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“A Soul Cleansing Spot Burn” — A New Film from Off the Grid Studios and MeatEater Now Showing in the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour

BEND, Oregon (March 22, 2021) — Off the Grid Studios is pleased to announce “A Soul Cleansing Spot Burn” — a new film that is now available to watch online in the virtual 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Produced in collaboration with MeatEater, the film deliberately spotlights a guarded, secret spot to potentially protect the river from a mine.

Throughout his guiding career, Tim Landwehr has gone out of his way to keep attention off the Menominee River. As far as he was concerned, this special smallmouth bass river would only be ruined by widespread attention. But with the threat of a new mine that could forever harm this river and ecosystem, Tim decided now is the time to put the Menominee on the map.

For Off the Grid Studios’ RA Beattie, the film project was meaningful on many levels. “Our team feels honored to have had the opportunity to work on this film with MeatEater and Tim and the crew from Tight Lines,” states RA. “We hope this project helps to implement real change and protect and preserve the ecology of this area to give future generations the chance to see this amazing fishery in an uncompromised state.”

For MeatEater’s Joe Cermele, the narrator and one of the anglers in the film, putting a spotlight on a secret spot raises an interesting question for all anglers. “There’s no such thing as a secret spot anymore, but most anglers still believe they have one, even if ‘secret’ these days just means not fished as heavily as other places,” says Cermele. “This film puts the value of a ‘secret spot’ in question and asks anglers to imagine that the only way to save their secret spot was to tell the world about it. What would they do?”

And for writer Miles Nolte, the film project was worthwhile for numerous reasons. “There’s a fine line spot burner and conservationist. Burning a secret spot is the ultimate taboo in modern fishing … unless it’s in the name of conservation,” Nolte says. “In that case, it’s totally cool to score a free trip to some sensitive fishery, rope giant fish on camera, and tell the whole world about it.”

“A Soul Cleansing Spot Burn” is the 18th film from Off the Grid Studios/Beattie Outdoors Productions in the Fly Fishing Film Tour since the event began 15 years ago.

This film was written and produced by Miles Nolte and also produced by RA Beattie, Tim Harden, Steven Rinella, Annie Banks Raser, and Samantha Bates. Camera and audio work was by Paul Bourcq, Bryan Gregson, Troy Hermes, and Clint Bartlett. “A Soul Cleansing Spot Burn” stars Joe Cermele and Tim Landwehr.

About Off the Grid Studios:

Off the Grid Studios is a network of talented people from around the world who take the creative process from concept to fruition. From content creation to marketing, the Off the Grid Studios team has been delivering creative storytelling for more than a decade.

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“Trees, Man.”

Off the Grid Studios worked for Breedlove Guitars in the creation of the media campaign to support Jeff Bridge’s three new signature guitar models. It was a pleasure working with Jeff and the Breedlove team on such a great example of sustainability in the Music Industry. “Trees, Man.” Jeff’s quote from one of the video productions deeply resonates with the Off the Grid team, our values, and appreciation for folks striving for sustainability. Learn more below.


BEND. ORE.—OCTOBER 6, 2020—With the success of Academy Award®-winning actor, musician and environmentalist Jeff Bridges’ signature Oregon Concerto Bourbon CE guitar, Breedlove announces two new “All in this Together” models in its Organic Collection of sustainably sourced, all solid wood acoustic electric guitars at revolutionary prices.

Speaking with Rolling Stone recently about the launch of his flagship model, Bridges said, “It can’t be overstated how important our forests are to the health of the planet … You can have a beautiful instrument and still be kind to our planet.”

Like the initial Oregon Concerto, the new Designed in Bend Breedloves are crafted from solid tonewoods for superior resonance, projection and stability.

Breedlove owner Tom Bedell traveled to each forest—in Suriname, the Republic of Congo and the Swiss Alps—to verify individual harvest, chain of custody and sound ecological practices. No clear-cut wood is used in any Made in Bend Breedlove guitar or Organic Collection instrument.

