An exploration of the universality of growing up through the eyes of those who have experienced it first hand. Captured entirely from above and featuring over 75 unique individuals, this short meditative documentary explores the complexity, subtlety, and beauty of growing up.

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Last summer, I was commissioned by television brand VIZIO to create a film that would showcase the visual possibilities of 4K storytelling. What started as a commercial opportunity for “branded content” quickly blossomed into one of the most artistically and personally fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of.

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GROWTH will be available to stream in 4K HDR exclusively on VIZIO 4K Televisions later this year.
For more info visit VIZIO.com

The music in this film was composed by Kerry Muzzey and is a track called The Secret History from the album The Architect. Please consider purchasing this album over on iTunes: bit.ly/PAT_MO
I am forever in Kerry’s debt for his kindness and generosity in donating this song for my film. I do not have enough words to thank him!

If you’d like to purchase a digital download of the film for your iPhone or iPad, please visit mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2015/07/the-chase.

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Read more about this project HERE.

Will Shortz tests his own limits of commitment, and his brains ability to be fully activated.

“Playing ping pong everyday is sort of like solving a crossword puzzle: the further you take it, the better you feel”
-Will Shortz, Editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and Table Tennis Fanatic.

I hope that this film is a healthy nudge for people to shake up their lives a little bit.
Jed’s radical choice to quit his job and ride his bike across the world is a perfect challenge to the rest of us to get out of the routine and make some scary decisions. If you’re afraid of a decision ahead of you, you’re probably on the right track. Choose it. !

Follow Jed’s adventures @jedidiahjenkins
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This funny and touching little film about an old lady struggling to send a text message has been charming the pants off film festival audiences from Tokyo to Nantucket – where it won Best Short Film. It will have you both laughing and reaching for a tissue.

Directors – Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman
Writer – Mick Andrews
Producer – József Fityus
Director of Photography – Renaud Maire
Production Designer – Shayne Radford
Editor – Tom Eagles
1st AD – Seumas Cooney
Sound Recordist – Dave Hurley

Dotty – Joyce Irving
Carol – Alison Bruce

Max Cooper and Tom Hodge – Remnants – Official Video by Nick Cobby

This video is about the self-contained nature of mind and matter.

The physical processing of sounds by the brain leave remnants in its structure as it learns about the outside world. Eventually the universe and the platonic realm of laws and structures are perceived. But while the natural laws and their resulting universe seem to create and contain the mind, the mind ultimately contains them all.

Out now on Fields:
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Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since.

For the last six decades, Milster (now 79 years old) has lovingly maintained the nineteenth century steam engines that provide heat and hot water to Pratt’s campus. “We have our hands full,” says Milster. “If the plant stops in the winter, Pratt stops.”

In addition, Conrad is the person behind the infamous “Pratt Cats,” responsible for the 12-14 felines that wander the campus and call the steam plant home.

An important figure in Pratt’s history, Milster has extended his impact on the Pratt community through a generous gift—the Phyllis and Conrad Milster Endowed Scholarship—that provides scholarships in perpetuity to students in Pratt’s Industrial Design program. The scholarship is named for Milster and his late wife, Phyllis, who passed away in 2011.


Filmed by Dustin Cohen, Autumn Eakin, and Christine Ng. Edited by Saela Davis. Coloring by Daniel Silverman at MPC. Sound Editing/Re-Recording by Chris Foster. And special thanks to Greencard Pictures, MergeLeft Reps, and Pratt Institute.

This story highlights Jylyn, a person positively impacted by Ujima, an organization dedicated to helping families recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and behavioral health problems. Ujima is partially funded by Tipping Point. Tipping Point commissioned us to create this film for their 2015 benefit where they raised over fourteen million dollars to help fund other organizations like Ujima.

Today, Jylyn and Varn own a home in Richmond.
Both of their sons are happy and healthy.
Jylyn works as a Social Services Program Assistant for a county agency, supporting other women just like her.
Ujima Family Recovery Services is one of 47 poverty-fighting organizations funded by Tipping Point Community.

Director – Michael Marantz (michaelmarantz.com)
Director of Photography – Tim Sessler (timsessler.com)
Producer – Noah Meisner
Production Manager / Audio / Co-Edit – Drew English (drewenglish.com)
Produced by – Already Alive
Music by – Michael Marantz
Edit – Michael Marantz / Drew English
Audio – Drew English
Titles – Greg Beck

Special Thanks
Jylyn and her family
Tipping Point Community
Jen Pitts
Stefanie Demong