San Francsico Film Society - Documentary Film Fund Finalists

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San Francsico Film Society - Documentary Film Fund Finalists

We are honored that our film, The Rescue List, has been selected by the San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund as one of ten finalists for their 2016 grant program. Three winners will be selected and announced in mid-September.

Read about the grant and all the finalists here:
http://blog.sffs.org/home/2016/8/2016-doc-film-fund-finalists

The Rescue List – Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink, co-directors
The Rescue List follows the incredible journey of two boys in Ghana as they escape from slavery, spend a year in a hidden rehabilitation shelter, and are eventually reunited with their families. Meanwhile, the man who rescued them goes back on a covert rescue mission to liberate more children. For him, the work is personal. 

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High Praise for The New Yorker Presents from RogerEbert.com

High Praise for The New Yorker Presents from RogerEbert.com

The first critical reviews for The New Yorker Presents are starting to roll in!  
RogerEbert.com calls the series "addictive and ambitious": 

With their thoughtful, slick productions, they take viewers outside of the publication’s often local gaze, and bring a former New Yorker article to a cinematic life of its own... You may never think of youth bull riding, homosexual Mexican wrestlers or the Naked Cowboy’s father the same again after these shorts.
— RogerEbert.com

Check out the entire review, and watch our short film, The Ride of Their Lives - part of The New Yorker Presents - It went live today on Amazon. It's Episode 2.

Obama designates 1.8M acres of Southern CA desert as national monuments

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Obama designates 1.8M acres of Southern CA desert as national monuments

Last Friday, President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert, a 1.8-million-acre landscape of mountain ranges, lava flows, Joshua trees and sand dunes that nearly doubles the amount of public land he has protected as president. 

We at Collective Hunch are particularly proud of our friends at The Wildlands Conservancy who helped spearhead the effort. TWC's founder called Obama's designation "the pinnacle of a fifteen-year effort to preserve the physical heart of the Mojave Desert for conservation, recreation, and unparalleled inspiration."

Collective Hunch is honored to have played a small role in this victory, by producing two short videos that helped raise awareness about The Wildlands Conservancy's efforts in the Southern California Desert. You can check them out below.

Read about the designation in The New York Times

SAND TO SNOW

MOJAVE TRAILS

Right now there is a historic opportunity to permanently protect more than one million acres of your public lands in the California desert with an Antiquities Act designation. The heart of the Mojave Desert needs YOUR voice! Sign the petition.Share the beauty.Help protect this heroic landscape today!http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/monuments.html #MojaveTrails #MonumentsForAll #LiveMonumental #ProtectCADesert

Posted by The Wildlands Conservancy on Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sand To Snow National Monument

"Every child has a right to connect to nature and when we don't preserve space that allows that child to connect to nature, then we've denied that child a civil right." -Charles Thomas, Youth Programs Manager, National Park Service. Sand to Snow National Monument will preserve public lands in the heart of inland Southern California, ensuring the opportunity for urban kids to connect to nature now and for generations to come. Sign the petition. Spread the word. Support Sand to Snow National Monument today at http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/monuments.html #Sand2Snow #MonumentsForAll #LiveMonumental

Posted by The Wildlands Conservancy on Sunday, October 4, 2015

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The Ride of Their Lives goes to Sundance

The Ride of Their Lives goes to Sundance

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with STEVE JAMES to direct The Ride of Their Lives - a short documentary film about the world of youth rodeo bull riding.

The Ride of Their Lives is part of Amazon's new series, The New Yorker Presents, and premiered at Sundance in January

Steve, one of the most critically acclaimed and influential documentary filmmakers of our era, has built an incredible career crafting moving films about underrepresented individuals and communities in America, including Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Stevie, and the PBS Series: The New Americans among many others. As a bonus, he's an incredibly nice guy and fantastic to work with.

Youth rodeo bull riding has been in the spotlight lately with the publication of The New Yorker article, The Ride of Their Lives, which was inspired in part by our documentary film project and written by the talented Burkhard Bilger, with beautiful photographs by Jonno Rattman. The New York Times also recently published a compelling article about a multigenerational family of cattle ranchers and rodeo bronc riders. 

We are excited to see growing media awareness about these moving stories from the American heartland and, together with Steve, we look forward to bringing The Ride of Their Lives to audiences on Amazon beginning February 16th.

Watch the trailer below

Posted by The New Yorker Presents on Thursday, February 11, 2016