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03:45 min 8. April 2016

Beetles Brawl For Female Attention - Africa - BBC

a documentary in English

When one monkey beetle has his sights set on a female he becomes engrossed in a battle for her attention.

Taken from Africa.

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17:34 min 21. November 2014

The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'?

a report in English

In the mid 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio was the king of the world. The baby-faced movie star was about to play the leading role in Titanic, and he spent some of his time hanging with Dana Giacchetto, a former investment banker and member of the new wave group Breakfast in Bed, at Giacchetto's penthouse loft on Broadway and Cortlandt in Manhattan. The two friends owned matching cockatoos named Angel and Caesar and hosted lavish parties for the most powerful people in 90s film, fashion, and finance: Michael Stipe, Andrew Cuomo, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Harmony Korine, and Alanis Morissette, among other celebrities.

In between doing the things that happen at late-night parties, including spraying vintage champagne everywhere, some guests made million-dollar late-night deals—at least that's what Giacchetto claims. His high life crashed down on him when he was arrested in 2000 and pleaded guilty to fraud under the Investment Advisers Act. After that, most of his clients left him, and the court sentenced him to a maximum of 57 months in prison for misappropriating approximately $9 million. Thanks to good behavior, time already served in prison, and his willingness to enter rehab, he was released early, but his life has never been the same.

Giacchetto's downfall began in 1988, when his mother, Alma, loaned him almost $200,000 so he could found the Cassandra Group. Giacchetto already worked as an account executive at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust, and he used his bona fides to persuade friends in new wave and punk bands to put money in an investment group for cool, arty people.

Thanks to his business skills and rock cred, Giacchetto started working with Sub Pop Records, the iconic indie label that was simultaneously broke and famous for releasing Nirvana's first album, Bleach. Soon after, Giacchetto worked as the money manager for all of Sub Pop's acts, as well as for the Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette, Phish, Victoria Williams, Q-Tip, R.E.M., and many of their agents and managers.

Giacchetto went to prison for stealing $9 million from a number of these clients, including Phish, who lost more than $1 million, according to the New York Times. The Securities and Exchange Commission had discovered improprieties in Cassandra's bookkeeping dating back to September 1997. (Giacchetto had used a version of the classic "asset-kiting scheme," in which one asset is borrowed to cover the disappearance of another.)

Prosecutors alleged that Giacchetto's scheme involved improperly tapping into the accounts of the Cassandra Group's clients and ordering checks from financial services firm Brown & Co. He was able to cash them at the US Trust even though some checks were made out to celebrities like Ben Stiller.

"I was someone who was extraordinarily successful, beyond his wildest dreams, and I flew too close to the sun and, you know, got really burned," he told us when we met him in New York this summer.
After telling us he didn't have too much time to talk because he had to meet with his lawyer and the FBI, he insisted on his innocence and maintained that he had been accused and convicted because Hollywood insiders were trying to keep him out of the elite, high-powered, celebrity life of Hollywood that he saw as a kind of Mount Olympus.

"I think that there is some truth in the idea that there is this vapid vacuum still that is Hollywood—sometimes because it's a business built on artifice, fantasy," he said. "It doesn't mean that it's not legitimate. It just means that, contextually, you have to sort of put it into place, and I think people do get envious of that."

At every meeting, Giacchetto promised us he would bring photos from his years with DiCaprio. We didn't believe him, but at our last interview, Giacchetto brought a Travelpro expandable luggage bag full of hundreds of photos, like these pictures of DiCaprio partying. As Giacchetto flipped through the pictures, he reminded us of a father showing photos of his children, not because Giacchetto liked bragging about his 90s debauchery but because these celebrities were once his friends. When he went to jail, many of them abandoned him.

This hasn't stopped Giacchetto from doing business with the rich and famous, of course. Along with his phone-app gig with Pavitt, he's repping a new line of luxury food items that will enable you to eat lobster thermidor straight from the can.

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05:14 min 31. July 2015

The Sandman

a documentary in English

‘The Sandman’ is a short film featuring the Trona, California High School Football team as they train and go through Hell Week in preparation for the upcoming Fall 2015 season.

"It makes Friday Night Lights look like a cakewalk." Digg.com

Directed by Diego Contreras.

Created for the www.filmsaboutnumbers.com series | No. 7

Footage available for licensing at filmsupply.com/filmmakers/diego-contreras/47

Inspired by the biblical story of Jericho, where the Israelites marched and shouted around the fortified wall of an impenetrable city for 7 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. As the army shouted, the walls collapsed, and they took over the city. The film presents the Trona team doing their powerful chants 7 times as they prepare to go to battle against teams much larger than their own.

I met these kids by happenstance while scouting for a different project down in Trona. It's been an honor getting to know and hang out with them and the beautiful people of Trona. I've been heavily inspired by the coach and his team's passion, faith, and brotherhood. I hope this film can inspire others as much as they inspired me.

