Documentary

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Planet Home
40 x 26 min

Pollution, climate change, while some predict the apocalypse, others are building the future.  They are the heroes of Planet Home, and they already have solutions for housing in the future.  In Planet Home, our adventures are grounded on the architecture and the exemplary nature of the sites we discover.  Beyond just buildings, these places house people who are just as inspiring in matters of sustainable development.  Our hosts tell us about their homes as well as their lifestyles.  We enter inside their daily life and home, and also meet those outside who share their philosophy.  Whether we are highlighting the technological excellence of a location, an architect’s crazy ideas, or a family’s new lifestyle, Planet Home is the only documentary series, which offers a map of ecological and sustainable habitats throughout the world.

Power of Color
2015
41

The yearly world cup of body painting, taking place in Austria, is a must see event for art community.  A very special part of this event is the  body painting with luminous colours.  This painting is only visible with infra light.  This will be demonstrated in a fantastic and entertaining show!

Proximity
2017
50

Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers.  The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele, produced by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) in association with Garage Productions.  Proximity will explore the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.

Reflections: Iceland
2016
40

Iceland, the land of fire and ice.  Follow fine art photographer and adventurer Jason Henthorne as he explores the majestic landscape while searching for the perfect intersection of ocean and earth.  Witness Iceland’s epic landscape through the unique eyes of Henthorne and his camera.

Ring of Civilizations — Rediscovering Ancient Asia
2015
4 x 29 min

Vast ruins in Asia continue to attract people while remaining shrouded in mystery.

However, recent research has discovered that cultures and civilizations beyond our imagination once existed in Asia.  One of the world’s largest cities created deep in the jungle; the foundation of an amazing ruling system that existed 2,000 years before Western civilization; a surprising society where wealth was distributed thoroughly.  The peoples of Asia had already established far more advanced cultures and civilizations than previously thought.

The Ring of Civilizations series introduces the allure of the massive ancient ruins found throughout Asia, and tells the story of the lives and insight of those who created them.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4K
2013
65

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! takes the viewer on a visual journey to one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world.  Experience the main stage of the Football Worldcup 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 like you have never seen it before!

This is the first portrait of Rio filmed with 4K/Ulta HD cameras, featuring breathtaking Aerial, Timelapse, and Slow Motion effect shots.  The high class soundtrack mixes catchy songs with modern and Brazilian blends of Salsa, Samba, Hiphop, and House Music.  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! with its innovative creation of elements opens up a new, unique genre for non-verbal art films!  As part of the fifth largest country in the world Brazil, Rio is the third largest metropolitan area of South America with 12 million inhabitants.  Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, mountains with large rainforests and constant influence of a tropic climate the city is one of the most exotic urban places on earth.  The film shows new, outstanding perspectives on the world famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as the iconic landmarks Sugarloaf Mountain at Guanbara Bay and Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain.  Spectacular impressions of the epic annual Carnival parades on public streets and at Sambodromo lead to fascinating insights on the Carioca’s second major passion: Football!

River Jaws
2015
49

Wells catfish!  Over the last fifty years, it has colonised most of Europe’s rivers – even the most polluted.  This intruder has become the largest freshwater animal in Europe, and even hunts on shore … 3 years of intense filming were necessary to capture this unique wildlife film.

After Arte’s premiere, the film will be seen worldwide on National Geographic Channels Wild under the title River Jaws.  Entirely shot in 4K, directed by Bertrand Loyer, this revelatory film takes the viewer in the intimacy of the giant.  It notably captures never before seen behavior, such as collective or even pigeon hunting with glossy slow-mo images.

Be prepared to meet the absolute monster of European rivers.

Rural Destinations in the World
2016
13 x 30 min

In a world where the fast paced life of metropolitan cities have infiltrated every aspect of daily life, everyone is searching for that one place where one can let one’s hair down.