“It didn’t make any sense for us to make our instruments out of wood from trees that aren’t sustainable,” Bridges—who narrated and produced the 2018 environmental documentary Living in the Future’s Past—told Guitar World of the project.

All three of Bridges’ namesake instruments feature his “All in this Together” motto inlaid across the African ebony fretboard, along with his signature on the rear of the Wave headstock.

Both Organics— Jeff Bridges Amazon Concert Sunburst CE Torrefied European-Granadillo (MAP $999) and Jeff Bridges Signature Concert Copper E Torrefied European-African Mahogany (MAP $699)—boast Breedlove Natural Sound electronics, thin, durable finishes, forward-X bracing and trademark easy playability; and are equipped with deluxe “All in this Together”-embroidered gigbags.

The European spruce tops, thermally aged near the source, offer instant vintage tone and sustain, while the respective backs and sides (sweetly singing granadillo and warm, rich African mahogany) honor the Amazon and Congo rainforests, which Bridges calls “the lungs of our planet.”

The new Organic Collection Jeff Bridges signature models will be available at dealers worldwide Oct. 6.

The Breedlove Jeff Bridges signature “All in this Together” project benefits Amazon Conservation Team, which works in partnership with indigenous colleagues to protect rainforests and traditional culture.

OTG Studios Creates 6 Episodes of Seasons 1 & 2 “DasBoat” for MeatEater

One boat, five fisheries, 10 anglers, 2,500 miles-unlimited bad ideas. In the new series, Das Boat, MeatEater revives an old aluminum boat from a backyard in Texas and explores angling opportunities with some of thier favorite folks. (Series trailer above).

The OTG Team work for MeatEater to shoot, edit and deliver 6 episodes of Season 1. You can watch the available episodes below:

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Tabasco, Mexico: Chocolate y Sábalo

Today the humidity is somewhat oppressive, even for the locals. Out on the streets, the available shade is occupied by sleeping dogs, and the women are cooling themselves with brightly colored fans. But as we move into the forest, the high canopy provides enough reprieve to make it palatable. We’re walking down a lightly worn trail in a massive 50-acre plantation that feels more like the garden of Eden than a farm. Our guide points out various tropical and lush flora and fauna, explaining interesting details behind each species and how they relate to the complex inter-connected symbiotic system they’ve created for growing cacao. There are trees that supply the shade (which are also a valuable spice producer), flowers that attract the pollinators and howler monkeys, lizards and thousands of insect varieties that all make the little jungle-world-ecosystem go round. Many believe this is the original homeland of the magnificent trees which bear the fruit that the world has come to love, but very few know its rich history. We’ve traveled here, to the source, with our good friends from Oregon Craft Chocolate to bring them to the origin of their passion; the convection so lovingly known as chocolate. Read more

Behind the Scenes with OTG’s Audio Mastermind Troy Hermes

Over the past two years, Troy Hermes has worked with Off the Grid Studios on our most important film projects. He was the lead audio engineer and sound designer on “Corazon” and “Dubai on the Fly.” Troy creates sonic illusions that fit so perfectly within a scene, the viewer just assumes the sounds are natural. Need the flap of a falcon’s wing or the crunch of sand under a camel’s step? No worries, coming right up. It’s sometimes a thankless job, for if Troy does his job perfectly, no one ever knows that sound has been added or enhanced except for the production team. Welcome to his world. Read more

Off the Grid Studios Launches The Scorpion Trilogy: “Scorpion Expedition,” “Frontera Norte” and “Corazón”

BEND, Oregon (April 30, 2018) — Throughout the month of May 2018, Off the Grid Studios, in conjunction with The Orvis Company, will be celebrating the first public release of the fly fishing film “Corazón.” To honor the release, Off the Grid Studios will engage in a month-long campaign focused on each of the three films in “The Scorpion Trilogy”— a collection of fly fishing movies roughly six years in the making. Read more


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