Cinque Terre is made up of five once-remote villages along Italy’s Ligurian coast.
In recent years, the region has gained international fame for its unique beauty, drawing in 3 million visitors annually. The sharp increase in tourism has sparked many debates regarding creating a more sustainable tourist industry.
The situation was tragically complicated further by a devastating storm in late October 2011. Worst hit were the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza, which were buried by mud slides.
Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle of Harvest Films set out to document the unique traditions of Cinque Terre’s 5,000 residents in 2008.
After recording the stories of residents and documenting the process of becoming a UNESCO site, filming wrapped in 2010.
The situation has changed so drastically the Harvest Films is returning to continue the story of Cinque Terre. The filmmakers hope that their project will raise awareness of the precarious situation Cinque Terre is now in.
Harvest Films has turned to crowd sourcing, asking lovers of Italy to help them tell the story of this incomparable bit of Italy. Donations will be used to fund the documentary and release the film to a wider audience.
For more information on how you can help to finish the film, Vendemmia, and tell Cinque Terre’s story to the world, visit the kickstarter page to read more about the project and make a donation before the deadline on the 31st of January.