Posts tagged documentary
We Are The Sun

We started filming and documenting big art efforts last year at Burning Man, and this year we had the pleasure of being part of the incredible build crew for Catacomb of Veils, one of the largest art structures ever built on the Playa.

It was a tremendous experience, that will stay with us forever, and created a new family network of insanely talented artists and friends. We are now happy to share this video we recently completed that shows the crazy amount of effort it takes to bring a project like this to reality.

Hope you enjoy! We are always looking for other amazing projects to help out with at Burning Man, so feel free to reach out to us at any point if you have something brewing in the pipeline.

Veils

We are very proud to share our on-going photo documentary project with Catacomb of Veils, one of the largest and most ambitious art projects ever at Burning Man.

Please follow the link below for the latest and most up-to-date gallery, or keep checking our blog here as we'll be selecting some of our favorites on and off over the next two months.

For more information about the project, please go to http://catacombofveils.com, and if you need access to any prints of photo information, please contact us directly.

 

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Aerial view from the build site at Pier 70, San Francisco.

Meet the People

We just recently published a first set of photographs that documents the emotional journey of creating, opening, and running a new preschool in Fonds Parisien, Haiti, an hour away from Port-au-Prince.

These are some of the people responsible for the success Rise2Shine is manifesting for the poorest of the children in Haiti.

Read more about the Rise2Shine/SutroStudios project here, and don't forget to check out our other galleries under the Photography menu above.

Haiti

We will be on location in Haiti filming between 9/27 and 10/6. 

Our phone will be down and we will have no regular/easy access to email, until October. Feel free to send us your request, question or inquiry either way, and we promise to get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you and looking forward to sharing with you our stories in this adventure. 

There Was Magic

We officially launched this morning our Kickstarter campaign for There Was Magic.

Here's a copy of the official press release.


“There Was Magic” on Kickstarter

San Francisco, CA – June 02, 2013 – “There Was Magic” is a touching, witty and glamorous look back at Hollywood and Fashion’s most memorable AIDS benefit.  A new documentary feature film directed by Afonso Salcedo which launched this morning in a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. Spanning a period of ten years during the height of the AIDS epidemic, (1986-1996) “There Was Magic” provides a unique and rich perspective of historical significance for the LGBT, Fashion, Hollywood and communities at large around the world.  The film is inspired by the book Heavenly Bodies: Remembering Hollywood and Fashion’s Favorite AIDS Benefit written by Michael Anketell who founded the event in 1986.  Anketell, alongside a small group of friends inaugurated the first show in early 1987 against a backdrop of fear and misinformation.  Remarkably, over the next decade the events grew in numbers and stature attracting some of the most iconic figures in fashion, film, television, music and sports—raising more than $12 million for people living with HIV/AIDS. This is their story—the people behind the scenes and of course the fabulous people who ‘made the scene’.

You can find more information about the film on its official website:  http://therewasmagicfilm.com and the Kickstarter page at http://bit.ly/twmfilm. For general inquiries about the film, please contact therewasmagic@sutrostudios.com.

Afonso Salcedo has been working in the film industry for nearly 15 years, having collaborated on several Oscar winning films for Pixar Animation Studios and DreamWorks. He currently owns his own production company, Sutro Studios. “There Was Magic” is his first feature documentary.

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Sutro Studios is based in San Francisco, CA and was founded on January 1st, 2013. Sutro Studios excels in creating engaging stories, in both film and photographic mediums, to captivate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages with the highest quality and professionalism in directing, cinematography and post-production.

There Was Magic - Kickstarter

We are proud to announce we have officially submitted our documentary feature film There Was Magic to Kickstarter for approval.

We are hoping to have it officially approved by the end of the weekend, so we can launch the website as early as Monday, June 3rd.

You can be the among the first people to know about our Kickstarter going live by quickly signing up on our film's website. We couldn't be prouder and happier to share this with you and to show you the film trailer in the next few days.

Thank you and stay tuned for more updates.

There Was Magic - Official Site

We are proud to announce the official site for our documentary feature-film There Was Magic is launching this coming Monday, May 20th. The film is being directed by Afonso Salcedo and is currently scheduled for release in 2014. There will be a Kickstarter campaign starting in early June for raising funds to complete the film and bring the project to fruition. More details on that soon.

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There Was Magic

I’ve been working on this film for several months already. I already filmed several interviews, and started devouring the tons and tons of archival prints, footage, photos, film, tapes, and everything else, that exist for this documentary. How did it all start?

