for your continued perseverance with archival footage requests, and to Anthony Tanaka for your enormous contributions to outreach and marketing.
For the dogs,
Director, 21st Paradigm