Richard Foster swimming with a tapir, long ago.
Richard Foster Wildlife Filmmaker, Tribute
Carol Foster and I (Daniel Velazquez) put this together for a Tribute at the Belize International Film Festival 2018, it was not easy to do, we are not complete with out him, but he will always inspire us, very special thanks to Xavier Molina for his help in the final cut, and everyone who worked on this stock footage, music and productions.
He was thinking Wildlife conservation in Belize way back in 1978, even before he hired the Great Sharon Matola.
I remember working with him as his guide videoing spadefish migration at Turneffe Atoll. Learnt a lot from him and he was always willing to teach and answer questions.
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Here is Belize's great filmmaker and a letter he wrote in 1978, shows his passion to promote Belize national heritage, and his first film to come out of Belize, "Amate."
P.O. Sox 474,
14th August, 1978
The Government of Belize,
I have been living in Belize for the past three years, working to set up a small house plant operation shipping Belizean grown plants to the United States. I have applied for Belizean residence and expect its confirmation soon. I have also been involved in wildlife movie photography over these years and I am now in a position to make a documentary film in this country.
On a recent trip to England I interested a British film company in backing me to make a one-hour television documentary about the wildlife of Belize. This project has been coming to a head over most of this past year, and I wrote a letter to the Belize Government asking for their blessing on this project and also for tax exemption on a number of items. The Ministry of Finance, very graciously, gave me this exemption on my film equipment. However, since then, I have to reluctantly admit that the vehicle which I was planning to use for the project is unfit for the job. I intend to drive a pickup truck down from the United States next month, together with an expedition canoe and an outboard engine. I hereby request tax exemption on these items.
The film would be shown on British and American television and, I feel, would be a good thing for Belize, especially after the extremely negative products which have been made here lately. In return for these tax favours a copy of the film would be presented to the Government and I would, personally, like to take the film around schools and institutions In Belize, showing it, and thereby helping the young Belizeans to be aware of the value of their natural heritage.
AMATE (The Great Fig Tree) A film by Richard Foster Film 1979
Belize's first full wildlife Documentary, started shooting 1977 till 1979
By Richard Foster.
About the importance and the eco-system in the Amete (fig Tree) along the river habitat.shot in 16 mm, this film want on to be screen in schools and class all over Belize, and inspired future wildlife conservationist and tour guides. Richard later married Carol Farneti and together produced many wildlife films in Belize and the world.
For more of Richard and Carol Foster's movies of Belize, click here.
Three photos below, the Foster wildlife films archive, behind the scenes, here is Richard working on the Jaguar film. Photos courtesy Daniel Velazquez.
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