Travis and I had the pleasure of hanging with Patagonia surf ambassador and artist Ben Wilkinson for a few days to get footage for Patagonia's Work Wear clothing line. A true humble legend, 'Big Ben' salvages fallen trees in Hawaii to use for various furniture projects and joins the Big Wave World Tour when his work, finances and family commitments align. [Photo by Travis Rummel]
When we met David Mangum back in 2008, we knew one day we would work on a film project with him. The intensity and curiosity he brings to pursuing Tarpon is unparalleled. This is a small look into his world. Huge thanks to Yeti for supporting the effort, George Knowles for all the help in the field and of course Vimeo for the Staff Pick badge of honor!
In the fall of 2015 we pitched an idea for a short film to our friends at Yeti Coolers in Austin... shockingly they actually said yes and before we knew it the ball was rolling. Huge thanks to Ryan Peterson, Grayson Schaffer, Justin Miller, The Fly Shop, The Conservation Angler and Moscow State University for making this one a reality. You can read more about the project here on Outside Magazine or on the Yeti site.
Our dear friend Ben Moon asked us to direct and edit a short film for him about a very personal subject — his fight with cancer and his dog Denali. This piece was a huge step out of our comfort zone, but ultimately one of the most meaningful collaborations of our career so far. Denali was chosen as a Staff Pick on Vimeo, and has since become our first film to ever go wildly viral with 9 million views in two weeks. Denali was DP'd by the talented Skip Armstrong, mixed by Justin Harris, and produced by Ben Moon.
Our talented friends Ryan Heffernan and Grayson Schaffer of Talweg Creative were kind enough to invite us to collaborate on the filming and tackle the post-production of 'In Current' for Yeti Coolers that was chosen as a Vimeo Staff pick. We're really happy with how it turned out — especially with how non-commercial [we think] it feels. The piece wouldn't have been possible without the patience and support of our intrepid and passionate guides — most notably Amber Shannon and John Shocklee. Also, a special thanks is due to musician Shakey Graves for the incredible track.
Great Outdoors Colorado [GOCO] approached us to help them explain what they're all about with a little brand video that we were proud to put together for them. We teamed up with Futuristic Films in Denver for the post production, Colorado musician Nathaniel Rateliff on the narration, Grayson Schaffer wrote the script and George Knowles and Joey Schusler helped us out in the field.
DamNation is our second feature film project, which we directed for Patagonia. The project took three years from conception to reality, and is currently nearing the end of its festival run. The film premiered at the 2014 SXSW film festival in Austin, and took home the Audience Award. DamNation will screen at IDFA in Amsterdam in November, and is currently available on iTunes, Vimeo and Netflix.
Unicorn Sashimi was a personal project and a camera test—we wanted to see what it was like to make a ski film, and we wanted to take our Red Epic out for a trial run. We now have a whole new DEEP respect for ski filmmakers, and a freakish obsession with Japan that'll undoubtedly last forever. Huge thanks to the 5Point Film Festival and Patagonia for helping with finishing funds, and Anson Fogel for help with color.
Scott Fly Rod Company came to us to make a short for them—which was honestly a little shocking due to the fact that they don't really do much advertising. Despite making some of the best fly rods in the world, they're an incredibly humble crew. We wanted to capture the spirit of what they do and who they are without it feeling like a sales pitch. We're really grateful to the crew for putting their faith in us.
This is a teaser for our 2010 film, Eastern Rises. We set out on a mission to explore a few of the most remote and pristine rivers in the world on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula with our dear friends Ryan Peterson and Frank Smethurst. An oldie, but a goodie. If it peaks your curiosity, you can watch the full film here: Eastern Rises, Vimeo on Demand