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The Lenfest Center for the Arts – Washington & Lee University

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Beery Media recently had the pleasure of traveling to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to film a profile of The Lenfest Center for the Arts. It has been bringing world class performing arts to Lexington, VA for 25 years, and they tapped Beery Media to produce a short film that captures the magic that is Lenfest.

The Lenfest Center for the Arts, home of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies and the Department of Music and Art is a multi-use facility designed and equipped to accommodate a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including theater, musical theater, opera and operetta, choral and band music, dance and performance art in one energizing complex.

Since opening in 1991, the Lenfest Center has helped the University provide the fine arts component of an exceptional liberal arts education. Housing over 175 performances each year and hosting over 30,000 patrons, the center has become the region’s performing arts center. Countless rehearsals and an ongoing schedule of classes make the Lenfest Center a lively and dynamic educational facility.

The history of the university’s long relationship to the arts dates back to its most illustrious early donor and first namesake, George Washington. In making an important gift to the struggling school in 1796, the First President noted, “To promote literature in this rising empire, and to encourage the arts, have ever been amongst the warmest wishes of my heart. And if the donation is likely to prove a means to accomplish these ends, it will contribute to the gratification of my desires.”

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Camp Mariposa

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Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 9.23.58 AMBeery Media was asked by Maestro Productions and Indivior to travel to Annapolis, MD produce two short films for Camp Mariposa,
A Place Where Kids Transform.

Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa is offered free of charge to all families.

Children ages 9-12 attend transformational weekend camps multiple times a year. Campers participate in fun traditional camp activities combined with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.

Additional educational, social and mentoring activities are offered for campers, teens, and their families throughout the year. These activities build knowledge, coping skills, confidence and an opportunity to connect with one another. Led by mental health professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Mariposa provides a safe, fun and supportive environment critical to help break the cycle of addiction.

More on the DC/Annapolis program can be found at The National Center for Children and Families.

Enjoy these short films and consider helping out in any way you can.

-Nic

Starring Sheryl Scott and Mary Guthrie!

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ASHA once again tapped Beery Media to produce in entertaining Public Service Announcement for women. Starring the incredible actors Sheryl Scott and Mary Guthrie, Beery Media worked closely with ASHA to create a lecture style short in which Mary, as the professor, is delivering very dry information on doctors visits. Just when you think Mary is going to put you to sleep, in pops student Sheryl Scott, who happily expedites the information. The result is an important message for all women that has been seen globally by thousands. Enjoy the PSA HERE.

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Orange County taps Beery Media for Tourism Film

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Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 2.46.59 PMOrange County, North Carolina, and its towns, Chapel Hill (Home to The University of North Carolina), Historic Hillsborough, and Hip and Cool Carrboro, are the focus of the Chapel Hill Visitors Center’s latest short film. “This is Orange County, NC” takes you on an armchair journey through the county and its highlights.

Shot by Beery Media over the course of the last four years, during festivals and events, this is an inclusive and comprehensive three minute look at the county Beery Media calls home. Voiced by WCHL’s own Ron Stutts, and including beautiful photos by Donn Young. ENJOY! Visit Orange County’s official website HERE.

Watch our film…

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MY DUMB FACE Sneak Peek Screening Huge Success

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MyDumbFacePosterVarsityMarqueeOur latest film, the 24 minute mini-masterpiece, MY DUMB FACE, made its B-I-G screen debut Thursday night, March 17th at 6:45pm at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, NC.

Radio Interview with WCHL Radio on the debut screening day. Listen – My Dumb Face WCHL Interview

Written by Paul Sapp and directed by Nic Beery. Director of Photography – Martin Brown. Starring Mary Guthrie, Mark Hayes, Jeff Alguire, Susan Siplon and Eliza Farren. Original score by Gerry Diamond, with new music by Greg Hawks. Featuring a huge cast and crew that generously gave themselves, their creativity, and talents to this collaborative project.

Filmed entirely in Carrboro (at Johnny’s Gone Fishing) and Apex, be the first to see this new, North Carolina produced film. There was an excellent Q&A with the cast and filmmakers after the screening.

