CHAUTAUQUA ~ Short Film
FARKHUNDA ~ Written & Performed by ARSON
BAYKEEPERS ~ Short Documentary Film
PLASTICIZED ~ Feature Documentary Film
Cycle on Ceylon ~ Fundraising Documentary
CHAUTAUQUA ~ Short FilmA transcending journey into perspective and life.
FARKHUNDA ~ Written & Performed by ARSONOn the 19th of March 2015, a 27-year-old Muslim woman named Farkunda Malikzada was falsely accused of burning a Quran at a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was beaten and stoned to death by a frantic mob in the streets while the police and hundreds more watched.This killing prompted a national outcry and inspired this piece.Find out more about the full story here:bbc.com/news/magazine-33810338Written & Performed by ArsonFilmed and edited by Michael J. LutmanPost-Sound by Stevo WilliamsLocation: Kabul, Afghanistan
BAYKEEPERS ~ Short Documentary FilmBest Short Documentary:Oceanside International Film FestivalOfficial Selection:Cleveland International Film Festival USATransitions Film Festival AUSGreenpoint Film Festival NYCAustralian Environmental Film FestivalSustainable Living Festival AUSAfter hearing about expansive amounts of plastic waste in every ocean, Port Phillip bay-keeper Neil Blake discovers the sands of his local beaches are also insidiously turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti. In his journey to measure just how far plastics have invaded the bay, Blake finds his community is eager to help before its diverse ecology is lost. Similarly to the infamous midway albatross, 100% of the mutton birds off the eastern coast of Australia have now been found to contain plastic remnants within their stomachs. By studying the birds' crucial breading ground, biologist Jennifer Lavers' research into the digestive blockage, and severe toxicological effects, helps to strengthen the bay-keeper's concern to keep the plastic pollution from ever reaching the Port Phillip Bay shore. Despite local prevention systems in place, plastic rubbish continues to cover beaches, sometime leading to entanglement, ingestion, and possible death of endemic species. Teams of scientist, and locals alike, work tirelessly clear beaches and waterways. In the face of this daunting task, Neil Blake is driven by his passion to follow aboriginal traditions looking after land and its bay. With his grandchildren near and their future in mind, he knows inaction is not an option.With generous help and support from:Boon Wurrung Foundation, Ricketts Point Marine CareIncluding:Take 3 (Clean Beach), 2 Hands Project, Melbourne Zoo, Polperro Dolphin Swims, EPA marine specialist Randall Lee, Dr. Jennifer Lavers, Dr. Kate Charlton, Gio Fitzpatrick and Neil Blake.Music by Beautiful ChangeShot, Directed & Produced by Michael J. LutmanExecutive Producer Neil BlakeProduced by Patricia AcunaEdited by Manuel Mejia PerezSound Design Craig JanssonColourist Kali Bateman
PLASTICIZED ~ Feature Documentary FilmPLASTICIZED is an intimate account of a first-hand journey aboard the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres Institute on the very first scientific expedition, focused on plastic waste, through the centre of the South Atlantic Ocean. An eye-opening story about the institute's global mission to study the effects, reality, and scale of plastic pollution around the world.To find out more about the film, head to: www.plasticizedthemovie.comGo to 5gyres.org to learn more about the topic of oceanic plastic pollution where you can also become part of the solution.
Cycle on Ceylon ~ Fundraising DocumentaryProduced in conjunction with Gone Adventurin' & Late Nite Films to not only raise funds for the NGO Practical Action but also to break down racial stereotypes in one hell of amateur cycling trip across the entire island of Sri Lanka.All up, S$60,000 was raised for Practical Action through this project which has enabled 600 more people to get improved access to clean water for agriculture and domestic use, 350 people to double their income from farming through improved irrigation and cultivation of abandoned land, and 400 to have access to bio-gas and home composting who previously weren’t served by regular waste management.Produced, Directed & Shot by Michael J. LutmanProduced & Edited by Jacqui HockingColour Grade by Roslyn DiSistoSound Design by Craig JanssonOriginal Music by Dmitri Golovkoponsored by BP de Silva
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