Angela Ahrendts TEDxHollywood: Power of Human Energy

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Angela Ahrendts TEDxHollywood: Power of Human Energy

Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts talks about the positive and transformative power of human energy. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

She gave up a ­starring role as Burberry’s CEO to run Apple's retail and ­online ­operations. In this powerful TEDx talk, Angela Ahrendts talks about the power of human energy, and how when it connects as one it takes on its most transformative power: Creative Wisdom.

 

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Byron Bay's Mayor interviews Angie and Dustin on Bay FM radio

Byron Bay's Mayor interviews Angie and Dustin on Bay FM radio

Last week Byron Bay's Mayor Simon Richardson invited Dustin and I in for a chat about our documentary Double Barrel on community radio Bay FM. This is our second on-air chat with Simon who has been an avid supporter of our efforts in north Peru. Simon even suggested we look at proposing Lobitos as a sister-city for Byron Bay - wouldn't that be fantastic!

Catch the full 30-minute, ad-free song-free interview below:

Double Barrel will hold its Australian premiere at Stone and Wood Brewery, in Byron Bay, on Saturday February 27th, from 6pm. Capacity is limited, and tickets are selling fast. Grab your ticket online to be sure not to miss out: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-barrel-film-australian-premiere-byron-bay-tickets-20727558686

The premiere will feature incredible artists who contributed to the film score, including MT Warning, Aquila Young, and will be hosted by myself, Dustin and Rhian, with other key Double Barrel team members coming as special guests.

Hatted restaurant Harvest will be catering the event, and just released their special Double Barrel menu of 3 dishes for SALE:

White fish ceviche, fennel, macadamia $8

12 hour braised Lamb, lima bean escabeche $12

Ouinoa Solterito (vegetarian) $10

Full proceeds from food and beer from a Karma Keg will be donated to the marine protection project in Lobitos.

BUY TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-barrel-film-australian-premiere-byron-bay-tickets-20727558686

Screen-Space interview on Double Barrel

I took some time to chat with Screen-Space about Double Barrel ahead of its Australian premiere next week, to discuss the inspiration behind the film and our passion to help the village of Lobitos in north Peru.

Have a read of the full interview here:

http://screen-space.squarespace.com/features/2016/2/18/water-world-the-angie-davis-interview.html

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Double Barrel premieres in Australia on February 27th, at the Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale online here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-barrel-film-australian-premiere-byron-bay-tickets-20727558686

Double Barrel at the SBIFF with Johnny Depp

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Double Barrel at the SBIFF with Johnny Depp

With a good tube of conditioner, I managed to pull all my Lobitos salt and dirt-infused dreads out of my hair just in time to walk the red carpet at the Arlington Theatre for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with Johnny Depp last night.

Receiving the festival's highest award, the Maltin Modern Master Award, Johnny was humble on stage as he chatted with the legendary veteran film critic Leonard Maltin about his career of over 40 films, which Johnny apparently never watches after he completes a performance.

"It's true I don't watch them...so you're going to know a lot more about them than me tonight."

Switchboard Media's Double Barrel hosted its first screening later in the evening, just down the road at the Fiesta Theatre, our first look at the film on a professional screen. The film plays again on Sunday at 11am at the Lobero Theatre, and is part of a documentary shorts program Surfing South America, featuring Chris Malloy's documentary on Ramon Navarro, 'The Fisherman's Son.'

It was an honour to walk the red carpet on such a prestigious evening, waddling my way down the gauntlet of cameras and flash photography like a fish gasping for breath out of water. Pulled aside for several TV interviews, one interviewer asked me, "what's it feel like to have your film premiered at the festival?"

"It is an absolute honour," I told her, "to work on a project so close to your heart for two years, through blood sweat and tears and with such an incredible team and amazing support, to then have everyone's work celebrated as a complete package at such a prestigious event here among the best of the best in the industry...it's just very humbling and signifies dreams can come true. I'm so proud of my team they deserve to be here too. This wouldn't be possible without collaboration."

"And what do you hope to achieve for Lobitos from your film?"

"We hope the film brings a wave of change to the region, and inspires a global shift in the way we travel, encouraging people to give back to local communities and leave places better than they found them. At the grassroots level, the film is helping to raise funds for Juntos Por Las Playas del Norte, a project set up by Peruvian surfers to have their breaks and marine environment protected by national law. We hope it can be a blueprint for the rest of the world."

Listening with Johnny talk about his career and how he would refuse to stop wearing a turban on the set of 21 Jump Street to try and get fired so he wouldn't end up "just another cog in the machine", it really hit home how human our Hollywood heroes are, and again the reality that nothing is far from reach if we remain true to our values and go after our dreams.

Double Barrel screens again on Sunday, February 7th at 11am at the Lobero Theatre. Rush tickets for the public will be on sale for $15 before the screening, depending on availability.

