Amorim Filmes is a production company located in Brasilia, Brazil that opened its doors in 2011. The company works producing documentary series, children’s content and animation, with a strong focus on the socio-environmental area. The production company is responsible for supervising the production of “Sesame Workshop” (from the creators of Sesame Street) in Brazil, numerous public service campaigns for Sesame Street and its animation series called “Elmo’s Challenge”, along with formats for the new Sesame Street season, which premiered March 6th on the Brazilian channels TV Cultura and TV Brasil. Amorim Filmes produces the series “É Coisa Nossa” (It’s Our Thing), presented by Zeca Baleiro and aired on the Canal Futura channel. The company also produced the documentaries “Água e Cooperação, Reflexões para um Novo Tempo” (Water and Cooperation, Reflections for a New Time), “A Voz das Avós” (The Voice of the Grandmothers) and “Agroflorestar” (Agroforestry), all of which air on the Cine Brasil TV channel. Amorim Filmes is in the final phases of producing the series “Manual de Sobrevivência para o Século 21” (Survival Manual for the 21st Century), starring actor Marcos Palmeira. The production company also received a grant from the FSA audiovisual sectorial fund to develop the animation series “Orozimba e o Oboé” (Orozimba and the Oboe).
SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE 21st CENTURY: International Season
During the International Season of the series “Survival Manual for the 21st Century”, actor and activist Marcos Palmeira travels to diverse regions of the world to search out alternatives for the severe socio- environmental problems that currently plague the planet.
Considering our planet as one single system, and that what happens in the USA or in India also affects Brazilians directly, our goal is to understand how groups around the world are dealing with matters that include food production, water conservation, and finding an ecological substitute for plastic.
BREADS OF THE WORLD
BREADS OF THE WORLD is a gastronomical-socio- cultural trip that presents a selection of different breads, each pertaining to a specific country’s culture. The series is hosted by Benoît Rataboul, a Frenchbaker who has lived in Brazil for the past 7 years and who is a specialist in artisanal and traditional recipes. During each episode, Benoît visits immigrant communities throughout the country in search of each group’s typical bread, revealing some of the secrets and recipes that constitute the cultural and gastronomic diversity of Brazil today.
Benoît features 13 breads originating from different places in the world, ranging from the Brazilian and popular French bread to the Indian chapati, and the pita – a famous Syrian bread -, which somehow all made their way to Brazil and have contributed to our cultural melting pot.
BREAK ON THROUGH
The series BREAK ON THROUGH touches upon the relationship we humans have with the mystic, divine and transcendental. Instigated by the diverse mystical experiences he has had throughout his lifetime, actor and cosmic researcher Àlamo Facóm searches out the ways that different cultures connect with the “Other Side”.
Álamo takes part in several millenary rituals that work towards expanding consciousness. He meets people who dedicate their lives to healing and transcendence. From the Amazon’s Shamanic Rituals to Bikram Yoga and Holotropic Breathing, Álamo throws himself, body and soul, into this quest. He aims to show that, whatever the culture may be, transcendence is essential to our existence and realization as humans.
Survival Manual for the 21st Century
Recent extreme climatic events have struck around the world and also in Brazil, such as strong rains in the north of the country and the dramatic drought in the State of Sao Paulo that took water reserves down to critical levels. These events remind us of the increasingly fragile nature of our species when faced with the changes taking place on our planet.
All over the world, a new economic class is emerging and it has an insatiable hunger to consume, in a world where resources have become more and more scarce every day.
Looking at all the types of crises from the economic ones to the environmental ones and observing the wars fought over energy and natural resources, we must ask ourselves how we can survive as a species in the 21st century.
It is from within this scenario that the series “Survival Manual for the 21st Century” emerges. Presented by Marcos Palmeira, the series aims to illustrate how we might focus on reestablishing our post-collapsed society. Punctuated with dynamic animations and a bold soundtrack, the “Manual” shows how we can produce our own food, establish bartering systems and solidarity currencies, develop machines with open code technologies, construct a shelter using local materials, and create resilient and self-sustainable communities. Essentially, this series points out possible solutions for our Planet Earth, currently in a state of crisis. The series will air on the CineBrasil TV channel in the second semester of 2017.
