Archive for: February, 2012

The Patagonia Sur Documentary Project: Field Notes—Valle California Gauchos

Bridget Besaw: Documentary adventures in Patagonia, Chile.

In the past few months when someone asks me to describe the scope of my current project for Patagonia Sur, I often realize that the very thing that attracted me to the company, and to their story, is the thing that can at times become overwhelming from a documentary standpoint: the diversity of subject matter and the variety of story angles from within this one larger story of “conservation for profit” can be a struggle to lasso!

The Patagonia Sur Documentary Project: Field Notes—Valle California School Visit

Bridget Besaw: Documentary adventures in Patagonia, Chile.

Our first trip to Valle California was mainly focused on telling the tourism component of the Patagonia Sur story. We interviewed the Rodriguez family, whose investment and membership in the company creates the opportunity for them to visit the properties each year on vacation. They were a fun, inspiring family to spend time with, and I am hoping to see them again since Lucas and Matias have become quite attached to Pine Island Camp in the Belgrade lakes region, so hopefully I’ll get to see them again this summer back “home” in Maine.

The Patagonia Sur Documentary Project: Field Notes—Introduction

Bridget Besaw and Daniel Casado: Documentary adventures in Patagonia, Chile

In the past few years of living off-and-on in Chile, I’ve become more familiar with some of the environmental issues facing this region. I am getting to “know” Chile not only as an ex-pat, but, as is often the case for me, my relationship to this place is now defined by the environmental stories that I tell as a photographer and film-maker. I am also a partner owner of 2 Patagonia (clothing) stores in Chile (Puerto Varas and Pucon) and as such, I partnered with the brand to produce a short film about the Sin Represas campaign, an exhibit at the Adventure Film Festival, and other outdoor/environmental outreach tools and events. All of which have furthered my understanding of this incredible country that is just beginning to really embrace it’s own environmental movement—which makes this an exciting time to be an environmental documentarian here in Chile!

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