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Beat Feet Documentary Premiere – Spokane, Wash.

Beat Feet Documentary Premiere – Spokane, Wash.

As many of you know, our company decided to begin following Scotty Smiley on his journey to becoming an Ironman last March. But what some of you didn’t know is that last week we premiered our first documentary, Beat Feet: Scotty Smiley’s Blind Journey to the Ironman, to a packed house at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington.  We had 550 people join us for the first private screening of the film.  The most popular question of the night was “When can we see it again?” The answer to that depends on where you live. However, our goal is to have it available to people all over the world as soon as possible.

The evening featured appetizers by Black Tie Catering, craft beers by River City Brewing, photos by our own Patrick and Jacob, and impeccable hosting by the Bing Theater staff.

Showing several months of intense work is a bag of mixed feelings.  Proud, nervous, excited, anticipation, crazy, whirlwind, fulfilling, and relief are all words that describe how the SkEye team felt before, during, and after that evening.

This documentary has found a home in our hearts and the hearts of many who have had the opportunity to see it.  You can’t help but feel inspired by Scotty and Andy’s accomplishment and the unwavering support of their friends and family.  Finding the strength to “beat feet” and to go the extra mile is a challenge that has energized us, individually and as a team.  It is evidenced in the long hours spent organizing footage, meticulously melding sound to shots and antagonizing over crafting Scotty’s story into something that resonates with many.  

Beat Feet is a not-for-profit project.  Rather, it was the fulfillment of a dream and the start of what we hope to be a long-standing tradition of telling stories that inspire and speak to the soul.  The evening of the premiere, we raised over $6,000 alone.  We are still accepting donations that will fund the post-production and additional screenings of the documentary.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Beat Feet Foundation, the sponsor of this project.  Online donations are possible through the crowd-funding platform, Generosity.  We also check our mailbox regularly and love finding checks!

SkEye Finds Kirsten in Honduras

SkEye Finds Kirsten in Honduras

Kirsten is our most recent addition.  She comes to us from Carroll College with degrees in Communications and Public Relations.  She would have joined our team earlier, but she was busy traveling the world.  She recently returned from a year-long volunteer opportunity in Honduras and is now relatively fluent in Spanish.  She brings to the table a much needed organizational passion that is already proved to be extremely valuable.

Originally from Idaho, Kirsten also calls Montana home.  Her favorite places to explore are Paradise Valley, Helena, and hometown breweries, and the Portland metro area.  She loves pretending to be “outdoors-y” by hiking with friends, window shopping through small town downtowns, cooking and baking, reading, and medium-length car rides.  

Before entering the film industry, Kirsten’s background lay in hospitality and experiential marketing.  She is passionate about helping others realize their full potential and the joys that come from travel and doing things outside their comfort zones.  After one or two film and media classes in college, she never dreamed she would come to join the industry.

Kirsten has always wanted a career in which her abilities and passions meet a need.  While living in a third-world country, she realized that she would never be comfortable returning to the States only to have some average job that she might feel indifferent towards.  Rather, Kirsten knew she wanted to be in an energizing and challenging role that would allow her desire to help others in a positive environment to flourish.

Margaret the Rockstar Joins the Team

Margaret the Rockstar Joins the Team

Margaret Anderson is a creative mastermind who graduated from Chapman University last year with a Master in Fine Arts in film production with an emphasis in directing.  She provides a huge boost in production value on all of our projects by helping us put our clients’ story into compelling visual experiences.  In fact, she has already made a huge impact on our biggest project yet, Beat Feet: Scotty Smiley’s Blind Journey to the Ironman.

Margaret grew up in Oregon where her love of stories brought her to OSU where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English.  After landing a job at a radio and television station, Margaret was able to combine her love of stories with media.

Using skills in writing, editing and collaboration, Margaret completed an independent feature film which was the impetus for her journey to Chapman University to study directing.  She was accepted to Chapman as an editor and spent her first year not only developing her skills as an editor, but learning to love the whole process of filmmaking, including directing.  The next year, she was accepted into the directing program and since has had the opportunity to make a variety of short films, write a feature script, direct a television pilot and even direct a film in Burkina Faso, Africa.  In 2014, Margaret was accepted into the Halsell Scholarship program where she spent the year under the mentorship of Women in Film President and Oscar-winner Cathy Schulman.

Margaret’s awards and accolades include the Meredith McCrae award for outstanding direction in film by the Women in Film Society and the Directors’ Guild Student Film Award for Women and Minorities, first place.  Her thesis film premiered in the Portland Film Festival in 2015.

Margaret enjoys Humphrey Bogart flicks, obscure board games, and flannel.

Why Oregon is Pretty Awesome…

Why Oregon is Pretty Awesome…

We had a blast using the beautiful outdoors and big city perks of Oregon for our new video. This is edited down from a different promotional video we did for the National Association of Student Councils. But the footage was just too good to pass up on. We created a fun promo for the great state of Oregon. Included are shots from Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, the local Farmer’s Market in Beaverton, Multnomah Falls, the Dragon Races at the Rose Festival, Forest Park and Pittock Mansion in Portland, and many more sites! Special thanks go to our crew for traveling all over Oregon to get these sweet shots. Watch the video and let us know what YOU THINK, because WE THINK there is no way that you can resist the temptation to come check us out here in Oregon!

 

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Documentary Campaign Update

Documentary Campaign Update

We have started a new Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for our documentary on Scotty Smiley, the blind military veteran who is competing in the Coeur d’Alene Ironman. The new Kickstarter is to fund the filming of the documentary, including traveling to the race, acquiring necessary special equipment, and hiring additional hands for the day of the competition. We still need an additional $5,000 to make this happen! Watch our short summary video below to get the update on all of the details.

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Green Bay Packers Lights in Hillsboro

Green Bay Packers Lights in Hillsboro

Lambeau Field has made it all the way to Hillsboro, OR. Michael Mellott has taken his passion for Green Bay Packers football to a whole level with a Christmas Lights display on his front lawn. From Lambeau Field in lights, to Cheese Heads in the Tree, and the retired numbers of former Packers’ greats, this video will have you wishing that you dedicated your Christmas lights display to your favorite sports team.