“The Eyes of Thailand” Show Everything to Director Windy Borman – Part 2

Published On September 5, 2012 | By admin | Blog Post, Director, Film Festival, Independent Film

Part 2 with Windy Borman, the director/producer or the awarding-winning documentary film “The Eyes of Thailand.”

Borman also offers these suggestions to other filmmakers who are interested in undertaking projects in similar conditions on foreign soil, “If you aren’t filming in your local community, my best advice is to hire a “Fixer” or a local Production Coordinator to help you navigate the terrain, the culture and the language. It will save so many headaches. I lucked out and worked with a fantastic Production Coordinator in Thailand named Julia Ferdinand, and she’s an excellent photographer, too. In fact, many of our press photos are hers.”

Another plus for the film was bringing Ashley Judd on board to narrate, a feat Windy credits her producing partner VandeSteeg, who is perhaps best known for directing and co-producing the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary “My Run,” with achieving.  “I began producing ‘The Eyes of Thailand” in the fall of 2007 under DVA Productions. Tim VandeSteeg came on with Indiewood Pictures in April 2010. This is the first time Tim and I have worked together and we connected on social media platforms (The D Word, Facebook, LinkedIn) first. It was a gamble, but Tim is a great, passionate, powerful and unstoppable producing partner,” Windy recounted.  Together they made a list of people they thought would be good narrators.  Windy had always envisioned having a woman’s voice and she wanted someone who was passionate and intelligent with a proven track record for social and environmental causes.  Borman said, “Ashley was at the top of that list and Tim worked the phones to figure out who we needed to contact. We got the good news that she would do it in mid February. A week later I was on a plane to Nashville to record the voice over. We dropped it into the sound mix at Skywalker days later and we printed the final copy just in time for the film’s World Premiere in April. It was like it was meant to be.”

“The Eyes of Thailand” had its World Premiere in April 2012 and has received several other awards aside from the ones bestowed by the Las Vegas Film Festival and the ACE Documentary Film Grant.  Windy is pleased with both the media and audience response the film has received so far especially seeing how much awareness the documentary has been raising.  She said, “Mosha and Motala have received so much support, they’ve each had to start their own Facebook page.”

As for what she considers her own special on screen moments she related, “My favorite part of the film is always hearing the audience’s reactions when the elephants take their first steps. Some audiences clap, some ‘awww’, others cry, but there is wave of shared emotion when they see all of Soraida’s hard work pay off and when Mosha and Motala take their first steps on their new prostheses.”

Windy takes great satisfaction in knowing that she is reaching people with this story and it is making a difference in so many lives.  She concluded, “The two biggest messages I hope people take with them after seeing ‘The Eyes of Thailand’ are the importance of protecting the endangered Asian Elephants and the importance of getting all landmines out of ground. But the smaller, more personal lesson I hope people learn is that nothing is impossible. Ten years ago Soraida was told it was impossible to build an elephant prosthetic, but she dedicated every day of her life to see Motala walk again and in 2009 Motala took her first steps on her new prosthesis. If she can do that, then other obstacles we create for ourselves don’t seem so daunting.”

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