Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team

Chronicling the scandalous sale and relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team to Oklahoma City.  In the modern business of pro sports, no team is safe.  Sonics fans were helpless against powerful corporate and political forces, as a perfect storm of lies, greed and ineptitude ripped Seattle’s 41-year team away in 2008.

The filmmakers conducted 41 exclusive interviews including Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, George Karl, Wally Walker, Kevin Calabro, Slade Gorton and Sherman Alexie.  The Director’s Cut of the film premiered online in 2009 and won a Webby Award for BEST SPORTS FILM in 2010.  It was recut for a CNBC national television audience in 2012.

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Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai

Tracking four American friends and their Chinese guide on a 1,000-mile bicycle trip between China’s two largest cities.  Documenting their journey with only the camera gear and clothing packed on their bikes, the filmmakers explores the world’s most populous nation without the aid of support vehicles, capturing an intimate portrait of China from a vantage point just a few feet off the ground.

Exclusive interviews with noted environmental leader Ma Jun (named one of the “100 most influential persons in the world” by Time Magazine in May 2006) and China urbanization specialist Kam Wing Chan provide expert commentary on the population’s urban/rural divide, the environmental impact of China’s rapid growth, and the relationship between China and the United States.  The film premiered on PBS affiliate KCTS 9 as part of the Reel NW series in December 2010.

**Winner of DIRECTOR – POST PRODUCTION at the 2010 NATAS Regional Emmy® Awards**
**Nominee for EDITOR – PROGRAM at the 2010 NATAS Regional Emmy® Awards**

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas

Documenting the adventure, peril and serenity of a group’s attempt to climb the world’s most challenging peak in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of the landmark 1909 K2 expedition.  Shot by director Dave Ohlson and his expedition team in Pakistan, the film follows world class Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a breathtaking high-altitude mountaineering experience.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas World Premiered as a competition finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in November 2012 followed by a U.S. Premiere at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

Domestic Distribution by First Run Features. International Distribution by X-Treme Video.

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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

An in-depth examination of Washington State Initiative 502 and the future of drug prohibition laws. The film captures a landmark period in American history, taking viewers behind the scenes during the intense I-502 campaign while examining the context and controversies surrounding this unprecedented public vote to legalize, tax and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.  

World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2013.

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The Kicker

Taking an unprecedented look at one of the most important and commonly overlooked positions in pro football: The Kicker. On the biggest stages of professional football, the pressure is immense, and the focus of the kicker must be intense both on and off the field.  The filmmakers conducted more than 35 exclusive interviews including Morten Andersen, Jan Stenerud, Tom Dempsey, Gary Anderson, Kevin Butler, Matt Stover, Jason Hanson, John Carney, Pete Gogolak, Jay Feely, Josh Brown, Jim Mora and John Clayton.

Currently in post-production.  kickermovie.com

 

 

Mr. Irrelevant

A short documentary exploring the fates of three men branded “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final pick of the NFL draft.

Named an Official Honoree in the Sports category at the 18th Annual Webby Awards.

Produced for Sports On Earth.

The Finish Line

78-year-old Bill Iffrig was thrust into the national spotlight after the Boston Marathon attacks. One year later, he talks about his journey.

Named an Official Honoree in the Sports category at the 19th Annual Webby Awards.

Produced for Sports On Earth.

2015 Webby Awards Honoree

 

Breaking the Ice

A short documentary on the groundbreaking 1988 Jamaican bobsled team. What you know from Cool Runnings is wrong.

Produced for Sports On Earth.

Costco: A Company Built on Values

**Winner of VIDEOGRAPHY/CINEMATOGRAPHY at the 2012 Telly Awards**

A 30-minute documentary-style retrospective video highlighting Costco’s early roots, fast rise and worldwide revolution of the warehouse club business.  The video premiered at the 2012 Costco Annual Shareholder’s Meeting.

“The Wind” – Alela Diane & Wild Divine

Music video for “The Wind” by Alela Diane & Wild Divine. Shot on location at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

“Trucker’s Lullaby” – Tim Seely

**Official Selection – 1 Reel Film Festival 2008**

Music video for “Trucker’s Lullaby” by Tim Seely.

Perfume Genius – Live Sessions

A series of intimate live performance videos from indie rockers Perfume Genius. Shot on location at The Mix in Seattle. Produced for Matador Records.

Slick Watts

A short film inspired by the Blue Scholars song “Slick Watts” and concept album Cinemetropolis.  A day-in-the-life of Seattle without the Sonics.  Starring NBA legend Slick Watts and hip-hop artists Blue Scholars.