Bela Roots is a series of 13 episodes, each lasting 13 minutes. The series aims to offer alternative and holistic ways towards improved health. The natural food chef Bela Gil is the star of this series. During each episode, she will travel to a region of Brazil to meet shamans, medicine men, root doctors and other types of representatives from traditional communities, and visit the female leaders that keep these traditions alive. Bela will go to isolated quilombos and riparian and indigenous populations, among others, to discover how ancient customs, traditional medicine, food preparation and the choice of ingredients influence everyone’s health.
Orozimba and the Oboe is a fantastical story of a nine-year-old girl who, along with her pet vulture Mimi, lives out the adventure of saving a swamp and her father from the clutches of the evil scientist called Faustino. Along the way, Orozimba discovers her African and indigenous origins and finds out that she has magic powers: she possesses the power of music – when she plays the oboe (which belonged to her mother), she is able to communicate with the plants and animals around her, enchanting them into doing good deeds.
But the oboe disappears and she will do everything in her power to get it back. Clever and intelligent, she reveals the mysteries of nature and becomes a great defender of the forest. Throughout various adventures, she makes several friends and gets to know the universe and swamp creatures much better. She discovers that her father has been put under a spell and has ordered his factory to produce a rejuvenating miracle cream, which also has a destructive effect on the swamp. Produced by Amorim Filmes and directed by João Amorim.
In 2017, Sesame Street returned to Brazil, now as Sesame. In a partnership with TV Culture and TB Brasil, Sesame Workshop produced two new seasons with 26 episodes each. Since 2014, Amorim Filmes has been overseeing all of Sesame’s content production here in Brazil. João Amorim signs off as the director and main producer of the two seasons. Included on this show reel version are several campaigns for Sesame that were produced by Amorim Filmes and directed/produced by João Amorim.
Composed of 26 new animated episodes, the series “Elmo’s Challenge” brings together the beloved characters from the Sesame Street show as they live out typical daily situations. When they need to solve problems like, “Which healthy foods should we take on a picnic?”, “What things can we donate to a library?”, “What can we do to save electricity?” or “How can we plan how to become soccer players?” then Elmo and his friends find themselves on a fun “game show”, hosted by the clumsy Grover. Produced by Amorim Filmes and directed by João Amorim.
Sesame Celebrities: Dream, Plan and Reach
Public service campaigns produced by Amorim Filmes, and directed by João Amorim for Sesame Workshop and Metlife Foundation.
Tom and Sophie
Tom and Sophie go into their room to play, where they imagine a fantasy world and transform many objects and furniture and where they become superheroes ready for action. The two siblings hold each other’s hands, close their eyes and say: “Imagine, imagine, so a new story can start to happen!” That’s when the monsters Loodo and Mona appear, fruits of their imagination; Mona jumps out of the closet and Loodo appears out from under the bed. Loodo and Mona, Tom and Sophie’s “alteregos”, represent their anxieties, fears and desires, and they give form to their fantasies. Loodo and Mona always come telling of problems from their monster world and they ask superheroes Tom and Sophie to help them solve problems and unmask mysteries that are similar to those the kids experience in the real world.
Once the adventure is over, after Tom and Sophie have helped their monster friends, the children’s mother opens the bedroom door and calls them; Monsters Loodo and Mona immediately return to their normal hiding places. Tom and Sophie answer their mother: “We’re coming, Mommy! We just finished our game!” From behind the clothes, Mona winks to the camera. Loodo grabs a hidden tennis shoe to chew on.
Lilo’s GardenO curioso e esperto Lilo coloca seu cinto de utilidades e seu chapeuzinho (uniforme de explorador da natureza) e vai brincar no jardim de casa. De repente, algo lhe desperta a curiosidade: uma fila de formigas carregando folhas; um casulo de lagarta; as formas das nuvens levadas pelo vento; o surgimento de um arco-íris; uma poça d’água com girinos.
Lilo segue o objeto de sua curiosidade: “Eu queria muito saber… Por que as formigas andam em fila?”, “Por que a lagarta faz um casulo?”; “Como as nuvens andam no céu?”; “Como surge um arco-íris?” Nesse momento, ouve um assobio e vê uma rajada de vento por entre as árvores: é Flora, a fada da Floresta, sua melhor amiga, em cima de sua folha voadora, sempre fazendo aterrissagens desastradas: “Não há mistério que Flora e Lilo não possam descobrir!”.
Flora faz uma mágica com sua varinha para que ela e Lilo possam ora encolher para entrar no mundo minúsculo dos insetos, ora voar até o ninho das aves ou ainda mergulhar na lagoa dos girinos. A natureza é sempre animada, os animais, as plantas, todos os seres convidam os personagens para viverem uma grande aventura. Quando Lilo e Flora retornam da viagem, dizem: “Uau! A natureza é mesmo mágica”!
