Ondi Timoner Hopes That ‘Jungletown’ Will Inspire Viewers To Turn Off The TV & Take Action

When entrepreneur Jimmy Stice asked filmmaker Ondi Timoner to visit Kalu Yala, “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town” that he’s building in the middle of the Panamanian jungle, she didn’t have plans to film a documentary.

Timoner was simply curious to see Stice’s work in action — but that quickly changed when she witnessed the project firsthand and met the participants. In an interview with Bustle, the two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner says that, upon arrival, she instinctively broke out her camera. One thing quickly lead to another and, after 1,500 hours of footage and months spent in the jungle, the docuseries Jungletown will premiere on Viceland on March 28. Timoner’s hope is that “the show will impact people’s lives when we turn off the TV.”

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