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    This is a behind the scenes video about our 14 day filming expedition to produce the short film DUST. Shot 5K on the RED EPIC, we traversed from southern to northern California to capture the relationship between the human spirit and the natural world. View the final film here: DUST: https://vimeo.com/75079182 THULE HUNTER: https://vimeo.com/56765076 For more information about our pole to pole photo-documentary project, please visit WWW.70DEGREESWEST.COM

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    • DUST


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      CHECK OUT OUR BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO LINKED BELOW. https://vimeo.com/76629237 DUST is a visual articulation of my personal love and connection to the outdoors. Given a RED EPIC camera and thirty days to create a short film on any topic, I knew immediately that I wanted to focus on the intimate relationship between the human spirit and the natural world. The production of this project was challenging, fast-paced and incredible. With my partner and Co-Producer, Michelle Stauffer, we traveled throughout California with as much equipment as the two of us could handle, seeking out the unique locations needed to create this film. To capture the underwater sequence I had the opportunity to shoot the RED EPIC in the DEEP EPIC GATES HOUSING in a river gorge, and also explore the capabilities of the Kessler CineDrive for time-lapse and multi-access moves. Thank you for watching, -Justin Lewis 'And I was left to wonder. Here I will wait for a tomorrow that may be skidding through time, never aware of a small portal trespassing in its vast stillness.' - William Lewis

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      • Plastic Pollution and the Sargasso Sea - Kickstarter


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        KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN! - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452100454/showing-the-real-face-of-plastic-pollution-in-our The Ocean covers 71% of our planet, and yet, only 2% is protected. 50% of our oxygen comes from the ocean, yet there are already 405 reported dead zones in the oceans. It has been estimated that OVER 14 BILLION POUNDS of trash created on land are dumped into the oceans each year, including plastics, sewage, oil and toxins. 10% of the world oil supply is used to make and transport disposable ‘single use’ plastics. In America alone, over 35 billion plastic bottles are discarded each year, many of which, end up in our oceans. The non-biodegradable trash floats in the ocean until it becomes part of a gyre. The North Atlantic Trash Gyre, in the Sargasso Sea, is distinct for it’s dense mats of sargassum algae, which creates a nutrient rich habitat and unique ecosystem on the surface of the sea. As the plastic particles break into increasingly smaller particles, a large number of marine organisms consume the trash particles which can lead to internal blockage, dehydration, starvation, and potentially death. There are now 5 major plastic gyres across the globe. 70 Degrees West will create a visual assessment of pollution in the oceans, specifically, the North Atlantic Gyre in the Sargasso Sea. We will focus on the effects of pollution on the marine life that live in the sargassum and migrate through the Sargasso Sea - sea turtles, sargassum shrimp, flying fish, zooplankton jellyfish, sperm and humpback whales.

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        • Penobscot River Restoration


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          June 11th, 2012, marked the first day of the Great Works Dam removal. Over ten years in the making, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and it's associated members have worked tirelessly to open 1,000 miles of the Penobscot River, the largest watershed in Maine. Over 11 species of sea-run fish will soon have access to their critical habitat and spawning grounds. Special thanks to the Nature Conservancy. Film by 70 Degrees West Justin Lewis Michelle Stauffer Music by Balmorhea and Hang Massive

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          • under the arctic ice


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            Two dives, four crew members, and one day diving in Northern Greenland's arctic waters. We descended 15-20 meters and made our way along the edge of the iceberg, taking in the many gorgeous facets of the vertical ice wall and the ominous 300 meters of blackness below us. Special thanks to all those who helped us during our time in Greenland Film by 70 Degrees West Justin Lewis Michelle Stauffer Music by The Submarines

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