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FS7, KD 5213 Vis3
The Water Sommelier

Martin Riese is a water sommelier, which, despite what your brain might be telling you right now, is a real thing. Riese is perhaps the most well known of a very small pool of water sommeliers around the world who have made a profession of tasting, analyzing, judging, and ultimately spreading the good word about the many different flavors of water our tastebuds have been missing out on. For this film, we followed Martin from his home at the Patina Restaurant in Los Angeles to the first of its kind water competition and trade show in Guangzhou, China. Why? “Because water is not just water.”

By David Freid
FS7, FJ 8553 ET
Battle for Birthday Mountain

Norway wants to give Finland a mountain for its birthday. Bjørn Geirr Harsson is facing an uphill legal battle for an arctic mountain-sized birthday present between neighboring countries. Bjørn, a retired geophysicist of the Norwegian Mapping Authority, had an idea to fix an anomaly along the border between Norway and Finland, and give Finland what would be its tallest mountain for it’s 100th birthday. Considering the tumultuous history of international boundaries, this would be an unprecedented show of kindness between countries. But how exactly does one give away a mountain?

By David Freid
FS7, Plrd 600
Return to High Chaparral

Last year, we visited a theme park celebrating America’s mythic Wild West in wintery Sweden that became a welcoming home for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war: vimeo.com/melfilms/highchaparral As strange as that sounds, this was a pretty good deal for about 500 people looking to start a new life. But with global political winds shifting toward isolationism, the Wild West response to a refugee crisis only lasts so long. We went back to see how the West was lost.

By David Freid
FS7, FJ 8553 ET
First Ladyland

Sevnica, the small medieval town in Slovenia where Melania Trump grew up, is officially open for business. That’s because, in many ways, our new First Lady is their new First Lady too. And now it seems the whole country is talking about their favorite daughter. Slovenia couldn't be further removed from her husband's vision for America, but Slovenians across the country are embracing The Donald and making preparations for a boom in tourism that, if all goes as planned, should start any moment now. If you try not to get too partisan for about 20 minutes, FIRST LADYLAND will make you smile bigly. But if we go missing, please check our coffee for cyanide.

By David Freid
FS7, FJ 8553 ET
Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

"They say that when you're hit by the polar bug, you never leave." Don't say we didn't warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why, and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.

By David Freid
FS7, FJ 8553 ET
Ferryman at the Wall

A visitor's guide to America's great big border wall. Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life — but now a great big border wall might divide the park.

By David Freid
Sony a7S, KD 5207 Vis3
Sic Parvis Magna (Greatness From Small Beginnings)

Sic Parvis Magna (Greatness From Small Beginnings) is a short documentary based on the present-day McFarland High School boys cross country team in rural McFarland, California. (The 1987 team was featured in the Disney film McFarland, USA (2015), starring Kevin Costner.) This inspiring documentary focuses on the challenges, teamwork, and camaraderie of the runners, coaches, families, and community supporters. The unbreakable bonds that they have forged transcend familial ties and reach across generations.

By Nicolas Medrano
Sony Fs5, FJ 8553 ET
“Everything is Possible”

There are moments in our lives when our adversities feel too big to handle; when the darkness becomes a way of life. Jen Bricker speaks about how regardless of the problem(s) that you face, God is bigger than your biggest struggle and He will turn your darkness into eternal light. Often times we let our own minds put limits on our lives, but remember what Jesus said in the book of Mark, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." RSV

By David Munoz
Sony A7rII, FJ 8553 ET
John Deere • Farming is in Their Blood

John Deere is helping farmers adapt with precision technology that connects people, equipment and technology to make a good farm even better. To let the world know about, we went to Clear Meadow Farm in White Hall, Maryland and documented one family's multi-generational story. The key was to make the story feel authentic, so other farmers would connect emotionally. The Rose family let us into their homes and their lives for three days while we captured their spirit. Shoot details: 3 day shoot 5 person crew [from Racepoint Global agency in Boston] 2 Sony A7riis, 1 Movi M5, and a small assortment of Sony Batis lenses 1 Drone I served as a videographer, main editor and colorist on this project. My grade used Film Convert's FJ Provia 100 for the dusk shots in the beginning of the film, and the remainder of the footage used FJ 8553 ET.

By JOEY WHIPP
FS5, KD 5213 Vis3
Tales from Japan -Reylia Slaby Fine Art Photography-

"My inspiration comes from what I believe to be the truths in life." Reylia Slaby Filmed over a period of just two days, this mini documentary is a brief and intimate look into the world of fine art photographer Reylia Slaby. Born and raised in the Osaka region of Japan, Reylia has been deeply influenced by all she has seen growing up in this foreign land that she also calls home. Find out more about Reylia and her award-winning artwork at reyliaslaby.com

By matt
URSA MINI PRO, FJ Velvia 100
Sheep Shearing Down Under -World-renowned Roseville Corriedale Rams-

An introduction to the sheep shearing process and the world-renowned fleece of Roseville Corriedales in Kingsvale, NSW Australia. This work is particularly close to heart as I was born and raised just 20 minutes away in the country town of Young, the Cherry Capital of Australia.

By matt
Sony FS5, KD P400 Ptra
Reclaimed Lights - ARP - Celebration Chandelier

xxxxx offers an insight into the craft and work of the immensely talented London based British designer/artist Alkesh Parmar who turns discarded scrap materials into amazing sculptures of lights, this short film explores Alkesh's practice, presenting the work of his recent project - Celebration Chandelier. His work often utilises banal everyday objects, most of the time these materials are discarded after use such as the champagne corks used for this chandelier. “The notion of recycling is an important part to my practice, however this is not my prime objective.” The central point of his work is light and the relationship it shares with the objects. The corks are hollowed out and outfitted with LED bulbs, programmed with circuitry which then customised to various interiors including restaurants, bars and homes. Each cork is hand crafted into individual lamps and grouped together to form a neutral, warm and beautiful chandelier. --- Designer/Artist: Alkesh Parmar Directed &

By C Sheng
Sony Fs5, FJ 8543 VD
on my knees, like an orphan

For this short film "on my knees, like an orphan," I shot with the Sony Fs5 and 6500 and two different iPhones. In post, I used several stocks FilmConvert stocks to create looks with meaning. The stories tied together with "Life, Life" -- a song from Ryuichi Sakamoto's new record, music which he has shared as part of the |async International Short Film Contest. Because I live in a city, I fight for nature. And every time I am in nature, I do feel the awe. So that is why I named this short film from final lines of the poem: "I dedicate myself, on my knees, like an orphan, Alone - among mirrors - fenced in by reflections: Cities and seas, iridescent, intensified. A mother in tears takes a child on her lap." David Sylvain's resonant voice gives emotional force to these words were written by Aseny Tarkovsky, the poet and father of Andrei Tarkovsky, the filmmaker to whom the Ryuichi Sakamoto | async - International short film competition project is dedicated. I have always

By Matthew Kohn
Sony Fs5, KD 5207 Vis3
Cthulhu Dawn

It was my friends lifelong dream to see the giant Cuttlefish aggregation in Whyalla, South Australia. I went and documented it for him.

By m
Canon C100 markii, FJ 8543 VD
Surprise Sledding Hill

Once a month I make an Adventures segment for the local news that promotes year round fun in Northern Michigan. We team up with a couple business in Traverse City to build a surprise sledding hill for students during recess.

By Mark