Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Tonya Littlewolf has rescued wolves all her life. At a sanctuary in the empty California desert, she looks after 14 majestic wolves which have been rescued from breeders. Yet, as she cares for the creatures, even feeding them mouth-to-mouth, Tonya questions whether these wolves would be better off in the wild. WOLF MOUNTAIN is a beautiful portrait of Tonya that explores her spiritual connection with the serene and misunderstood animals.

    Winner of Nat Geo WILD's Wild to Inspire competition.

    Directed and Produced by:
    Dan Duran, Brendan Nahmias, Sam Price-Waldman

    Cinematography and Editing by:
    Dan Duran and Sam Price-Waldman

    Music by:

    Featuring Tonya Littlewolf & Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

    Copyright 2012 - Dan Duran, Brendan Nahmias, Sam Price-Waldman

    Thanks for watching!

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  4. Just outside Grants, New Mexico, is a 200-acre heap of toxic uranium waste, known as tailings. After 30 years of failed cleanup, the waste has deeply contaminated the air and water near the former uranium capital of the world. TAILINGS is a cinematic investigation into the pile that is gravely shaping the lives of those who are stuck living in its shadow.

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    BIG THANKS to all those who helped to make the film. In particular:
    Chris Cresci [co-cinematographer]
    Joe Sill [graphics and animation]
    Polly Hall [music]
    Lillie Wojcik [PR/marketing]

    A very special thanks to Candace Head-Dylla, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, and Southwest Research and Information Center for their support of the project!

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  5. North America’s five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – contain a staggering twenty percent of all the freshwater on the planet. 4K resolution digital cinema cameras visit this shared Canadian and American resource that holds a timely and telling story of the profound impact people have had on the very environment they cherish and depend upon.

    Formed by ice, filled by ice, and often covered with ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, and development. PROJECT: ICE views North America’s freshwater inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change.

    Ice sits at the heart of it all. PROJECT: ICE reveals an indisputable record of increasing water temperatures and strikingly diminished ice cover. It’s an environmental and economic wake up call from the heartland of the United States and Canada.

    A Tillinghast Reid WorldWide Production

    Director: William H. Kleinert
    Executive Producers: William H. Kleinert, Leslie C. Johnson
    Producer: William H. Kleinert
    Writers: Brian Scott Jaeschke, William H. Kleinert
    Co-Producer: Kevin W. Kusina
    Associate Producer: Emily Wathen
    Directors of Photography: Jason C. Marlin, Henry Bourne Joy IV
    Editors: Kevin Kusina, Julian Thompson
    Assistant Camera: Drew Patrick Dawson, Jesse Low
    Sound Design & Recordist: Jean-Yves Munch
    Audio Assistant: Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Second Unit Camera: Kevin W. Kusina, Emily Wathen, Drew Patrick Dawson, Geoffrey Kartes
    Assistant to the Producer: Cindy Chu
    Post-Production Coordinators: Althea Middleton-Detzner, Cindy Chu
    Production Assistants: Geoffrey Kartes, Heather Seppanen, John C. Kleinert, Justin Reifert, Jason Weingardt
    Chief Financial Officer: Leslie C. Johnson

    COPYRIGHT 2013 Tillinghast Reid WorldWide, LLC

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  • Clary Estes

    Documentary about a deaf-blind man in Japan. Shot in an interesting way with unique lens'

    by Clary Estes

  • Robert Mentov

    Over 1 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon. This film is about the refugees trapped in transition in Beirut and near the Lebanese-Syrian border. Shot on location during the October 2015 in the homes of the refugee families, a small group of us were lucky enough to have the families share their personal stories of escape and overcoming the odds.

    by Robert Mentov

  • Alex Soloviev

    Pray for Paris a short cinematic video about the acts of terrorism committed in Paris on November 13, 2015. Filmed at night at the Place de la République as Parisians remembered those who were killed. There are no spoken words in the film which leaves you with space to reflect upon this tragedy with your own thoughts and prayers as they watch the scenes of remembrance.

    by Alex Soloviev

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