1. In 1968 Roger Smith ate a peach during a break from work. When he was finished he took out a pocketknife and began carving the peach pit into a tiny pig. 43 years later the retired meter reader and cattle rancher from Culloeka, Tennessee has carved hundreds of peach seeds into hummingbirds, stingrays, gospel choirs, entire villages, even a baseball stadium with 100+ figures. “Given enough time,” says Smith, “I don’t think there is anything you can’t make out of a peach seed.”

    Roger Smith’s unique art, inspiring talent, and fascinating life are the subject of a short (11 minute) documentary by filmmaker Stewart Copeland. The explores Smith’s process as well as his inspirations and presents a thoughtful portrait of a self-taught artist who’s distinctive art is as much a part of his rural Southern landscape as it is a reflection of it.

    Roger Smith has been featured in the books TRADITION: TENNESSEE LIVES AND LEGACIES by Robert Cogswell and WEIRD TENNEESSEE by Roger Manley. His peach seed Santa Claus was selected as one of the ornaments of the White House Christmas Tree.

    Stewart Copeland is a documentary filmmaker from Tennessee. His films have played nationally and internationally, including The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Atlanta International Film Festival, an extended international tour with the Rural Route Film Festival and national broadcasts on POV and The Documentary Channel. Stewart is also the recipient of the prestigious Individual Artist Fellowship through the Tennessee Arts Commission. His last two documentaries were JENNIFER and LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN', both films are available through the Grammy Award Winning label Dust-To-Digital. stewstew.com

    directed and produced by
    STEWART COPELAND

    associate producers
    BRUCE TAYLOR
    KYLE COPELAND
    DAVID COMBS
    MARY COMBS

    photographed by
    CODY STOKES
    STEWART COPELAND

    music by
    KYLE COPELAND

    sound by
    ALICIA BOGNANNO

    color by
    DAVID POAG

    interview audio mixed by
    SAM KRUTZ

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  2. A visual pilgrimage through ancient cultures and natural wonders filmed during my travels over the past few years around the world.

    So, we'll go no more a roving
    So late into the night,
    Though the heart be still as loving,
    And the moon be still as bright.

    For the sword outwears its sheath,
    And the soul wears out the breast,
    And the heart must pause to breathe,
    And love itself have rest.

    Though the night was made for loving,
    And the day returns too soon,
    Yet we'll go no more a roving
    By the light of the moon.

    -Lord Byron (George Gordon) 1788–1824

    Narration read by Tom O'bedlam http://www.youtube.com/user/SpokenVerse/feed

    Music: Bless This Morning Year by Helios

    Most of these shots are originally shot in colour and can be seen in my other videos if you prefer to see them in colour.

    Nepal vimeo.com/27323161

    India vimeo.com/27551252 vimeo.com/34797341

    North America vimeo.com/32658495 vimeo.com/38473978

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  3. This is a fresh look at Alex Gray and his exploits from the last year.

    A Film By: Mike Nulty

    Music: Tame Impala "Apocalypse Dreams"

    # vimeo.com/45743470 Uploaded 110K Plays 87 Comments
  4. 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
    facebook.com/MrHappyManFilm
    Special Edition DVDs and Mr. Happy Man t-shirts available at: 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: vimeo.com/22299643

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

    # vimeo.com/36673515 Uploaded 567K Plays 126 Comments
  5. This is footage shot from the first annual burning Dan festival, held in Rockville, RI.

    - All shot with the Canon 1D mark IV...ISO 2000 - 6400...majority of these shots are at 3200

    - lens used was Canon 35mm 1.4

    # vimeo.com/8851579 Uploaded 75.4K Plays 149 Comments

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