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The Sandgrains Project

News and updates fom the Sandgrains Project, a crowdfunded and crowdsourced documentary on the local effects of global fishing.
  • Sandgrains at Scianema Festival

    Our Portuguese parters at Sciaena are kicking of their annual Scianema Film Festival focused on  the oceans in order to encourage, inspire and create awareness.
    On Friday the 19th of February you can go catch Sandgrains starting at 8pm in Faro.

    Event with talks, dinner of Cape Verdean Cachupa and dancing at the tunes of Funaná.
    If you are around be sure to not miss it. Free entry!!

  • Photo Exhibition of The Sand of Ja

    Our photographer Francesca will be exhibiting 'The Sand of Ja', her photographic work done for the production of Sandgrains.

    Opening 31st of August, 7.30 pm at Palagenius in Imola, Italy.

    The event will be followed by a Q&A, she will speak about the documentary film production, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and Matchbox Media Collective. Our thoughts go to Ja and the whole community of Ribeira da Barca that welcomed us for 2 months in CapeVerde.


  • Sandgrains Cape Verdian music

    To realize the music of Sandgrains, Mirco Buonomo, our sound engineer, met and worked with two Cape Verdeans musicians: To Alves and Ronaldo Espirito Santo, with whom he recorded 3 songs in Cape Verde. To Alves is a well-known musician of the Cape Verdian panorama; Mirco recorded with him two unreleased songs that the musician wanted to give us as a contribution for the documentary, showing a great sensitivity to the issues covered in Sandgrains. Ronaldo Espirito Santo is a young emergent musician, discovered by Mirco; he was soon interested to collaborate for the project and we hope that this will help his music to make known off from Cape Verde. Both musicians exhibited a strong altruism and spirit of sharing, showing once again the big heart which characterizes the inhabitants of these islands.

  • DVD ready!!!

    This is the announcement we have all been waiting for!
    Sandgrains is finally READY!!!

    It has taken a lot of time to iron out the final details. Having to replace music tracks when the edit has been closed is not an easy task. But Davide Pistoni and Mirco have done a truly fantastic job, and at the end of March we were able to finalise the audio and export the film to be prepared for distribution.

    While we were waiting for the music, we have updated the trailer according to the edit and made it accessible in 7 languages on our website, and we cut the 52 minutes version of the film. The first version of 70 minutes has been made mainly for festival applications as they often require 60 min + in length to accept a film. While the 52min version is the one we will be distributing to the public, to broadcasters and distribution companies. 52 minutes is the most used international time standard for documentaries on TV and having the film formatted in this way will make it easier to place on the market. Making the 52 min version meant a little restructuring of a couple of scenes, the taking out of 3 characters, slimming down interviews, re-adapting the music and redoing the audio edit. Both versions of the documentary have also been subtitled in 7 languages: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, German and French and we are very grateful to all the people that have been helping us out in doing them: Corinna, Fiorella, Laura, Marie, Ana, Adan, Manuela, Benoit, Giorgia, João, Luis, Alice and N'dala, thank you so much!

    The two 89GB and 84GB files have been brought to Stanleys Productions that have compressed them to create the masters of the DVDs, the Bluray and the digital download files. Then, also using the graphics by Lorenzo Dzieduszycki, they have printed 130 DVD copies and some Bluray Discs. Now we have just started sending out the perks to those of you that have donated to our project.

  • Final Sandgrains Trailer

    Finally the Sandgrains trailer is finished! In 4 years of production we have gone through many versions, every time updating it with the latest.

    Now we finally got to the final version, edited with material from the final cut of the film. You can watch it in the 7 different languages the documentary will be released in.

    A huge thanks to Jordie who edited it, Filippo who graded it, Mirco for the amazing audio and tracks and last but not least all the supporters who made the film possible.

  • Creativity Unbound

    Here an article by our Richard Webb published on Universal Film Magazine.
    The mag can be downloaded for free at

  • One for Ten

    A project of note we like to share,
    One For Ten is a forthcoming interactive series of short documentary films telling the stories of innocent people who were on death row in America. 
    Over five weeks in April and May this year, the One For Ten team will travel the breadth of the US in an RV, making two films a week for immediate online distribution. The films will give voice to people who spent an average of ten years each locked up and facing death for crimes they did not commit. 
    All the films will be free to watch and free to share under a Creative Commons licence and the team will be taking your questions and discussing the issues every step of the way.
    One For Ten is currently crowd funding to get the project on the road. To help make these films happen, please contribute here:
    You can see the pilot film featuring exoneree Ray Krone, introduced by Danny Glover, here: 
  • Edit Completed!

    Finally we share with you the news that the long process of editing the film has finished!
    Naiara, our editor, created a pre-cut which then went into the hands of Jordie. He worked for another two months, helped by daily feedback from Gabriel, Mirco and Francesca to get to the final product. In addition we organized some very useful private screenings with friends, colleagues and professionals to tweak the last adjustments... and, voila!

    Now the project is with Mirco, who is taking care of  audio mastering, sound design and adaptation of the his composed music to the structure of the film.
    And Filippo Bianchi is working on color correction, balancing lights, colors, saturation, contrast...
    Naiara is working on the motion graphics for the film (titles, character names, credits), while we are putting together the long list of credits and preparing final subtitles for the film.

  • Sandgrains Poster

    Lorenzo Dzieduszycki has been working the whole summer and just finished the final version of the movie poster!
    He started by processing one of Francesca's pictures and then skillfully decontextualized and elaborated it graphically.

    Here below you can see a digital copy. We like it a lot! What do you think?

  • Sandgrains Sound Tracks n°4 GreenAttack

    Since back from Cape Verde Mirco Buonomo, our sound recordist and music composer, has been working on creating the sound track for the documentary. We are planning to share with you his compositions. This is the fourth: GreenAttack, this track has been designed for Greenpeace actions filmed during the documentary, pure adrenaline scenes in drum and bass style. At present this is the last music track, we will come back on september with new tracks recorded in Cape Verde, so.. stay tuned!



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