Director: Diego Contreras
Producer: Jens Jacob
Co-Producer: Scott Davis
Director of Photography: Daniel Stewart
Editor / Color Grade: Diego Contreras
Sound Design & Mix: Diego Contreras
Production Manager: Cara Venter
Gaffer: Keitaro Cloward
Location Audio Mixer: Mathew Williams
Production Company: Sypher Films
Director Representation: Bullitt

Featuring The Trona Sandman:

Coach Curtis Boutte
Asst. Coach Teddy Johnson
Asst. Coach Thomas Lewis

Tyler Boutte, Trevor Boutte, Gunnar Cartmel, Noah Esparza, Malik Evans, Dalton Grady,
Kyle Harrison, Ben Leslie, Julian Martinez, Tyler McLean, Steven Ortiz, Travis Redd,
Anthony Rodriguez, Michael Taylor, Walter Terry & Special Guest Jonathan Souabni


“The Revenant” Trailer
excerpt from film soundtrack
by Graeme Revell

Ryan Taubert
“The Banquet”

Special Thanks:

Trona High School, Bullitt Branded, Redefine Rentals
Saury Armenta, Esteban Contreras, Brandy Boutte, Charity Boutte
Jeffrey Hodgson, Juan Rodriguez

30:10 min 3. February 2015

Die Autoklauer | Panorama - die Reporter | NDR

a report in German

Ein Selbstversuch als Autodieb: Der moderne "Dietrich" ist unscheinbar - aber effektiv: Mit dem kleinen Kasten kann unser Reporter fast alle Autotüren öffnen. Der Beginn einer Recherch auf den Spuren der Autoklauer, die bis nach Tadschikistan führt. Hier landen ganz besonders viele der teuersten gestohlenen Autos, obwohl es eines der ärmsten Länder der Welt ist.


01:48 min 8. January 2016

The Last Artisans of Japan: Kamaboko

a report in Japanese

Discover the inner workings of the Suzuhiro fish-cake company in a six-part series touring Japan’s fast-disappearing, traditional food producers, directed by Jeremy Valender of Pundersons Gardens. Read the feature on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/1RuP6gR


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30:02 min 2. March 2015

7 Tage... am Filmset | 7 Tage | NDR

a report in German

Die beiden Schauspieler Charly Hübner und Anneke Kim Sarnau aus dem "Polizeiruf 110" aus Rostock sind bekannt. Aber wer ist bei den Filmdreharbeiten eigentlich noch dabei?


29:24 min 3. June 2016

Flüchtlinge und Urlaub: Kos zwischen Verzweiflung, Wut und Hoffnung | 7 Tage | NDR

a report in German

Vor Kurzem war die griechische Insel Kos bekann als Surferparadies und Ferienidyll. Heute spricht man nur noch von Kos, der Flüchtlingsinsel. Kann man, ja "darf" man auf einer Insel Urlaub machen, vor deren Küste Hunderte Menschen ertrunken sind, an deren Traumstrände sich Tausende verzweifelter Menschen geschleppt haben? Auch heute noch, zu Beginn der Feriensaison, suchen Flüchtlinge hier Hilfe. Die Folge: Die Urlauber bleiben weg, die Inselbevölkerung kämpft nach der Finanzkrise nun um jeden Touristen. Was passiert mit den Inselbewohnern, die ohne Touristen ihre Existenzgrundlage verlieren? Ein Dilemma.


25:02 min 30. June 2014

Alarm am Ballermann - Neuer Tourismus auf Mallorca?

a report in German

Als im Jahr 1903 auf Mallorca das erste Hotel eröffnet wurde, war die Welt noch in Ordnung. Heute sieht es etwas anders aus. Hemmungslose Ballermann-Partys haben der Insel und ihren Bewohnern zugesetzt. Doch ab sofort sollen die Besäufnisse feierwütiger Touristen der Vergangenheit angehören. Mehr als 100 neue Benimm-Regeln sind in Kraft getreten. Das bedeutet: keine Sangria-Eimer mehr, keine Massagen am Strand und keine Musik aus Ghettoblastern.

05:23 min 22. October 2014

Impact, a boxer's story

a documentary in English

A tragic incident stalled Malagamali'i D'hue's career in boxing. Impact follows the story of one man's fight to persevere, and the strength we find within our idols.

A feature length screenplay currently in development, for inquiries please contact: info@workhousecreative.com

+ Featured on Olympic gold medalist and 2-time heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis's twitter
+ Featured on 2-time heavyweight world champion Riddick Bowe's twitter
+ Featured on Zealous: http://www.zealous.co/!project;id=6657348762337280
+ Featured in Cannes Magazine

+ Official Selection: Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
+ Official Selection: New York City International Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Arizona International Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Seattle Transmedia International Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Orlando Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Woods Hole Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Sunrise Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Florida Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Hollyshorts Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Tallgrass Film Festival
+ Official Selection: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Directed and Edited by Keith Rivers
Cinematography by Ryan Frey & Max Magerkurth
VFX Artists: Renato Marques & Jacob Shroades
Sound Design & Mixing by Jakael Tristram
Colorist: Ryan Frey
Music: A Winged Victory for the Sullen, "Atomos VII" and Beck, "Waves" courtesy of UMe
Filmed on location at Seattle Boxing Gym: http://seattleboxinggym.com/

Shot on a Red Epic with a set of Lomo Anamorphics 35/50/85mm and a 50mm uncoated macro Zeiss Superspeed lens.

