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“Codebreaker:” The Story of an Unknown Genius

CodebreakerYou may not have ever heard of Alan Turing. Yet, his impact on the outcome of World War II and technology today was monumental. Codebreaker, out earlier this month on your favorite digital video stores, makes his story known to the world.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Science TV and New Media Awards, Codebreaker is a film about Turing’s life as a scientist and mathematician who used his genius to break the German Engima code and help the British defeat the Nazis during World War II. In addition to saving millions of lives with his breakthrough, Turing also imagined a digital world far before anyone else. He had a visionary mind about the future of technology, but persecution by the British government prevented him from making even greater strides in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Told through documentary-style interviews as well as dramatic reenactments, Codebreaker reveals the war that went on within and outside of Turing’s mind. His homosexuality resulted in the government failing to recognize his contributions and instead forcing him to undergo chemical castration. Therapy sessions based on real conversations between Turing and his therapist give insight into the despair Turing experienced: at the young age of 41, Turing’s torment resulted in suicide.

Featured at over twenty-five major universities and corporate screenings at Google, Intel, Microsoft, AT&T, Société Générale and more, Codebreaker is a film that the world needs to see. Alan Turing is an unknown genius who should stand amongst Albert Einstein, Issac Newton and Charles Darwin, and this film finally gives him the recognition he deserves.

Discover the story of the scientist you never knew and check out the trailer below:

The Orchard + Red Bull Media House Bring You the Best in Action Sports Films

10259980_703505583021728_8808012807702545879_nIf you love watching visually enticing stunts performed by your favorite extreme athletes like we do here at The Orchard, you’re going to be stoked to hear our latest tidbit of news: we’ve teamed up with Red Bull Media House to give you one hell of an action sports entertainment ride!

You must’ve seen those action-packed clips and commercials done by the drink brand, including some of the world’s greatest kayakers, motocrossers, surfers, skiers, parachuters and other all-out ballers, right? Well Red Bull is also behind these grandest of adventurers in another capacity: film. They’re major producers in the world of action sports films, bringing insane — otherwise unseen — pro footage to die-hard fans of extreme sports.

And now, we’re partnering with Red Bull Media House to get those jam-packed features seen by more audiences far and wide. We already have the largest and richest catalog of action sports films in the world, and we’ve got our very own video imprint, EchoBoom Sports. So we’re excited to reach out to more fans with this remarkable new content through our worldwide digital and cable distribution deal.

What should you be on the lookout for now that the big news is out? For starters, we released Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company just last month. Next up, we’ll release ski film Days Of My Youth and motorcycle doc On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter.

Stay tuned for more phenomenal sports adventure films we’ll be throwing your way. In the mean time, find more details about the partnership in our official press release here.

Locals Bring European Surf to Life in “The Old, The Young & The Sea”

The Old, the Young, & the Sea“Surfing is the king of sports,” says Juan Giriber of Cantabria, Spain. It is poignant discoveries like this one that make up The Old, The Young & The Sea, a documentary film out this week, as it chronicles the stories of sea lovers along the Atlantic coast of Europe. In it, director Mario Hainzl and producer Andreas Jaritz, plus a team of cinematographers and two Volkswagen buses, embark on a twenty-week European exhibition and share their findings of culture, diversity, and individuals willing to share their heartwarming stories.

Simply put by the film’s website, this is “a movie about the people who inhabit, visit, surf and protect the European shores.” With it, viewers will quickly realize that local accounts are the best kind, and that learning from the people actually spending their lives at or by the sea gives an honest, non-commercial view of surfing and coastal living. Unlike Australia or America, the Atlantic coast has maintained an innocence and privacy to its surfing culture, and this film captures that perfectly.

Winner of Best Movie and Viewers’ Choice Award at Cologne Surf Film Festival 2013, Audience Choice Award at Wavescape Surf Festival 2013, and Viewers’ Choice Award at Munich Surf Film Festival 2013, The Old, The Young & The Sea is a special kind of film any surfing lover simply has to see.

Catch The Old, The Young & The Sea now on your favorite digital video store, and check out the trailer below.

“Isolated:” More Than Just a Surfing Paradise

Isolated CoverWhen Executive Producer Geoff Clark and Director Justin Le Pera gathered a group of feral surfers to make a documentary film about going to uncharted territory to surf undiscovered waves, their “Endless Summer” mission quickly turned into an adventure more like “The Cove.” As the five surfers travel to West Papua in Indonesia to seek out the last great wave, they also find a lost world of danger, cruelty and even real-life cannibals. Deemed the “best non-fiction film of 2013” by Phil Hall at Film Threat, “Isolated” reveals the story of a forgotten people whose subjugation has yet to be recognized or addressed.

Out this week, “Isolated” has been featured in over thirty Film Festivals in seven countries and won the Best Film Award at the Portuguese International Film Festival in 2013. The film’s subtlety in sending a political message without taking the focus too far from surfing makes it extremely effective in convincing viewers of the importance of the cause.

“Isolated” has gained much media attention due to the fact that it’s produced and narrated by actor and celebrity Ryan Phillippe. His large social media following resulted in the support of over fifty other powerful celebrities, as well as hundreds of everyday people. Together, Phillippe and the other creators of the film started an awareness campaign that asks people to become an “Isolated Ambassador for Peace.” The movement has been successful thus far in gaining awareness, but the main goal is to get 25,000 signatures on a “petition requesting the White House to force the Obama Administration to address the Human Rights crisis in West Papua.”

Watch the trailer below for a preview of this intense and moving film, and find it live on stores now.

A “Rad” Premiere in Great “Company”

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.36.09 PMEarlier this month, the Mountain Bike community descended upon the beautiful city of North Vancouver, Canada for the world premiere of Brandon Semenuk’s “Rad Company.” A joint project produced by Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment, had the hype meter pegged at 10!

Red Bull pulled all the stops and hosted a great event at the North Vancouver Shipyard. In the shadow of a giant shipping crane, guests arrived early for the sold out event as bartenders handed out Vodka Red Bull. The standing room only venue maxed out at 750, which left non-ticket holders peeking through the windows. Tourists in the area strolled by to see what all the commotion was about. They had no idea “Rad Company” was in town!

Anticipation was high for the film dubbed as “pure shred flick.” The lights dimmed and the film hit the screen. There were no storylines, drawn out interviews or fancy post production. “Rad Company” was 48 minutes of some of the biggest, most progressive mountain bike freeriding ever fused together on film. The soundtrack was just as awesome with tunes from Billy Idol, Run DMC and The Stooges to name a few. The crowd loved every minute of it and followed it up with a massive round of applause when stars hit the stage for a little Q&A with the audience.

Brandon and friends set a goal to make a film that pushed the limits of what is possible on a Mountain Bike, and “Rad Company” did not disappoint. He and his handpicked crew filmed in locations including Retallack, the Sunshine Coast, Kamloops, Fiji and Utah.

Check out the official trailer or get in on the action on iTunes. And don’t forget to check out EchoBoom Sports for more HD trailers, full movie parts, classic clips and more!

I leave you with some pics from the premiere and shots from the flick below:

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