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Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove shot on D16

Congratulations to Joe Bailey Jr, associate producer of feature documentary Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, which used Kickstarter camera #28 to shoot first-person segments of the film. Sir Doug premieres at the Paramount Theater on 3/19 as part of the 24 Beats Per Minute category of the SXSW Film Festival.

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Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians' musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm & blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas music.

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All 5 SXSW 2015 Film Bumpers Shot on D16

Congratulations to Saschka Unseld, Kyle Ranson-Walsh, and their team for the excellent film bumpers they created for this year's festival. All five bumpers, which play before each screening of the 146 features and 7 shorts programs selected, were shot during December and January on the D16 and used vintage c-mount lenses. Says Ranson-Walsh, "We’ve been looking for a project to shoot with Digital Bolex and this seemed like the perfect way to use the camera to shoot a wide variety of footage."

The bumpers will be available online following the festival.

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Lior Molcho directs Ceasefire’s latest music video

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Lior Molcho is an LA based video director who has directed dozens of music videos for prominent and emerging artists.

I recently had the pleasure to direct the video for one of L.A.’s most popular local indie bands Ceasefire. The song No Tomorrow is an inspirational rock anthem about living life to the fullest and about the sacrifices you make when following your dreams.In the video, the band members star as astronauts chosen to go on a “one way ticket” to Mars,  I imagined the video to be a sweeping, epic story, contrasting each band member’s personal goodbye with the grandeur of space flight.

Even though we had three days to shoot the video, we storyboarded over 100 set-ups so I was a bit worried about our ability to capture all the shots with one camera so Joe and Elle were kind enough to supply us with two fully packed D16’s, the prototype Kish lenses as well as PL mounts for both cameras. (exact technical info can be found on DP Danit Sigler’s upcoming blog of the shoot) Continue reading “Lior Molcho directs Ceasefire’s latest music video” »

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Recipients of the Women Cinematographers Grant!

We're happy to share that Indiewire's Women in Hollywood blog broke the news right before the ASC Awards that we've announced the first five winners of our rolling Women Cinematographers Grant, presented by Hive Lighting!

The grant is the first of its kind, offering support of more than $10,000 in camera gear and accessories from Digital Bolex, Hive Lighting, Hot Rod Cameras, and other sponsors to films hiring a female cinematographer.

Of the five selected projects, three are features and two are short films, including a student production from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The five narrative projects selected to launch the grant will film starting this spring, with more projects slated throughout the year. Continue reading “Recipients of the Women Cinematographers Grant!” »