My name is Brent Dunn. I am a documentary film maker.
On November 8, 2013, typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines, slamming into Tacloban City, with winds topping 230 miles per hour, killing thousands.
My wife Liza has most of her family still living in Tacloban, Leyte, about 100 yards from the bay near where the eye of the storm came ashore. I had no idea how bad this storm was until the day it made landfall. They have typhoon's all of the time, so why was this one so different.
Tidal surge was a new term for the Philippines. Most people had never heard this before and didn't understand the meaning until it was too late. They understood what Psunami meant. The water reached up to 15 feet high in some parts of town turning most of downtown unto a raging river.
We lost all contact with our family and had no idea if they survived. Perdictions of 10,000 dead were starting to come true. Bodies were everywhere.
As the days went by, we were on the internet, Facebook, calling, doing anyting we could to try to find out if my wife's family had survived. It would be a week before we would hear any substantial news. CNN was the first live report. We had spotted aerial photos near our house. The area was mostly destroyed, but we saw out house still standning. There was hope.
Two weeks after the storm, I was on a plane bound for the Philippines, not knowing how I would get to Tacloban once I was there.
"Waiting for a Miracle,"
is a Documentary Film about one man's journey to find family in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City with winds estimated at up to 230 miles per hour, destroying much of the city and killing thousands.
I documented my journey and struggles to take relief supplies, food, and water filtration to the survivors.
This is a "Crowd Funded" film, which means, I can only complete this film through your generous donations. This allows those who want to be part of our film to make donations and see their name in the credits of the film. That's right, your name will finally be on the big screen as we submit the final film to film festivals and have screenings.
A portion of these funds will be used to buyrelief supplies for the people of Tacloban and school supplies for teachers and students. 75% of the schools were damaged or destroyed. Currently, classes are being held in tents. Many students and teachers died in he storm. We would love to be able to help them rebuild.
This is the first of what I hope will become a series of films under our theme "Waiting for a Miracle."
“We lost all contact with our family and had no idea if they survived. Perdictions of 10,000 dead were starting to come true. Bodies were everywhere"
– Brent Dunn