Dead Sea Living,
An extraordinary multi-platform documentary which will bring people together to save one of the most precious resources in the world from completely disappearing: the Dead Sea. Our television documentary will feature individuals, communities and scientists who are engaged in this story. We take the viewer from the past to the present in exploring the underlying tensions that have lead to this water crisis. Dead Sea Living will be a visually stunning look at a region that resonates for all of us.
As part of this multi-platform project, we will bring together bloggers and photographers who are situated in the riparian nations; the countries and communities that can be found on or around the Dead Sea in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Over the course of several months, these characters will write and photograph personal stories that connect them to the Dead Sea. Once a month, we will highlight a different region and will allow our online community to engage with the character(s) who are featured. We will also create unique photo galleries of what is possibly one of the most evocative spots in the world.
As much of the documentary is location-based, we will also use an application like Foursquare or Gowalla to chart our shooting. The online community will be able to win badges every time they “check into” one of our locations via our website. Those who actually visit these spots in Jordan, Israel or Palestine could even become our distinguished Mayors. These Mayors will eventually become our ambassadors to save the Dead Sea!
Dead Sea Living will also have the aspect of a unique “science project” as we will also chart the decline of this body of water by planting various objects along it’s shores… some of which will become covered in salt in a very short time. Alongside these objects we will plant small cameras which will document this process and we will upload these videos bi-weekly. In addition, our web photographer will capture stills which we will offer to our subscribers as backgrounds for their mobile phones.
Another part of the web platform will encourage our communities to work together for the good of the Dead Sea. We hope to collaborate with Friend of the Earth Middle East (FOEMI) www.foeme.org on this part of our multi-platform project.
Prior to the television broadcast of our documentary, we will engage in one (1) crowd sourcing event which will draw attention to the importance of keeping the Dead Sea alive. Perhaps we could even conceive of collaborating with renowned artist Spencer Tunick (www.spencertunick.com) who is hoping to convince thousands of people to get naked to save the Dead Sea… or even host a special benefit concert to create awareness about this issue.
Dead Sea Living will be a multilingual project—English, Arabic, Hebrew and French with the hopes of engaging disparite communities in the fight to save this precious resource.