From Two Sticks

  • Update #10 - The Cost of Food

    Hello Backers!

    I am pleased to report that we have been very busy working on the film and there is a LOT to update you on.  To that end, we'll be releasing more frequent updates for the time being.  There are many interesting characters we've encountered on the journey of making this film and we hope to give you a first-hand look at the filmmaking process.

    Have you ever had to limit what kind of food you ate based on very strict budget considerations?  Personally, I don't think I've ever done that. For a lot of people in Indonesia, not eating enough protein because protein-rich foods are too expensive is a real issue.

    Recently while filming on the island of Java, we interviewed some farmersworking in the rice fields.  We asked about their eating habits and learned that sometimes they only eat meat once or twice a month because of its high cost. Remember, these are simple farmers earning only about $3 a day.


    Food security and supply is a huge issue for most of the working poor in Indonesia (and the developing world).  As I've been working on the film this past year, I've seen again and again how the chaya plant can make a difference for parents who are struggling to provide nutritious food for their kids.  However, even though the chaya plant is widespread, most people don't even know it exists.  It's flying under the radar.  My hope is that this documentary educates as many people as possible in Indonesia and beyond about the benefits of eating chaya.  As I have seen first-hand, all the pieces are there, this superfood just needs some promotion and media attention.  Of course, that's where this film comes in :)

    Thanks for your support in making this film,

    Jon & the From Two Sticks team

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  • Update #9 – The view from above

    Hello Backers,

    It has been far too long since our last update, but don’t worry as we will be catching you up to speed with what’s been happening with the documentary.

    For me, one very important aspect of this film is introducing Indonesia to the viewers. This archipelago is such a beautiful place and I want people to be captivated by the scenery and vistas that I frequently encounter here. Towards that end, with some of our equipment budget (thanks again backers!) we purchased a small quadcopter, equipped with a GoPro camera. This allows us to provide aerial footage of some very remote locations featured in the documentary. It also provides a never-before-seen perspective of many of these villages.  This is very important as I want the viewer to get a sense of how remote some of these locations are.


    Filming farmers planting rice seedlings
    Filming farmers planting rice seedlings

    The quadcopter is pretty unbelievable. It only weighs a few pounds yet can fly as far as 1km away and gets up very high in the sky. It also has a real-time adjustable gimbal which stabilizes the camera in-flight. With the gimbal we can adjust the camera angle from straight ahead to straight down at the ground for a birds-eye view.  All this is controlled by a simple remote control.  Sometimes, I stand there flying this thing and am amazed how a simple controller has that much signal when the copter is far away.

    The wireless link allows us to monitor the GoPro Camera in real-time
    The wireless link allows us to monitor the GoPro Camera in real-time



    It often draws a crowd
    It often draws a crowd


    Of course, being a white guy here I tend to stick out a bit, and even more so with a flying machine buzzing overhead.  So far though, people have been very accommodating and not bothered at all when they see the copter hovering above.  This group of high school kids even let me film them on their motorbikes at a local soccer field.

    These high school kids were quite curious when they saw the copter flying
    These high school kids were quite curious when they saw the copter flying

    Stay tuned for some sneak peaks to come of this aerial footage.  Once again, thanks so much for supporting this film. Being able to purchase and film with the quadcopter truly helps make this film unique.

    Thank you,


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  • Chaya plantings

    One exciting  aspect of our project is that the film itself is helping spread chaya and promote awareness about its usefulness. One of our Kickstarter backer rewards was ‘sponsor a chaya planting’ . We provide the plants and our volunteers plant at least 2 plants at the home of a person in need.

    We have done a few of these plantings recently and want to share some photos of the recipients.



    Ready to plant


    And all you do is stick it in the ground.  That’s it


    We’re not sure why she’s holding the knife like that :)


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