Banking on Trust is a 37-minute documentary about microlending in Argentina.
My year working on this film was the ultimate experience in a small-budget, small-team production. The five of us wore a lot of hats during the production: I put together the fundraising materials, directed, operated sound and camera, edited, subtitled, and worked closely with a musician to develop the soundtrack.
The movie was a passion project. It took a year of freelance writing and interesting live-work situations to keep myself in Los Angeles long enough to edit everything.
The vision for this film was born out of three friends who anchored the Pepperdine Microfinance Club at the time. They raised money for microloans on campus, and loaned that money out to places all over the world.
They wanted to put together a film that would investigate how microlending actually impacts the lives of those it touches, and have something they could share with others.
The film premiered at Pepperdine University, my alma mater, whose various offices made this project possible.