This ad came straight from our immediate experience. Michael's wife, Dani, is a nurse working in a rural hospital an hour east of Portland, OR. When the virus became real in early March, we feared for her and her colleagues' safety. PPE was scarce, ventilators were limited, and the health care community was bracing for the worst. Dani was furloughed from her nursing position while non-essential surgeries were postponed. Her new-found free time was quickly filled with making masks for family and friends, donating to essential workers, and to sell online. We also follow the news. We heard that masks were proving to be a critical tool to stem the spread of the virus and to get people back to work. Surprisingly, however, a conflicting narrative emerged discouraging the wearing of masks. This short ad spot is simply a way to express in no uncertain terms the value of masks and our appreciation for all the people out there doing the right thing to stay safe and show respect.
Modoc // Oregon + Washington A documentary film following Andrea Bemis and her family as they visit 5 producers from the Oregon coast to the Oregon ranching community during a month-long commitment to a diet of foods grown or harvested within 200 miles of their Parkdale, Oregon farm. Story Design + Cinematography: Andrea Bemis, Michael Hanson and David Hanson Editor: Modoc Aerial Cinematography: Modoc Colorist: Modoc Additional Support: Andrea Bemis, Tre Fin Tuna, Syncline Winery, Mt. View Orchards
I AM HERE
REI // Oregon-Washington “My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia, grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of the Hood River Valley. As a child, she playing sports but never knew about outdoor recreation, despite being surrounded by Mt Hood and hundreds of miles of trails. Her first experience was going to Multnomah Falls, a roadside stop outside Portland. “I didn’t know what you needed in order to do that stuff. Did you need a permit, a ticket? It wasn’t until college that I realized that all the trails and outdoors were free for all of us to use.” Watch Yesi's journey to climb Mt St. Helens and pursue her American dream. Story Design + Cinematography: Michael Hanson and David Hanson, Modoc Editor: Mark Bashore, Plains of Yonder Aerial Cinematography: Andy Maser Colorist: George Costakis, Piñata Post Sound Mix: PKA Scotty Beam, Cleod9 Music Additional Support: The Castros Family, Trout Creek Orchard, JT Lehman, Jose Muro, Mercado Guadalajara
SLIPPING THE SURLY BONDS
Tom Lehman is a retired Alaska Airlines pilot who lives in Corbett, OR. He owns a two-seater Super Cub, a rugged, agile craft preferred by Alaskan bush pilots. Tom keeps the plane in a hangar barn he built on his property. DP: Michael Hanson, David Hanson Edit: Michael Hanson Second Camera: Brett Schwager
Michael's neighbor Ronnie is a really nice guy. He frequently rides his John Deere over to Michael's house to talk about the weather, gardening, and the general state of the world. One day he told Michael he's been eating a T-bone or Ribeye steak every day for the last six years ever since his doc recommended he not eat carbs. I guess you could say Ronnie went paleo. He did not say paleo. He just said he "got on steak." He monitors the butcher sales at the local grocery and buys as many as 50 discounted steaks at a time. So we made a short film about Ronnie and his steak diet.