These hidden gems do exist and it will be our honour to escort you there.  Rural Destinations in the World is a thirteen-episode documentary series that shows great vacation spots in Germany, the US, Poland, Iceland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, or Switzerland.  It takes you on a trip around the regions of the world that are almost untouched by modernization.  Until recently, tourism meant a search for exotic destinations, idyllic beaches or endless tours across populous cities; in short, it was what we call “mass tourism.”  Nowadays, the average tourist looks for destinations that differ greatly from the frenzy of today’s lifestyles.

From the forests of middle Europe to the shores of Spain, we will introduce you to old traditions that still live on today, the thrills of rock climbing in remote areas and the breath taking scenery of rural destinations.  We will focus on historic heritage, wine tourism, bird watching, fine cuisine, nature, and leisure.  Each episode will uncover secret places, unknown corners, hiking trails and leisure activities that are sure to delight the viewer.  Our goal is to discover some of the most stunning and treasured treats of nature and make known the less known regions of Europe.

San Francisco Flow
2014
30, 5

Breathing.  Surging.  Flowing.  Around a skeleton of glass, concrete, iron, and steel, San Francisco is animated by the never-ending flow of people, weather, traffic, and light.  San Francisco Flow will take you on a unique and meditative tour of the iconic city and its incredibly diverse series of environments, from pristine parks and watersheds to the shining towers of downtown.

Small in Size But Big on Personality: Dwarf Mongooses
2015
52

Some would consider the dwarf mongoose the cutest creature on the African savanna.  Measuring 25 centimeters in length, they are actually the world’s smallest mongooses, living in a land with many predators.  They survive by forming packs of about 20 members and observing unique social rules.  In and around the anthills they call home, the mongooses follow a rigid hierarchy, where the lowest-ranking member of a pack is responsible for the most dangerous duties.  Eating and sleeping are secondary to watching out for enemies and protecting the pack.  Why do these animals risk their own lives to serve the other pack members?  It is, in fact, all part of an ingenious master plan.

Soft City
2014
3 x 30 min

(AKA Urban Rediscovery: Soft City)

Soft City introduces 3 cities that underwent beautiful changes.  Desolate cities filled with skyscrapers and grey concrete floors have undergone changes.  3 episodes featuring 3 cities: Berlin in Germany substituted the pain of war with art.  Now Berlin has become the hub for art and culture and also a popular tourist destination.  Curitiba in Brazil has become the world’s most famous Eco city, from an extremely polluted one.  And finally, Yokohama in Japan is born again as an artistic city, with beautiful buildings and unique public art.

Strange World
2015
8 x 60 min

People have an insatiable and timeless appetite for the bizarre.  Modern media is an incubator of hysteria and excitement, as strange and unexplained stories gain traction and capture the public mind.  In Strange World, our host, journalist Alex Hannaford, travels the planet in search of the truth behind these mysteries.  This is a one-stop-shop for all your conspiracy theory urges!

Survival in the Ice Kingdom: Polar Bears
2014
52

Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world.  In the fall, 900 individuals gather along the Canadian coast, waiting for the annual sea ice to form so they can hunt.  The polar bears may seem active, but their bodies are in a state of hibernation so they must call upon their unique ability to persevere in this harsh environment despite extended periods of fasting.  Pregnant females fast for eight months a year during which time they give birth before emerging from their den.  This episode highlights the true strength of the rulers of the ice kingdom as they raise their cubs in extreme conditions.

Swimming with Legends
2014
70

The largest creatures on Earth live underwater.  Their sheer size has always triggered our imagination.  In murky waters or inaccessible places, we ignored their true nature and created legends.

Today, scientists try to understand them, to go beyond the myths.  But stranded or fished creatures offer a poor glimpse into their world.  So how can we decipher their underwater secrets without altering their behaviour?

Meet Fred Buyle, a record-breaking freediver who has dedicated his life to this non-intrusive quest.  For science, he travels the world to tag or photo-identify large marine creatures that have populated his imaginary world since he was a child.

Tawaraya: The House of Secret Codes
2015
59

In the heart of Kyoto stands a discreet but very distinguished ryokan or traditional Japanese inn, with only 18 guest rooms.  Its architecture, hospitality, cuisine, and ambience are the best Japan has to offer.

