March 3th 2011
I rang in the new year with a pretty amazing trip and opportunity, spending the month of January in East Africa and filming a group of women climb Mt. Kenya, Mt. Meru, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The group putting the climb on is Peaks Foundation, and every year they have a trip called 3 Peaks 3 Weeks, where a group of women climb these three mountains and raise money and awareness for local groups in these African communities. Education, environment, and health are the main causes they support, both financially and by raising awareness. It was really great to see first hand the money that had been raised going directly to people and communities in need who were making a serious difference with it. It was an eye-opening experience, stunning mountains. Check out peaksfoundation for more information. hakuna matata
January 8, 2010
Northern Rockies Wolf Project
At the end of this month I will be spending some time in and around Yellowstone with Wolf Tracker Nathan Varley (www.wolftracker.com). The goal is to document as much as possible regarding the wolf management conflict that has been taking a lot of heat from all angles in the recent couple years. I will be meeting with hunters and ranchers, biologists and observers, trying to dig-in behind the lines of this conflict and see what the people really have to say. Hopefully the management of this threatened species can be an example for other ecosystems and animals, but it would take a miracle to make everyone happy. The end product is yet to be determined, but photos, a blog, and HD video will all be available at a later date.
November 2, 2009
Loaded Dory Films
I have recently teamed up with my old friend Crosby LeVeen to start an adventure film company called Loaded Dory Films. We currently have two adventure-documentary series in the works, both pertaining to some pretty remote places, the unforgiving environment, and wildlife. After spending some time with Crosby last fall aboard the F/V Wizard up in the Bering Sea, (Crosby fishing and I filming), we finally concluded that nothing is holding us back from turning our dreams into a reality. We actually met about ten years ago on a bus in Guatemala and have kept in close contact ever since. More to come on the shows and any updates as we look forward to bring you some unbelievable stories... Check out www.loadeddoryfilms.com.
May 8th 2007
Zocalo, the 'town square' of Mexico City. Ancient and very artistic, never a dull moment. Literally hundreds of thousands walking the streets as Silvio Rodriguez, the Cuban musician and poet, endulged the locals with a free concert. The crowd chanted 'Cuba Si, Yankees No.' My local friends and I laughed. Silvio's voiced echoed through alleyways as rain soaked the sidewalks. A moment I will never forget.
March 6th 2006
Congrats to cast and crew of “The Plate,” a 16mm short film written & directed by Dave Roncin, which has just finished production up in British Columbia. Good luck with the festival circuit to my good friends – Ivan Vilchis, Sandra Da Silva, Jeremy Kwiatkowski, and Kelvin Tseng.
March 5th 2006
LAUNCHING MAL PAIS MEDIA...
The site has launched (much thanks to the crew at JoyEngine & Cypher13. Spread the word…Mal Pais Media is up and running and ready to get to work… I have just finished writing a script entitled “Machaca” and have begun the revision (of which there will be many) process. Pre-production has also started on a few documentary and TV ideas. Time will tell. I am mostly excited about the opportunities that lay ahead… working with good friends, telling stories, discovery…creation. The dream needs to be chased. It deserves to be chased. Enjoy the site and don’t forget to look out the window.
March 4th 2006
Case Brenninkmeyer, a great friend and ambassador to the higher elevations, tragically died early this year while on a hut to hut ski trip with his girlfriend Claire Dixon. The news hit family and friends hard. Case died doing what he loved, with a girl that he loved, and together they took on the greatest adventure of all. I wanted to share this photo of Case on Denali. Case buddy, ‘long may you run’.