Documentary film has long been at the core of what we do at Approach Media. Our films have been shot across the world with subjects including political corruption in Indonesia, First Nations Education in Northern BC, Craftsmen and artists in the rural English countryside building world class instruments and Fishing rights on Indigenous coastal people in the most remote parts of the globe...
Check out some clips below...
In Conjunction with the Allard School of Law and the Prize for International Integrity we created a piece for IWC (Indonesia Corruption Watch) to highlight the incredibly dangerous and important work these young people are doing to help their country overcome corruption at the highest levels...
The first of a 7 part series looking into the benefits Band run schools in Canadian Indigenous communities. Released in 2013 and winner of Best Short at the Waimea Film Festival as well as a Banff Mountain Film Festival finalist.
This extraordinary journey begins with two leaders from different worlds... Venturing deep into the remote and rugged mountains of the Tahltan territory in northern British Columbia, the two leaders discover a new shared connection, one that would allow them to put their differences aside and accomplish this incredible traverse together.
From the tiny town of Horsefly, British Columbia, Jason and Pharis Romero create some of the most unique fretted instruments available today. J. Romero Custom Banjos pay homage to early old-time open-back banjos but with thoroughly modern improvements. They are unique, artistic banjos that look as stunning as they sound.
Film director Matt Miles travelled to Horsefly to interview the Romeros both about their banjos and their music career. He created this film for the Fretboard Journal magazine. The Fretboard Journal is a quarterly print magazine dedicated to the art of fretted instruments and good music-making.
We Should Build Mandolins is the story of Tom Ellis, Austin, Texas' master mandolin builder and inlay master. After successfully building some of the world's finest mandolins from 1970s to the early 1990s, Ellis quit building instruments to run a successful company (Precision Pearl Inlay) that built parts for many other guitar and mandolin manufacturers.
In this new Fretboard Journal documentary, we go behind-the-scenes at Ellis' Austin workshop and hear the unlikely story of how he got back into building again, thanks to the help of a new employee. Filmed by Matt Miles and Lindsay Marie Stewart of Approach Media exclusively for the Fretboard Journal. Every month, we unveil a new short documentary featuring the world of music, lutherie and guitars.
Michael Gurian is a living legend in the world of guitars. A product of the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s, Gurian started out making and repairing classical guitars, ouds and lutes. As his business grew, he expanded to steel string guitars and eventually created one of the first "boutique" guitar factories of the modern era. To this day, he continues to bridge the old world with the new.