Don't Panic Films

  1. The third episode of DontPanicTV is finally here, featuring interviews and performances from Toronto-based extreme violinist Dr. Draw and his eclectic band of collaborators: cellist Eugene Fedorichine, drummer Jeff Cote, and free-style painter Jessica Gorlicky, with a special appearance by classical violinist David Visentin.

    Often referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin", Eugene Draw has opened for A-list acts like Bette Midler, shared the stage with the world-renowned Seal, and played for the Prime Minister of Singapore.

    Performing in such frenetic locales energizes Draw and his band "The Academy of The Martian Arts", allowing them to “creatively interact with cultures all across the world.” The result is a constantly evolving musical style that brings together the seemingly disparate elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk and pop into a riveting fever that feeds the soul and invigorates audiences.

    Born in Moscow to a family immersed in classical music, Draw practiced his violin sometimes up to six hours a day, hardly willing to stop for breaks. When Eugene’s parents moved to Canada, he was enrolled at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music. Ultimately constrained by the school’s formal approach to music, Eugene left the institution in favour of the street where he was free to improvise and experiment.

    Dr. Draw made indie music history in Toronto in 2007, as all three of his albums charted on the official Top 30 Nielsen Soundscan sales chart. In August of 2007, his album "Adagio" placed at #3 on Canadian charts, and #70 nationally. He’s also charted at #25 in Toronto for his 2005 album, "Train 64", and at #26 for his debut, "The City". The same triple play happened in Edmonton and Calgary as well, where he continues to have an enormous fan base.

    Dr. Draw on MySpace:
    Myspace.com/DoctorDraw

    Order Dr. Draw's albums online at:
    AlchemyEntertainment.ca

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by DON'T PANIC FILMS
    in association with Sleepless In Reykjavik Productions
    Directed, Shot, & Edited by Bowen Staines
    Full cast & crew listing at the end of the video.

    DontPanicIceland.com
    SIR.is

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  2. Brand-new music video for the accomplished and alluring Icelandic band, Rökkurró, for their song "Sólin mun skína" off their latest album "Í Annan Heim" (or "In Another World"), directed by Bowen Staines.

    From their biography:
    "Rökkurró’s melancholic serenades are evocative of the cold and desolate landscapes of their distant homeland. Mesmerising tones and swooping strings projected against a bleak and solitary Nordic backdrop. And yet, unique warmth pervades Rökkurró’s music owed to the fragile and soothing voice of Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.

    Rökkurró released their sophomore album 'Í Annan Heim' (In Another World) produced by Alex Somers, partner and music collaborator of Jónsi Þór Birgisson (Sigur Rós). 'Í Annan Heim' is a collection of nine graceful compositions that showcase a darker, more expansive and mature sound, full of meticulously crafted melodies, complex arrangements and smooth sonic textures."

    Í Annan Heim' is still the most-sold album on Gogo Yoko, and was recently named 5th best album cover by Icelandic newspaper Fréttatíminn!

    Facebook.com/Rokkurro

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by DON'T PANIC FILMS
    Directed, Shot, & Edited by Bowen Staines
    in association with Sleepless In Reykjavik Productions
    Full cast & crew listing at the end of the video.

    DontPanicIceland.com
    SIR.is

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  3. It’s finally here – the anticipated second episode of DontPanicTV, featuring the inconceivably-talented and masterly Icelandic rock band, Agent Fresco.

    Experience the music Kerrang! Magazine and The Reykjavik Grapevine call, “Complex, crafted songs, overtly skilled musicians, frequent rhythm changes, and an impeccable performance - every time, all the time. Sounds boring as fuck, right? Well… Yes, because in the hands of your AVERAGE group of overtly-trained, ambitious musicians/music scholars, the results of such a mix would almost certainly amount to an abysmal free-jazz explosion of all things scaled, stylized and lifeless. Not for Agent Fresco, though. Hell, no. Agent Fresco is a band with a mission - one that will, without a doubt, touch the lives of many music-lovers in the not-too-distant future. For theirs is the future.”

