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15:00 min 26. October 2015

A Skier Knows - Spirit Of Alaska

a documentary in English

THERE IS A FEELING that is shared with skiers all over the world. It’s nothing you can teach, learn or explain. It’s something you feel. Something you know. It stops you from sleeping during a snowstorm - knowing that fresh powder awaits you. It gives you the urge to continue hiking up the mountain when everyone else is stopping at the top of the ski lift. It hits you when looking back at your line at the bottom of a run, wanting to go back up and do it again. It’s a different way of looking at the world and something only A Skier Knows.

"Spirit of Alaska" is the first Episode in the film series A Skier Knows, where Henrik Windstedt and Matilda Rapaport takes on the mighty mountain faces of Alaska. It will take you on an enchanting journey deep into the mind of a freeskier.

"Alaska is a mental game with few comparable situations. You sit down for days and just look at the mountains and when the weather clears, you know you have to perform on your highest level and be super aware of your own but also the mountain limits. They seem to be a little more extreme up there." Henrik Windstedt

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07:51 min 23. July 2012

Female Fighters of Kurdistan (Part 1/3)

a documentary in English

Come with us to Northern Iraq for a springtime frolic with the lovely lady guerillas of the Kurdish Liberation Movement.

Part 1 of 3: http://bit.ly/Female-Fighters-1
Part 2 of 3: http://bit.ly/Female-Fighters-2
Part 3 of 3: http://bit.ly/Female-Fighters-3

From Boudica of the British Celts to Corporal Klinger, few things unsettle the male mind like a lady in arms. The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long recognized this principle and incorporated it into their quest to build a Kurdish homeland in the overlap between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. Fighting alongside their male comrades in a region not exactly known for its progressive stance on women's rights, the female Peshmerga guerillas of the Kurdish Liberation Movement built a reputation for themselves in the 70s and 80s as demure diaboliques with the deadly poise of Leila Khaled or Tania-era Patty Hearst.

Having secured the northern third of Iraq for themselves in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the Kurds have spent the last two decades divesting themselves of their guerilla jamjams, building up a stable and booming economy in their semi-autonomous little hamlet, and generally enjoying not being in the middle of the current Iraq War. Up in the hills abutting Iran and Turkey, however, the struggle for a Greater Kurdistan continues for boy and girl alike.

The successors to Iraqi Kurdistan's old rebel militias are a milk-besodden Alphabits bowl of various Maoist, quasi-Maoist, and won't-say-they're-Maoist-but-come-on guerilla armies. You've got the PKK, the PJAK, the KCK—all of whom have slightly different tactics, territories, and ideologies but the same ultimate goal and, secretly, a lot of the same personnel. More importantly, they are all completely gender-equal, just like Mao wanted it. From the highest command to the lowest potato peeler to the ghillie-suited sniper on the front lines, dudes and dames do it the same.

We picked the youngest of these new Kurdish guerilla groups, PJAK, the Free Life for Kurdistan party, and drove up to their outpost on the Iranian border to see how their female fighters are helping their people draft a definitive answer to the Kurdish Question that's vexed Middle-Eastern politics for the last century. And hopefully find an answer to our own Kurdish Question. Which is, What the fuck is the Kurdish Question?

Hosted by Thomas Morton | Originally aired in 2012 on http://VICE.com

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03:21 min 20. January 2016

Attack by the lake: a prehistoric massacre

a documentary in English

Archaeologists uncover the remains of a community brutally murdered, ten thousand years ago. The bones of men, women and children have emerged from the bed of an ancient lake, providing evidence of a violent massacre in prehistoric Kenya.

Marta Mirazón Lahr describes the gruesome find in this Nature Video and you can read the full paper here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7586/full/nature16477.html

20th January 2016

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10:36 min 13. February 2012

Mr. Happy Man

a documentary in English

Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.

WINNER
Audience Award for Best Short Film- AFI/Discovery Silverdocs
Best Documentary Short Film- Sidewalk Motion Picture Festival
Honorable Mention- Nashville Film Festival
Ideal Award- Adventure Film Festival

Official Selection:
DOC NYC, Aspen Shortsfest, Florida Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, International Film Festival Boston, RiverRun Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest, Mountainfilm Telluride, Gold Coast International Film Festival, AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs, Traverse City Film Festival, Maine International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival

Inquiries: MattMorrisFilms[at]Gmail.com
twitter.com/MattMorrisFilms
www.facebook.com/MrHappyManFilm
Special Edition DVDs and Mr. Happy Man t-shirts available at: www.MattMorrisFilms.com

Bermuda production services: Panatel VDS
Color: Company 3
Sound: Skywalker Sound

Johnny Barnes can still be found at the roundabout on Crow Lane outside Hamilton, Bermuda every weekday from 4 A.M. to 10 A.M. You can watch Johnny talk about the film here: http://vimeo.com/22299643

Watch my previous short documentary, Pickin' & Trimmin', here: http://vimeo.com/31066145
Thanks to Samantha Astwood, who is interviewed in the film but not credited.