Watch the My Dumb Face Teaser – https://vimeo.com/143191408

Watch the Trailer – https://vimeo.com/155054552

Synopsis – It’s the crappiest night of ALY’s life. Early-30s, her life lacking direction, she’s been all but abandoned by her mother for a psychotic step-dad, the same step-dad who left her stranded at a rural roadside bar. But when death metal promoter MARCUS steps up as her unlikely savior, the ensuing road trip leads ALY to a personal crossroads: Does she take a path of emotional retreat, or dare to fight for what matters?This 24 minute mini-masterpiece will leave you thinking long after the credits roll.

***MDF has already been accepted into two festivals, The Los Angeles CineFest and The Eastern North Carolina Film Festival.*** IMG_1808 IMG_1796 1531710_10204300893282864_7999660699580669414_o1269555_10207987204269446_1031925473046034233_oIMG_0057 IMG_00461040246_10207994305166964_8348825885658612765_o

My Dumb Face Facebook Page –  https://www.facebook.com/mydumbface/?fref=tsContact nic@beerymedia.com

 

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Growing Bricks From Bacteria

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Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 3.16.54 PMBeeryMedia.com recently produced this overview of bioMASON, the thriving start-up that makes bricks out of bacteria! bioMASON Inc. was founded in 2012 by Founder and CEO, Ginger Krieg Dosier. bioMASON is a unique biotechnology start-up manufacturing company with a natural process that will revolutionize the building and construction industry. bioMASON employs natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials. Visit biomason.com

Using three HD cameras for a fast paced discussion with the companies principles, and a slider, time-lapse, and even some underwater equipment, we had a wonderful time filming and producing this profile for BioMASON and their investors. We even animated their logo to visually represent their technology.

This is the second video we have done with BioMASON and look forward to the next one, their lab and offices are so very cool.

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American Society of Civil Engineers Presidential Profile

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One of the best parts of being a production company is having the chance to meet and work with folks from all walks of life. This year we had the chance to fly to Arizona and meet Mark Woodson and his wife. Mark is an engineer that has made positive engineering changes in his hometown of Flagstaff. Working closely with ASCE once again, we created a short profile of Mark, The American Society of Civil Engineers 2016 President. Produced by Beery Media, and screened in New York City’s Times Square Marriott at their 2015 Conference. You can see the results below. Congratulations Mark!

Mark 1957Mark Woodson as a boy.

Saving our Forests

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Beery Media spent part of the summer in the Swamps of rural North Carolina producing, “Selling Out Sampson County” with The Dogwood Alliance. This is a powerful and moving short film that takes us high above, to right down into the swamps and forests of North Carolina, highlighting the potential loss of our state’s beauty.

“Communities across the Southern US are no stranger to extractive industries that threaten their health and quality of life. A new video, “Selling Out Sampson County” by Dogwood Alliance investigates the impact that the latest threat, wood pellet manufacturing, has on the rural South and inspires people around the region to organize to stop this growing threat.

It is an all too familiar story. New industries approach local governments promising jobs and assorted economic benefits; instead, they extract natural resources, damage the environment, bring just a handful of low-paying jobs, degrade the economic vitality of the area and impact public health and community well-being for decades.”

Learn More – http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/2015/08/new-video-exposes-the-impact-of-wood-pellet-industry-on-rural-nc-community/

Special thanks to Chris Medico of Land Yacht Media for drone and sound assistance on this production.

“My Dumb Face” Completes Principal Photography

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Our BIG film production for the summer, the powerful and wonderful “MY DUMB FACE” has completed it’s five days and nights of principal photography. Starring Mary Guthrie as Alyson Brown, a 30 year old genius who’s an emotional mess, “MY DUMB FACE” is a short film that packs a feature length whollop.

Filmed in and around Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Apex, NC by award winning Director of Photography Martin Brown, day and night, inside and outside, filming presented challenges and solutions. The cast and crew where stellar. Check out the photos in this post and visit our “MY DUMB FACE” page for more HERE.

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The ReCYCLEry – Changing lives one revolution at a time

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Our mini-documentary, “The ReCYCLEry – Island of Misfit Toys“, recently screened at the Arc Light Theater in Los Angeles. The story of a Do It Yourself bike shop where you can build and repair bikes for free, this doc shows how building community, friendships, and changing lives are also parts of the equation.

Now you can enjoy this four minute masterpiece online, for free, right now. We hope you enjoy it, maybe it will inspire you to check out The ReCYCLEry in Carrboro, NC, or a similar bike shop in your home town real soon.

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WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE RIGHT HERE

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