Large freight trucks in the Himalayan country of Nepal provide special visual entertainment value for travelers along the highways and dangerous mountain roads. Creative painted scenes and sayings can be clever, witty, sometimes are profound and usually give good 'food for thought' to the viewer. These moving "art treasures" are painted by Nepali artists in and around Kathmandu. Former American Peace Corps Volunteer, Ron Ranson, (who lived in Nepal for two years) put together a team spanning from Nepal to the USA and Britain. Emmy Award documentary film maker, Ken Kebow, joins with well-known Nepali film maker Sudarson Karki to highlight the unusual art form found on Nepal’s large trucks. Dhawa Gyanjen Tsumba from the remote Tsum Valley contributes his photographic and cultural talents. Editors Holden Sisco & J j Measer bring creative expression to the colorful story-telling and helped shape the presentation style. The important street sounds of Kathmandu come from Dylan Kebow's work. Writer and wife of Ron, Nicola Ranson helped write the tight script to articulate the many colorful and unusual stories. London based Polly Bagnall designed the "chapter" illustrations based on her trekking trip in Nepal. It was good to work with Topgyas Lama again after he helped create "Prayer Flags of Nepal" in 2012. The clever Yak Yak Media logo is from San Diego graphic artist Leigh Mahon. The important web presence is headed by designer Caroline Gilman in Los Angeles. There will many hours of video interviews, magazine articles and over 300 examples of "truck literature" to translate - all accomplished by Lotte Lama and Roshil Paudyal. Kailash Raj Pandey helped imagine the music before there was even a film in place. Professional photographer Don Kelsen (formally of the Los Angeles Times) looked at and adjusted every photo used in the film to help bring out the best color of the shot. Early on, Jaskirat Singh Chahal (London) provided valuable technical help as the film was presented in a rough form in front of preview audiences. Traditional Nepal music (and more) for the film is arranged and performed by highly respected Nepali Sarangi (small violin like instrument) musicians Shyam Nepali, Prince Nepali and Boston based professional Nepali musicians.
40 minutes. Color.
Director and Creator - Ron Ranson
Director of Photography and Historian - Sudarson Karki
Co-Producer and Co-Writer - Nicola Ranson
Editors - Holden Sisco and Jj Measer
Photography - Dhawa Gyanjen Tsumba
Photography - Emmy Award winner - Ken Kebow
Photography and Sound - Dylan Kebow
Music - Shyam Nepali
Music Development - Kailash Raj Pandey
Film Crew Nepal - Topgyas Lama
Translators (USA) - Roshil Paudyal and Lotte Lama
Computer and Research Assistance - Jaskirat Singh Chahal
Graphic Designer - Leigh Mahon
Illustrator - Polly Bagnall
Color Artist - Don Kelsen
Media Designer- Caroline Gilman
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