The Rickshaw Run: 14 Days and 3500 km Across India

From extensive travels and shooting throughout Europe, infertility Turkey, visit this site South America, and around the entire US, there have been a lot of unexpected adventures over the past few years. This next one might be the craziest one yet. How else would you describe a 14-day, 3500 km adventure across India in a 7-horsepower rickshaw? To be clear, this is not some chauffeured scenic tour across the country; my race partner, Kien Lam of Where and Wander, and I will be doing ALL the planning, routing, and driving.

So on January 1st, 2016, following 2 days of test driving and pimping out our very own 3-wheeled rickshaw, we’ll high-five a few other teams, kickstart the engine in Cochin and tuk-tuk our way towards Jaisalmer in the North.

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UNSCRIPTED ADVENTURE

As unusual as that might sound in today’s curated and comfort-centric world, we are looking for an off-the-cuff experience that can’t be packaged or guaranteed – where things can go horribly wrong or incredibly right all in the same day. We want to see all the places in between the places that most people visit; we want to meet people who don’t regularly interact with foreigners; and we want to NOT know ahead of times what going to happen. With the RICKSHAW RUN, there will be a lot of new questions: Will we run out of gas in the middle of nowhere? Will we hit a cow? Will a cow somehow hit us? Chances are we won’t know where we’ll be sleeping each night or even where we will end up, but we’ll try to keep our wits about us and film the entire journey. When we use the hashtag #neverstopexploring, we want to be sure we’re living up to it.

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FILMING THE MADNESS

Both Kien and I are filmmakers by trade and we can’t think of a better chance to combine our love for storytelling with an adventure of this magnitude. Our experiences in documentary filmmaking will be tested as we turn the cameras on ourselves – and each other – to capture the story from a raw and unadulterated angle.

About The Team Rickshaw Run

Kien’s Project. Kien plans to create 3-4 short films, each exploring a different theme of the adventure. Because of the unscripted nature of the trip, the project can only be truly storyboarded after the trip, which means that anything is possible.

Keith’s Project. Keith plans to make a cinematic documentary that explores the people we meet along the way to hopefully paint a more intimate and raw portrait of India than many people will have been exposed to. The experiences we have will mold the outline for the film as we make our journey.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We are using the great exposure opportunity this adventure provides to raise awareness and money for two amazing charities:

CoolEarth is a unique charity that focuses on deforestation around the world, using 90% of their funds on local projects in communities that are directly affected by deforestation.

Why We Care? We’ve been privileged enough to explore some of the most pristine and remote rainforests in the world. These rainforests create 20% of the world’s oxygen and are responsible for 20% of the world’s fresh water distribution. Saving the rainforests now is as much of something we owe to humanity as it is a gift to future generations.

The Malala Fund is an organization started by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, with the goal of enabling girls in developing countries to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so they can live to their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.

Why We Care? In our travels, we’ve seen first-hand some of the inequalities and obstacles women and girls face in their daily lives. As two males living in a first world country, we can’t truly understand how they feel, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do something to help.

NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL OR TOO BIG

Donate $1, $5 or $1379. Anything will be appreciated. We are starting with a goal of $1500 for each charity and your money will go directly to the charity that you choose. Follow the links below to help make a difference.

Donate to CoolEarth

Donate to The Malala Fund

We are also looking for brand sponsorship, so if you know of anyone or a company that would be interested in supporting our adventure and promoting their brand, please contact us.

We look forward to sharing more updates about this immense project with you as the next steps unfold.

– Keith and Kien

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Communal Music: Around the U.S. In Three Weeks

I’ve directed four music videos for them, physiotherapist but this time, this The Family Crest (or front man Liam McCormick to be more exact) was the subject of and episode of my documentary series of artists around the world, rx The Dying Art.

You see, Liam writes and arranges music of epic proportions. So much so that the last Family Crest album, Beneath the Brine, credited something like 200 singers and musicians. For the next record, it’s going to be FIVE TIMES THAT.

