Cinematography. Editing. Storytelling.
Morel mushrooms, the most coveted fruit of the forest, blossom out of the ashes of wildfire. They thrive in destruction; yet are often overlooked to the untrained eye.
Morel Media, a documentary and nature film production company, was born with the intention of shedding light on stories hidden amongst us. Based in Bozeman, Montana, Morel Media specializes in films about the natural world.
D O C U M E N T A R Y
High and Dry
"High and Dry,” cinematically documents the daily life, science, and philosophy behind a woman who has dedicated her entire life and life’s savings to Vilicus Farms, an organic farm in Havre, Montana. Over twenty-six percent of the current property is a habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and their non-chemical-based approach to farming implements modern organic farming practices to achieve healthier soil. Their dedication to organic farming has proven effective, with a 3.2% increase in organic matter found in the soil each year; however, building a farming system that is harmonious with nature has come at a cost. “High and Dry” uses an intimate interview approach to explore the emotional struggle of living in such a remote part of the world and the many uncertainties that come with organic farming. This film seeks to understand the sacrifices and complexities behind the overly romanticized notion of the organic farm. “High and Dry” expresses Anna Jones-Crabtree’s personal experience while revealing the scientific processes at play on Vilicus Farms.
Maldivian Tuna Fishing
In the Maldives, locals have depended upon one resource, skipjack tuna, for sustenance and exportation since 650 B.C. Maldivians have sustainably fished this species in a traditional manner throughout history; however, external forces threaten this resource. This documentary highlights the intricate skill and relationship between the fishermen and their practice as well as hardships that accompany this ancient occupation. The observational documentary allows what could be a last look into this way of life, which is sustained by a resource that swims around the world and sinking islands at the hands of climate changed induced rising sea levels.
N O N P R O F I T
Before It's Too Late: A Look at Bats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Bats. They’re mysterious and misunderstood. Working with Yellowstone National Park "Before It's Too Late" tells the story of bat research, the ongoing battle with white nose syndrome, and how essential bats are to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
This short film tells the story of Yellowstone's unique aquatic ecosystems and endemic species, the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. The film explains why this fish has been threatened and what Yellowstone National Park has done to help save the native fish from disappearing from the park.
C O M M E R C I A L
Yellowstone Floral Collection by Caswell-Massey
https://www.caswellmassey.com/collections/yellowstone The Yellowstone Collection of Fragrance Tonics and Moisturizing Oils, made in partnership with Yellowstone Forever, derive from the living florals found in distinct areas of the park: Old Faithful, Canyon, Lake, Tower Fall and Mammoth Hot Springs. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these products will support the Yellowstone Forever's work in plant research and park conservation, horticulture, and education.