Online art auction launched to support Hurricane Maria documentary

Uncivilized is documentary about Hurricane Maria by Michael Lees
On December 2nd, The Waitukubuli Artist Association (WAA) launched its very first online art auction in support of the upcoming Dominican documentary, Uncivilized, by twenty-six year old Michael Lees.
Six original works by Dominican artists are up for auction to the public until 9 pm Sunday Dec 9th. The auction can be found on WAA’s Facebook page,, with bidding taking place directly on Facebook.
Lowell Royer, president of the Waitukubuli Artist Association, said he is excited that his association can support local film-making.
“Michael is a cool dude. He strikes me as a mixture of a surfer and an artist. It’s always exciting when someone steps out of the norm and does something daring and Michael is doing just that with his Uncivilized film. Nothing grips you more than the documentation of a real life experience, done in a creative way, and from the trailer of Uncivilized, I can tell that it will be a film to remember. A proud and active member of WAA Inc, he has our full support and even after being one of the first to help fund Uncivilized, I was intrigued at the idea of an online art auction guaranteed to bring instant gratification to all who would contribute and participate. It’s a win-win-win-win: Win for the highest bidder, win for Michael, win for WAA Inc and most importantly a win for Dominica.”
Uncivilized is a search for what really matters in life, a journey which sees Michael set out to the forest in search of “the good life” only to be faced with the wrath of Hurricane Maria three months in. The film subsequently follows the island’s collective story of survival post-Maria.
Uncivilized is currently in its final week of crowdfunding. To see the trailer, contribute, or learn more about the project visit

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  1. World's Moistest Jheri Curl
    December 5, 2018

    What did he do with that used cigarette and match?
    Did he litter?
    That contributes to climate change….
    it’ll be a little hypocritical to have a film where you lecture folks on climate change
    while you’re smoking cigarettes and littering

    • Pragmatik
      December 5, 2018

      Considering that you can’t buy cigarettes in the jungle I’m thinking that those shots were deliberately done to make a point. I wouldn’t be surprised if he quit smoking after that experience.

      And from what he says about the film it doesn’t sound to me like he’s “lecturing”. He says the film “asks some questions”

      I think the most we can do is support so that it gets out and we can all finally find out how did this man even survive Maria in that forest. haha

    • Don Keyballs
      December 5, 2018

      World’s Moistest Jheri Curl, when are you going to come down from your high horse? Or maybe you’re simply seeking attention? OK you have mine for 2 minutes..SMDH.

  2. Alexy
    December 5, 2018

    Love it!! Great job Micheal!! Keep following your dreams.

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