1. Gorillas in the Crossfire


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    In a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a caretaker struggles to save gorillas from the violence of a brutal civil war. This short film, made as an 'Op-Doc' for The New York Times profiles Andre Bauma, who takes care of the orphaned mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In two decades of civil war, more than 140 of his fellow rangers have been killed while protecting their park, which has been home to armed rebels. They risk their lives for Virunga’s gorillas not only because they believe it is right, but because they know that the forest and its animals are the key to the region’s stability. The threats facing the park are tremendously complicated. Dueling military forces, who have been fighting in the surrounding areas, and sometimes within the park, have used Virunga as their pawn. An oil company, SOCO International, has searched for oil in the park. Violence, poaching and human encroachment have pushed the gorillas to the edge of extinction. Accordingly, the logistics of filming this documentary were daunting: We were working in an active conflict zone with an ever-shifting front line, managing the opposition of a major oil company and its arsenal of lawyers, and of course trying to keep our equipment from being carried away by a crew of curious mountain gorillas. For us, the gorillas lay at the heart of this story. Not only are they a mirror in which we can view ourselves, but they also represent a better future for Congo and the hopes of the thousands of people living around Virunga National Park. Through tourism to visit the gorillas (now welcomed in a period of relative stability) and other development projects, hundreds of millions of dollars can be generated from the park, as happens next door in Rwanda. Yet the mountain gorillas’ future remains in question. While the battle to protect Virunga will be long and hard, I believe that in the rangers of the park, we can see glimpses of the best of humanity. They are true African heroes and their courage and integrity should give us all hope. Director: Orlando von Einsiedel Producer: Joanna Natasegara Cinematography: Frank Dow & Orlando von Einsiedel Editor: Miikka Leskinen Original Music & Sounds Mix: Patrick Jonsson Series Producer & Curator: Jason Spingarn-Koff Coordinating Producer: Ursula Laing Series Researcher: Lindsay Crouse Special Thanks: The Bauma Family, Arcus Foundation, Brtidoc, Good Pitch, Grain Media, Netflix, Violet Films, Virunga National Park This video is part of a series by independent filmmakers who have received grants from the Britdoc Foundation, and the film is an adaptation from the feature film Virunga. http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/80009431 See more: nytimes.com/opdocs

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    • We Are Fire


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      When Champa Pal's husband was murdered her life fell apart however an encounter with the vigilante Gulabi Gang changed everything. The 'Gulabi Gang' is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal in Uttar Pradesh in Northern India to bring justice for women. This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture. The group is popularly known as the Gulabi, or Pink Gang, because the members wear bright pink saris and wield bamboo sticks. The film was produced for Al Jazeera English for their campaign ‘Hear The Human Story’. http://www.aljazeera.com/pressoffice/2014/11/hear-human-story-20141135433755976.html Check out some behind the scenes photos here: http://on.fb.me/1Iqcjvy Production Companies: Dejavu and Grain Media Director / Writer: Orlando von Einsiedel Cinematography: Franklin Dow Film Editor: Miikka Leskinen Composer: Patrick Jonsson Executive Producer: Manasvi Gosalia Executive Producers for Grain Media: Adam Mitchenall & Jon Drever Line Producer: Pria Mundra Assistant Director: Nihit Agarwal Post-Production Manager: Amelia Franklin Assistant Camera: Will Hadley Assistant Producer: Nick Rowley Agency: Memac Ogilvy Dubai Business Director: Tarek Shawki Operations Director: Sean Hart Senior Account Manager: Sandra Henein Account Executive: Nora Nasr Account Executive: John Dayal Executive Creative Director: Ramzi Moutran Associate Creative Director: Dylan Kidson Group Head Senior Art Director: Gary Rolf Junior Art Director: Maram Ashour Junior Copywriter: Waleed Bachnak Senior Graphic Designer: Jesse Bray Graphic Designer: Irfan Ghani Head Of Production: Amin Soltani Junior Producer: Tamara D’Costa Studio Manager: John Ridgeway Assistant Studio Manager: Tarek Bawab Finaliser: Sameer Shirke Traffic manager: Dominic Tundatil Business Director PR: Chuma Goodwin

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      • Corner Boys #2


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        Written by and Starring: Brett Goldstein & Scroobius Pip Directed / shot / cut: Jon Drever Sound / cam assist: Richard Jephcote A Grain Media Production. www.grainmedia.co.uk See Corner Boys #1 here: https://vimeo.com/75576061

