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Thomas Burstyn - Cinematographer and Director in New Zealand - Cloud South Films & This Way of Life

An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Thomas Burstyn, has over thirty years experience as a cinematographer. Tom trained at the National Film Board of Canada as a documentary filmmaker, before moving into feature films, which include: The Lost Tribe, When Trumpets Fade, City of Industry, Population 436, and The Boys & Girl From Country Claire.

Tom's film company, Cloud South Films is a film company created by Tom and his wife, journalist Barbara Sumner Burstyn. Cloud South Films is committed to sustainability, both personal and professional in their documentary filmmaking in films including, One Man, One Cow, One Planet and This Way of Life.

One Man, One Cow, One Planet is story of Peter Proctor's trek to India to help restore traditional farming there. 

This Way of Life is about Peter Karena, his wife Colleen, their six children and many horses who live almost wild in the stunning beauty of New Zealand's rugged Ruahine Mountains and their struggles with Peter's father and life's challenges in their way of life. 

Both films have won screened worldwide and won many awards.  This Way of Life has also been shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Direct download: ThomasBurstyn.mp3
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Steve Lynch - Irish Film Composer - Of Best Intentions, Mr. Foley, Crossing Salween

In 2004, composer Steve Lynch created, Stellarsound, an award winning music company that specializes in commercials and films.

Steve's notable work includes Let’s Dance (a David Bowie cover) for Ballygowan, which also won a Gold Shark Award for best use of music. 

Steve has composed for countless commercials, short films and documentaries that have been shown both nationally and internationally, including a two hour score for Cromwell in Ireland - an HD documentary for the History Channel UK and the Smithsonian Channel in the US, which was recorded in Bratislava with a 40 piece orchestra.

Steve's scores for award winning short films in a variety of genres include: An Teanga Runda, Of Best Intentions, Spota, Mr. Foley, and Crossing Salween.

Direct download: SteveLynch.mp3
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Moritz Mayerhofer - German Animator - Urs - Academy Award Shortlisted

German animator Moritz Mayerhofer, was accepted into the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany, to study animation.

After three years, Moritz took up an exchange program at Gobelins, Paris. There he started the visual development and design for 'Urs', which was his thesis-project. He has since graduated with that film at the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie.

Urs, is a touching and atmospheric CGI animated film about a son helping his aging by carrying her up a mountain to find a better life for each of them. Urs has garnered several awards globally and is a finalist in the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film.

Direct download: MoritzMayerhofer.mp3
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Shane Sutton - Irish Artist and Filmmaker - Fight or Flight and Fail?

Shane Sutton, artist and filmmaker, has worked extensively with a variety of media, including illustration and computer-aided design, and his original passion, painting, producing work that is at once highly appreciative of the medium of oil paint, yet informed by the technicality of his graphic work. 

Shane co-directed and edited Fight or Flight, a documentary which follows a Dublin man as he ventures into the world of Thai boxing. Shot over two years in Thailand, the film has been shown in film festivals in Europe, the United States, garnering awards around the world. 

Shane was also selected to participate in the Berlin Talent Campus.  He has also created the short film, Fail?, about a man, Kevin, a darkly comic short film depicting his life  after years of stress and heartache, along as contributing on shooting and editing work on Malgorzata, and The Video Box.

Direct download: ShaneSutton.mp3
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