1. Filmed and edited over the course of four years, MULE DAYS documents an all-mule rodeo held annually in Bishop, California. The documentary focuses on three Mule People at pivotal points in their lives. Mike Toberer, a packer facing potentially devastating economic times, tries to pass on his century-old way of life to his son. Tucker Slender, a retired cowboy, creates a new life for himself as his friends fade away. And Dale Woodard, a chicken-loving rodeo clown on the last show of his career, puts his life as an absent father in perspective. As much a series of character portraits as it is a vérité document of the town's celebration, MULE DAYS encapsulates life in the fading American Southwest. 55min. 2013.

    Directed & Edited by Joseph Peeler
    Produced by Jesse Hays and Conrad Beilharz
    Director of Photography Ryan Carmody

    Documented by David Barnes, Ryan Carmody, Jesse Hays, Jason khan, Joseph Peeler, Nathan Schwab
    Original Music Written & Performed by Dave Hall, Nick Martus, & Aaron Stein-Chester

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  2. Biologists spent ten years trying to map the structure of the elusive Mason Pfizer Monkey Virus, a problem that could unlock the cure for AIDS. The Contenders solved it in three weeks. Using the online puzzle game Fold It, scientists are enlisting video gamers to solve real- world problems.

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    Credits:
    Directed & Produced by Lucy Walker

    Produced & Edited by Joseph Peeler

    Animation/Design:
    Pyramid Attack
    Arv Slabosevicius
    Steve Wilson

    Illustrators:
    Clayton Hanmer
    Hyein Lee
    Aaron Leighton
    Steve Wilson

    Music
    Aaron Stein-Chester
    Duncan Woodbury

    Sound Design & Mixing
    Nathanael Harrison

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  3. "Motor Away" (2011)
    Samuel and Paisley live on wheels so they never have to stay anywhere they don't like, but no matter where they end up they can't escape themselves.

    Starring: Gretchen Corbett & Charlie McQuarry
    Written and Directed by: Shawn Sullivan
    Director of Photography: Ryan Carmody
    Editor: Chris Tenzis
    Producer: Joe Peeler
    First Assistant Camera: Jason Khan
    Art Director: Stephanie Young
    Catering: Emma Courtland
    Music: Aaron Womack
    Sound Mixers: Rob Peterson, Alejandro Esperanza, Nathan Schwab

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  4. "Mule Days"
    muledaysdocumentary.com

    Filmed and edited over the course of four years, “Mule Days” documents an obscure, sometimes ridiculous, often moving celebration of mules held annually in the tiny town of Bishop, California. Tens of thousands of Mule People flock here every year to celebrate their animals and acknowledge a time when they were more than a dying breed.

    The documentary focuses on three unique Mule People at pivotal points in their lives. Mike Toberer, a packer facing potentially devastating economic times, tries to pass on his century-old way of life to his son. Tucker Slender, a retired cowboy, creates a new life for himself as his friends fade away. And Dale Woodard, a chicken-loving rodeo clown on the last show of his career, puts his life as an absent father in perspective.

    As much a series of character portraits as it is a vérité document of the town’s celebration, “Mule Days” swirls with energy and empathy for all of its subjects. Their stories encapsulate life in the fading American Southwest.

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