A Workhouse Creative Film 2015

29:26 min 19. February 2013

Sea. Surf. Sex. - Sportclub Reportage - NDR

a report in German

Sie verkörpern die Leichtigkeit des Seins. Doch was ist dran am Klischee vom traumhaften Leben als Surfer? Sportclub Reportage hat vier deutsche Surfer besucht und begleitet.


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08:21 min 1. November 2011

The Hands of Hollywood

a documentary in English

The true story of the meteoric rise and fall of Steve Hershon, Hollywood's go to hand insert model. Follow me on twitter @ryanppalmieri

*Winner- Best Short Documentary: LA Underground Film Fest
*Official Selection: New Filmmakers LA, LA Underground Film Fest
*Vimeo Staff Pick, Featured in 'the Atlantic'

Directed by
Ryan Palmieri

Produced and Edited by
Ryan Palmieri and Austin Conroy

Phillip Trudel

David Brittain
Sebastian Chang

Visual Effects
Jarrett Lehman

Sound Design
AJ Pyatak

Chelsea Stark

Special Thanks
Steve Hershon
Stephanie Palmieri
Brett Froomer
Rachel Rudwall
Crystal King
@Radical Media

29:03 min 17. January 2015

7 Tage unter Juden (Reportage)

a report in German

Datteln, Zimt und Kiddusch-Wein kommen zusammen in eine Küchenmaschine. Es duftet nach einer fremden Welt in der jüdischen Gemeinde zu Oldenburg. "Jede Zutat, jedes Gericht hat hier eine Bedeutung", erzählt Oshra Levi. Sie kocht für die Pessach-Feiertage. Pessach ist das Fest, das an den Auszug der versklavten Israeliten aus Ägypten erinnert.
Tradition wird großgeschrieben

Oshra kommt aus Israel und hat die jüdischen Rezepte von ihrer Mutter erlernt. In ihrer Heimat hat sie als Kind in der Schule auch das erste Mal von Konzentrationslagern in Deutschland gehört. Diese Brutalität, die dort herrschte, konnte sie sich kaum vorstellen. "Für viele Leute ist das immer noch das Land, in dem ein Massenmord stattgefunden hat", sagt sie. Trotzdem ist Oshra mit 20 nach Deutschland gekommen und geblieben. Nun kocht sie die Familienrezepte für Pessach in der Gemeinde.

In sieben Tagen erfahren Nikolas Müller und Benjamin Arcioli, wie die 3.000 Jahre alte jüdische Geschichte bis heute als Tradition gelebt wird. Sie wollen wissen, wie es sich in der jüdischen Gemeinde zu Oldenburg lebt. Und: Welches Bild haben die Oldenburger Juden von Deutschland, ihrem Zuhause? Der Film zeigt hebräischen Gesang, koscheres Essen und Gespräche über den Juden namens Jesus.

03:09 min 24. July 2015

Clay Marzo "808 Liv'n"

a documentary in no language

A short featuring Clay Marzo by Peter Labrador // @peterlabrador // Maui, Hawaii 2015 copyright. Peter Labrador Visuals

02:01 min 4. March 2015


a documentary in no language

SURFINGMOROCCO through the eyes of Ayoub Abouizza and Gudi Ferrer.

Starring Dane Reynolds and Lucas Silveira

Filmed by Ayoub Abouizza
Edit by Gudi Ferrer
Aditional clips by Gudi Ferrer

03:23 min 4. July 2014

The Observer

a documentary in English

I was introduced to Alex about a year ago through a mutual friend. I had heard about a "stalker photographer" from a couple people and was pretty intrigued. After about a two month process of trying to get her to sit down with me she finally agreed to tell her story. I was pretty blown away. Seeing the world through her eyes has been a unique experience to say the least. Her photos are unreal. Can't say I completely agree with her craft but its very beautiful in its own way. If you'd like to see more of her work go to www.quietshutter.com

I shot this on my RED Epic with the CP.2 50 and 28mm. I got to team up again with my good buddy Daniel Petersen for the original score. It's always a pleasure working with someone as talented as him. Check out his website here: www.danielmpetersen.squarespace.com

Read the interview about the video here: http://www.directorsnotes.com/2014/07/09/mp-cunningham-the-observer/

And another one here: http://onesmallwindow.com/interviews/interview-with-filmmaker-mp-cunningham/

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: MP Cunningham
AD: Andrew Hair
Producer: Nicole Simons

03:40 min 15. September 2016

Define Beauty: His Sweat

a documentary in English

In the first of a new series of Define Beauty, Berlin-based directer Matt Lambert—known for his often-NSFW work exploring sex and intimacy—gets under the skin of our infatuation with sweat. Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/2cnyQmV


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