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“L’s Up” – Spac3man & Jake One

Music video for “L’s Up” by SPAC3MAN & Jake One.  Shot on location at EMP/SFM in Seattle.  From the “Beyond the Stars” EP.

“In Full Uniform” – David Reynolds

Music video for the song “In Full Uniform” by David Reynolds.  Released on Memorial Day 2012 as a tribute to soldiers.  From the “Evergreen” EP.  Music written and performed by David Reynolds.  Song produced by Stephen Shirk. Starring Dylan Noebels as the deployed soldier with real military footage from director Ian Connors.

Featured video on Military.com, Q13 Fox News and Blue Monster Entertainment.  Winner of second place at the F-Action Music Video Competition presented by F Magazine.

Every Day Is a Journey

EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY is a Synergistic Cinema project, a story with no predetermined arc told in six chapters, written and directed by six distinct Seattle-area filmmakers.  Each director must use the characters and threads introduced by the previous chapter to continue the story in his own style.  The series premiered at the Rawstock Film Festival in Seattle and released online in December 2013. Created by Justin Freet and Rawstock Media.

“Six directors join cinematic forces… it takes a special kind of storytelling to make a movie about grifters, yoga devotees, drug dealers, gruesome murders, a Dougie dance session, a tender love story and the musical stylings of BOTH Warren G and Kenny G… Each episode is a stand-alone piece, but there’s something special about watching this cinematic chimera in its entirety… viewed as a whole, EDIAJ is bizarre and completely unpredictable.”
– EDIAJ Review in City Arts Magazine

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Haymaker & Sally

**Official Selection – STIFF (Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival), June 2008**

A buddy cop comedy film with outrageous characters and over-the-top writing.  The straight-laced Haymaker is partnered with Sally, who plays it fast and loose with no regard for authority.  The pair is forced to work together in order to break a devious organized crime syndicate called The Beards, with hilarious results.  The film premiered at the STIFF Festival in Seattle.

The Reid/Secrest Olympics

**Official selection – New York Independent Film and Video Festival, 2003 (screened in L.A. & New York)**

A hilarious mockumentary that shows what happens when two friends take their competitive relationship too far.  Gauntlet: Thrown.  Manhood: Challenged. Shorts: Short. There can be only one winner.

 

Grey Linings

**City Symphony Film Challenge – NW Film Forum, November 2007**
**Official Selection – 1 Reel Film Festival 2008**
**Official Selection – Da Vinci Film Festival, Corvallis, Oregon**
**Official Selection – Rainier Independent Film Festival, Ashford, Washington**
**Official Selection – STIFF 2008 (Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival), June 2008**

A narrative short film directed by Jeremy Mackie with Cinematography by Jason Reid.

Tooth Fairy

A short comedy film that shows what really happens when kids lose a tooth, and one man’s face-to-face encounter with the Tooth Fairy.  Premiered at the Rawstock Film Festival in Seattle.

Something Special

A short comedy film produced for RAWSTOCK FILM FEST. Justin thinks he’s finally found the right girl…

On the Film Scene

A 3-minute trailer for the 12 DVD, 22 hour DVD box set, “On the Film Scene.”

From 1979 to 1987, the television show “On the Film Scene” was broadcast locally in the L.A. area and featured in-depth interviews with a guest list comprising a virtual “who’s who of Hollywood” during that time.

Featuring Actors such as Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman and Directors including Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola, “On the Film Scene” provides the viewer with a glimpse into Holywood past and present, as well as a look into the lives of many of the most respected names in the entertainment industry.

Across the Czech Republic

**Official Selection – Bicycle Film Fest, 2008**

Documentary short film about biking across the Czech Republic. Shot on Super 8 film.

 

Critical 72

**Winner of 3 2008 Telly Awards***

Instructional disaster preparedness video shot for the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on location at the Oregon Burn Center. This award-winning project recreated a fictional scenario in a documentary style, chronicling a large scale burn emergency scenario, while detailing all the necessary and critical steps to treat victims over the initial 72-hour period.

 

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“The Finish Line” Named an Honoree at 19th Annual Webby Awards

In January 2014, 2R Productions and Lucid Visual Media partnered with Sports On Earth to produce a series of short documentary films released online. “The Finish Line” premiered in April 2014 and was named a Webby Awards Honoree in April 2015. The film examines the inspiring journey of Bill Iffrig, the 78-year-old runner whose image became […]