The curious and clever Lilo puts on his utility belt and his hat (an outdoor explorer uniform) and goes out to play in the garden. Suddenly, some scenes grab his attention: a line of ants carrying leaves; a caterpillar in a cocoon; the shapes of clouds blown in the wind; a rainbow that appears; a little pond with tadpoles in it.
Lilo feeds his curiosity: “I really want to know… Why do ants walk in a line?”; “Why do caterpillars make cocoons?”; “Why do clouds float through the sky?”; “What makes rainbows appear?” Just then he hears a whistle and a strong wind blows through the trees: it’s Flora, his best friend, riding on top of her flying leaf and as usual, she makes a disastrous landing: “There’s no mystery that Flora and Lilo can’t unveil!”
Flora uses her magic wand to make her and Lilo able to either shrink to fit into tiny insect worlds or able to fly up to birds’ nest or even dive down into the tadpoles’ pond. Being in nature is always exciting and the animals, plants and all the forest creatures invite these characters to live out great adventures. When Lilo and Flora return from their trip, they say: “Wow! Nature really is magical!”
The Wolfy’s Gang
The Wolfy’s Gang and his five inseparable friends, the Nine-banded Armadillo, the Golden Lion Tamarin, the Jabiru Bird, the Blue Land Crab, and the Woodpecker, are trailblazers that travel can always be found with a world map in hand, headed towards the destination of their choice. A bit bumbling, they always seem to get lost and just when they think they’ll never reach their destination they start to notice the nature around them: the characteristics of the vegetation and climate. Then they realize they are finally where they wanted to get to. Relieved, they are then ready to enjoy their outing and find out all about that biome, but they end up coming across some animal or plant that needs their help.
The Maned Wolf and his gang get into big trouble in order to save their new friends: natural dangers like rushing water currents, heavy rain, predators, hunters and wildlife traders, among others. With courage and wisdom, they manage to solve each dilemma.
The Voice of the Grandmothers – In The Flow with Water.
In October of 2004, 13 indigenous grandmothers from all over the world – from North, Central and South America, from Asia and from Africa – came together for the first time. Following that initial meeting, the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers was created. They meet twice a year in different locations in order to conduct their prayers and to work towards peace and environmental protection. In October of 2011, it was Brazilian Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire’s turn to welcome the council here in Brazil, and the meeting included the participation of grandmothers from different Brazilian traditions and other indigenous leaders. Water was chosen as the theme for that year’s meeting.
This film registered that gathering.
A 30-minute film about the event “The Voice of the Grandmothers – In the flow with water” that took place in October of 2011, in Brasilia. Long live the new paradigm.
Agroforestry, presents the fascinating trajectory of the Barra de Turno farmers in the Vale do Ribeira. Originally working on the clearing and burning of trees, they had depleted their lands. The film shows how the introduction of the agroforestry system revolutionized the lives of more than 100 families. Today, almost 17 years after Cooperafloresta began, through the Agroforestry project, ideas about sustainable forest agriculture reached the Movimento Sem Terra – MST, where fruit trees are getting planted in areas that had been degraded by monoculture. As Mr. Zaqueu says in the film: “The MST has the technology to bring people together, and Coopera has the technology to bring plants together.” The film shows how we can use a sustainable alternative in agriculture, avoiding further destruction to the planet.
Deep at Sea
What is floating?
A float tank contains 1,000 liters of a saturated solution of a super mineral, magnesium sulfate, widely known as Epsom Salt, creating an environment similar to that of the Dead Sea and making it possible to float effortlessly on the water’s surface. The water is also heated to skin temperature, making it virtually impossible to feel which parts of the body are touching the water and which aren’t! It actually feels like you’re floating on a cloud!
NASA uses this floating technique so that astronauts may experience the feeling of zero gravity in preparation sensations they will have out in space. Unless you are an astronaut, floating is the only way your body will ever be free of gravity. This sensation of zero gravity allows you to relax every muscle in your body, neck, arms and back – even your ears relax. Float therapy is sure to relieve pain in the tense areas of your body.
