If you’re looking for True Life Media in May, you’ll likely find us doing some short doc pieces for Whole Foods at various stores around the country. We’re excited to work with such a cool company and look forward to trying indigenous samples everywhere!
We were excited to shoot this piece to promote the launch of a new website and movement to end political corruption called MayOne. The movement is spearheaded by Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig. We met Mr. Lessig during his march across NH to end corruption in February. TLM collaborator Cameron Hickey produced this film about the march for Bill Moyers. It was a treat to be a part of all this and we look forward to seeing MayOne reach its funding goals!
A few months ago Christoph was named a finalist in a contest held by elite camera manufacturer RED and the magazines HDVideoPro + DigitalPhotoPro. He had an opportunity to shoot with the RED Epic and create the piece Farm in collaboration with friend, Robin Wiesner. The resulting article about the production of Farm is printed in the December 2013 issue of both magazines- check out the article here!
We recently got an opportunity to play with the RED Epic and really enjoyed playing around with it on small doc about a farm we just completed. Using some Canon and Rokinon lenses we were able to create a dream-like feel that relied on the natural sounds of the farm to carry the piece. The Epic hosts a whole mess of functionality- most of which be barely had a chance to use. But the slow motion was truly epic (no pun intended). Thanks to old friend and collaborator Robin for taking the time to show us around Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred, Maine. And also to the kind family that owns the farm for letting us tromp around their fields for two days.
We had a wonderful time debuting Fyke Tide, a collaborative installation with Caroline Losneck as part of the 2013 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). The installation is a little glimpse into our work documenting the 2013 elver eel fishing season in Maine. We installed a three-room fyke net portal into the rivers of Southern Maine. Using audio interviews with eel fishermen, and natural sounds from the woods and river banks, we assembled hundreds of pounds of nets (with the amazing assistance of Christopher Byron and Zack Barowitz), enclosed with found foliage, and added multiple projections from the project to create a cozy and mysterious world within an otherwise raucous party. We’re hoping to build on the momentum from the event to do larger installations in Maine and other US markets.
We’re excited to be producing an installation with Caroline Losneck at the Camden International Film Festival this weekend. Saturday night 9/28 around 10pm @ Bicknell Factory Building in Rockland, ME. Here’s a brief synopsis: A mysterious journey along the waters of the Presumpscot River in Southern Maine. Fyke Tide is inspired by Maine’s elver eel fishermen and the eels themselves, a species shrouded in myth. Documented between March and June of this year by audio producer Caroline Losneck and documentary filmmaker Christoph Gelfand, Fyke Tide is a dark journey through the fyke nets and beyond – an illuminating glimpse into the lives of fishermen during a season in Maine’s second-most lucrative fishery. Combining the rich sounds and imagery from the river and the men who fish it, the installation conveys the dedicated routine and longstanding traditions of the eel fishery.