Bassist / co-conspirator / engineer of the band John Seeterlin, Liam and I hit the road around the entire U.S. (stopping in 14 cities along the way) to record musicians of all background to lay the foundation for the new set of sons. We’re talking Juilliard grads and some of the best sax soloists in New York city to self-taught college players who just wanted to be part of something great. Regardless of skill level and background, Liam is able to communicate in any player’s language and, on a few occasions, even wrote a new part for a song on the spot based on feedback he received.

The days were long and the nights were longer, recording and/or driving for an average of nearly 14 hours every day, but the trip was unforgettable. Highlights: singing with a barbershop quartet in Phoenix and picking up my very own Pentax 6×7 medium format film camera off the highway in New Jersey. Here are a few shots from the first rolls of the camera:

 

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Patagonia – 60 Miles of Leg-Wrecking Adventure

 

In another shoot for my documentary series about unique artists around the world, thumb The Dying Art, web I blindly followed James Appleton, an extreme landscape photographer of legendary proportions, into the wilderness of South America.

Eight flights and two busses over 64 hours of round-trip travel was nothing compared to the 60+ miles we covered of some of the most difficult terrain I’ve ever experienced. It doesn’t help that James is one of the top-seeded endurance runners in England. He routinely subjects himself to fatigue and even hypothermia, so keeping up with film equipment was certainly a challenge.

Take a look at this mini “supercut” of the types of breathtaking places we went:

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Two Weeks of England: Tough Guy and Matt Nolan

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Another year, buy viagra another visit to the “Madman of the Midlands” for his annual winter Tough Guy event. RISE OF THE SUFFERFESTS is in it’s final year of production with the Executive Producer guidance of Echo Entertainment, food and I won’t lie… I am going to miss coming to this place. It’s a war zone nestled in an otherwise unbelievably peaceful place.

 

After a whirlwind shoot in the midlands, I headed to Bath and then Manchester for part of my own documentary series called The Dying Art, spending four amazing days with Matt Nolan of Matt Nolan Custom. Matt is a cymbal smith, a gong maker, and a craftsman of other resonant metals such as triangles, tubular bells, bell plates, etc. He has created instruments for Bjork, the BBC Orchestra, and countless experimental, jazz and rock drummers and percussionists around the world. He’s actually one of a small handful in the entire world that does what he does. I can’t say too much yet, but I mean… the guy works underneath a railroad bridge:

 


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On the way to the U.K. – Things to look forward to in 2015

I’ve found myself in the developmental end on various projects. ‘Keith Lancaster – Cinematographer / Editor’ is becoming ‘Keith Lancaster – Producer / Director / Cinematographer’ more quickly than I ever really planned for or thought about. This is the reason for nearly no updates last year.

As I wait to head to the airport for two weeks in England for two separate documentary projects, impotent I figured I’d take some time to make a list of 2015 milestones to look forward to:

  • TWO new music videos already shot and edited this month, clinic ready to release.
  • Completion of the Paris feature film as Producer, viagra Co-Director, Editor, DP. It was an ambitious project and I’m glad there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
  • The beginning of my personal project, a unique artist profile documentary series, tentatively titled ‘The Dying Art.’ Sizzle reels are being cut, episodes are being shot, it’s happening.
  • Completion of feature doc ‘Rise of the Sufferfests’ as Producer and DP. This is a hell of a fun project to be involved in and I can’t wait to see it finished.
  • The completion (finally!) of The Ghetto, a film I started shooting years ago with Ice-T, Scarface, Tyrin Turner, and tons of other African American icons. It’ll be great to have closure on such a hopeful project.

Other projects are always in the works, but these are the ones that are all but set in stone. I hope I can look back at the end of this year and see all of them checked off the list.

More soon!

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NPR Feature: The World

This morning, pilule NPR’s Bob Boilen featured my newest music video for The Family Crest on his ‘All Songs Considered’ NPR Music website along with a nice writeup. With 4, info 000 views in the first half-day, what is ed this one should reach pretty far!

