It’s Your World: We’re Just Passing Through is an exhilarating, environmentally-conscious adventure travel documentary series in which our hosts traverse the globe in search of extra-ordinary individuals making a difference. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the rainforests of Central America, the cast works with groups passionate about social and environmental change. They connect with communities, explore the arts, spotlight pressing issues, and partake in projects; all this while entertaining and empowering viewers to reduce their eco-footprints and get involved.
The hosts work alongside inspiring individuals dedicating their lives to community and conservation work – often at great personal and professional risk. Some groups devote their time and resources rescuing and rehabilitating threatened and endangered species, many having been confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Others work to build community libraries in rural environments; some work to outlaw combustion taxis and plastic bags from urban environments; spay and neuter street animals; encourage water conservation; promote wind and solar power, or organic farming – the true “movers and shakers” of their communities.
In the wake of global climate concerns and ecological crises, accelerated modernization, and unprecedented wildlife extinction, It’s Your World is a journey inspired by questions and motivated toward solutions. We at The Dandelion Project understand that the individuals who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. It’s Your World – filmed in High-Definition – is part investigative, part adventure and wholly participatory – demonstrating that “voluntourism” can be a viable, rewarding alternative to typical travel.
From filming exposés on the inhumane treatment of captive wildlife in the U.S., spearheading HIV/AIDS radio campaigns in Madagascar, documenting illegal whaling activities in Antarctica, or photographing wildlife in the reserves of South Africa, every team member brings their own cache of experience and passion to It's Your World.
Rising Above the Wave is a journey to the Kingdom of Smiles exploring the human condition and the psychological aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami.
This documentary is a volunteer effort to encourage travelers to visit Thailand, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells and to take park in a volunteer effort like no other. A majority of the tourist destinations in Thailand have not been lost due to the tsunami; however the country suffers from a severe decline in tourism. This was the largest natural disaster in modern history, many villages were completely destroyed but with the grace and resilience of the Thai people and thousands of international volunteers the communities are recovering.
The team designed an MFA thesis/Fulbright Scholarship project that explores the natural wonder and cultural beauty of Thailand while promoting eco-friendly tourism. We explore the remarkable hero journeys of survivors and volunteers along the way.
Two of the filmmakers involved in this project have a unique perspective and relationship with South East Asia as they have experienced the devastating tsunami first hand; Tim was in Thailand and Valerie in Malaysia. They lived it. They felt the wave of emotions, hours of paranoia, days of uncertainty. They worked in the aftermath days of rescue and relief while stranded on remote islands with thousands of dead and wounded. They worked side by side with locals and tourists as national boundaries and cultural differences were overthrown by the overwhelming desire to help. This project is their contribution to the country they feel so strongly connected to and fondly refer to as “The Land of Smiles.”