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"A Fistful of Rubbish" Documentary Short Film

A modern-day environmental Western set in the Tabernas Desert in Spain. Europe's iconic desert has a new villain...

David Regos

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A Fistful of Rubbish is a short documentary film about a clean-up campaign happening in the Tabernas Desert in Spain. Europe's only desert - an area famous for being the backdrop of many famous Western films - is sadly being trashed. Many people do not care about this unique environment, and instead choose to dump household refuse, building materials and all types of rubbish wherever they like. The local and regional governments have yet to do much to address the problem. But now, with the help of some locals, a new cowboy in town is trying to change the situation.

With a mix of interviews and western stylised cinematography/music, this documentary will show the power of activism and dealing with problems the old-fashioned way; by taking things into your own hands. Literally.

Once completed the film will be submitted to film festivals around the world, and also used as an educational (and entertaining) tool to take to schools to change the consciousness around littering and the environment. It will also be made available for people to watch online.

Julian Philips, "someone has to do something so why not me?"
Julian Philips, "someone has to do something so why not me?"


Litter poses a threat to humans and wildlife, damages the environment, and spoils our enjoyment of our towns and countryside.

Garbage often attracts garbage. Where fly-tipping occurs the waste accumulates, and it causes similar unnecessary behaviour by other people. Wind and rain will disperse the rubbish until it ends up in gutters, forests or other natural areas. It causes pollution, and a large portion ends up in streams, rivers, and in the oceans.

Tabernas, Almeria
Tabernas, Almeria


I believe it is vital that we take action and tell inspiring stories that show the importance of looking after the environment. We need to see how people can affect change in their communities and not rely solely on governments or organisations to do the work.

By highlighting the desert’s beauty and cinematic nature, the documentary in conjunction with social media campaigns will be used as a tool to create interest in the problem of littering and the history and fragility of the area. Local communities can then be mobilised to campaign and provide support for cleanups and art projects.

With the development of supporting educational videos and materials, presentations can be given in schools, colleges and community centres all over, and provide solutions based on the mantra of “Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

By growing a movement in Spain and beyond, more pressure can be put on local and regional governments to enforce the laws, create further awareness and take stricter actions to punish those who are caught dumping.


Badges? We don't need no stinking badges. But if you want some other rewards we have some special gifts to offer. Screening opportunities, original art postcards, limited edition essential oil blends inspired by the desert environment, and a Tabernas desert adventure.


David Regos is a documentary director/producer with twenty years of experience working on various projects. The last feature film he produced, Divide in Concord (2014), is an environmental documentary about banning single-use plastic bottled water in small town USA. It premiered at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and won awards at festivals around the world. The film is still being screened in communities and schools to encourage a shift away from bottled water. His recent work includes research for the ground breaking climate-change documentary Age of Consequences (2016) and story/field producing for the critically acclaimed doc series produced by LeBron James, Best Shot (2018).

Tyler Freeman Smith is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker who has worked with broadcasters, creative agencies, large charities, and government agencies across Australia, the Pacific, Southern Africa, South-east Asia and Europe.

Kris Kaczor is an award winning documentary director and editor. His films have screened at festivals around the world and he has edited projects for Mercedes, Glamour, Levis, and Budweiser to name a few.

Producer David Regos & DOP Tyler Freeman Smith
Producer David Regos & DOP Tyler Freeman Smith


Funds are now needed to complete post-production and get the film’s message out into the world. We are looking to raise €7000. The money will go towards polishing off the edit of the film (we have a rough cut), a composer to tie the film’s soundtrack together, colour-correction to give the film that authentic western look, a sound mix, artwork, archival footage licensing fees and festival submission fees. Additionally, funds are still needed for the actual clean-up campaign itself.


If we raise more we can begin to design and implement an educational campaign to take to schools and communities. We will hire a person to do outreach to help take the film to areas affected by trash and pollution.

Javier Arnal aka Toulouse "It
Javier Arnal aka Toulouse "It's a problem of consciousness and education"


The post-production and finalisation of the film will happen in June - August, and will then submitted to festivals with an anticipated premiere by the end of the year. At this stage the rewards will start to be delivered.


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There are no shortage of environmental cowboys in the deserts of Spain. We already have another short film, For A Few Olives More, that we are keen to start developing. It is about a battle going on over the over-exploitation of water resources by the large-scale commercial olive producers in the only oasis in Europe, just down the road from the Tabernas Desert. The Good, The Bad and The Plastic will look at the Plastic Sea of Almeria, the 430 km2 area of greenhouses that provides 80% of Europe’s produce. Not only a stew of fertilizers and pesticides and waste runoff into the Mediterranean, many of these greenhouses employ migrants from northern Africa, paying them below minimum wage and subjecting them to hazardous working conditions.

