More Than Just Bread

Posted on Jul 19, 2012

 

Muklis Ismail was fortunate to have survived the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra. He took his small family business from near ruin to a bakery who’s product is distributed hundreds of kilometers from his village. He and his bakery are a testimony to the resilient and courageous spirit of the Acehnese people in the wake of the tsunami.

Nusa Indah Bakery strives to produce a product that not only makes a profit, but also helps others. Whether that’s employing dozens of local people at fair wages or making bread that is free of many harmful preservatives, they work with integrity at every step of the process.

This is another collaboration with photographer Matt Brandon. This was his interview and helped in the post production. We shot a number of videos in Sumatra this past spring. You can find the previous video here.

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The Krupuk Lady

Posted on May 10, 2012

 

 

This is one of a few stories we heard in Sumatra on a recent trip.

Bungsu is a sweet lady that lives in the village of Desa Nusa, Aceh. Desa Nusa was mostly destroyed in the 2004 tsunami, though because of an early warning, most of the villagers lives were spared, including Bungsu and her family.

After the tsunami, she continued on making krupuk as she had for over 10 years prior. Krupuk is a generic term for fried treats (think Funions) and hers are essentially made of tempeh.

We had some lines retranslated which ended up making for a slightly more depressing ending. This video had originally ended “I like this work. When I sell the krupuk at the market and have enough to start all over again.” After a friend who speaks Indonesian and English watched this he wasn’t so sure. It turns out, sometimes she doesn’t make enough and buys more ingredients at a loss, not a profit. The laugh you hear at the end is actually a very natural reaction to being uncomfortable in Indonesia. We decided to leave the video as is and just change the subtitles. The dissonance is there, but I think it captures her situation well.

Bungsu was gracious enough to allow us in her home and watch her work. She fed us well too with her krupuk and rose water. A very special thanks to her and to the village of Desa Nusa for hosting us.

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The Mamas of Chowrasta

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

This is a multimedia essay by Matt Brandon and myself. We first approached this essay thinking we wanted to help preserve 2 dying trades among the Mamas in Penang, butchering and fish mongering. Through the process of making this we found out that, while we may have felt sad that these trades are dying out, this current generation is content to be the last. Their children are the first generation to become professionals among them.

Check out more of Matt’s work here:
thedigitaltrekker.com

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Provision Coffee Source Trip – Guatemala

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

This is a short video about Provision Coffee, who they are, and what they stand for.
Best coffee in Phoenix for sure. Check them out online:

provisioncoffee.com

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What is it?

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

I came across this today in Penang, Malaysia. The smoke just about ruined my eyes. I knew what it was going into it, but had no idea this is how they made this type.

This coffee is made from expired beans from around SE Asia and Australia. The bad beans (roasted) are brought to Penang and then mixed in a vat with margarine and sugar. There may or may not be other secret ingredients as well. The mixture reaches the point of soupy-sludge and begins smoking like an oil fire. The coffee is poured out and immediately spread out to cool with large fans. As it cools, it hardens, much like peanut brittle. In fact, the whole process is nearly identical to that of peanut brittle.

We weren’t there long, maybe 10 minutes before we were asked to leave. I’d love to get back and do a full-process piece.

I realised as I was rendering that the can I show at the end is not of their coffee, but their tea (and that is an even better story!)

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Provision Promo 2011

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

This is a quick promo I did for a good friend of mine, Lawrence Jarvey.  He and a couple other guys started up a non-profit specialty coffee roasting company called Provision Coffee.  Seriously some of the best coffee you can find in the Phoenix area.  Beyond being great coffee though, these guys have a heart to help the communities that grow the coffee they roast.  It’s a cool idea that is taking off.  Check out their website for more information.

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OFM Project

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

This is a project idea that we came up with along with Matt Brandon.  The videos are ours and the stills are his.

This just sort of puts a name or a face to what we already are doing.  We aren’t sure if this is going to coalesce officially, but the spirit of this concept is really a big part of what drives our work now and into the future.

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Nizamuddin Dargah

Posted on May 4, 2012

A brief look into one of Delhi’s most interesting places, Nizamuddin Dargha.

This mausoleum was erected for one of the world’s most famous Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya. Situated in the Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, the dargah is visited by thousands of Muslims every week, and sees a fair share of Hindus, Christians and people from other religions. The tombs of Amir Khusro and Jehan Ara Begum are also located within the Nizamuddin Dargah complex, and Inayat Khan’s tomb is just around the corner.

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The Penesak Jeweler

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

This is Haji Faruk, a jeweler in the Penesak region of Sumatra, Indonesia. Photography by Matt Brandon (thedigitaltrekker.com).

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The Lintang Coffee Man

Posted on May 4, 2012

 

 

A brief look at Arifin, a man who works as a coffee miller in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photography by Matt Brandon (thedigitaltrekker.com).

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