Josh & Resurface at Tribeca! by martybj@gmail.com

Josh will be at Tribeca this weekend with a new short doc, Resurface, a film about war, trauma, and surfing.

About the film:
Struggling with trauma and depression after his military service, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane wanted to cross surfing off his bucket list before taking his life. Resurface tells his story and explores the question: How can surfing change the lives of military veterans? 

The Perfect Flight at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival! by martybj@gmail.com

The Perfect Flight — We're excited that our new short doc, The Perfect Flight, will be premiering at The BANFF Mountain Film Festival on October 30th! Very excited to let this out into the wild.

About the film:
When young Shawn Hayes caught a wild falcon in a rough and tumble neighborhood east of LA, he had no idea it would lead him into a lifelong love affair with falconry — training and hunting with wild raptors. The Perfect Flight is a short documentary portrait of Shawn and his falcon.

The Search for Earth Proxima Goes Live! by Josh Izenberg

So, it's finally happened. The Search for Earth Proxima has officially been released! You can see it here, along with an interview with Josh and Brett, on Scientific American.

Since astronomers first discovered exoplanets in 1995, we've come to learn that there are a staggering amount of planets out there in the universe. But, we have yet to find one that's habitable, aside from our own. The Search for Earth Proxima is a short documentary about a group of scientists and their mission to build a telescope to hunt for an Earth-like planet around our closest neighbor: Alpha Centauri.

As seen on Scientific American, The AtlanticWiredViceThe VergeAstronomy Magazine, and Vimeo Staff Picks.

Co-Directed by Brett Marty & Josh Izenberg
Cinematography: Owen Bissell, Andy Quinn
Time Lapse Photography: Andy Quinn, Brett Marty, Josh Izenberg
Editors: Kee Heywood, Hamilton Henson
Title Design: Colin Gill
Produced by Brett Marty & Josh Izenberg
Special Thanks: Mission Centaur, The SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, European Southern Observatory, VLT, ALMA, Triple Ring Technologies, Positron Dynamics, Onda Corporation, and La Ventana Cine.
Artistic Renderings of Exoplanets Courtesy of NASA and ESO

Best of our Atacama Time lapses by Josh Izenberg

There's something about shooting time lapses that's magical in and of itself. You set up your camera, do some mental arithmetic, press start, and then you wait. Hours. And when you finally wake up, dazed and disoriented at 3am in the morning, shivering on the desert floor, you look and what you've shot with tremendous satisfaction  — or disappointment, as we experienced once when we found a completely fogged-up lens. 

Here's a sampling of some of our favorite time lapses from Northern Chile. 

Wrapping up The Search for Earth Proxima by Josh Izenberg

We recently finished our edit for The Search for Earth Proxima. It was one of the most interesting projects we've ever gotten to work on. Big thanks to our crew, including Kee Heywood and DPs, Owen Bissell and Andy Quinn. We were honored to interview some very august astronomers, too, including Jack Lissauer, Rus Belikov, Eduardo, Bendek, Bill Diamond (of SETI), and the legendary Bill Borucki, principal architect of the Kepler Mission.

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To the Southern Hemisphere and Back. by Josh Izenberg

Just got back from a 10-day shoot in Northern Chile for our short doc on exoplanets, The Search for Earth Proxima. Feels like we just got back from the moon. What an otherworldly place. Staying up all night to shoot star-lapses didn't make us feel any more grounded, either. 

Thanks to our great hosts at Paranal Observatory and ALMA; our incredible fixer, Cristián; and that wonderful woman who prepared us llama steaks before we set out into the cold to film Alpha Centauri 'til 6am.

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The Smiling Warrior by Josh Izenberg

A new project, which we're working on for the sheer joy of it, is a short profile documentary on the rise and fall — and rise — of an indefatigable Brazilian jiujitsu teacher, Mauricio "Rizzada" Ferrandis. 

Rizzada means "smiling" in Portuguese and indeed, Rizzada had us smiling the entire weekend with his infectious good humor. An incredible feat for a man who endured a motorcycle accident that crippled his left arm, and almost ended his career. But Rizzada is teaching himself to be a one-armed fighter, and we're rooting for his comeback. 

Flying Raptors in Bishop by Josh Izenberg

We recently embarked on a short (but sweet) production about the falconer Shawn Hayes. Shawn has been flying birds for decades, since he accidentally obtained a Redtail Hawk as a kid in urban Riverside, California. We filmed Shawn – and his prairie falcon, Dee Dee – for 3 days out in austere Bishop, California. The natural beauty of the Eastern Sierras and Shawn's dedication to the craft were equally impressive.