They hosted 5 city concert series around the country with Saint Motel, the Mowgli's, Cayucas, Hippo Campus and Marian Hill.
Check out the trailer for IN TRANSIT!
Today we lost one of the legends of documentary film, Albert Maysles. His work over the past six decades has influenced nearly every filmmaker who has followed and we were both fortunate to not only have him as a mentor, but also a close friend. We'll miss him deeply.
For the past two years we've been collaborating with him on a project he had been developing since the 1960's - a film capturing the magic of train travel. Albert was always fascinated by trains and began shooting on them early in his career. There were trips along the Trans-Siberian Railway, musicians riding through Kenya, an epic adventure down the East Coast with the Beatles, along with countless other trips crisscrossing America. He always said he wanted to capture the moments when strangers become friends.
We're excited to announce that we're near completion of our film, In Transit which is born out of this original vision. It will have its world premiere this April at the Tribeca Film Festival. We plan to celebrate not only the release of the film, but Albert's life and his rich legacy. He was so proud of this film and we're honored to have been a part of it.
We're excited to announce that our new documentary In Transit will be premiering this April at the Tribeca Film Festival. It's an observational film documenting life on Amtrak's Empire Builder line as it passes through the wintry corridor between Chicago and Seattle/Portland.
In Transit unfolds as a portrait of America told through the personal stories of riders aboard the train. As the Empire Builder traverses the country, passing through major cities, suburbs, farmland, oil fields, mountains and forest, the diverse landscape serves as a complementary backdrop to the passengers' hopes, fears and dreams.
In today's fast-paced world, the train serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of human connection. And at the same time, audiences are given pause to look inward and contemplate personal journeys. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation, to others it is reckoning and loss, but for all it is a place for reflection and finding common ground. As the Empire Builder crisscrosses the country, a loving portrait of America emerges in its full human and natural beauty.
We'll be sure to send updates in the coming weeks with ticket information and our trailer which is still in the works!
In the meantime, check out the slate of other films in the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival World Documentary Competition here.
The final doc in our series with the Atlantic...
Life in Green Bank, West Virginia, is far from ordinary. The small town sits inside a "national radio quiet zone" that houses one of the largest radio telescopes in the world. To ensure that astronomers work without interference, residents cannot use any product that transmits wireless signals within a ten-mile radius of the telescope. In other words: no microwave ovens, no cell phones, and no Wi-Fi. "Just about anything that uses electricity could potentially cause interference to our telescopes," says Jonah Bauserman, a technician for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
This second piece in our series for The Atlantic.
Since 2000, the tech boom has attracted droves of young, educated people to Pittsburgh. Now, many newcomers consider the city to be a bikeable and walkable paradise. This short documentary considers how it became cyclist-friendly, as well as how those changes strengthened local communities. "Everybody has a negative connotation of this city," says one resident. "It's a different place than most people think it is."
Watch it here.
This summer we collaborated with the good folks at Digitas LBi and the Ebeling Group on a series for Sony and their new Xperia phone. Through the campaign we met a Chicago-based music preservationist, a world-class Canadian wakeboarder and a team of innovators that have developed new technologies to help cure eye disease.
Check out the series here.
This is our first collaboration with Mercedes-Benz and it features the amazing Linda Perhacs - a 70 year old dental hygienist and psychedelic folk-rock musician that lives out in Topanga Canyon.
Part of the MB! campaign (formerly Avant Garde Diaries). There’s a ton of great content on their site, covering stories about travel, fashion, music, and more.
We’re stoked to have the coveted Kottke post featuring our latest doc short. Big fans of Jason’s work, it really is one of our favorite curated sites - the guy’s taste is impeccable(obviously)!
From This Must Be the Place, a lovely short profile of Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California. Old Town shows silent films with live musical accompaniment. Includes a brief tour of the inner workings of the theater’s wind-powered pipe organ from 1925.