Meet the Maker : Joshua Belinfante

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JOSHUA BELINFANTE. FILMMAKER & PRODUCER OF THE WORLD’S BEST FILM

Joshua Belinfante is an Australian-Polish filmmaker with an eye for the eccentric and the surreal. He founded Finesilver Media in 2018 and has been producing short films, music videos and stop motion animations since 2008.

His feature documentary The World’s Best Film chronicles the journey of individuals to make a life, rather than a living. An original, quirky documentary that aims to inspire people to pursue their dreams.

Filmed over a period of five years across three continents, the film is proof that anybody can do anything they put their minds towards.

Through the film’s journey we discover that these individuals don’t actually need to be the world’s best at what they do, just the very best that they can be.

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In 2008, at the age of 18, Joshua won an international documentary competition My Israel and was flown to Washington DC to screen his short film, in front of international delegates from around the globe.

Since that time he has worked on numerous features and TV shows in Australia for networks such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 9 & SBS.

Joshua has exhibited films in Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe and has won numerous awards for his work. His recent film Requires Review has screened at festivals and garnered plaudits such as ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Around International Festival in Berlin, and the Sydney Indie Film Festival.

The World’s Best Film is an anthology documentary following 12 people who are striving to be the world’s best at strange, off-beat and amazing things.

It’s available now for your platform – get in touch

Meet the Maker : James Freemantle

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JAMES FREEMANTLE. FILMMAKER & STORYTELLER. PRODUCER OF BUSH TO BELLY

When a friend told me he was working with students from the remote Yiyili community in the Kimberley, in outback Australia, to establish a teaching café, I was interested.

When he said the children were putting an Italian coffee machine in the back of a four-wheel drive and making coffees for 500 bike riders along the Gibb River Road, I had to make a film.

“We chose to listen, to open ourselves to whatever came along, and the children of Bush to Belly gave us more quiet wisdom, dignity and cause for optimism than we could have hoped for.”

Funding was raised and award winning Australian actor Deborah Mailman was our first and only choice to voice the film. Bush to Belly was the name of the café and aptly adopted as the name for the film documenting the adventure.

When buses of tourists came into the community to look at their art, the kids – for the first time – had a reason to interact with people from outside. They were learning to communicate, make barista coffees and running a small business.

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The country up there is red and the sky is blue.

The old people are worn, patient and determined that their children know their language, culture and country as well as thriving in ‘whitefella way’. They see partnerships as essential to this outcome and are prepared to let their children go away to learn skills and gain knowledge because they will come back and make Yiyili and their Gooniyandi culture stronger.

“For a short time we were part of something ancient and magical. We were offered sacred places and heard the spirit of survival. We were outsiders, observers, intruders; and we were welcomed.”

James Freemantle connects with people as a business coach, mentor and producer.

To find out more about Bush to Belly get in touch.

Meet the Maker : Richard Savage

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RICHARD SAVAGE. ARTIST & PASSIONATE FILMMAKER

WANTOK MERI | WANTOK = A CLOSE COMRADE | MERI = WOMAN

Richard Savage is an Australian based filmmaker and artist with a strong connection to Papua New Guinea. His documentary Wantok Meri is testament to his admiration and respect for the culture, traditions and landscape of one of the most culturally diverse and untouched places on the planet.

“Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea. This is their story.” Richard Savage

Having lived and worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from an early age, Richard Savage, developed an interest and passion for the people, culture, traditions and landscape of this culturally diverse and rich country. Richard made Wantok Meri because of his admiration and respect for the women of PNG, realising they are the backbone of the economy and family, his aim was to promote their voices and hear their stories. Gender inequality remains a major development challenge in PNG. Violence against women is unacceptably high and PNG’s systems of family and community relationships often exclude women from leadership and decision making roles. Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea whose lives – difficult and uncomplicated – make the country a better place.

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Meet the Maker : Helen Kapalos

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HELEN KAPALOS. JOURNALIST. PRESENTER. FILMMAKER & PRODUCER OF A LIFE OF ITS OWN – THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

MEDICINAL CANNABIS…. THE COMPLETE STORY

A life of its own – The truth about Medical Marijuana has screened on Netflix and SBS Australia

When I first decided to embark on this documentary, it wasn’t even a conscious decision. It just happened. At the time I was working as a senior reporter on the Sunday Night program for the Seven Network.  I was assigned a story that would change the course of my life. 

