30 12, 2010

Gratis 7 reviews equipment in “RISING FROM ASHES”

December 30th, 2010|

Sometimes your product sells itself. Sometimes people like to help, go beyond the expected and act from grace. That's the way Gratis 7 Media group is. If you haven't heard of them, I highly recommend you go educate yourself. Their latest film, RISING FROM ASHES, documents the struggles of creating a Rwandan national cycling team and the life of the local peoples--in a place which many's freshest memories are of the genocide in 1994, between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. (For a refresher on the conflict , "Origins of Tutsi and Hutu" ...What's more, they even reviewed the ikan [...]

27 12, 2010

HDSLR Revolution Film Contest Winners!

December 27th, 2010|

Congrats to all our winners, and a huge thanks to our celebrity judges and to every group that participated. We had a great turn out this year thanks to all of you! 1st Place: I (K) Can Be A Part Of The Revolution by Pablo F. Garvia 2nd Place: Pandora's Legacy by James Tang 3rd Place: Lumiere Revolution by Lessa Millet We will be in touch with the winners of the competition in the coming week, so be sure to check your emails! Thanks to all other groups who participated–we couldn’t have this competition [...]

20 12, 2010

(Part 3/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 20th, 2010|

  The "Rising from Ashes" team's massive entourage of gear. (Part I, Part II) Part III of the series "RISING FROM ASHES: A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY" Last week on the ikan Blog, we began our interview with documentary filmmaker/Director, TC Johnstone, regarding his latest feature entitled: “Rising to Ashes”--a powerful, well-shot, beautiful, full-of-hope documentary which captures the struggle of Rwanda’s only competitive cycling team, as they grow from grassroots bicyclists to national heroes, determined to raise high and represent their culture for the world to share. Let's continue: IK: How did you develop (or find, even) a team of filmmakers [...]

13 12, 2010

(Part 2/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 13th, 2010|

This is Part II of III in our series "Rising from Ashes: A Feature Documentary." Read Part I HERE for a recap of last week. I've reposted the trailer of RISING FROM ASHES here for your convenience. Also included are some excellent photos TC has sent us from the shoot. It all began when TC Johnstone and his group, Gratis 7 Media, stopped in a few days  before their final visit to Rwanda. During that time, I had the chance to learn more about their collective effort and the project they were hungry to complete: "Rising From Ashes." Since, I've had the luck [...]

7 12, 2010

Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary Part 1/3

December 7th, 2010|

Documentaries are capable of bringing masses of people an intimate connection to some one person or event or place. They are an integral tool for us as filmmakers—they give voice to culture outside ourselves, as audience members, sharing this world. And they can be compelling. Gratis 7, as per their website, believe “out of our relationships…great ideas are developed and produced” and rightly so, with the inception of their newest film, “Rising from Ashes,” a story of Rwandan Cyclists fighting all odds to speak the voice of their country--and country’s own struggle to rebuild their image after years of genocide. [...]

8 11, 2010

Tip of the Week: Introducing the Recoil XT

November 8th, 2010|

ikan's Tip of the Week: Rails and Mounts for your RECOIL and other shoulder mounts