Winter Olympics 2018

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We had the distinct pleasure of helping shoot three profiles for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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In July 2017, the Tributaries crew travelled to Europe for a non-stop week of production. We were happy to help NBC in directing the photography for three shoots. Above, Why Tina Weirather is sports royalty in Liechtenstein is a piece we shot in the mountains of Liechtenstein with Tina’s beautiful, custom built Harley.

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Austria’s Matthias Mayer is a hero in his homeland.  He also brought home a gold medal in the Men’s Super-G. Our favorite part of visiting Matthias, was the homegrown, local fan club of his – the man can’t walk down a rural street without a crowd.

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Last but definitely not least, Italy. We fell in love with Bergamo, Italy. Sofia Goggia not afraid to take risks to beat Lindsey Vonn. Sofia is a driven downhill flier, she is fun to watch race!

We are honored and humbled to have the smallest involvement in the Winter Olympics 2018. We’d especially like to thank Will at NBC for all the phone call and all the help.

RC Cone named Up-and-Coming Director by SHOOT Online

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Director RC Cone finds it “humbling” that someone like Rhea Scott pays attention to him. Scott, who has a track record of building directorial careers, is at the helm of production house Little Minx. She brought Cone into the company fold, drawn to his work, most notably The Accord, a documentary-style short about surfers in Iceland who brave the North Atlantic wind—personified by Cone as a temperamental drunk—to find good waves. Their relentless battle against the elements pays off when the wind cooperates and they find the perfect waves, captured by epic drone footage shot by Cone himself.

Read the full article here.

Grand Prize at Kendal Mountain Film Festival

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Unbelievable. What an honor.

We we’re so excited to wake up this. An amazing way to start our day, week, year. Thank you Kendal Mountain Festival! What an honor.

Here’s director RC Cone’s acceptance speech.

Again, thank you for the support!

Creative Excellence Award at Banff Mountain Film Festival

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From Banff Mountain Film Festival jury member, Ciaran Flannery:

“Your protagonists are a pair of surfers. Your set pieces are the rocks, waves, and raw nature of Iceland. And your antagonist is visceral yet unseen – the unpredictable and relentless North Atlantic Wind. So what can a filmmaker do when he cannot control, much less visually capture a tempermental star? The filmmaker truly breaks new ground in creative achievement. He gets the wind drunk.”

Our heads are still spinning with The Accord winning this award! We never thought such a small, passion project type film could make it into Banff, let alone win an award. We’d like to sincerely thank the jury and staff at Banff and everyone who’s supported this film along the way. Thank you!

Official Selection Banff Mountain Film Festival

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Last time we checked in, The Accord was about to world premiere at Telluride MountainFilm.

Fast-forward through a crazy 6 months and here we are. It’s truly a dream come true – this is something we’ve wanted to say for a long time, our film is an Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Director RC Cone is headed there in a couple short weeks, so if you’re around – please say hello!

Secondly, we never thought The Accord would go this far! We’ve been lucky enough to win multiple awards for the short film, including:

  • Best Short – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
  • Best Short – Paris Surf & Skateboard Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography – Berlin Surf Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
  • Best Soundtrack – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

We are humbled, we never thought a silly, fun film like The Accord could get this kind of attention. We’d like to thank everyone for including us in their programs for 2016.

RC Cone featured on Directors Notes. 

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Development, working with sponsors and what’s next in this interview with Tributaries’ director. 

The initial idea came from your friend and surf photographer Elli Thor Magnusson’s desire to make a movie about Icelandic surfers. How did you turn his writings about surfing in Iceland into a workable script?
We did that together. During the month of production in November, there were many, many down days where the surf wasn’t happening. Over beers and plenty of coffee, we hashed out Elli’s concept of the wind as a character. What worked, what didn’t. From there, I helped bring some of Elli’s ideas about Icelandic surfers to the screen – luckily he’s an amazing still photographer, so once we were past the conceptual pieces the practical visuals came easy to us.

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The Accord on MountainFilm World Tour + More.

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This summer flew by. Wow. So many fun projects in the works. We wanted to update you with the some festival showing updates with The Accord.

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First, we couldn’t be more excited to be featured on the MountainFilm tour. There are so many showings, it’s hard to fathom. Check the schedule here!

Second, there’s a whole host of other showing happening around the world. We’re keeping those updated on The Accord’s Facebook event page. Stay tuned for more!

Some notable festivals: The Bristol Surf Film Festival (Heidar will be attending!) and the Hebrides International Film Festival. Can’t wait!