    One cannot hum much higher acclaim than that, so leap, boogie, rage, sing, and experience the truly one-of-a-kind Icelandic rock detonation that is Agent Fresco.

    PRODUCTION CREDITS:
    Produced by DONT PANIC FILMS
    Written & Directed by Bowen Staines

    Director of Photography:
    Bowen Staines

    Assistant Camera:
    Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson

    Editor:
    Bowen Staines

    Concept, Motion Graphics & Still Photography:
    Bowen Staines

    Live Sound:
    Hlynur Guðbjörnsson
    Bowen Staines

    Units In Charge of Production:
    Don’t Panic Films
    Sleepless In Reykjavik
    Iceland Airwaves

    DontPanicIceland.com
    SIR.is
    IcelandAirwaves.is

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  4. Brand-new music video for the extraordinarily talented Icelandic rap-rock group, Bróðir Svartúlfs, or "Brother Blackwolf", for their latest single "Velkomin".

    Shot on location in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, Bróðir Svartúlfs has gained considerable media attention over the last few years - "The idea of rap over live music has for many years been considered somewhat questionable and even repugnant at times and even though Bróðir Svartúlfs may sound strange at first, the music gradually wins you over with every listen. Band members show great audacity with this fusion of theirs and have equal faith in it and it clearly shines through. If the songs are examined closely, one can find the unlikeliest of influences such as Tom Waits, Mugison, Primus, Sigur Rós, Nick Cave, Dr.Spock and Tool - without the band loosing their sound."

    Check out their website at brodirsvartulfs.com!

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by DON'T PANIC FILMS
    Directed, Shot, & Edited by Bowen Staines
    in association with Sleepless In Reykjavik Productions
    Full cast & crew listing at the end of the video.

    DontPanicIceland.com
    SIR.is

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  5. The first episode of DontPanicTV is finally here, featuring big-name Icelandic band, Mammut! Join them on their first European tour, and experience the band Rolling Stone Magazine and The Reykjavik Grapevine is calling "a powerhouse on stage, delivering searing post-punk songs that are terrifically fractured and neurotic... breathless and invigorating." In response to their latest album, "Karkari", Hardkjarni.com gushes, "Karkari is one of the best albums of the year, and perhaps one of the best rock albums ever released in Iceland." One can't sing much higher praise than that. Check out Mammut in Episode 1 of DontPanicTV, and experience the music that can only be described as Pitch-black pop... eating colorful Skittles..

    PRODUCTION CREDITS:
    Produced by DONT PANIC FILMS
    Written & Directed by Bowen Staines
    Shot & Edited by Bowen Staines
    Concept & Still Photography by Bowen Staines
    Live Sound by Johann Runar Thorgeirsson & Bowen Staines
    Assistant Camera: Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson

    DontPanicIceland.com
    SIR.is
    Vancar.tv

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Don't Panic Films

Matthew Hancock

Don't Panic Films an independent film company composed of a small number of exceptionally talented filmmakers and photographers. Originally based in the US, DON'T PANIC will soon be opening a branch in Reykjavik, Iceland - the purpose of which is the…


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Don't Panic Films an independent film company composed of a small number of exceptionally talented filmmakers and photographers. Originally based in the US, DON'T PANIC will soon be opening a branch in Reykjavik, Iceland - the purpose of which is the promotion and overall representation of Icelandic bands to countries all over the world, with a focus on music videos, podcasts, and documentaries. So, why Iceland? Isn't it just cold weather, expensive beer, and lots of sheep? Well, yes and no. There is SO much raw, underground musical talent in Iceland that, unfortunately, flies far under the radar in countries beyond their rainy shores. DPF seeks to change that: we would like nothing more than to see Icelandic artists be given the recognition they deserve in countries all over the world.

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