It’s always rewarding to work with bands that I love, and I look forward to developing more videos with TFC in the future along with a couple new surprise projects with two of my favorite bands in the works! More to come!

http://www.npr.org/event/music/325188050/the-family-crest-the-world

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A New Year, A New Reel.

I’ve finally gotten motivated to track down as much footage from 2013 projects as possible and am pleased to announce a new cinematography reel. A massive thank you to Mr. Jarrod Taylor for providing me with some instrumentals to work with from Stomacher’s album ‘Clara.’ Take a listen to the actual record at the link below, glaucoma as it was my favorite record of 2012 when it came out. Thanks for watching!

 

Clara by Stomacher: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clara/id538522504

 

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How Is 2013 Already Over!!??

2013 – Another year has gone by rather quickly, dysentery the fastest one yet actually. With a few insanely busy and exhausting years preceding this one, impotent I set out to make 2013 a year of recovery and slow growth. While my initial feeling is that I didn’t do very much and spent far too many days / weeks trotting around the country / globe and having fun, I took today – the last day of the year – to seriously look at what happened over the last 12 months and it turns out my feelings aren’t as accurate as they seemed:

 

-Wrapped up the first half of shooting ‘The Ghetto’ with Ice T.

-Pulled the trigger on producing, co-directing and DPing my own indie feature in Paris, France, where I spent a total of two months over two trips this year as a result.

-Became acquainted with childhood hero Bill Nye by shooting a documentary about his continued effort to change the world.

-Through Bill, became associated with the Planetary Society where I can now use my independent production skills to help the largest non-governmental space organization in the world get their message out. The missing link in life is always to be so passionate about something that you would do it regardless of compensation, and I found it.

-Helped lay the ground work and start shooting a documentary about the Obstacle Course Racing phenomenon… a project which single handedly got me to quit smoking and start running for the first time in my life.

-Shot a large handful of music videos for my great friends, The Family Crest, if for the only reason of helping them get their music out. They deserve far more great things than they are getting.

-Filmed an indie TV pilot for a new set of friends who were lucky enough to receive funding.

 

And those are just the highlights… on a non-professional level, I reconnected with friends from all over the world throughout my travels, made TONS of new ones in the craziest of places and got involved with various art and theater projects just for the sake of doing things good for the soul that have nothing to do with filmmaking. From Bill Nye, I got my first ever road bike and started riding, I set off on the road to becoming a better drummer, spent lots of time and money supporting all of my musician and artist friends both in the US and in France, oh and I watched something like 14 of the Studio Ghibli movies which, along with Carl Sagan, I attribute my view of how magical and special our world is and how awesome it is just to be alive and living in ‘the future’ as I call it.

 

Ultimately, the time I’ve spent with my brother, Clay, and my Paris co-director, Kevin, and all of the new friends I’ve made from my movie in France, the kind folks from The Commune Presents in Los Angeles, Rise of the Sufferfests up in the SF area, the Bill Nye documentary, and my current and old friends I’ve managed to stay in touch with has made this year an unbelievable success. I regret not a minute of it.

 

So, what about 2014? I’ll just give some bullet points for what the year has in store (that I know of).

-In January, my pending Fulbright grant application could set my life on a crazy course to shoot a global documentary series entirely produced and executed by myself and whatever lucky person I can convince to help me.

-The Paris film will be completed and the festival circuit will begin.

-Rise of the Sufferfests will be completed after much traveling around the US and England starting in January. It will be a whirlwind of creation… hell, it already is.

-If the Fulbright doesn’t happen, then I launch the first couple ‘Dying Art’ episodes as a self-funded enterprise.

-Lots more art projects both in and out of film, and possibly some music ones if I can get my chops up!

