Origin of the Sky is a documentary film project about the Sian Ka’an Biosphere on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.  The film aims to show the rich natural diversity of the reserve, it’s fauna and flora as well as its human inhabitants.  The hour-long film features discussions of not only the beauty of the region but also the environmental pressures it faces and the conservation projects being carried out to insure its survival.  Central to the film is trying to understand the complex relationship between nature and man, all competing for a part of this magical patch of paradise.



In the language of the Mayan people, the early inhabited this region, Sian Ka'an means birth place or origin of the sky.  Sian Ka'an is a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It was established in 1986 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.


Part of the reserve is on land, and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral barrier reef that is part of the largest in the world.  The reserve has a total area of 5,280 km², over 2000 square miles that include wetlands, tropical forests, mangroves, shallow flats and marshlands.  Sian Ka’an also includes 23 known archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization, including Muyil and Chuk Mool. It has over 300 species of birds, more than 100 documented mammal species like the almost extinct jaguar.  There are over 40 species or reptiles like crocodiles and marine turtles that use the beaches to lay eggs annually.  Over 850 species of plants and trees live amongst the intricate system of bays and lagoons that boarder the shallow sea. Inside the boundries of the reserve the waters team with over 400 species of fish, three of which play a very important part in the story of the park and it’s future, tarpon permit and bonefish.  The shape of the reserves two giant bays of Ascension and Espiritus Santos have been shaped by thousands of years of storms and moving water.  The bays are so deep and dense that they hold many secrets still to be discovered.



Marc Montocchio specializes in capturing unique and stunning visuals of the ocean and it's wildlife in their natural habitat. Whether behind his still or film cameras, above or below the surface you are most apt to find Marc on or near the water working to create ocean centric imagery for one of his commercial clients or editorial work for the pages of a glossy magazine. His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including National Geographic and on TV networks like The Discovery Channel. When he’s not traveling for work, Marc lives by the water in Morehead City, North Carolina with his wife, Laura.

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