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29:30 min 9. November 2015

7 Tage... Deutsche Bahn | 7 Tage | NDR

a report in German

Pöbelnde Fahrgäste, frustrierte Kollegen - aber auch zufriedene Reisende. Was erleben Zugbegleiter, die Tag und Nacht unterwegs sind? Und wie fühlt es sich in der Uniform eines Schaffners an?

http://www.ndr.de

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09:52 min 29. May 2012

The Devotion Project: My Person

a documentary in English

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This is the fourth short film created for THE DEVOTION PROJECT, an ongoing series of films documenting LGBTQ couples and the love they share. It premiered online on May 29, 2012. The other films in the series, "More Than Ever", "Say Only Yes", "Listen from the Heart", "Build Your Wings" and "Foremost in my Mind" are also available on this channel.

Featuring Eric, Anne and Jonah Plemons.

Produced and Directed by Antony Osso, Director of Photography Martina Radwan, Edited by Todd Sandler, Music by Paul Hsu, Sound Mixer Winson "Church" Tam, Camera Assistant Joi Foley, Sound Re-recording Mixer Luciano Vignola, Colorist Will Cox.

Post Production Services provided by Final Frame and C5 Sound in New York City.

Copyright 2012 Antony Osso.

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07:27 min 8. December 2016

Sierra Leone’s Only Woman Surfer

a documentary in no language

Directors Daniel Ali and Louis Leeson's latest film, A Million Waves, is a portrait of 19-year-old surfer Kadiatu Kamara, the only woman surfer at Bureh Beach, south of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/2gBWPM8

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23:08 min 22. February 2014

Wenn der Hunger zur Sucht wird: Das Leiden der Magersüchtigen

a report in German

Zwischen spindeldürr und magersüchtig liegen nur ein paar hundert Gramm. Ersteres gilt zu Unrecht als Schönheitsideal und letzteres zu Recht als lebensgefährliche Erkrankung. Kein anderer psychischer Defekt fordert so viele Todesopfer wie der Irrglaube, zu dick zu sein. SPIEGEL TV hat drei Menschen getroffen, die mitten in der deutschen Wohlstandsgesellschaft fast verhungert wären.

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30:00 min 3. July 2015

Der Bienenretter | Die Reportage | NDR

a report in German

Das weltweite Bienensterben macht Bio-Imker Mirko aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern große Sorgen. Er sagt Monokulturen, Parasiten und Pestizidbelastung den Kampf an.

http://www.ndr.de

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07:41 min 6. May 2015

A Helping Paw

a documentary in English

This short documentary shares the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer in a series of three vignettes. Each story takes a closer look at these incredible animals and how they impact the lives of those around them.

A Helping Paw was created in cooperation with PAALS (http://paals.org/), an organization dedicated to training service dogs and matching them with people with disabilities in South Carolina.

Official Selection of the 2015/2016:
Middle Coast Film Festival
Orlando Film Festival
Big Mini Media Festival
Richmond International Film Festival
San Francisco Documentary Festival
Full Bloom Film Festival
Charleston International Film Festival
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (Award Winner!)

Recipient of generous grants from:
University of South Carolina's Magellan Scholarship
The Walt Hanclosky Social Issue Production Award (in cooperation with the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation)

CREDITS:
Faith Cox - Director / Editing (http://www.FaithCox.com)
Andrew Zah - Sound Production (http://www.AndrewZah.com)
Kennan Banks - Videography (vimeo.com/kennanbanks)
Christian Harper - Videography (vimeo.com/user22239158)

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18:59 min 5. January 2014

Kim Dotcom: The Man Behind Megaupload

a report in English

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In October 2013, VICE News was invited to visit the infamous tech mogul and creator of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, at his palatial property in New Zealand. Even though Kim is under house arrest—since he's at the center of history's largest copyright case—he's still able to visit a recording studio in Auckland. So check out this brand new documentary we made at Kim's mega-mansion and in the studio where our host, Tim Pool, got to lay down some backup vocals for Kim's upcoming EDM album while talking about online surveillance, file-sharing, and Kim's controversial case.

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02:36 min 18. May 2016

No Sleep for a Year

a documentary in English

Artist Tehching Hsieh is known for dedicating long and precise periods of time to his fully immersive projects. He spent a year locked in a small cage and thirteen years making art that no one else has seen. For this piece, Hsieh punched a time clock every hour on the hour for a whole year. Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/1R6wKhY

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05:04 min 15. July 2015

ACROSS america

a documentary in no language

Not long ago my partner and I traversed the vast country of America (US). This dreamy lyrical documentary muses on the subtle shifts in landscape and how land shapes culture, and how tied together these elements create a national identity.

i ran my hand over the spine of america / how coast lines become forests / turn foothills and mountains / how mountains level / to plateaus / grasslands crack wide to canyons / species shift / obeying the land / culture catches the light of the land / and beast / reflects and refines / all one land / one body / one animal family / breathe in and out / america.

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04:09 min 21. January 2016

Klausur der CSU-Landtagsfraktion: Der Ton wird schärfer | Kontrovers | BR

a report in German

Kontrovers im Internet: http://www.br.de/kontrovers
Die CSU versucht seit Monaten, die Flüchtlingspolitik voranzutreiben. Jetzt erhöht die CSU noch einmal den Druck auf die Kanzlerin, will endlich eine Kursänderung. Lässt sich Angela Merkel bei ihrem Besuch in Wildbad Kreuth erweichen? Oder dauert die Eiszeit an?
Autorin: Irene Esman