GENERALI’s The Human Safety Net promotes equal life chances for disadvantaged children. We filmed one of its beneficiaries, Rosalina, who lives in the ZEN neighborhood of Palermo, Sicily. Although it has been coined “the roughest neighborhood in Italy,” what we captured was a story of tenderness.
Agency: Purpose | Directors/Producers: Nora Mandray & Jason Kohl | DP: Daniel Obradovic | Sound: Mirko Cangiamila | Fixer/Translator: Eugenio De Rosa | Editor: Julian Neville | Music: Perera Elsewhere | Sound Mixing: Moritz Staub | Grading: Bernie Grenier/Straik
Through a mix of vérité, reenactments and VHS archives, we track a woman's intimate quest to recover from incest.
In post-production. 90mn. A Refinery29 production.
Writers/Producers/Reenactment Directors: Nora Mandray & Jason Kohl
The International Committee of the Red Cross is present in 80 countries, with over 11,000 employees. Its healing mission is especially crucial in zones of conflict, such as Kabul, Afghanistan. This is where we filmed doctor Alberto Cairo, a Nobel Peace Prize Finalist, to support the NGO’s fundraising efforts.
45 sec online & TV spot | Directors: Nora Mandray & Jason Kohl | DP: Jakob Stark | Editor: Julian Neville | Music: Perera Elsewhere | Sound Mix: Sonnenstudio | Grading: Bernie Grenier/Straik.
Directors/Producers: Nora Mandray & Jason Kohl
EP: Sophie Robinson (NETFLIX’s My Beautiful Broken Brain)
Unruly. Naughty. Rambunctious. Lovable. Eli is just what you expect a puppy to be. Except he's being raised with a bigger purpose: better someone's life by becoming a seeing eye dog... all this, from within the broken American prison system.
Supported by: SCAM Brouillon d’un Rêve, The Puffin Foundation, The Eastman Foundation, San Francisco Film Society’s Fiscal Sponsorship and Development Program.
*Rough cut sample available upon request.
86mn. Festivals: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Newport Beach. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Shortlisted for Venice Critics Week. Acquired by Gravitas Ventures for a Spring 2019 release.
Directed by Jason Kohl
A sharp-witted true crime drama, New Money follows Debbie Tisdale, a struggling pet store worker who kidnaps her estranged father after he cuts her out of his will.
Starring Louisa Krause (Starz's The Girlfriend Experience) and Emmy and Gotham Nominee Robin Weigert.
Will be released everywhere this April by Gravitas Ventures.
22mn. Documentary. World Premiere Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.
EP’d by Laura Poitras & Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision.
Director: Nora Mandray
Dancing With Le Pen traces the rise of the French far-right party “National Front” over the past 30 years. Using a mix of archival footage and vérité shot over the 2017 presidential election, this is a punchy short packed with ironical humor and bouncy tunes.
Other festivals/releases: Dokufest 2018. Watch the film in French on Les Inrockuptibles.
15mn. World Premiere: SXSW 2013
Warning: Contains graphic violence.
A pig farmer tests his unemployed son's resolve to join the family business.
Festivals/Awards: SXSW, Locarno, BFI London, Student Academy Award Finalist, Ann Arbor, Mill Valley, Cleveland, Cucalorus, Best Student Short/East Lansing Film Festival. Newport Beach, Mitten Movie Screenings.
“Able to pack more of an emotional punch in just 15 minutes than many studio feature films.” — Katie Walsh, Indiewire's The Playlist
“A profound viewing experience that is nothing short of immersive.” — Alex Blanchette, Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, Spring 2016
8mn. Documentary. 2014 Festivals: Los Angeles, Maryland, Traverse City, Best Short / East Lansing. Acquired by AMEX for TV Distribution.
Directed/Edited by Jason B. Kohl
Produced/Cinematography by Nora Mandray
A Native American fishing couple negotiate the warming waters beneath them.
“...brings a gently wrenching resonance to Cindi and Ed’s reflections on the uncertain future of their culture, lifestyle and business.”
— Aeon Video
“It’s great, I had no idea water rights could be so fraught.”
— The Atlantic
Winner of the FIPA D’or
Mako spent a week with electronic musician Daedalus for ARTE.
World Premiere: Berlinale 2014. Best Short Doc 2014 at Innsbruck Nature Film Festival, Best Short Doc 2015 UK Green Film Festival
12mn. Director/Producer: Nora Mandray
Facing a brutal Detroit winter, Donnie, a willful urban farmer, sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse.
Festivals: Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Camden International, Traverse City, Odense, Films de Femmes Créteil, Contis, Dallas International, Martha's Vineyard, Turin Cinemambiente, Milwaukee, Flagstaff Mountain, Devour!, Green Film Festival Seoul, UK Green Film Festival, Värmsland, Festival de la Jarry, Effet de CER, La Novela, Freep Film Festival...
Cinematography: Eric Baldetti | Editing: Nora Mandray & Jason B. Kohl | Sound: Brandon Jones | Addtl Camera: Nora Mandray & Jason B. Kohl | Associate Producer: Jason B. Kohl & Hélène Bienvenu | Assistants: Shelbie L. Dodt, Kendall Waterman, Emily Biegas
9mn. Documentary. World Premiere: BFI Flare 2015.
Directed & Produced by Nora Mandray
Fender Bender, a female/trans/queer bike workshop collective puts together the first bike-sharing program in Detroit. One bike at a time, they build a community.
Festivals: Frameline, Reeling Chicago, Capital City, Brussels Pink Screens, SQIFF, Tel Aviv LGBT, Rochester Bike Festival, Wee Green Cinema, UK Green Film Fest, La Novela ...
Selected as part of the British Council 5Films4Freedom Initiative as well as by Future Shorts for PEN International.
DP: Eric Baldetti | Editing: Nora Mandray & Jason B. Kohl | Sound: Brandon Jones
9mn. Documentary. World Premiere: Los Angeles Film Fest 2015.
In a heavily polluted detroit neighborhood, community advocate Theresa sets out to build a MESH network to fight the expansion of the nearby factory.
Directed by Nora Mandray
Festivals: La Novela, Capital City Film Festival.
Cinematography: Eric Baldetti | Editing: Nora Mandray & Jason B. Kohl | Sound: Brandon Jones | Addtl Camera: Nora Mandray
In 2017, MAKO spent 2 days with Tomás Saraceno at his studio in East Berlin for SFMOMA.
In 2018, we filmed contemporary video artist Ed Atkins at his studio in Berlin Schöneberg, for the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.
Mako shot a spot for Etsy featuring its many international creators.
In production. Hybrid documentary.
Supported by the CNC (French Film Institute) and the Aquitaine Film Board (Regional Film Fund).
A story about the unlikely aftermath of one of America’s most iconic mass shootings.
Mako filmed Ismail Centikaya for MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow show.
MAKO interviewed Jacob Applebaum for MSNBC.
Mako spent some time at Juwi’s wind power facility for Intralinks.
MAKO spent some time with the iconic Hamburg graffiti artist OZ, shortly before his tragic death.
Mako spent some time with some very hunky swedish surfers.
Mako spent some time on the back of a soviet tank.
Mako spent some time with some Neo Nazi hipsters.
Mako spent time with convicted terrorists for the Ronan Farrow show.
Mako spent some time with a Syrian refugee basketball team in Düsseldorf, and got to meet the Syrian Michael Jordan.
Mako spent some time with a boxer who also loves his kitty.
Mako spent some time with a zoophile.
Mako spent some time at Berlin’s Hipster Cup for Vocativ.