“Energy! O Energy!” is off to the Film Festivals

Great news!  EOE is screening on June 17th in Palmerston North, New Zealand at the 2013 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival.  Along side Energy! O Energy!, award winning films such as If a Tree Falls and Fall and Winter will also be screened.  Check out the rest of this year’s selections here.  It’s an honor to be included in such an incredible program.  Congratulations to all of the films selected. Reel Earth 2013_Official Selection (1)

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Sundancing 2013

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At least the snow waited until after the festival to hit.  While last year we trudged through 8 inches of snow going from theater to theater, this year was a different story.  The streets of Park City were crowded with filmmakers, cinefiles, industry execs, and partiers alike as Carrie and I caught the final two days of the Sundance Film Festival. We were on our way to Germany where the next leg of “A Movement of Movement” will be filmed.

To sum up the weekend, Sundance delivered and we left happy.  One film in particular caught my attention, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”.  Here’s a few pictures from the festival.

Mark

 

Burning Torch Productions Announces its Latest Film

    First of all, thank you for joining The Movement!  I hope you are as excited as us about exploring one of the fastest growing activities in the world, Pilates.  My name is Mark Pedri and I’m a documentary filmmaker.  My passion is seeking out compelling stories and capturing them on film.  I would like to be the first to introduce to you A Movement of Movement.  

     Today is the official announcement of production and the light is green.  The film explores the human condition in the context of Pilates.  Many of you have probably heard of Pilates, or maybe you’ve even become passionate about it.  A Movement of Movement is your film.  Pilates has been spreading at a phenomenal rate in recent years, but what is really happening?  Sometimes in order to notice that you’re moving, you have to stop and look at what’s around you.  Ever since the dinner conversation that sparked the idea for this film, I have been trying to step back and see the movement.  We are living during a remarkable movement of ideas, activities, and philosophy.  You’re probably asking, what does this have to do with Pilates?  My answer is, everything.  We are living in A Movement of Movement.  

Throughout the production of A Movement of Movement, we will be posting updates about where we are, who we’re with, and what we’re doing. I want to share the adventure of Filmmaking.  Movementofmovement.com is a website built especially for you to stay up to date and be a part of the film.  I welcome, encourage, and value you comments, so don’t be shy!  The website is updated at least once every week with information about the film and also tidbits about the world we live in.  We also send out a newsletter that you can subscribe to here.

-Mark

If you made a film….

I spend my days making films and feel extremely fortunate to be able to participate in such an amazing art form.  While driving to Park City today I started to think, what would each person in the world make a film about if they could?   Everyone has a unique perspective and that shines through clearly onto the screen.

It’s just something to think about.  That’s how I got started 10 years ago.  What would you make your film about?  Or maybe the question should be, what WILL you make your film about?

2012 Reel

It’s been a great year.  We’ve been driving, flying, biking, walking, and just moving in general  Burning Torch Productions has been logging miles and footage all year.  Here’s a glimpse into the world of Mark Pedri.

Thanks for Watching

It seems that filmmaking and self-promotion often go hand in hand, and I don’t like this.  Making films is not about popularity, but rather providing people with something they can enjoy.  The only problem is that in order to allow others to see your product, you often have to fight your way through a swamp of other content.  Everyone is making movies about everything these days.  It’s getting harder and harder to get your material seen.  Is this a bad thing though?  If I said it was bad, it would be hypocritical because I just said that my goal is for the audience to see pictures that they enjoy.  So what if these pictures aren’t mine?  At the end of the day, I love being a part of the experience of film, whether it’s making the movies or watching them.

One of the benefits of the saturated modern film atmosphere is the amount of incredible films being made.  There was a time when only certain people could create media.  With computer and camera prices dropping and the quality rising, it’s easier than ever to shoot and edit a film.  Now more than ever, filmmaking is accessible to a huge number of people, and this is great.  There’s something unexplainable about the power of a great film that transcends the filmmaker behind it.  The only time I would ever want one of my films to be seen over another is if it has that indefinable power to captivate the audience and allow them to experience something.  I would never make a film just because I enjoy it.  I would always make a film that I believe has the potential to offer something to others that they don’t already have.

Self-promotion can easily fall into the question of, “what can I get from these people?”  My question is, “what can I give these people?’, and that’s what’s important to me.  As soon as I have nothing more to offer my audience, I will stop making films.     A film is more than moving pictures of a screen.  You can’t separate the audience’s experience from the art of film.

The reason I am writing today is to tell everyone thanks for being an audience, and I hope to continue giving you what you want in a film.  The future is a very uncertain place for a filmmaker, but as long as I have an audience that cares, I’ll still be here making movies.  The short film “Western Wandering” is doing very well in the Wyoming Short Film Contest, which is due to each one of you.  There are some amazing films in the contest this year and it’s been a privilege to compete at the same level as them.  At the time of writing this, there is still one more week to vote.  Thank you so much for all of your comments, votes, and support.  If you haven’t seen any of the films, you’re in for a treat.  And as far as the motive behind the competition, it couldn’t be better.   The $25,000 must be put towards making another film in Wyoming.  It seems like a win-win for film gurus.   You get to see all of the amazing competition films and then the best of the best gets the opportunity to make another film for us to enjoy.  Click here to watch and vote for this years entries.

Western Wandering Short Film