CHAUTAUQUA ~ Short
PLASTICIZED ~ Short
Cycle on Ceylon ~ Client: BP de Silva
FARKHUNDA ~ Written & Performed by ARSON
BAYKEEPERS ~ Client: Port Phillip EcoCentre
CHAUTAUQUA ~ ShortChautauqua, a film about the perspective of the journey. Across the diverse landscapes of Nepal, from the crossroads of Kathmandu to the mythical plains of Lower Mustang, life flows fast like an unpredictable river. It does not end, it moves persistently and unrelentingly before your eyes.Cinematography & Direction - Michael J. LutmanEditor - Mitch GoldbergComposer - Rob LawSound Design - Stevo WilliamsColourist - Martin GreerOnline - Eugene RichardsNarration - Devdas VaishnavTranslation - Sima ChandLocations Assistance - Sanjit Bhakta PradhanangaPost-Production Facilities - The Butcher / The Refinery Special Thanks to Craig Hembrow, Mathew Gardener and Hearts & Tears MC
PLASTICIZED ~ ShortPLASTICIZED 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: plasticizedthemovie.com (Now hosted at: lutmanfilms.com)Go to 5gyres.org to learn more about the topic of oceanic plastic pollution where you can also become part of the solution.Contact email@example.com to find out about the use of the film PLASTICIZED for education.
Cycle on Ceylon ~ Client: BP de SilvaB.P. de Silva Holdings is Singapore’s oldest family-run business operating in the luxury goods and commodities company which originates from Sri Lanka. In 2013 it was celebrating its 140th anniversary and wanted to use the occasion to revisit its origins in Sri Lanka, whist supporting NGO Practical Action efforts to rebuild the country after a debilitating civil war.
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 ~ Client: Port Phillip EcoCentreBest 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
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