By Regina M. Connell.
Next up in our occasional series on people who tell the maker story so, so well: Made by Hand, a video celebration of the artisanal movement. These handcrafted, painstakingly designed 6 minute (or so) films (I can’t bring myself to call them videos) are drop-dead gorgeous, with outstanding production values: the photography is glorious and lush (and a nice combo of black and white and color), the brilliant score (the most recent from Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails) is elegant, spare and perfectly attuned to the mood of each piece.
Together, the photography, voiceover, and music create moody, emotional vignettes that bring you deep into the stories and the lives and the souls of the (mostly New York-based) subjects. You feel the filmmakers’ respect and affection for the subjects as you glory in the guts and tenacity of these makers (so far: a beekeeper, a distiller, a knife maker, and a cigar roller.)
The team behind these? The Bureau of Common Goods, a Brooklyn-based film and digital content studio led by founder, Keith Ehrlich. Connecting peoples’ hearts and minds (and oh yes, wallets) to makers is what we’re all about and we love the connections that Keith is making.