Steve Sunk makes weapons using the same techniques as ancient bladesmiths. He can copy and make any design people bring him. What's unique about his blades is he makes the steel himself; Damascus is his most popular. Like his knives, Steve has a tough exterior - but there is an underlying gracefulness in his creation of knives and the patterns they yield. Steve's passion for blade making provides stress relief from teaching as a Master Chef at Charles Darwin University. He lives just outside Darwin in the top end of Australia.
For the New York Times:
In the Gobi Desert, things are changing. Mining has come to Mongolia. Next to the world's largest gold and copper mine, Oyu Tolgoi, is the town of Khanbogd . Exploration and preparation of the mine has caused a boom in this once sleepy town. While the population has more than tripled, resources in the town remain scarce.
The mine has created jobs and great impact on Mongolia's economy, but other impacts of the mine are still unknown. A Changing Landscape examens both positive and negative effects of mining in Mongolia, focusing on the town closest to the mine — Khanbogd.
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For nytimes.com article "Though Not Yet Open, a Huge Mine Is Transforming Mongolia’s Landscape" — nyti.ms/UQwDfZ
Living off the grid in a northeast Thailand slum, Wichan Chaona collects recyclables from public trash bins to earn money for his family of seven. Shot from his motorcycle side cart, ‘Scavenger’ poetically weaves Wichan's daily routine with his observations about life and work, reminding us of the universal roots of human dignity and respect.
Official selection: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Free Form Film Festival, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Mountainfilm on Tour.