The story was about a 24 year old battling bowel cancer. His name was Dan Haslam and he lived in Tamworth (the home of country music). The story was receiving a lot of press attention, because Dan was using medicinal cannabis to not only relieve pain and nausea from chemotherapy, but he was also treating his cancer with cannabis oil. 

What made things especially interesting is that he was encouraged down this path by his parents Lucy (a nurse) and Lou Haslam (a retired drug squad detective).  They believed so strongly in the curative power of medicinal cannabis they felt the story needed to be shared with the broader community. 

The story became the catalyst in launching a national campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis. Many families came forward to tell their story and it was a case of people ahead of politics. A grass roots campaign had gained the momentum of an avalanche within months.

A life of its own takes the story further. Compelled to do this without any editorial interference I made the decision to fund the film myself which allowed me to travel around Australia and throughout Israel – a country recognised as a world-leader in medicinal cannabis research and use. 

What was found through interviews with medical practitioners, researchers and patients was remarkable and as it took on a life of its own, a new and more compelling story emerged about why we are still fighting to gain ready access to a plant acknowledged widely for its healing properties.

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Meet the Maker : Mark Worman

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MARK WORMAN IS A SELF-MADE SUCCESS STORY. A MOPAR GURU, FUNNY GUY, CRAZY BOSS AND AUTO MAGICIAN!

A TV star in his own right with the hugely successful American reality TV show Graveyard Carz. Mark Worman is the owner of Welby’s Collision Center in Springfield, Oregon where dead Mopars from the 60’s and early 70’s are brought back to life. Graveyard Carz is the perfect combination of character, comedy and grease, and is produced and directed by Mark and his team at The Division Productions. Regular viewers will be familiar with Marks humour and dance moves between the paint, bodywork and assembly. There is simply no part of the process that Mark can’t speak to!

From humble beginnings in Springfield, Oregon, his dedication has made him a respected authority in the Mopar restoration and documentation scene, both on and off the screen. At the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas Nevada he was presented with the exclusive “Brand Ambassador” award from MOPAR, by the global president Pietro Gorlier and to date, is the only person to have received the prestigious award. A Mopar guy from the beginning, Mark, is always in pursuit of making that perfect car. And at the end of the day, he just wants to put as many of these legendary dream cars back on the road.

It’s not called Graveyard Carz for nothing. Mark is the Mopar Mortician.

Graveyard Carz is currently airing its 12th season on Motortrend in the US. Stay tuned for the next success story with his new show 14th St Wheelz  coming soon!

 

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Africa taste tests Face Lifting Food

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Gregory Landsman’s cooking and beauty series, Face Lifting Food is airing across the Middle East and North Africa following a recent acquisition by satellite provider Orbit Showtime Network.

Available on their Mezze channel, Face Lifting Food offers recipes, serums and tips for eating your way to healthy looking skin. Hosted by best selling author and beauty expert Gregory Landsman, this 26 part series is a wealth of nutritional information offering a refreshing take on health and beauty.

In other news, Graveyard Carz has found a new home in France with two recent seasons of the popular automotive series being picked up by Mediawan. The hit series chronicling the restoration of MOPAR muscle cars is currently airing its 12th season on Discovery’s Motortrend in the USA.

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New Release : Chronicles X

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February kicks off with a premiere screening of our new series Chronicles X produced and directed by Stelios Kokotos of Mystical Guides Studios.

Developed originally as a podcast, Stelios decided not to limit his idea and seized an opportunity to expand the format into cross platform content giving this series a new modern twist.

The spine of the show centers around the podcast and includes interviews with special guests combined with on location adventures, as we follow our young hosts Elly and Jason as they explore and uncover the mysteries of Australia’s past by investigating iconic locations, revealing veiled relics that often go unnoticed, that, may offer doorways to a greater realm.

With infectious enthusiasm, Elly and Jason, lead Chronicles X down a historical and mysterious path to deliver a unique genre jumping series. This is definitely not your average mystery show!

Screening of episode 1, Castlemaine Gaol, is this Friday 7th February, in Melbourne. Meadow Media has free tickets available, so, if you’d like to attend reach out to us for further details.