-HOPEFULLY see a rocket launch with the Planetary Society? Just putting it out there :)

 

Thanks for reading this far if you managed to get through it. I hope you all can reflect fondly on your use of time in 2013 and especially hope that you make 2014 a year of following your heart and doing the best you can.

Love,

Keith

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Paris Film Round 2!

This is a longer post. There are pictures down below, pharm so there’s a reward in getting through it. Unless you cheat and just scroll down without reading anything… I suppose I can’t stop you from doing that.

When Kevin Clark and I decided in January to try to make a feature film in one month, rx we decided it would be an exercise in having fun and completing something without a lot of hassle. When the film ended up practically executing itself with all the ingredients falling into place, we realized we actually had something decent on our hands. The resulting rough cut made us realize that, with another trip, we could alter the ending to better suit the film and insert a secondary storyline to help develop the main character a bit. It seemed totally worth it, considering the entire production budget was lower than we could have ever hoped for during the first month of production. This blog post wouldn’t exist had we not actually bought a couple more plane tickets and started PARIS FILM (still no title…): ROUND 2!

I went out a week before Kevin for a few reasons: Among them were shooting a promotional video for my friend Jonathan’s painting and sculpture opening up in Normandie (link to that little video here), setting up casting for our new secondary storyline supporting actress, and just needing a break from LA life for a bit. The art opening provided the slap in the face needed to get back into France mode and interacting with French people. It’s not all that different from dealing with American people, but I still find it to be a bit more personal… in a good way. By the time I boarded a train home, only 48 hours after arriving in Paris to begin with, to the studio / production base in Gentilly, I was ready to get started on casting. We needed an older woman to play a free-spirity type and act as some kind of weird mentor for the main character in about five scenes. Every audition I had set up from the states turned out to be better than I expected, so it was not an easy decision. Especially when, by myself, I tend to make the auditions last an hour just in the coffee / tea-sipping conversation about the story behind our film, the lives of each actress, and my life and aspirations with the Fulbright in France.

Leaving each audition feeling like I have a new best friend makes it a lot harder to choose one candidate, but we did and it was Françoise Rigal (see her wikipedia page here, if you can read French) who got the part. She attended the same school, Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (arguably the most prestigious drama school in France), as our lead actress, Barbara Probst. She had a super young spirit and was completely into joining our crazy production. I’m always worried about people’s willingness to put up with odd shooting hours, an occasionally run-and-gun style of production, and our tendency to be completely personal (which some see as “unprofessional”) on set, but Françoise made me feel at ease when our meeting to look over her wardrobe turned into her picking up Kevin, Clay, and me to make us dinner and drink wine for a few hours at her house… which became one of our new shooting locations. Gotta love how this stuff all works out.

Kevin arrived the day before production started, so he had to get over jetlag in less than 24 hours to begin shooting. My brother, Clay, reprised his role as sound man / 2nd AC for the shoot, but arrived the day AFTER production began. This means that, for the first day and a half of shooting, I was directing, DPing, and running sound with no assistance. It was less than ideal and there are pictures to prove it, I’m sure. Clay’s arrival brought great relief. We spent a lot of our time exhausted, and just when we thought we had a morning to rest between shooting the new ending and shooting the secondary story, we discovered Kevin had brought a quad copter with him……

The quad copter was a blast… we spent an afternoon in a big park where we couldn’t break anything or injure anyone to see who could grasp operating it the fastest. I won, I guess, because I was nominated as the one who would be flying this thing around the city, just feet away from 600-year-old churches, without damaging anything or getting in trouble. Our first “day off” involved waking up before the sun to get some arial shots of the city as the sun rose. We went out two mornings in a row to see what kind of footage we could get. If anyone ever wondered how high one of those things can get, the answer is AT LEAST to the second floor of the eiffel tower. I was rather shocked… and equally shocked when the copter survived a turbulent crash from roughly that height.

