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Alaskan Nets Wins “Audience Choice Award” at Santa Barbara Film Festival

“Alaskan Nets,” a world premiere documentary, was the winner of the SBIFF’s Audience Award in April 2021. Here's a nice little write up by RogerEbert.com: Directed by Jeff Harasimowicz and executive produced by Chris Pratt, "Alaskan Nets" may be formulaic, but it’s a thoroughly winning formula. It is set in Metlakatla, Alaska’s last Native reserve. Here on Annette Island, life is nothing but nets: fishing, which for generations has been the livelihood of the residents, and basketball nets, which is the life blood of the reserve, its own "Friday Night Lights" as one resident remarks. Harasimowicz chronicles the 2017-2018 season in “the Met” …

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Alaskan Nets Documentary to Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

MARCH 29, 2021:  This is an excerpt from an article in Deadline Magazine: Alaskan Nets is having its world premiere next month in the Documentary Competition at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The doc, directed by Jeff Harasimowicz, follows the high school boys basketball team in Metlakatla, the native reserve of the Tsimshian Indians off the coast of Southeast Alaska. It’s a town, we discover in the trailer, where two things matter: fishing and hoops. The pic, directed and produced by Harasimowicz of Raised By Wolves and produced by Ryan Welch of AO Films, follows the improbable journey of cousins Danny Marsden and …

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Expedition: Legacy

One thing that Covid has allowed, is for us to do a few things we might not otherwise have the time for. I’ve got a group of friends who have been talking about doing a trip on Oregon’s Backcountry Discovery Route, which a route that traverses all across Oregon – all off the paved roads. We’ve wanted to do this trip with our boys as this June we finally pulled the trigger on it. We partnered with Grizzlies Granola and North of 42 (AO Films’ ‘adventure’ arm) to produce this film.  

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Documentary-Style Promotional Films

Over the last few years there’s been a shift in marketing videos. We’ve all seen documentaries. They are entertaining and inform on subjects in a cinematic way. At AO Films, we strive to tell stories, using a cinematic style. More and more brands are looking for ways to stand out amid the “noise” of commercials. A couple of interesting stats: Viewers are 95% more likely to remember a call to action after watching a video, compared to 10 percent when reading it in text format (Forbes, 2017). Videos help keep users on your website longer and also keep them more engaged. The average user spends …

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‘United We Heal’ Documentary

We’re also in post-production on another documentary about the power that exists when civilians and veterans come together to help our warriors return home with the wounds of war. We’ve partnered with Mission 22 and the American Valor Foundation and have traveled the country following a variety of veteran’s stories of battling the return home and the search of hope in their post-combat life.

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Oregon Wine Country: Filming in the Beautiful Willamette Valley

We began a year long partnership with Willamette Valley Visitors Association in September of 2018. They came to us with a desire to create a series of videos that showcase the diverse wonders that the Willamette Valley has to offer throughout the year. Koosah Falls, Oregon We produced three videos covering Adventure, Cellar Season and Wine+. Each one has a :60, :30 and :15 version and will placed in a variety of locations around the U.S. to promote tourism to the Willamette Valley. Here's the "Cellar Season video, encouraging visitors to explore the many adventures you can have in the Willamette Valley.

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Epiphanie Bags & Ali Edwards Collaboration

Epiphanie Bags came to us to film a new camera bag collaboration with local Eugene artist, Ali Edwards. Ali's passion is memory keeping that's rooted in stories, photos and intentional embellishments. As fellow storytellers, we were excited for the opportunity to work together on this project. Owner, Maile Wilson, a professional photographer, launched Epiphanie in 2009 after searching for a fashionable and functional camera bag that would protect her gear without sacrificing her personal style. The goal for Ali's bag was to create something that was simple, with clean lines and came in modest colors. She wanted something that would fit into her lifestyle – Going from …

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Behind the Scenes: IDX Broker

In late April, we shot a video for a local tech company, IDX Broker. IDX wanted to showcase their fun and creative culture with a video highlighting a common workday which includes biking to the office, nerf gun battles, and an interactive robot. Filming at IDX was not only an awesome way to spend a ‘day at the office,' but their workspace and cooperative employees allowed us to get creative long shot with our shots. We chose to do a series of single take tracking shots with the Canon EOS-1D C and the Canon 14mm and 24mm Cinema lenses. For stabilization and practical use, …

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