The film then returns to Australia, premiering in Byron Bay on February 27th at the Stone and Wood Brewery. Tickets are now on sale and selling fast: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-barrel-film-australian-premiere-byron-bay-tickets-20727558686

Contact: angie@switchboardmedia.com.au | dustin@switchboardmedia.com.au

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Sirenita from the Sea

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Sirenita from the Sea

Dustin and I have been playing around with some Nikon equipment lately, and wanted to collaborate with local DP Shannon Mackie on a project close to home that we could bang out in one day.

Artist and lifestyle surfer Karlee Mackie had a poem up her sleeve, and an op-shop wedding dress she had modeled in a wedding photography shoot a week earlier.

With a $12 budget and just 3hours spare to shoot, our team got together in the natural playgrounds of Lennox Head to shoot "Sirenita from the Sea", a short film through poetry.

We shot the film's entirety on the Nikon D810, in monochrome, and as we are yet to have a water housing for this camera Shannon had to squeeze it into an old housing, limiting his ability to change any settings. Thus the water scenes were shot by rolling the camera for a 20minute recording block, on infinity focus, leaving a lot of the footage as a surprise during our group playback sitting later in the evening.

The result is this playful little piece that perhaps insinuates a wedding gone wrong, and the 'sirenita' (mermaid) returning to her long term life partner, the Sea.

Dustin directing Shannon to get the perfect shots.

Dustin directing Shannon to get the perfect shots.

Stylist Esme Ferretti adds a creative touch to Karlee's makeup.

Stylist Esme Ferretti adds a creative touch to Karlee's makeup.

Karlee ready to take the plunge.

Karlee ready to take the plunge.

Shannon Mackie shooting Karlee in a beautiful rock pool on location.

Shannon Mackie shooting Karlee in a beautiful rock pool on location.

A film by Switchboard Media (switchboardmedia.com.au)
Directed and produced by Dustin Hollick and Angie Davis.
Cinematography and edit by Shannon Mackie.
Written, acted and narrated by Karlee Mackie.
Styling and Makeup by Esme Ferretti.
Soundtrack by Aquila Young.
Audio design and mastering by James Greer.
Special thanks to Nikon (mynikonlife.com.au/)

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Human Interaction

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Human Interaction

Markets are generally the domains of hippies and trinket merchants that want nothing better than to lighten your wallet. Or so I thought. As what could be classified as a fairly modest consumer, I never really had an urge to go to the local market. Under the guise of supporting partner has been the only exception, with the only purchase I ever indulged in being that of the instant gastronomical type.

As a somewhat concerned earth/human race survivalist, I try and make conscious decisions that will have a less detrimental effect on future generations. But, as with most of us, my brain wasn’t connecting the dots on several tiers regarding the excessive packaging and ridiculous amounts of transportation that your every day trip to the grocery store encourages.

Introducing my next-door neighbor Rhian Slapp, and his weekly ritual of grocery shopping at the local Farmers' Market, followed by a cuppa at the local cafe, where he sits and drinks his brew in an actual cup - farewell the throwaway!

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Now on a simple level local market shopping (and a non-throwaway coffee!) is fantastic in that it reduces packaging. Simply take a basket or grab a cardboard box and pop the fresh produce straight in there; no need for styrofoam or plastic wrapping. Transportation is as simple as the diesel it took to drive the trusty old rattler down the hill; no extravagant freight liners or massive semis involved here.

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But at a deeper level there is something else that seems to be increasingly lost from modern society: face-to-face interaction with other human beings. Not your boss, your family or your direct peers, but strangers from all walks of life. And here is the really shocking part, to acquire your goods you will have to talk to them! You may even find you exchange knowledge, and this is not only the case at the Farmers' Market, but across all local transactions, whether it be getting a book from the library, or picking up a new hand-crafted surfboard.

Increasingly our transactions are being carried out online. Shopping, health-checks even friendships are now primarily achieved in Cyber Space. Believe this isn’t so? According to The Public Relations Institute Of Australia, “Australians spend one in five minutes (3.6 hours) a day on social media”.

But we do have the ability to decide otherwise. Choose with your feet and make the connection between the excessive greed that drives the increasingly destructive and influential multi nationals of the world, and instead support you local community. Head to your local market, go and see the surfboard shaper down the street, pop into you local timber yard, or say "hi" to the local seamstress.

In return for keeping the cash in your local community you will be rewarded with intimate knowledge of a product the vendor is passionate about, and you'll be contributing toward rebuilding the trust and accountability that cannot be garnered online.

 

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Double Barrel Film Tour Dates Announced

Double Barrel Film Tour Dates Announced

We are very proud to announce the completion of our first documentary film, Double Barrel.

Current confirmed dates for the premiere tour are as follows:

23 January: Global Premiere, El Dragon Del Sur, Punta Hermosa, Peru. In conjunction with Matisyahu's 10 year anniversary tour.

27th February: Australian Premiere, Stone and Wood Brewery, Byron Bay. Ticket information available soon.