An attempted fly-by of ourselves failed when the battery died. You can see us casually jump for our lives to survive the crash here: Crash

The rest of the production was long and difficult, but we got through the public crowds, the noise, and the unpredictable weather. I won’t bore you with all of the details. Kevin went home the day after we finished shooting, leaving me with Clay to walk around the city for a few days to take shots with my old Graflex camera, collect some B Roll of Paris on the RED, go on a bicycle tour of the city’s many arcades etc. We happened to be out and a bout for the fireworks of Nuit Blanche, an all-night art festival spread across the whole city that only happens once per year. Let’s just get to the good part, the pictures:

I cannot wait to hand off all this new footage to Sean Barney (www.cameocontent.com), our new editor on the project, so that we can finally put the film together and show everyone who donated their time, energy and hearts into this project that their efforts were not for nothing. I also cannot wait to share it all with you at some point next year.

-Keith

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2013 Updates

The feature in Paris, doctor a couple documentaries, audiologist music videos, page another trip abroad on the horizon… things are still going on, so here are the updates:

 

The Paris Feature:

My oldest friend and owner of Cameo Content, Sean Barney, has signed on as the full-time editor of the project, taking the task of editing this beast away from yours truly. Having co-produced, directed, shot, and assembled the thing, it is safe to say that I am too close to it to chop off the unsalvageable limbs and make the necessary changes to the story to make the film as successful as possible. His first big rough cut was great and Kevin and I are both incredibly excited to keep going; so excited, in fact, that we have re-written the ending, added another small storyline, and are heading BACK TO PARIS in four weeks to finish the film. Our original intention was to write, produce and shoot a film in one month, but the results were so much better than we were expecting that it just seemed stupid not to put in a little extra time to make it even better. I’ll be out there from Sept. 20th to Oct. 5th to relax in a city I feel very at home in, work on the film, and do some extra shooting with my good painter / sculptor friend, Jonathan Shimony whose studio doors are already are open for our arrival.

 

Bill Nye (OBJECTIVE: CHANGE THE WORLD):

In July, I spent a long weekend in Seattle with Bill Nye (the science guy) for the 20th reunion of the launch of the show. I’m shooting the beginning stages of a documentary that is exploring his current efforts to make the world a better place in a project that is tentatively titled OBJECTIVE: CHANGE THE WORLD. Getting to know Bill, even buying one of his old Bianchi road bicycles from him, and hearing stories about our mutual hero (and his former professor), Carl Sagan, has been representative of the exact reason I got into filmmaking to begin with: To never stop traveling and never stop learning.

 

Rise of the Sufferfests:

I’m also helping shoot a documentary that is going to EXPLODE fairly soon about the booming obstacle course industry (Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, etc.). The first-time director is a long-time writer named Scott Keneally who recently discovered his own talents as an investigative journalist. Long story short, this film is going to cater to one of the most passionate groups of people in existence and Scott is the person to deliver something that people will love. He’s so good at providing a compelling story that even I found myself signing up for a Spartan race just days after our first round of shooting together. Great people involved in this one… see more here: https://www.facebook.com/sufferfests

 

Music Videos:

When Liam McCormick of The Family Crest called me and said, “Our label wants us to release our EP in two weeks. You think we can put something together?” I took it as a challenge. Two weeks later, we have two pretty fantastic one-shot Steadicam videos thanks to the help of my friend and Steadi-operator, Jose Babcock. We conceptualized the day we arrived based on a rough treatment I had drawn up a few days before and tackled both videos the following day. The first video, “Love Don’t Go” should be released very soon, and the second will be a surprise. Let’s just say it was my first time in front of the camera in a lead role and it’s not what you would expect to see of me (there’s a bar fight involved). I’m very happy with the results and can’t wait to share both of them, as well as some of the more production-intensive videos we are working on in the near future. Look these guys up, I’m serious. Their new EP, “The Headwinds” smashed into iTunes a few weeks ago and has been doing really well for them and their new label.

 

There’s more, always more, but I’ll leave it at that for now. Thanks for reading!

-Keith

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