Title:
Churun

Genre:
Documentary

Duration:
14min

Year:
2014

Director:
Gerhard Weil

Co-Directors:
David Alonso
Priscilla Torres

Production Companies:
Al Agua Cinema alagua.tv
Zona Radical zonaradical.com






In an impenetrable and humid rainforest located in southern Venezuela lies Canaima, one of the vastest national parks in the world. Most parts of the park can only be reached by light plane, foot or canoe. Canaima's landscape is drawn by a copious amount of rivers and its horizon is constantly broken by immense tepui mountains. This remote place is what the Pemon Indians call home. Cut-off from the ocean and surrounded by a dense jungle, they have grown a sacred bond with the tepuis where the 'Mawari' spirits dwell.

Gerhard Weil’s life changed when he met Churun, a Pemon Indian from Canaima. A spiritual journey they both shared in 2004 made Gerhard promise Churun he would return to take him and his family to meet the ocean for the first time ever. This is the story about what happened 10 years after when Gerhard fulfilled his promise. A beautiful quest, full of “first times” and water adventures.



  • Official Selection 4th Venezuelan Film Festival in New York 2016 (VEFFNY)
  • Official Selection 9th ART&TUR - International Tourism Film Festival Portugal 2016
  • Official Selection of OZARK SHORTS Film Festival 2016
  • Official Selection International Tourism Film Festival "Tourfilm Riga" 2016
  • Official Selection 1st Ascenso Adventure Film Festival Miami 2016
  • Official Selection 3rd Chennai International Short Film Festival (CISFF)
  • Official Selection 2015 Blackbird Film Festival
  • 5 Award Nominations to the 2014 Ascenso Adventure Video Festival Venezuela. Achievments:
    • Best Film 2014
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Editing
    • Best Original Music



CAST

Carlos “Churun” Sifontes
Iris Arianna Sifontes García
Arnold José Rossi
Johan Amilcar Abati Sifontes
Gerhard Weil

CREW

Director:
Gerhard Weil

Co-Directors:
David Alonso
Priscilla Torres

Production:
David Alonso (Al Agua Cinema)
Priscilla Torres (Al Agua Cinema)
Gerhard Weil (Zona Radical)

Cinematography:
David Alonso
Priscilla Torres

Editing:
David Alonso
Priscilla Torres

Still Photography:
Pedro Wazzan

Aerial Camera:
Carlos Aparicio

Aquatic Camera:
Juan Carlos Medina

Music:
Gerry Weil
Héctor Di Donna

Sound Recordist:
Pedro Wazzan

Sound Mixing:
Enrique Rodriguez Bencomo

Graphic Design:
Pedro Wazzan
Andrea Capiello

Colorist:
Jose Gragorio Ferigno





Director Gerhard Weil’s Bio

Gerhard Weilheim (1970) is a Venezuelan surf athlete, TV and radio show host, film documentalist and founder of the ‘Zona Radical’ Production Company.

In his media related career, Gerhard Weil has successfully hosted several Radio and TV shows such as Zona Radical (La Mega Radio Station), Muévete (Televen channel), Extremo (PumaTV channel) and Sonosport (RCTV channel), among others.

His experiences as a documentalist won him 2 awards in the 2006 Ascenso Adventure Video Festival for “Best Editing” and “Best Film in the Water Category” for his work directing and producing “Switch-Pacifico 3D”. In 2014 Gerhard received 5 nominations in the same Film Festival for “Churun” winning 4 of them for “Best Film 2014”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing” and “Best Original Music”.

As a surf athlete he was 17 times National Surf Champion of the Venezuelan Surf Federation (FVS). He is the 2006 Latin America and the Caribbean Champion ALAS Longboard, he is the 2006 Master Longboard Champion ASP Rabbit Kekai Classic Boca Barranca, Costa Rica, and he is also a Silver Medalist from the Ecuador Bolivarian Games 2001.

Gerhard has also devoted his time in creating the Pro Surf Foundation in Venezuela, and currently works as a Life Coach (endorsed by the International Coaching Community ICC, UK)



Co-Director David Alonso’s Bio

David Alonso (1989) is a Venezuelan independent Filmmaker co-founder of ‘Al Agua Cinema’ Production Company. In his early years Alonso started his film career as a film editor. He was part of the team behind the film “Cuidado con lo que sueñas” (2007), the documentary film “Katauota” (2007) and the film “Ustedes no me lo van a creer” (2007).

In 2010 Alonso got involved in a 3 year guerrilla film production called "Pipí mil pupú 2 lucas" (2013) by the Bencomo brothers in which he debuted as camera assistant an also as an actor. The film was awarded in the FESCIVE Venezuelan Film Festival for its script and music.

As part of Al Agua Cinema, David Alonso has been director for several commercial pieces for renowned brands such as Gold Label, Ciroc Vodka, KPMG and Polar among others.

His career as a filmmaker won him an “Honorable Mention” in the 2010 Ascenso Adventure Film Festival for his documentary shortfilm “Aislados”. In 2014 Alonso received 5 nominations in the same Film Festival for “Churun” winning 4 of them for “Best Film 2014”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing” and “Best Original Music”.

He is currently in post-production of his Short Film “Caribbean Oil Company” (2015)



Co-Director Priscilla Torres’s Bio

Priscilla Torres (1984) is a Venezuelan Filmmaker and Producer, co-founder of ‘Al Agua Cinema’ Production Company.

As part of Al Agua Cinema, Priscilla Torres has been rather director or executive producer for several commercial pieces for renowned brands such as Gold Label, Belvita, Blue Label, Chivas Regal, E! Entertainment and Gatorade among others.

In 2011 Torres became General Producer of the Feature Length Documentary Film by director Carlos Oteyza "Tiempos de Dictadura". It was the most watched documentary film in Venezuelan history until 2014. The film got several international recognitions: “VIII Encuentro hispanoamericano de Cine y Video Documental Independiente”, Mexico 2014 (official selection). Premio Franco Andino de Cine Documental "Documenta 2013" (honorable mention). “Nuevo Cine Venezolano” Festival, Nueva York 2013 (official selection). 1er Festival Internacional de Derechos Humanos y Cine, Venezuela 2013 (official selection). VI Festival de Cine Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Margarita, Venezuela 2013 (official selection) “Festival Internacional de Cine Político FICP”, Buenos Aires 2013 (official selection).

In 2014 Torres received 5 nominations in the Ascenso Adventure Film Festival for co-directing “Churun” winning 4 of them for “Best Film 2014”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing” and “Best Original Music”.

She is currently in post-production of the Short Film “Caribbean Oil Company” as executive producer and in pre-production of her first directing job in a feature film “title to be announced”.