We are proud to announce that Matthew Murray and Mike Abernathy won an Emmy Saturday night for their Photography work on CLOUDSTREET.
Many thanks to our amazing pilots:
Bill Hill, Kris Ciesinski, Mark Mocho (who also helped us design and build the camera mounts) and the late Glider Bob Saunders, a great pilot and a wonderful person.
Thanks to our sponsors: The Soaring Society of America, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Stemme AG. We could not have made the film without them.
Special thanks to Matt and Colleen for their beautiful, Emmy nominated score.
And sincere thanks to our families and friends and everyone else who helped make this project a reality!
It is our pleasure to announce that CLOUDSTREET has been nominated for four Emmy awards!
MUSICAL COMPOSITION/ARRANGEMENT - Matt Pavolaitis & Colleen Rourke
EDITOR - PROGRAM (NON-NEWS) - Matthew Murray
PHOTOGRAPHER - PROGRAM (NON-NEWS) - Matthew Murray & Mike Abernathy
WRITER - PROGRAM (NON-NEWS) - Matthew Murray & Mike Abernathy
Sincere thanks to everyone who helped us and encouraged us in making this project!
So, we’ve been quietly working on a new soaring movie for the giant screen - an Imax style film for science centers and museums. We’re currently calling the piece SOAR. Rick Gordon and Jen Casey are the executive producers of the piece.
Panasonic has been kind enough to let us use some of their cameras for the film including the GH-4 and the new DVX-200.
Rick and Jen are at NAB showing some of the footage and discussing the project at Panasonic’s Presentation Stage.
Many thanks to the good folks at Panasonic for their support of the project. I also want to thank Matt Pavolaitis and Kathryn Dean for the use of their song Blue Skies in our GH-4 piece and Cody Westheimer for the use of his music in our DVX-200 project. And a special thanks to Evan Barthelman who shot the DVX piece for us.
I’ll have more information about the new project in the near future.
We have some good news! CLOUDSTREET is now available on Vimeo on Demand. This is the broadcast version of the film, with the stereo mix. This version of the film does not include the extra footage found on the DVD pack and iTunes, but it should work on most devices throughout the world. It can be purchased for $9.99 or rented for $3.99.
We also have some bad news. It’s also come to our attention that the movie has been posted on YouTube. We have asked YouTube to remove the unauthorized and illegally posted film and our legal team is on the case as well.
Obviously, we want to spread the word about soaring, and want as many people as possible to see the show, but please show some respect to the filmmakers. Nobody is getting rich from this project, in fact we are currently trying to make back the money we spent making it. The cost of production of this project was not covered by donations - it was covered by us. When our intellectual property is stolen it makes it that much harder for us to make the next piece. It also hurts the SSA who helped sponsor this and would like to sell DVDs.
It's been a bit of a trick to find out when CLOUDSTREET is airing around the country. Thankfully the nice folks at the Women's Soaring Group have started keeping tabs. Below is the information they've collected for June, July and August.
Looks like this Sunday the 28th will be busy for the show. It airs five times in different regions around the country.
If anyone out there knows of other airdates please post them here or email them to me and I'll get the info out. Thanks!
A big thank you to New Mexico PBS and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science for supporting the premier of CLOUDSTREET on May 20th.
We presented the film in full screen in the Dynamax Theatre - which features a 5 story giant screen and Dolby sound. We took full advantage of both. Watching the film this way was surprisingly immersive and absolutely thrilling.
Denise Layton and Phil Umphres from the SSA attended as did Soaring Magazine editor, Eric Bick. Colleen Grace, who composed the score with her husband Matt Pavolaitis, was also on hand. Time lapse photographers Phyllis Murray and Dave Bixler joined us as did two of our pilots Mark Mocho and Bill Hill.
The KNME folks were out in full force including Franz Joachim, Joan Rebecchi, Evy Todd, Michelle Watkins, Theresa Spencer, and executive producer Michael Kamins.
Michael Kamins and KNME have been behind this project for a long time and we were thrilled that they joined us at the screening.
Again, thank you!
CLOUDSTREET is now available as a download from iTunes!
This version also includes the extra soaring footage from Wyoming, Telluride and Southern Colorado.
