Grant Davis is the runner and voice of the film. He's also probably the smartest friend that I have. He can find meaning to just about everything. If he decides to do something, he'll do it right, and then he'll tell you all about why it matters.
I was stoked to team up again with my good friend MP Cunningham to shoot this little film as he always has amazing ideas that make things a million times better.
Sometimes while shooting, I think you can be so overwhelmed and distracted by not only what you see with your eyes but also by what you hear and smell and taste, that it's hard to actually know how to capture what's in front of you. Yet there are other times when the complete opposite is true and everything you sense seems to just ease itself into an image. I think a lot of it has to do with you're intentions, and who you have around you. This was an interesting project because we came into it relatively unscripted and without any real burdening expectations. I think that, coupled with just being with good friends, lent to some good karma. We landed in San Francisco and spent the next 3 days driving north and shooting what we saw along the way.
The music was written and produced specifically for this piece by Micah Dahl Anderson
Shot and edited by Sean Michael & MP Cunningham
Music by Micah Dahl Anderson
Color and sound design by Wayne Nillson
Produced by Kurt Hale
Title by Davis Ngarupe
Still photography by Weston Colton
Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes. Liberated from responsibilities, their guards drop dramatically, releasing funny and brutally frank confessions, and weaving a powerful narrative behind the anonymous masses.
A film by Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley.
**OFFICIAL SELECTION - SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST 2013**
** HONOURABLE MENTION - LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014**
**OFFICIAL SELECTION - OPEN CITY DOCS, LONDON 2013**
**OFFICIAL SELECTION - NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL 2013**
**OFFICIAL SELECTION - KAOHSIUNG FILM FESTIVAL, TAIWAN 2013**
The most famous ancient sites of Iran. Persepolis, literally meaning "city of Persians", started by Darius (ca.550BC) and finished by Xerxes. In 330 BC, Alexander the Great, burned the city. It was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire . Persepolis is situated 70 km north-east of city of Shiraz. UNESCO declared the citadel of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979. In the area is located Pasargada, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great. Naqsh-e Rustam, Four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings are carved out.The tombs are known locally as the 'Persian crosses', The horizontal beam of each of the tomb's facades is believed to be a replica of the entrance of the palace at Persepolis. Here were buried, Darius I the Great, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I, Darius III.
The pacific honor, Hans Zimmer
Noah-new beginning, Audiomachine
This clip from SAMSARA showing food production and consumption has been getting a lot of attention! Music by Lisa Gerrard and Marcello de Francisci. For full credits and more information on SAMSARA please visit barakasamsara.com.
We'd love for you to watch the whole film: SAMSARA is available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as On Demand from Amazon, ITunes and Netflix and just recently made #1 on Cinefix's top 10 list of the most beautiful movies of all time (youtube.com/watch?v=kj73aDoeFdk).
A note from SAMSARA producer Mark Magidson:
"We are happy this clip has struck a chord with so many people, and we hope that the interest in this clip will lead viewers to see SAMSARA in its entirety. This clip represents only 6 minutes from a 100 minute long film, which was photographed in 25 countries and explores many other diverse aspects of the human experience. We would love for viewers to experience SAMSARA as a whole."