 

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Welcoming in the New Year

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With heavy hearts we recognize the devastating impact the bush fires have had on many communities across the country. We reflect on the loss of lives, homes, livelihood, landscapes and wildlife. We extend gratitude and thanks to all those involved in fighting the fires and supporting communities impacted. To all our families, friends and Australian colleagues we are thinking of you – stay safe over the coming months.

 

Looking forward, we move into January with renewed enthusiasm and new goals for 2020. This month we reset, and focus on new projects, scope for opportunities and foster partnerships – new and existing.

It’s these new partnerships that bring us our first new release for the year. A film five years in the making and shot across three continents, ambitiously titled The World’s Best Film.

Produced by Australian Joshua Belinfante, the quirky and off beat documentary searches the world for those brave enough to pursue their passions and become the very best in their chosen field.

We also love working with homegrown talent, who are passionate about bringing uniquely Australian stories to audiences. Upcoming series, Chronicles X, takes a genre-bending look at some of Australia’s most curious locations. This new format melds podcast with first hand interviews and down right spooky shenanigans set in infamous locations. Chronicles X, is one for those with a love of history and a healthy curiosity for the paranormal. Keep an eye out for Chronicles X updates over on our facebook page or follow @chroniclesx_tv on insta.

Auto documentary FLATS from Australian entrepreneur Nigel Petrie and Matte Media, takes in the spectacular Great Ocean Road on Australia’s south coast and drives you through to the Lake Gardiner Salt Flats, in South Australia. Set against this stunning backdrop, FLATS is the story of one man’s dream to design and build the ultimate Salt Flat racer in pursuit of the land speed record.

Up in the Northern Territory, you can join the boys from Black As while they hunt for adventure and a good feed in Arnhem Land. Survive the crocs, eat bush tucker and take a wild ride in an off beat and off track, bush bash!

In 2020, our flagship automotive series Graveyard Carz will reach new heights with the release of it’s 12th season, now screening on Motortrend in the USA. “Christine”, a 1958 Plymouth Fury, steals the show – so this season is going to be killer!

Another highlight from 2019, was the premiere of football diversity and inclusion documentary series Be Dragons on Fox Sports Australia, to an overwhelming public response. We were thrilled and humbled to help bring this series to life and into the screens and hearts of millions of Australians.

Returning to the year ahead, we are on the look out to expand our partnerships with producers both here and abroad. We always work with passionate content creators, who have both talent and great stories to share and this year is no different.

We are keenly interested in human-interest documentaries with social relevance and would love to hear about your projects. Get in touch and we can have chat about your content.

Speak soon!

Lisa & Marilyn

Australia inks deals for Be Dragons

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Fox Sports and ABC International have acquired Be Dragons TV series from Meadow Media.

Be Dragons tells the story of Geelong’s first ever team in the FIDA footy league following the highs and lows of their maiden 2018 season.

The six-part series showcases players as they tell of their journey, challenges and thrill at being included in a team competing in Australian Rules Football. Be Dragons is a tale of inclusion, perseverance and friendship, as these inspirational youths fulfil their dream of playing footy.

The series is sponsored by Leisure Networks, who manage the team and players for the league. Leisure Networks provides disability services throughout Melbourne and Geelong, supporting people to be more connected and involved in their own community.

You can catch Be Dragons on Fox Sports starting July 13th at 12pm.

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Be Dragons seeks crowdfunding support

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Producing Be Dragons TV series has been an inspiring journey. Enriched with new friendships and one filled with gratitude for the players and all those who have supported the team and TV series. It’s your story and one that we are proud to be bringing to life and to audiences across Australia.

So far, through the tireless efforts, talent and enthusiasm of Luke Massey and his production team, the six part series has been produced and edited with donated time and resources.

But now we need help from the community, friends and family to get Be Dragons ready for national broadcast.

Our crowdfunding campaign is now live util May 26th, and it’s success means we can cover the out-of-pocket costs associated with the post-production process. Without which, this story of our courageous team may never be told…

It’s an all or nothing campaign so we need to hit our target to ensure success.

From all of us at Be Dragons, we thank you so much for your support.

Luke, Lisa and Marilyn

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