Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to create a vivid picture of life in the trees and the unwavering dedication of the activists.

    This film was shot and edited in 2011, and a year later, the tree-sit ended as a victory for the tree-sitters (indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/26/18716373.php) As of 2013, negotiations are still underway for the sale of the land, and the exact acreage is still being determined.

    Huge thanks to "Farmer," "Bingmouse," "Amanita," and the rest of the tree-sitters for allowing us to live with them and film their story. Learn more about their work, donate, and see what they're up to now: efhumboldt.org

    for further requests about the film, please contact info@rainhousecinema.com

    Thanks for watching!
    - Chris, Ben, Sam // Rainhouse Cinema

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  2. Blood Makes Noise is a film science and art project that explores life with renal failure

    Peter Snelling worked with 5 people on the transplant list. Over a year they worked together to create a remarkable film, book and blog.

    The project sheds light on the extraordinary world of organ donation, dyalisis, plasma exchange and transplant.

    But ulimatly is about love, generousity and family.Blood Makes Noise is a film science and art project that explores life on the transplant list.

    Peter Snelling worked with 5 people suffering from renal failure. Over a year they worked together to create a remarkable film, book and blog.

    The project sheds light on the extraordinary world of organ donation, dyalisis, plasma exchange and transplant.

    But ulimatly is about love, generousity and family.

    Produced by

    Arts in Hosptial - Dorset County Hospital
    My Pockets

    Funded by

    The Wellcome Trust

    Britsh Kidney Patient Association

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  3. Copywriter/Researcher/Co-Producer: Rahmah Ghazali (ghazali.rahmah@gmail.com) Twitter: @rahmahghazali
    DP/Visual Editor/Co-Producer: Hisyam Salleh (hisyamsalleh@me.com) Twitter: @saifulhisyam

    Shooting using the 5D Mark III. In post-production I'm using Adobe Premiere CS6 for online editing.

    Storyline:

    Mohammad Azmi, a 55-year-old former contractor, has dedicated his life to rescuing stray dogs and cats, despite living in a country where dogs, especially, are considered taboo, filthy and un- Islamic. The Muslims who care for dogs are usually frowned upon, let alone touch and feed them.

    However for Mohammad Azmi, who is fondly known as Pak Mie, his love for these animals is unconditional, as he, with the help from his wife, splurge their savings on the stray animals by providing a shelter, food and medication on daily basis, apart getting donations from concerned citizens. To date, he has rescued more than a whopping 600 stray animals, a figure that no other licensed shelters have ever accommodated.

    This also means that they have to lead a simple life; so simple that they sleep in the car parked outside the shelter that they built just to make sure that no one harms the animals during the night.
    Pak Mie’s activity has however attracted the attention from the local council, which in the other hand, usually resorts to killing the strays instead of putting them at animal shelters.

    Although Pak Mie knows that he will never get anything in return by sacrificing his normal life, he is hopeful that he will continue to do so until his last breath.

    For more information about Pak Mie please visit pakmieshelter.blogspot.com/ or his Facebook (managed by his son) facebook.com/pakmieshelter or facebook.com/pakmieshelterpage

    *If you think we have given our best in producing this documentary, why don't you support us by giving a tip so we will have more resources to produce more inspirational documentaries in the future! :D
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    Spanish translation by JBeigbeder

    A Stray Hero (Un Héroe de la Calle)

    Filmada usando la Canon 5D Mark III. Para la post-produccion he utilizado Adobe Premiere CS6 para la edición de video.

    Argumento:

    Mohammad Azmi, un ex-contratista de 55 años, ha dedicado su vida a rescatar perros y gatos extraviados a pesar de vivir en una ciudad donde los perros, especialmente, están considerados tabú, inmundos y antiislámicos. Los musulmanes que se preocupan de los perros son especialmente mal vistos y mucho más los que los tocan y alimentan.

    Sin embargo para Mohammad Azmi, quien es conocido cariñosamente como Pak Mie, su amor por estos animales es incodicional, como él, con la ayuda de su mujer, gastan sus ahorros en los animales callejeros facilitándoles un refugio, alimentos y medicinas como necesidades diarias, además consiguen donaciones de ciudadanos concienciados. Hasta la fecha, ha rescatado la friolera de 600 animales extraviados, una cifra que otros refugios con licencia no han conseguido igualar.

    Esto significa que ellos tienen que llevar una vida sencilla; tan básica que ellos duermen en el coche aparcado fuera del refugio que ellos mismos construyeron para vigilar que nadie hiera a los animales durante la noche.
    Sin embargo la actividad de Pak Mie atrajo la atención del Consejo Local, el que por otro lado, recurre a sacrificar a los callejeros en vez de entregarlos a los refugios de animales.

    Aunque Park Mie sabe que nunca obtendrá nada a cambio de sacrificar su vida por ellos, espera continuar haciéndolo hasta su último suspiro.

    Para más información acerca de Park Mie por favor visita pakmieshelter.blogspot.com/ o su dirección de Facebook (gestionada por su hijo) facebook.com/pakmieshelter

    *Si piensas que hemos dado lo mejor en producir este documental, ¿por qué no nos apoyas aportando una ayuda y así podamos tener más recursos para producir más en el futuro

    Spanish subtitle by Javier (vimeo.com/jbeigbeder) You can download the subtitle here goo.gl/QkOKQ

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  4. What is a crop wild relative? And why are they important for the security of the world's major food sources? This film focusses on the potential uses locked inside the billion seeds stored at the Millennium Seed Bank

    Commissioned by Kew Gardens for a second year, Lonelyleap were asked to produce two films in continuation of the online content strand, Beyond the Gardens. With a focus on more complex environmental issues, our job was to translate these in a concise and digestible way for the public, whilst still retaining scientific accuracy. The outcome are films that further cement Kew's integral role in solving some of the world's most pressing issues, dispelling their reputation as just a fun day out.

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  5. In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

    Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

    As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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