I read a book a while back called “Heavenly Bodies: Remembering Hollywood & Fashion’s Favorite AIDS Benefit”. It’s written by Michael Anketell. I loved the story. It’s so simple, but it’s so full of emotion. It’s the story of how a small group of volunteers decided in the 80s to get together and throw a fashion event to try and raise money to help their friends, loved ones and everyone else around them who was suffering from the AIDS virus. And they did this for the next ten years as the events quickly grew to become the most successful and biggest Fashion benefit events in the US. They raised millions of dollars to help people living with AIDS and through that most humbling act of helping each other, they also raised awareness for a disease that was devastating the LGBT communities in the 80s. And, unfortunately, it still does to this day.

I grew up in the 80s. I remember every day going to school hearing about this AIDS virus… the disease that affected gay people only. Even then, as a very young kid, this touched me like nothing else. Just getting back home and hearing the news reports on the epidemic, the deaths, the struggles, the discrimination, it was all very intense to say the least. By 1987, the year the first Fashion event occured, I was just about to turn 8. And I had no doubts in my mind that I was gay. Unfortunately, I was already being bullied at school for being gay, even though I hadn't really come out. And as the AIDS epidemic grew bigger, so did my bullying. All of a sudden, I was not only hearing every day of my life as a young kid all kinds of horrible things, name calling, shoved around, kicked, and worse, I was also hearing that I would certainly be dead anytime soon. "Because you probably already have AIDS". I was 8. The AIDS epidemic, even while not affecting me directly, had changed me for the rest of my life.

I have always been fascinated by how people can come together for the greater good of things. When I read the book, I immediately connected with the story. How two of my biggest passions as a kid, Hollywood and Fashion, came together to give their full support to all their friends that were dying of AIDS. Many of them would also succumb to the disease later on… but they still got together, one night a year, to celebrate life, celebrate Hollywood, celebrate Fashion and create one of the most magical nights for everyone involved and for those fighting the virus every day of their lives.

This is the story that I fell in love with. And this is what There Was Magic is about. It’s already been a labour of love and I can’t wait to bring this little film to life and share it with you.

I can only complete this film if the Kickstarter campaign becomes successful, so until then, Like and Follow and retweet as much as you are willing to do.

The HIV/AIDS virus still to this day affects millions and millions of people. There is no cure. I have known and loved many people who live, or have lived, with the virus. Part of the proceeds from the film will go to an AIDS organization to be announced soon. And I hope, that this little film, will help inspire, smile, laugh and entertain, many of you who know what is like to lose someone you love.

Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful for this.

- Afonso Salcedo

Documentary

We started working several months ago on this feature documentary that is slowly coming to fruition. Making a documentary is one of those fascinating learning experiences, when the whole film becomes a character in itself, slowly growing, changing and morphing as you go along. Sometimes it’s easy to get along with, sometimes it has temper tantrums, but in the end you always love each other. It’s still too early to go into any details about our project, but it’s an exciting and promising adventure, one that we heartily believe in that it will make a good film one day soon. It’s incredibly exciting being surrounded by so much history and so many fascinating and important people that are willing to share their own stories, their own experiences and in the end, themselves.

Like any other film, you never know where it’s going to take you so early in the process. It’s a journey like so many others in life. So much hard work is involved, so many meetings and chats and conversations and hopefully, just hopefully, in the end it all works out magically into 90 minutes... and if those 90 minutes or so inspire you, make you smile, or make you at least learn something new about some really neat things that happened twenty or so years ago, then it would all be worth it.

Because in the end, that’s what a movie is all about. We hope this film will one day, later this year or next year, transport yourself into a whole new perspective on some historical events that brought much needed fun, joy and hope to many people in the past. And we hope that it makes you smile.

You’ll hear much more on this in the coming months, and whatever it happens, good or bad, we will share some of the making of and behind-the-scenes with you as appropriate.

 

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.” Stanley Kubrick.

One more happy client!

We just got a testimonial from Jit Vaitha, co-founder of Rise2Shine. After working with Rise2Shine for the last month on a little film about their amazing work in Haiti: I am one of the co-founders of the children's charity Rise2shine and I would like to say a VERY BIG thank you to Afonso Salcedo and Sutro Studios. The level of quality that that was created from the limited footage that I provided is nothing short of amazing. Also, the level of customer service and attention we received from Afonso was outstanding. He kept me updated at every single stage of the process, and he replied to all of my emails and requests, literally, immediately. You can't go wrong with Sutro Studios. Thank you for your vision and your passion.

Check out the other testimonials for our work and contact us with any questions!