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        • Corner Boys


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          The Wire meets Waiting for Godot Starring Brett Goldstein & Scroobius Pip Directed by Jon Drever A Grain Media Production Corner Boys #2: https://vimeo.com/87857384

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          • A Slow Motion Film


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            Shot on Grain Media's Arri Alexa Plus 4:3 120 fps 35mm Ultra Prime All available to hire kit@grainmedia.co.uk Life looks better in slow motion. Starring Harri "James Dean" Grace

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              Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautiful and moving short film that follows the lives of two young skateboarders from Afghanistan who attend the Skateistan project. Juxtaposing the harsh reality of life in Kabul with the hopes and ambitions of the country’s children, the film is a touching ray of light from a country only ever in the news for all the wrong reasons. To make a donation to Skateistan you can visit: www.skateistan.org/donate Film Credits: Director / Producer Orlando von Einsiedel Cinematographer Franklin Dow Editor Peta Ridley Composer Patrick Jonsson The film was made possible with the support of Dazed & Confused and Diesel New Voices "Moving and beautifully Shot" Ben Machell, The Times "The film really knocked me out, it brought tears to my eyes" Stacy Peralta "Captivating. Infectious. Electrifying" Kathy.M.Y.Pyon, LA Times "Astonishing" Stephen Robinson, The Evening Standard The film has been officially selected into over 80 festivals worldwide including: Sundance Film Festival 2011 SXSW Film Festival 2011 Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010 Full Frame Film Festival 2011 One World Human Rights Film Festival 2011 The film has also picked up numerous awards and accolades including: Winner Best Cinematography LA Skate Film Festival 2010 Winner Best Documentary LA Skate Film Festival 2010 Winner Best Documentary Portable Film Festival 2010 Winner Best Editing Underwire Film Festival 2010 Winner Best Cultural Film Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2011 Winner Jury Prize Chamonix Adventure Film Festival 2011 Winner Best Young Director We The Peoples Film Festival 2011 Winner Special Jury Prize Mecal 2012 Finalist Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011 Finalist FujiFilm Shorts 2011 Finalist Best Representation Underwire Film Festival Finalist Rushes Film Festival 2011 Finalist Vimeo Awards 2012 Finalist Your Film Festival 2012 Official Selection Economist Film Project

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              • A Fish Supper


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                There is nothing strange about fishing for eels. However, if fishing at your local spot involves dodging floating condoms and used tampons, you might think you should move elsewhere. Not if you're Phil Sanders, a true urban forager whose stomping ground is London's Southbank, right in the heart of the city. A Fish Supper is a lighthearted observational documentary following a day in the life of Phil as he does what he does everyday, fish. Commissioned for Channel 4's Shooting Gallery, 2013. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-shooting-gallery/4od#3475045 Director / Camera: Orlando von Einsiedel Editor: Andrew Cardy Original Music: Patrick Jonsson Production Company: Grain Media

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                • Sounds of War From the Virunga National Park


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                  These are the sounds the Virunga National Park's rangers and animals are waking up to on a daily basis. As the security situation deteriorates and the war worsens in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our staff, and the animals they fight to protect, are increasingly in danger. At this moment, we need your help more than ever. Please visit www.virungacrisis.org and support the work of our rangers

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                    PRODUCED BY JON DRIVER WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY WILLIAM BRIDGES PRODUCTION MANAGER LUCILE WEIGEL DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID ROM PRODUCTION COMPANY: GRAIN MEDIA LTD Jed is starving, he hasn’t eaten for days. He’s lost and alone, wandering around a vast forest searching for the one thing that can satisfy his insatiable hunger… Human brains. The problem is he can’t catch a thing. He is a loser, he was a loser in life and nothing seems to have changed now he is dead. But can the pity of recently dead/undead woman turn his luck?

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                    • My Name Is Feker


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                      'Feker' in Amharic means love and this is a short documentary about the enduring nature of the human spirit. 'My Name Is Feker' retells the story of Feker Asheme's challenging life but by following the lives of 3 girls who are today, living the life she once led. - The film was made for Girl Hub and to find out more about some of the issues at the heart of the film please go to: girlhub.org Film Credits: Director / Producer Orlando von Einsiedel Cinematographer Franklin Dow Editor Peta Ridley Composer Patrick Jonsson Assistant Producer Patrick Vernon Executive Producers Ben Gallagher, Jumoke Adekunle, Mark Sanderson & Jon Drever The film has been officially selected into a number of festivals including: Seattle International Film Festival 2012 Brief Encounters 2011 Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012 Branchage Film Festival 2011 The London Short Film Festival 2012

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