We're happy to announce that the CLOUDSTREET Blu-Ray/DVDs are now for sale on Amazon. We expect the film to be available on iTunes by the 27th.
We had too much good soaring video to put in a 56 minute piece so we created three stand-alone sequences focusing on the Tetons, Telluride and the Sangre de Cristos. Both the hard discs and the digital downloads have this extra footage.
We wanted to let you know that the soundtrack to the movie has been added to iTunes. And it is awesome!
From the very beginning of this project we wanted musical composition that could capture the thrill, the beauty, the challenge and the triumph, and the adventure of cross-country soaring. When I finally heard the main title I experienced a flood of emotion. Matt Pavolaitis and Colleen Grace have captured this sensation far better than I imagined possible. I still get goosebumps every time I hear it.
Matt Pav and Colleen Grace's work has been artfully re-mastered for iTunes and it sounds absolutely amazing.
Go check it out!
We are pleased to report that CloudStreet: Soaring the American West, will be released to all PBS affiliate stations starting on May 20th, 2015. And will have its premiere broadcast on New Mexico PBS May 27th at 9:00 pm.
Check with your local PBS station to find out when the program will air in your area. To find your local PBS station, go to: http://www.pbs.org/about/faq/station-finder/ then enter your state or zip code in the box at the bottom. You can email the program manager and find out when CloudStreet will air. If your station has not yet scheduled CloudStreet for broadcast, please ask them to do so!
New Mexico PBS and the producers are grateful to the Soaring Society of America, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Stemme A.G. – our three Title Sponsors - for their financial support of the program.
A Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack as well as a digital download from iTunes will be available on May 28.
We would like to take this time to thank our outstanding sponsors for believing in this program, and for the financial support that allowed the program to be made. We believe these are extraordinary organizations, with gifted, visionary leadership.
the Soaring Society of America,
the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and
Without their efforts this program would not have been possible.
Just got home from the mix at Deluxe and it was…awesome! Greg Faust, our engineer, is a total stud. Great personality. Amazing ear. An artist and a technician. He made a long day of work a complete joy and elevated the movie to a truly exciting place.
My good buddy Evan Barthelman joined me as did our composer Matt Pavolaitis. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Their opinions, insights and highly tuned ears were invaluable today. I leaned upon them heavily. And I’m glad I did. They know their stuff and they're very good at what they do.
Thanks to Betsy, Kate and Anna for their expertise and hospitality. They made us feel at home the moment we walked in the door.
"Glider Bob" has been flying for over 37 years. For 13 years and over 4,000 hours, Glider Bob was the face of Stemme to the American public. In 2007, he took Neil Armstrong up, put him in the left seat and they both had a great time. Glider Bob spends his days flying clients around Telluride, cruising and gliding at 14,000 to 15,000 feet. His gentle nature and love of flying ends up making everyone smile.
Kris Ciesinski started flying gliders in 1998. She earned her private pilot certificate in the glider, commercial and instructor ratings quickly followed and she has since added a commercial airplane rating to her repertoire. Kris has been an internationally well known dramatic operatic soprano for over 33 years, singing at the worlds great opera houses such as La Scala, Paris, London and San Francisco. Kris gives glider tours out of Driggs Idaho and has logged over 1,500 hours over the Grand Tetons.
Bill Hill is an accomplished cross-country glider pilot. He has been a glider instructor since 1963 and motorized aircraft since 1966. Bill retired from Air Traffic Control as an Assistant Air Traffic Manager in 1993 and has been employed as a commercial pilot ever since. He has flown for Sky West, Seven Bar Flying Service, Rio Grande Air, Westward Airways and Cutter Aviation. Bill was instrumental in helping Mike Abernathy become a glider pilot. He too has worked with Mike to develop glider formation flying.
Mark Mocho has been flying gliders for many years and has trained with Mike Abernathy over the past 10 years to become excellent at flying in formation. Mark owns and operates MM Fabrication in Moriarty, New Mexico. The company produces custom trailers, wing wheels and other equipment for gliders and other aircraft. Mark helped design and manufactured the camera mounts for the CloudStreet aerial photography.
We had a great week in Telluride. Many thanks to Glider Bob for all his help. Glider Bob is an amazing pilot and made our air-to-air work easy.
It’s official, we’ve wrapped production. The edit is underway. Will keep you posted along the way.