We have some very exciting news and more dates coming in the following week. Keep checking the Double Barrel Website for more information and official tour dates.

Check out the official Double Barrel Trailer below.


The Economy of Fun

The Economy of Fun

Meditation and mindfulness are beautiful concepts becoming more readily accepted in the West. Take a look at any child engrossed in play and you will see meditation and/or mindfulness in its purest form; the child is totally immersed in the moment taking in every sight, sound, taste, touch and feel as it unfolds. These children live purely for the moment, are learning at an exponential rate, and most importantly, they are having fun.

Village kids in Papua New Guinea embracing the economy of fun. Photo: Kuni Takanami.

Village kids in Papua New Guinea embracing the economy of fun. Photo: Kuni Takanami.

As adults, our time of living in the moment seems to have come and gone, unless of course we are sitting quietly in a corner with our eyes closed or perhaps playing sport or performing music at the highest level. So why is it that we don’t run around in paddocks anymore flinging cow dung at each other, or spend hours wistfully staring at an abstract painting we are creating, tongue placed gracefully aside our mouths?

The answer, in short, is simple: we don’t have the time. Why don’t we have the time? Because we need to make money. Why do we need to make money? To survive… Or do we?

Since when did we need to make money to survive?

If you are Australian resident one only need look back 200 years to a time when money didn’t exist. Sure there may have been some form of bartering between tribes or a value assigned to certain objects that gave it worth above others, but money as we know it was not the driving factor around which every decision was based.

In contemporary society, every election campaign and result is based around money, so-called ‘environmental’ companies still have money as their bottom line, and consumerist advertising is based around companies aiming to make more money. Our whole world is obsessed with money, this thing that more recently doesn’t even exist in a physical form – merely numbers on a computer screen - yet has the power to push us to perform treacherous deeds, drive species to extinction, and even slaughter our neighbors just for a little more.

Doesn’t sound like much fun does it? So how does a planet so obsessed with money go back to realizing the value of fun?

 In July 2011, the United Nations passed Resolution 65/309 (adopted unanimously by the General Assembly in July 2011), placing ‘happiness’ on the global development agenda.

So does this mean the rulers of the world may finally be realizing that profit should not only have to be measured in terms of monetary gain? Lets hope so.  Personally I can’t see too many wars breaking out over reserves of ‘fun’ or ‘happiness’ and I can’t imagine any country invading another so they had more resources to create more ‘fun’, in its purest form.

So here is my vote to happiness becoming the new global currency. On a local scale, let’s strive towards fun; take the time to have a laugh with your neighbor, surrender to the moment, be the butt of someone else’s joke. Happiness is one thing that will not drive the world, as we know it, to extinction.

Double Barrel Official Trailer 2016

Double Barrel Official Trailer 2016

The much anticipated wait is almost over...Double Barrel, a film almost two years in the making, is finished and the Official Trailer dropped today! It's been an incredible tough yet rewarding journey, and we are proud of the end product, premiering in Peru, USA and Australia in the New Year.

Go to www.doublebarrelfilm.com to view the trailer, film synopsis, meet the crew, and check in on tour dates.

*Global Premiere announced: January 23rd, El Dragon Del Sur, Punta Hermosa, Lima Peru, more details coming soon, keep an eye on the Double Barrel website for updates.

Tell a story about the future of consumerism for a short film

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Tell a story about the future of consumerism for a short film

We are very honoured to launch our first higher education project with Laureate International Universities.

The Power of Storytelling is an online higher education course via The Delta Experience; FREE with only 12 spaces available.

THE PROJECT

Tell a story about the future of consumerism and have it turned into a short film.

The popularity of online shopping, the maker movement and shifting consumer behaviours are changing the way we consume. What is the future of consumerism in our world? This story needs to be told and we are looking for your amazing ideas to help tell it.

The goal of this project is to create a narrative describing the future of consumerism. Storytelling is a powerful way to dream of possibilities, spark imaginations and engage minds. On this project, you will learn how to craft a narrative to get your audience to connect with your vision. At the end of the project your story may be translated into a short film. Spaces are limited so register your interest now.

For further details, course outline and to register your interest, visit http://www.thedeltaexperience.com
 

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Sharks - are we missing the point?

Sharks - are we missing the point?

Last Tuesday’s attack at Lighthouse Beach, better known by locals as North Wall, tips us upwards of a dozen shark attacks along a 20-kilometre stretch of coast since February. Call it perception or what you will, but that’s a bloody high number of attacks...

The Orchard TV Commercial

The Orchard TV Commercial

We were humbled to direct and produce THE ORCHARD TV commercial for Elements NQ. Given the theme of LIVE & GROW, we expanded on the idea by incorporating two children planting a lemon tree some decades ago. The children then emerge as newlywed adults and join their family-at-large for a Sunday luncheon on their spacious urban property. The couple's children then break from the group to pick a basket of lemons from the now mature tree, to signify a true circle of life and harmony with nature.

View the full commercial on our HOME page or on VIMEO