Happy 10th Anniversary La Mancha Media

LMM was founded 10 years ago today (f. 9/16/2008). It was envisioned late one night after too much wine. The idea was to mesh the love of overland international travel with telling stories of those making a difference, especially in works of charity. It's ultimate end came to in the film Men of La Mancha. It almost died a few years ago after forgetting to file a new statement of information with the CA Secretary of State but by Providence it continued on. Today LMM still tells the stories of others doing great work around the world as well as great and sometimes sad historical stories. Thanks to all the fans of LMM and thousands of YouTube subscribers for the millions of views and support.
Don Quixote (aka D. Whalen) first sallies on Rocinante 2008.

Sancho Panza (aka the late Mike Ross) meditates 2008.

Mavic Pro 2 Day 1

Excited today to have made my purchase of the new Mavic Pro 2 drone from DJI. I purchased the first Mavic Pro on the first day it went on sale nearly 2 years ago. Those who missed the first day were not able to get their drone for months due to backlog orders. I was so happy with that drone that even-though I currently have no pending film project, I wanted to make sure I had the best drone available for any potential new projects in the next few months. The Mavic Pro 2 is a huge upgrade, now employing a 1 inch sensor, 100 mbps video data rate and a 10 bit color profile to match the Panasonic GH5, my main camera. My order was placed before their announcement event was finished in NY today. I can imagine as news gets out, once again the drone will be back ordered for a few months for those who place their orders tonight and thereafter. Unfortunately there is no ND filters available yet, but the good thing is DJI is manufacturing these themselves, only have to wait for stock.

These drones have made making documentaries so much easier. I can fill in hard narrative cuts with aerials, as well as footage providing overview shots of where we film. It is now an indispensable tool. I have used drones since 2013, the first being the DJI Phantom with a GoPro and off market Chinese gimbal on my film The Wild Coast. Since then I have owned several more drones, the last being the Mavic Pro which I just recently sold on eBay to raise the funds to buy the Mavic Pro 2. Here's to wishing the coming year a great success shooting glorious 10 bit 4K all around the world, telling great historical and charitable stories. Please contact me if you know of a story for LMM to film.



The Wild Coast: an Exploration of the Guianas (Remastered)

In November 2013 I filmed in the Guianas of South America and completed the documentary The Wild Coast: An Exploration of the Guianas in early 2014. Now, mid -2018, I have decided to break the documentary into three parts for easier viewing on YouTube, and I decided to re-color the film (having improved in color grading) now employing the philosophy of less is more. I also made some small modifications to audio levels, as well as changing the Jim Jones track, and reorienting some music.

Of all my films, I am most proud of this one (other than perhaps Men of La Mancha).

This remaster is also in celebration of La Mancha Media's YouTube Channel, which any day now will hit its first 1 million views and 3000 subscribers. It took 4 years to get 1000 subscribers and in the past 3 months it has put on nearly 2000 more. The channel is in hyper-growth mode presently (following my films in the Pacific), and best of all, is earning solid monthly revenues through the YouTube Partner Program. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel on the button on the right of this page.

The Wild Coast Documentary Film is a physical, historical and philosophical exploration of the Guianas, the three countries that make up the northeast of South America. These unique, non-Spanish speaking countries, are still wild and untamed. The main theme of our film on the Guianas is freedom. Freedom has both been trampled on and clinged-to—at very great costs.

Part I of The Wild Coast explores what happened at Jonestown, where more than 900 people died during a mass suicide/murder, led by US cult leader Jim Jones in 1973, and further provides a magnificent view of Kaieteur Falls, the world's largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water, and an update to Werner Herzog's film "White Diamond".

Part II of The Wild Coast explores the freedom-loving Maroon people of Suriname who were brought as slaves from Africa, but rebelled against their slave owners establishing their own communities in the jungle and fighting back against their former slave masters. This group would later fight against the Marxist dictator president of Suriname, Dési Bouterse during the Suriname Guerilla War. We go the epicenter of the war—Albina and Moiwana—and then visit the tiny village of Melinque.

Part III of The Wild Coast explores the penal system in French Guiana, specifically Henri Charrière and his book Papillon, the greatest story of prison escape ever told. We retrace several of his escapes, including his first to Trinidad and his last to Venezuela, with a final glorious look at Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park.

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