2012- A Time for Change
“2012- Time for Change” aims to present an optimistic alternative to the apocalyptic view that exists regarding the year 2012. The film follows American Daniel Pinchbeck as he searches out a new paradigm between the ancient wisdom of tribal cultures and scientific method. The film suggests that the year 2012 could mark the birth of a regenerative culture on the planet. The documentary mixes animation with interviews with specialists from different areas and aims to call highlight the influence that each person has on their environment. Also participating in the film are scientists, anthropologists and artists dedicated to various different causes, like actor Ellen Page, musician Sting, director David Lynch and Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil. Directed and produced by João Amorim.
This show reel contains various documentaries produced by Amorim Filmes. The majority of the films have a socio-environmental twist to them. Among them are: 2012 Tempo de Mudança (2012- Time for Change), A Voz das Avós (The Voice of the Grandmothers), Agroflorestar (Agroforestry) and Água e Cooperação (Water and Cooperation). “2012- Time for Change” aims to present an optimistic alternative to the apocalyptic view that exists about the year 2012. The film follows American Daniel Pinchbeck as he searches out a new paradigm between the ancient wisdom of tribal cultures and scientific method.
Permaculture in the Favela
Rio+20 Rio+Green Workshop: An Introduction to Permaculture and Agroforestry Systems in the Complexo do Alemão favela slum in Rio, a path towards a green economy.
Water and Cooperation
“Inspired by the theme chosen by the United Nations Organization for World Water Day in 2013, the film WATER AND COOPERATION proposes a transdisciplinary view of water that reveals several paths towards a more cooperative and sustainable relationship with this element, the basis for all life on our planet.” The film also includes songs by Seu Jorge, Karina Zeviani, Os Mocambo and Bené Fontelles, along with interviews with: Leonardo Boff, Vandana Shiva, Amit Goswami, Benke Ashaninka, Dr. Vicente Andreu, Maria Alice Campos Freire, Ernst Götsch, Vera Catalão, Bené Fontéles, Masaru Emoto, Prem Baba, Nelton Friedrich, Carlos Nobre, Celso Amorim and Jeanitto Gentilini, among others.
Pippo and Peppino
Trailer for the TV Series. Pippo and Peppino are two gangsters with Italian roots that live out ridiculous situations full of irony and sarcasm, with an intelligent and distorted sense of humor, where Peppino always gets the short end of the stick when he’s with his partner, Pippo.
Footsteps In Africa -Graphics Montage
In 2007, João Amorim directed the animation in the film “Footsteps in Africa” about the Tuaregs, a nomadic people that currently live mainly in Mali.
BMW E92 Comercial 2006
Commercials directed by João Amorim in 2006 while at Curious Pictures, for BMW X5 and BMW E92.
BMW X5 Comercial 2006
Commercials directed by João Amorim in 2006 while at Curious Pictures, for BMW X5 and BMW E92.
Animated short film that received awards from the AnimaMundi, Fica and various other festivals, directed by João Amorim and deals with the theme of recycling batteries.
Oceana – Mating Season
The Oceana NGO public service campaign, directed by João Amorim and about the threat looming over marine life.
The SEBRAE CHALLENGE – 2012 Manifest
Campaign directed by João Amorim for the 2012 Sebrae Challenge. It combines stock images and motion graphics.
CHICAGO 10 – OFFICIAL TRAILER
While he was at Curious Pictures, João Amorim was the Director of Animation for the Chicago 10 film, which opened Sundance in 2007 and for which he was nominated for an Emmy for the Best Use of Animation in a Documentary, in 2009. Chicago 10 has a different take on the infamous Democratic National Convention of 1968. Using a large cast of voices, together with a mixture of stock images and animation, C10 tells the story of eight protestors who were arrested and accused of conspiracy after the violent anti-war protests in Chicago.
Panasonic Curveball -Comercial 2007
Commercial directed by João Amorim in 2007 while he was at Curious Pictures, for the TV Plasma Panasonic and broadcast during the Super Bowl.
It’s Our Thing.
The documentary series presented by Zeca Baleiro talks about innovation and sustainability in Brazilian industry. Punctuated with several moments of animation, the series aims to show how innovation helps industry to make advances. It went aired in 2012 on Canal Futura.
A New Green World
A series produced for Current TV on the subjects of expanding consciousness and sustainability, directed by João Amorim and Nikos Katsaounis.
Separate your trash, banana. Recycling services campaign for Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment, directed by João Amorim.
Ferrets For Freedom
The short film was directed and animated by João Amorim, who satirizes NYC’s ex-mayor, Rudolph Giuliani
Animation Reel 2013
This show reel compilation contains several animation projects created by João Amorim and his collaborators throughout the years.