A young bluegrass band is well loved in their home state of North Carolina.
Where do they go on their first tour?
Japan.

On a journey that blurs the cultural divide between East and West, three young musicians travel across the world to discover that the twang of the banjo needs no translation.

While performing at a bluegrass festival, jamming with fiddle virtuosos, and touring by bullet train, the band finds that the traditions rooted in their home state have far-reaching branches.

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How does one find happiness throughout a winter when the sun barely makes an appearance?

This source of curiosity took us to Nordland – a mystical Viking land of changing light, deep fjords and mountainous archipelagos. We arrived in the small town of Kjerringøy, where had we heard there was a man who built traditional boats. His name was Ulf, his house had the red trim around it, and he’ll meet us at the end of the drive in the freezing rain. This was all we knew. Could this mans belief in his work and connection to his environment be the root of his happiness? Shot entirely during the twilight hours of Norway’s northern Arctic, this is his story.

A film by Vern Cummins and Jamie Gallant.

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For the holidays Poler and Nike SB join forces for a collaboration featuring four unique styles of footwear and an accompanying apparel collection. To celebrate the collection, we headed to Croatia with skateboarders Daryl Angel, Donovon Piscopo, and Wieger Van Wageningen. We went skateboarding in some of the oldest cities in the world and set out by boat to explore and camp on the islands in the midst of the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic.

Music by Shabazz Palaces!
Directed By Alex Craig alexcraig.ca
Cinematography by Dave Ehrenreich vimeo.com/davidehrenreich

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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.

For the full story cbsnews.com/news/chernobyl-the-catastrophe-that-never-ended/

Soundtrack ‘Promise land’ by Hannah Miller – licensed on themusicbed.com

Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.

It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.

During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored …

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Shot using DJI Phantom 2 (GoPro3+) and Canon 7D

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Edit: Tom Hannam
Music Artist: Hans Zimmer. Song:Time.
Soundmix: Mark Hills Soho Square Studios sohosquarestudios.com
Colour grade: Warren Lynch IC Films

Surfers in order of appearance:
Opening shot: Mark Matthews
Matthew Meola
Jay Davies
Craig Anderson
Clay Marzo
Kelly Slater
Creed McTaggert x 2
Billy Kean
Mark Matthews
Taj Burrow
Random surfer underwater
John-John Florence
Kelly Slater
John-John Florence
Jack Freestone
Dean Morrison
John-John Florence
Mikey Brennan
John-John Florence
Taj Burrow x 2
Caio Ibelli
John-John Florence (again)
Matthew Meola
Jay Davies

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BAG MAN is the understated story of a 12 year old African American boy, who takes us on an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of upstate New York. With a mysterious duffle bag in hand, its contents unknown to us, we journey from the urban hustle of Harlem, into the winter-ravaged woodlands a world away. On the road, we slowly discover his real intentions, and the startling significance of what is hidden inside a young boy’s bag.

Directors JONATHAN & JOSH BAKER thrive on combining hauntingly beautiful imagery with quiet layered emotional experiences. The film juxtaposes high-concept visuals with the most regular of everyday characters and environments, creating an extremely relatable story that engages on multiple levels. Collaboration with the highest quality creative talent is essential with all projects they take on, and BAG MAN is no different – from cinematographer NICOLAS KARAKATSANIS (Academy Award Nominated ‘Bullhead’, ‘The Drop’), to LEGACY EFFECTS (‘Iron Man’, ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Avatar’), to THE MILL (World-leading, international VFX studio), to colorist TOM POOLE (‘Drive’, ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘Foxcatcher’), to original music by Brooklyn-based threesome BIRD COURAGE.

Written and Directed by:
JONATHAN & JOSH BAKER

Produced by:
SHELBY ROSS

Cinematographer:
NICOLAS KARAKATSANIS

Editing by:
BEN SUENAGA

Production Design by:
PETE ZUMBA

Sound Design by:
JOSEPH FRAIOLI

Original Music by:
BIRD COURAGE

Casting by:
NORA BRENNAN C.S.A.

Color by:
TOM POOLE, COMPANY 3

VFX by:
THE MILL, NEW YORK