Filming trash in the desert
Filming trash in the desert


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  • guillevalles


    8 months

    Muchas gracias

  • Daniel Briongos Gil

    Daniel Briongos Gil

    8 months

    Mucho ánimo!!

  • Silvia Araque Navalón

    Silvia Araque Navalón

    8 months

    Queda muy poquito para llegar al objetivo!!!ya veréis como sale!!!animo

  • Popmaster


    8 months

    Keep up the good fight Dave! Xx love Pia

  • Eve


    9 months

    So inspired by you. Can’t wait to see it.

  • DuskyLemur


    9 months


  • mikeclay


    9 months

    Looks great, you guys!

#02 / World Cleanup Day Update

Hi Friends,
Hope you are well.
As today is World Cleanup Day, seems like an auspicious time to update you on the status of the film.
We have finished the editing and this week the soundtrack should be completed. The artwork is done (see below!) and soon we will start with the sound mix and colour. We are starting to submit to festivals and will keep you posted on when the film will start its public life. Then the rewards will start to be sent out.
Happy Climate Week!

Hola Amigos,
Hoy es el día de limpieza mundial, entonces es un buen momento para dar noticias.
El montage ya esta terminado, y esta semana la banda sonora va a acabar. El arte ya esta hecho (vea abajo!), y pronto vamos a empezar con la mezcla de sonido y color. Estamos empezando solicitar a los festivales y os diré cuando la pelí va a estrenar. Luego, las recompensas van a enviar.
Feliz Semana por el Clima!

Poster Art!
Poster Art!

#01 / It's happening!


I am very pleased to report that we have reached our goal and raised the funds we need to complete the documentary.

The last month or so has been a wild ride. There has been a lot of media attention about the issue since launching the campaign.

The Ecologist
The Local
Zero Waste Europe
El Periodico
Diario de Almeria
Conde Nast

We can see that this project is already having an effect as today, World Environment Day, the Ayuntamiento of Tabernas embarks on a cleanup campaign with students from the town. The message we are sending is clear - we all have a responsibility to care for this planet and can take action and contribute.

By the time the film is completed and screening, the desert might be clean. Progress is already being made. We are going to show the world that when communities come together anything can be achieved. We hope it will inspire other grassroots campaigns all over the planet.

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6 backers
A Fistful of Gratitude

Special Thanks - Profound gratitude and your name credited at the end of the film.

22 backers
For a Few Thank Yous More

Movie download
+ Special Thanks credit

11 backers
The Three Amigos

Personal thank you and shoutout on social media
+ Movie download
+ Special Thanks credit

20 backers
The Colt 45

Original soundtrack download
+ Personal shout out
+ Movie download
+ Special Thanks credit

6 backers
The Magnificent 7

A set of seven postcards of custom western artwork from the project. Shipping within EU included.
+ Soundtrack download
+ Personal shoutout
+ Movie download
+ Special Thanks credit

5 backers
The International Magnificent 7

Same as The Magnificent 7 but with worldwide shipping.

7 backers
The Reward With No Name

Maybe you don't believe in rewards. Maybe you don't believe in sending things by mail for environmental reasons or otherwise. Maybe you just believe in the desert. We'll still credit you in the film, and provide a link to the movie, soundtrack and artwork download. Or we could also send you the postcards. You choose.

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You've Struck Oil!

A unique blend of pure grade, sustainably sourced DoTerra essential oils inspired by plants found in desert environments. Shipping within EU included. Also included is a 30 minute consultation with wellness educator Tara Walsh.
+ Postcards, soundtrack and movie download, shoutout and Special Thanks credit.

9 left (of 10)
You've Struck Oil (remotely)

Same as You've Struck Oil but with worldwide shipping included.

3 backers
Once Upon a Time in Tabernas

A grand tour around the Tabernas Desert (travel expenses not included) including the Western Towns, iconic film locations and real life garbage.
+ Postcards, shoutout, movie and soundtrack download and Special Thanks credit.

1 backer
The Good, The Bad and The Screening License

Your business logo in the credits and a license to publicly screen the film in your community or organisation (after the film festival run). Included a live Q&A Skype (or pre-recorded custom video) with director David Regos.
+ Postcards, shoutout, movie and soundtrack download.

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My Name is Nobody

Co-producer credit in the film and a sneak peek of the final cut before it screens publicly.
+ Screening license, Skype Q&A
+ Postcards, shoutout, soundtrack and movie download

4 left (of 5)
High Noon

An executive producer credit in the film.
+ Sneak peek of final cut, screening license/Q&A, postcards, shoutout, movie and soundtrack download.

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