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Book Trailer: Way Beyond Angkor

A book trailer for the real life Indiana Jones.

Book Trailer Video

Animator, Editor: Angus Ashton

A book trailer video and animation created by Angus Ashton Film for American author & explorer, Jay Eric Kanter and his novel – Way Beyond Angkor: Exploring The Lost Temples of Cambodia.

– Jay Eric Kanter has been referred to as the real life Indiana Jones. In 2008’s most unusual travelogue, Kanter whisks readers along on his always thrilling, often harrowing and surprisingly whimsical expeditions to the world’s most mysterious ancient jungle temples–several written about for the first time in this book. Kanter spent a decade in the perpetual twilight of Cambodia’s remotest jungles and not only visited the rarely seen remnants of the Ancient Angkor Empire–considered by many the most beautiful temples ever built–but also discovered several millennium-old ancient ruins no foreigner in history had ever seen. 

Due to crackpot revolutions, inaccessible jungles, and almost non-existent infrastructure, Cambodia is one of the last places on earth with undocumented and unexplored ancient temples. In Way Beyond Angkor the author ventures–often solo– on throwback 19th century-style expeditions into unmapped. lawless regions searching for hidden temples. He details how he survived landmines, quicksand, ex-Khmer Rouge killers, forest fires, truck accidents, collapsing temples, ghosts, man-eating tigers, serial gigglers, nerve shattering soups and a wedding engagement. He writes of the impossible beauty, horrific fascinations and outlandish charms of this Ripley’s Believe It Or Not realm and describes his encounters with a gallery of lost world eccentrics and captivating zanies including tomb raiders, mass murderers, temple guardians, foul-mouthed tykes, pyromaniacs, hopping and skipping border guerrillas, UFO-believing monks, lascivious grandmas, bigoted livestock and well-endowed scarecrows. But “Way Beyond Angkor” is more than just a travelogue. Brandishing a waggish, incendiary wit the author pillorys unscrupulous tour companies, sanctimonious guidebooks, check book explorers and pocket-lining preservationists. He also torments stuffy archaeologists, attempts to buy an ancient ruin and explains how years of obsessive temple hunting effected his family and friends and changed him forever. Angus Ashton Film created this book trailer video production in 2015 which features a number of scenes from Way Beyond Angkor.