Tawaraya is many things: an inn, a house, a garden, a museum, and a haven of spirits and traditions.

Every room breathes a very Japanese sense of detail with ornaments and objects telling untold stories of exquisite Japanese culture.

Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Paul Sartre, Steve Jobs … Artists, intellectuals, and captains of industry with a singular feel for beauty have always flocked to Tawaraya.

Filmed with 4K cameras, this documentary introduces us to this oldest and most elegant inn in Japan and reveals its beauty and astonishing history of this House of Secret Codes.

The 63rd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
2013
30

This year The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is presented for the first time in stunning 4K Ultra HD for your viewing pleasure.  There are 248 cars from 36 states and 12 countries on display.  Among the marques celebrated this year were: the Lincoln, fifty years of the Lamborghini, fifty years of Porsche, 100 years of the Aston Martin, and the very rare BMW 507.

The Age of Hubble
2014
25

2015 marks the 25th anniversary year of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, an event that has propelled us into the Golden Age of Astronomy and brought us closer than ever to answering the most perplexing questions – what are the origins of the universe?  And are there other worlds like our own, rich with life?

The Hubble Space Telescope has led an army of new high-tech telescopes that is peering deep into the universe, returning data that scientists are using within models to explain how galaxies took shape, how stars live and die, and how the universe set the stage for life.

This visual feast of a documentary brings the most cutting-edge findings of modern astronomy to life with state-of-the-art animation, informed by supercomputer simulations of cosmic events.  Marvel at the formation of a super-massive black hole 350 million lightyears away; admire the stunning beauty of the Orion nebula; and discover what the stars tell us about our place in the stretch of time and space.

The Age of Hubble is gripping, high-end space programming at its best and essential viewing for space enthusiasts of all ages. 

The Bachelor King
2011
75, 56, 50

Stunning 3D cinematography takes us into an extraordinary, sub-Antarctic island, home to majestic albatrosses, brawling fur seals and six million penguins. It’s a world away from human existence; but yet our hero’s struggle is familiar to us all, young and old alike.

After three years out on the open ocean, our bachelor returns to the place where he was born and raised: Penguin City.  On this densely-packed island, he looks to establish himself and find a mate. What follows is the most challenging time of his life.  He must grow up fast to survive and raise chicks of his own.

Once he meets the penguin of his dreams, the two of them embark upon raising a family.  Having witnessed his chick hatch, the parents work together to feed it, teach it, keep it warm against the harsh sub-Antarctic weather and protect it through its first danger-filled year.  But with predators in the sky, the land, and the water, tragedy could lie around every corner.  In the face of all these challenges, our king must persevere.

The Bachelor King‘s story is often comic, sometimes tragic, and ultimately triumphant; a rite of passage set within one of the earth’s last great wildernesses.

The Caiman Hunters: Jaguar, Brazilian Wetlands
2016
52

The carnivorous and ever wary jaguar is usually hidden deep in the forest, never revealing its true nature.  However, during recent dry seasons, they have been spotted in the Pantanal wetland in Brazil.  Using unmanned cameras and ultra-sensitive cameras, our film crew embarked on a major project to record these jaguars.  Witness an amazing Jaguar hunt that climaxes in a single deadly bite.

The Citadel
2015
55

Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey aim to make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge.

The stage is set for two mountaineers, who despite their many accomplishments, must still seek out new lines in unchartered territory.  The odds are stacked heavily against them.  It’s a hard and difficult climb to the top.  They test their endurance, will, and commitment to the climb.  Why?  So that they can experience the freedom of standing alone on a peak with no one else around for miles; the chance to chart their legacy as explorers and adventure seekers and make their own paths in life.

The Citadel is a stunning 3,000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range.  With the mantra “EatClimbRepeat,” the mountaineers need a minimum of 3 weeks to make it to the top.  Will they make it?  In the documentary we take a front seat ride on a trip through the unknown and are with Matt and Jon every step of the way through all the hardships and struggles, hopes, and disappointments.  What unfolds is a classic narrative arc where success is snatched from the jaws of defeat.

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