A stunningly epic wildlife conservation documentary feature film following adventurer and biologist Chris Morgan traversing some of the wildest places on earth by motorbike, seeking out the rarest of the bear species and meeting the people dedicated to saving them from extinction. Chris camps with brown bears in Alaska for the salmon run, tracks the sun bear in Borneo and learns about the ancient beliefs that have inspired remote villages in Peru to conserve the Machu Picchu bears. In India he meets sloth bears in tiger country then polar bear cubs in the Alaskan Arctic before ending his journey in the Mongolian desert tracking the rarest of them all; the Gobi bear. With profits from the film being donated to the organisations featured this is the essential documentary for anyone that cares about bears, wildlife, wild places, conservation and the natural world, from www.wildlifemedia.org.
Moustachette is a story about misled young artists struggling with life's nonsense. The film wants to comment on people's tendencies to imagine themselves as something they're not and the fantasies they create to define themselves. The film's hero, Eugene, sorts through his friends' misconceptions in the hope of finding a modicum of truth or at least a blueberry milkshake... Moustachette is a comic short film from the mind of director Patrick Stump starring Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Yellowcard's Ryan Key which is screening at festivals now!
A powerful independent feature film documentary on the animal rights movement from SHAC to Peta, the ALF and the FBI's declaration that animal rights activists are a greater terrorist threat to the USA than Al Quaeda. Featuring key figures like Josh Harper and Kevin Kjonaas with celebrity comment from Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Kaley Cuoco, Joss Stone and James Cromwell. Funded by a political lobbyist to criticise Peta indie filmmakers Curt Johnson and Maura Flynn decided to give the activists a fair hearing leading to a long courtroom battle. A critically acclaimed independent film with 91% at Rotten Tomatoes it continues to cause controversy, getting pulled from DVD stores after pressure on major retailers from food industry lobbyists; you can still get a copy direct from distributors Halo-8 and check out the latest work from Curt Johnson's Indie Genius Productions on their Myspace.
A taut, tense and clever dramatic thriller short from independent filmmaker AJ Wedding and Wave Breaking Productions, Causality tells the story of an imploded love triangle as one unexpected discovery and strong reaction creates a ripple of death, lies and exposed secrets. With strong cast performances and spot on technical filmmaking AJ delivers a superb indie short film thriller with all the twists and turns of a feature piece.
A dinner party turns dark and dangerous in this beautfully shot dramatic thriller short film from Christian Grüner. What starts off as a simple game between a pair of couples quickly uncovers buried paranoias and dark secrets, brought to a climax when one couple agrees a dangerous ultimatum to test each other's trust in the relationship with devastating, and potentially deadly, results. This is Chris' second time on the network after Still Waiting and delivers more gorgeous classic filmmaking!
Music video for acoustic guitar singer songwriter Niall Quinn's poetic life and love song Under Same Sky, from award winning UK independent film, movie and tv company Coffee Films and well worth a view for any fans of Ryan Adams, Damien Rice and other solo male acoustic guitar acts, hear more at www.myspace.com/niallquinn.
Skid Row is a documentary tracing Fugee's celebrity rap star Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel's experience living homeless on the streets of LA's notorious Skid Row. Filmed by undercover crews and hidden cameras Pras, with no money in his pockets, experiences first hand the violent crime, hard drugs, discomfort and hunger of homelessness, putting a face and giving a voice to the people affected and exploring the reasons behind it. Produced by Pras Michel alongside Teryn Fogel and Rob Wisdom the film is available now via Nelson Madison Films.
A superbly animated, clever and funny short film from Swedish character animator Alli Sadegiani. Through the simplest of plotlines, a single character, a single setting and a little comedy we see human greed laid bare for the idiotic and dangerous thing it is, something we all know is a part of us bubbling beneath the surface, that some keep in check and others fail to with disastrous implications for themselves and the people around them.
A stunning short film on the evils of capitalist corporations, beautifully shot and crafted by German filmmaker Christian Grüner (better known for his high end advertising and extreme sports films as Pikestaff Studios). Through the strikingly simple and minimalist thoughts and memories of a central character sucked into a corporate world of hard sells and false hype, the film raises as many questions for the victims as the worlds of finance, sales and banking, and suggests the innate goodness of man is matched only by the innate greed.
A very funny black comedy film from New Zealand following the latest case of a private eye specialising in finding lost things; heading to the femme fatale's home on a mission to find some lost keys something more sinister appears to be at work... Shot by David Collins and Lollicake as part of a 48 hour film challenge this film rises well above the constraints of the 48hr approach to create a simply all round great short film.
Blending live action with photoshop images and a lot of After Effects goodness British production house Khaki have turned out this gorgeous music video for British independent chill out / electronica / ambient / acoustic guitar band Sound Sanctuary and their 2008 single release Broken Signs from the Dust LP. Sound Sanctuary get compared to everyone from Zero 7 to Simon and Garfunkel so well worth a listen whatever your taste...
It's late, getting dark, you're in the middle of a creepy forest and some dude is chasing you with an axe; who are you going to call? Crestfallen Productions have this answer with this short, sweet, smart, silly and very nicely finished infomercial from Sheena Holliday and Adam Greenwood.
An intriguing, creative, funny and disconcerting trilogy of experimental short films written, featuring and made by a whole host of the Hum-Drum Films collective, connected together by the wanderings of various lost or out of place characters in a world of weird anomalies and metaphorical props. Shot with trademark confidence and inventiveness and treading the usual ground the verges between bizarre and genius, don't expect viewing to guarantee clarity!
Trailer for the beautifully shot Australian independent feature film thriller Modern Love from director Alex Frayne. Picking up all kinds of critical acclaim for it's mature and quality filmmaking this dark gothic thriller is quickly becoming a cult hit and looks like nothing you've ever seen come out of Australia before; available now on DVD from Ezydvd, Devoted DVD and DVD Orchard.
A dark dramatic short film from the Crestfallen Productions team telling the blackly comic tale of a film obsessed young man, his dog hating neighbour and the strange relationship that develops between them both. Combining classic indie short filmmaking with genre horror, film noir and a whole bunch of other influences this is an exciting debut from a team that had only just left university when it was shot.
A beautifully paced, mildly bizarre and very funny short film comedy from the Hum-Drum Films team. A quiet night in for a writer turns into an explosion of inspiration thanks to the intense gravitas brought to her daily life through a series of statements from a spider that speaks with the voice of Peter O'Toole. Produced by the regular team of Miles Watts, Ryan de Koning and Finn Riley, and introducing the writing talents of Teresa Stenson.
The first of a number of experimental / dramatic films we'll be screening by the UK's Hum-Drum Films (Finn Riley, Miles Watts and Ryan de Koning), Time Is Lost is a simple and very effective piece, sometimes a music video and sometimes an experimental film, full of calm with a slightly disquieting atmosphere that runs throughout the work of the Hum-Drum team