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THE RELUCTANT TRAVELER

A Documentary of a Journey in Ethiopia

When Marco’s partner organized a scholarly, month-long trek across northern Ethiopia for himself and a few friends, Marco wished him “good luck and God-speed.” Then, when illness prevented his partner’s participation, Marco had to step in and take over. Now, instead of his usual tour of ski resorts and film festivals, this indy writer-director is taking a journey out of his comfort zone into the unfamiliar richness of a poor country.

What wasn't supposed to be his trip, became his unforgettable adventure.

YOUR GUIDE

Marco was a mid-career TV producer and fledgling film director, when he met and fell in love with mysterious Mr. B, an insurance magnate on the UK Rich List.  Relocating to London and Monte-Carlo, Marco joined the ranks of the international Jet Set, but determined to use his newfound resources to pursue creative goals rather than sink into a life of pampered idleness.  Or, if he was going to sink, he’d sink with laptop open, fingers typing, emails flying and projects developing.

In short order, he wrote a script and headed to LA to find a producer.  As the development cycle churned, Marco proved his creative chops by writing, directing and co-producing another short, shot on film, that was accepted into competition at Sundance. While that film ricocheted around the festival circuit, Marco organized a film festival in Monaco, devoted to discovering and supporting emerging talent worldwide. 

On the festival circuit or between homes in Los Angeles, Miami, London, Monaco and Myconos, Marco lives the high life.  Yet, here we find him-- in the middle of ski season and Sundance fortnight—schlepping across one of the poorest nations on earth, a country without a film festival, 5 star hotels or designer boutiques. 

In The Reluctant Traveler, Marco is your host, companion and proxy for a trip through vertiginous mountain gorges, fertile, temperate highlands and scorching desert lowlands. In the finest verite tradition, Marco narrates his experience in candid, no-nonsense, hand-held style.  Diving into a daunting itinerary, Marco embarks on 25 days of car-camping, all-terrain driving, extreme site-seeing, and full-cultural immersion, leading an assortment of European eccentrics and a film crew in a land without cell-phone reception or wi-fi connection.   So, sit back, relax and let Marco blaze the trail. 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mark E Brockbank

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Effie T Brown

PRODUCER

Megan McGuinness

CO-PRODUCERS

Nicole Columbie

Marco Orsini

DIRECTOR

Marco Orsini

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Samantha Stevenson-Berkowitz

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Joe Pier

WRITER

Marco Orsini

STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Joe Pier Amanda Kinsman Olivier de Beaumont

HOST & VOICE OVER

Marco Orsini

METG - MARK'S ETHIOPIAN TRAVEL GUIDE

Luigi Cantamessa

MEF'S - MARK'S EUROPEAN FRIENDS

Amanda Kinsman

Olivier de Beaumont

Molly Balkaani

Mary France

ETHIOPIANS ON CAMERA

Achinef- Lalibela. Breakfast

Harar Guide

Singing child

Really Mad Afar Man

GRAPHICS

Thomas Horne

MUSIC COMPOSER/MIXER

Johnny Wilson

SOUND ENGINEER

Victor Gardea

2ND CAMERA

Megan McGuiness

TRAVEL COORDINATOR

Christopher Campbell

LOGISTICS (ETHIOPIA)

Yohannes Assefa, Red Jackal Tour Operator

Eliane Rollier,GÈo-DÈcouverte

EDITORS

Michael Palmerio

Jacob Ki

Marco Orsini

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Ben Berkowitz,The Other Works

ASSISTANT EDITORS

Ben something

T something

RESEARCH & EXTRA WRITING

Fred Greene

SPECIAL THANKS

Gail Warden/Ethiopian Embassy, United Kingdom

Jenna the assistant to the boss Ethiopian Ministry of Information, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Ministry of Tourism, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Consulate, United Kingdom and the Untied States

SPECIAL THANKS INDIVIDUALS

Afar Security Guards:

Bulewa Ashoba

Omar Gas

Osmen Umed

RED JACKAL TOUR OPERATOR P.L.C. - LEADERS/DRIVERS

Yohannes Assefa,General Manager

Fekadeselose Yossef (lead)

Zinabu Berhe

Bayou “Malata” Ferede

Tewedros “Teddy” G/Meskel

Asrat Solomon

RED JACKAL (CAMPING) CREW

Damtew Emiru (chef)

Yohannes Melaku (campsite set up)

Abdulwuhab Alyesa (asst chef)

Tegene Temasgen

A DULY NOTED INC AND MOJO ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION

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Marco Orsini is an award-winning writer, director and producer as well as a co-founder of the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) of Monaco.

 Marco began his career in 1995, producing, writing and directing live and pre-recorded programming for English and Spanish language network and cable television.

Moving to film in 2001, Marco’s first short, “Mari-Conita De Jesus,” toured the festivals before being included in Princeton’s Latin American Studies curriculum. In 2002, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers recognized Marco as an “Up and Coming” filmmaker.

Inspired by his own life, Marco’s script, “American Way,” earned a place in Tribeca’s inaugural All Access Program.  Soon after, his 35mm short film, “Un Dia en la Vida,” premiered at Sundance, prior to being named Best Dramatic Short at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in 2006.

Relocating to Monaco in 2001, Marco joined with local cineastes to create an organization supporting first-time filmmakers from the developing world.  The IEFTA produced its first festival in May of 2007, screening 25 films from 21 countries. 

In 2007, Marco traveled through Ethiopia documenting its extraordinary cultural history. His wry account of that expedition, “The Reluctant Traveler,” (Winner of the Audience Award at the Jacksonville International Film Festival) continues to fill theatres around the world.

Marco currently leads the IEFTA’s Global Film Expression initiative in Ethiopia, focusing on filmmaker training and industry development.  

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marco was raised on American military bases in the Far East.  He works between homes in Monte-Carlo, Mykonos, London, Miami and Los Angeles.

Marco is a member of the Producers Guild.

 

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