ABOUT US

Blood
…the red liquid that circulates
in the arteries and veins of humans
and other vertebrate animals,
carrying oxygen
to and carbon dioxide
from the tissues
of the body.

crimsonpolarbear provides you with the knowledge, experience and drive to engage in all aspects of media production.

First and foremost our focus is feature films, documentaries and television shows made with a purpose & soul.

Then there is the other stuff: music videos, commercials, multi media, branding, right on down the line, that serves another purpose.

From concept to finish, we pull from our resources to mold a final product that stands apart from the competition.

Our strive for excellence combined with cutting edge imagination has the crimsonpolarbear© run ahead of the celebration.

There is nothing in this world that hasn’t been done already. What makes a difference is the spark of individuality in the haystack of commonality.

To get the best, you have to work with the best. We want to associate ourselves with products/ companies/ artists that light up the scene with their fusion of artistic quality and commercial appeal.

We are the connecting point between where you are and where you want to be.

Nothing happens without blood, sweat and tears, and we here at Crimsonpolarbear© bleed ourselves dry, to make you and everybody involved look better than good.

The Crew

Forest Wise

director/writer/producer/designer/owner/artist

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Forest is a director who is young in spirit, but not in direction. At the tender age of 20, he finished his first feature “life Is Nice”, featuring (steve buscemi) . The film did quite well, gathering him some recognition. It played some festivals and opened in L.A. and Chicago. In his own words, it was his film school.

After a jacked-up relationship and broken heart, he made “I’m the Elephant, U Are the Mouse”, somehow paralleling his life with some made up character. He shot the hell out of this (self-indulgent) film/adventure in Mexico, L.A. and Michigan. Forest and the film travelled to various film festivals in Europe. It was picked up for distribution in parts of Europe and Australia. A directors final cut-redux is on the way, to share with a new generation of film enthusiasts.

Forest is now living Siem Reap, Cambodia. He has been working with orphans and poor
children in Cambodia to make their lives better. In an act of com man sense = art, and based on his experiences in Cambodia, he decided to make 3 feature films (a Cambodian trilogy):
“ a Cambodian winter”, “clever creatures”& “hail tiger king” The first 2 films were shot through out Cambodia, capturing the natural beauty that only Cambodia could offer. He also incorporated the orphans and kids he has bonded with, helping to make the films, both in front and behind the camera.

Semi-biographical, and teaching them a craft/trade for their future. He is now in active development on many projects for the next few years.

The 3rd film “clever creatures” is in pre-pre production.

Jaime Reynoso

director of photography

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Born in Mexico City he started practicing still photography at age 16. His film set debut was as the camera trainee on the film Like Water for Chocolate. He finished his MFA in cinematography at the American Film Institute where he graduated with the short film Ex-Voto which won Best Opera Prima at the San Antonio CineFestival in 1997 and Best Artistic Composition at the Belgium Draak Film Festival in 1998. 

Reynoso has shot more than 15 feature films, numerous shorts, television commercials and music videos including top Mexican band Café Tacvba and Colombian Pop star Juanes. Curandero, a Miramax feature written by Robert Rodriguez, won him Best Cinematography at the 2006 San Antonio Cinefestival. Cansada de Besar Sapos was nominated for the Gabriel Figueroa award in 2007. Tlatelolco, summer of ’68 won Best Feature film at the Chicago International Latino FF in 2013.

Most recently, he shot Bloodline for Netflix (Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Kyle Chandler) and Ballers (Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”) for HBO.

Oh and he has also worked with Forest in Cambodia shooting both
Features “a Cambodian winter” and “hail tiger king”. Forest and Jaime go back a long way collaborating on many things.

He lives in Mexico City, Florida, and works pretty much anywhere else.

Bopha Phuong Lav

producer/fixer/translator/wardrobe

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Born in refuge camp in Cambodia, Bopha has more stories than most storytellers have in their whole career. From the ashes the phoenix will rise.

Bopha has worked as a fixer around Cambodia for the last two and half years, on both feature films “a Cambodian winter’ and ‘hail tiger king’. International films shot all over Cambodia, as well as some short pieces. She is the a co-producer on both of the films.

As a fixer, she can facilitate all filming permissions, accommodations, transport requirements, temporary import/re-export of equipment and assist with the recruitment of local crew.

Add to that her excellent contacts with leading politicians and filmmakers in the region and she can keep your production on course. Good times for everyone.

Frequent collaborators

James duval

actor/producer

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Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1972. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1974 where his sister Terry Duval (his only sibling) was born.

James Duval has built a career on playing alienated, melancholic lost boys. Part of his ability to capture such alienation comes from the actor’s own real-life experiences: of French, Vietnamese, Native American and Irish descent,

Perhaps best known for his work as a black-clad muse for Gregg Araki, Totally F***ed Up,
The Doom Generation, & Nowhere.

All these films met with a degree of success on the independent circuit, further establishing Duval as one of Araki’s most visible mouthpieces.

Aside from his work with Araki, Duval has also appeared in a number of independent films, including SLC Punk and Doug Liman’s Go (both 1999). He has also made the occasional foray into mainstream film, appearing in the 1996 summer blockbuster Independence Day.

And lets not forget the bunny in “Donnie Darko” a cult classic if there ever was one.

neil halsted

musician/film composer

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Neil is the leader of the bands Slowdive, and Mojave 3, as well as a worldwide respected solo artist. He has made over 10 albums with many record companies: (4AD, Brushfire records, Creation) . His band Slowdive, has had nothing short of a 2nd coming, as the band has been selling out shows all over the world, 20yrs later, after their break up.

Neil wrote original songs and scored his friend forest’s film “I’m the Elephant, U Are the Mouse”. As well as few other films along the way.

Neil will be one of the key musical composers/supervisors on “a cambodian winter” and “hail tiger king” It would seem.

Mark Van Hoen

Composer and Sound Designer

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LA based UK born Mark Van Hoen has a sonic history that is not only impressive, but to those in the know – legendary. His own brand of melancholic electronic music has been revered by fans around the globe since his first record release in the early 90’s. Mark’s foray into the new electronic etched realms of drone and dance pop saw releases from Touch, Editions Mego, R&S, Slumberland, to Pomperipossa Records and still counting. With a wealth of notable collaborations and numerous side projects. Aurobindo: Involution was made with Seefeel’s Daren Seymour, a collaboration with Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Nick Holton as Black Hearted Brother, work with Louis Sherman as Locust, Mike Harding as Drøne – to mention but a few – it’s hard to categorize his career with any brevity . Van Hoen’s previous (and ongoing) life as a post-production audio engineer is the base on which rests a font of flowing sonic creations and torrents of extraordinary sound.

Contact us

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 (0) 97 30 43 631
+855 (0) 70 68 12 74
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