KICKSTARTER PROJECT PRESS RELEASE:
The Solar Champion Film launches
Kickstarter Campaign to raise finishing
funds of film.
New York, NY- May 1, 2012
A comedy, an independent film and the need for renewable energy in the developing
world is a new feature film now gathering finishing funds on Kickstarter.
And it all started in a dumpsite town in the Philippines. Gerry Balasta, a Filipino-
American based in New York, is the creative mind behind the award-winning
movie “The Mountain Thief,” is looking for supporters to back his next project: a
feature film called “The Solar Champion” that’s designed to make you laugh.
In “The Mountain Thief,” the actors were actual scavengers from a landfill community
in the Philippines. As a result of the project’s success, children from the
film got medical help, and the main actor, a special needs child, and the first batch
of 6 is now going to school. “‘The Solar Champion‘ is the continuation of our work
and this time in a narrative comedy form. Acted by the talented actors of ‘The
Mountain Thief,’ this film is truly inspiring, funny and entertaining.
In the film, viewers will take a hilarious ride with a family of dreamers, as they
search for the next “Manny Pacquiao” and the “Brazilian solar bottle bulb” invention.
In the end the children find inspiration from their father, and in the least likely
place they expected it—from the prizefighter within themselves. The film ends in a
documentary and advocacy, which discovers and tracks the real lives of the actors
of the film, as well as inventors, dreamers and real-life solar champions (the
film will search for the Brazilian inventor of the solar bottle bulb and feature other
solar bulb inventors) and an advocacy to bring these solar bulbs to children using
kerosene or in the off grid so they can study without the ill effects of a kerosene
lantern (bad for the health and environment).
Those interested in viewing the trailer and learning more about this ambitious project
or supporting it with a donation should visit The Solar Champion on Kickstarter:
SEARCH Solar Champion http://kck.st/I7IkaF or at