'AT WHAT COST?'
At What Cost? is a short film about the demise of a 100-year-old pecan grove in downtown in Austin, Texas. The film, by Tom Suhler, takes the form of an obituary for one of the 50 trees that were toppled to make room for the Barton Place Condominiums.
Distilled from video and over 1500 still photos, the film takes the form of a fictional obituary for one of the trees cut down on May 21, 2008. The deceased takes her name from “baum,” German for tree and verde, which is “green” in Spanish. The accompanying website, www.atwhatcostthemovie.com was devised to accommodate some of the research that didn’t fit the format of the film itself. There’s a tree survey that shows what the site looked like before and after the clear-cutting and there’s a link to the site plan that was filed with the city. There’s also a page where others can share their thoughts on the clear-cutting and its long-term implications.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Strings
Tom Suhler served as Assistant Director on the set of Strings, a feature-length film shot in Austin, Texas. Strings tells the story of a troubled pianist who is forced to undergo facial reconstructive surgery and leave the life he knows behind. Years later, he re-enters his old life as the piano teacher to the daughter he never had the chance to meet.
The film is written by Mark Dennis and co-directed by Dennis and his frequent collaborator, Benjamin Foster. Together the two filmmakers have directed three short films: Lonely Gun, Billy the Squid and The Alternate. This production incorporates new P2™ technology and advanced HD filmmaking, to bring audiences 35mm quality for a fraction of the cost. Motion Films has partnered with Dennis and Foster to serve as Executive Producers on the project and to help seek distribution opportunities.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
'SHARING A LAUGH WITH MARAT SAFIN'
This in-depth DVD interview with one of the professional tennis tour's most charismatic and enigmatic players reveals facets of Safin's character that don't always surface on the tennis court. Find out what motivates this two-time Grand Slam winner as Niclas Kroon and Tom Suhler question him on a wide range of topics - from the early years through some suprisingly introspective musings on his position as a professional athlete. The responses cover the gamut, from thought-provoking to downright hilarious.
The DVD includes on-court footage, comments for nine-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander and former coach Peter Lundgren. We even ask him how he might change the game of tennis if he had his "druthers."
'CONFLICT IN THE 'HOOD'
This is our first venture out of the commercial video production arena. Created by Tom Suhler this short film was originally produced for the "Filming Austin Lives" contest sponsored jointly by the University of Texas Humanities Institute, public television station KLRU, the Austin History Center, and News 8 Television. The film project solicits three-minute films dealing with issues about living in Austin, Texas.
Conflict in the Hood was selected as one of the 2006 contest winners. Subsequently the short film has been selected for use in a Duke University conflict resolution class.
10 REASONS NOT TO JOIN THE GALLERIA TENNIS & ATHLETIC CLUB
This short video was developed as a humorous sales piece that was shown at a pre-opening party for this new athletic facility in Houston. Conceived, shot and edited by Tom Suhler, it uses a little reverse psychology to extol the virtues of this exclusive tennis facility. "It's particularly tricky," said Suhler, "to do a video about someplace that doesn't yet exist. But I think we figured it out."
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