A Big Weekend for The People and The Olive

Dear People and The Olive Supporters, As many of you know, The People And The Olive documentary had it’s world premiere on September 10th, to a sold-out State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan. It was an amazing evening, and a dream come true to be able to share the film’s message with so many in the hometown of many of …

Just over a year…

Stone Hut Studios has been around for just over a year now – and what a year it has been! Since last July we’ve produced 21 videos promoting the work of great causes, organizations and companies.   And in this time we also created 47 short educational videos.  And last but not least, we’ve also completed our first feature film, …

The People and The Olive – Trailer

A feature-length documentary about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges. Coming to Theaters Fall 2012. Visit www.ThePeopleAndTheOlive.com for more information.

A Call For Volunteers!

Over the next several weeks Aaron Dennis and Jacob Wheeler will be expanding their seven-part web-series, “The People and The Olive” into a feature length documentary.   The series followed the Run Across Palestine, a 100+ mile, 5 day ultra-marathon to support olive farmers in the the West Bank. The series can be seen as it first appeared here: http://onthegroundglobal.org/the-people-and-the-olive-video-series/ and …

“The Windward Shore” by Jerry Dennis – Book Trailer

If you have been enchanted by Jerry Dennis’s earlier work on sailing the Great Lakes, canoeing, angling, and the natural wonders of water and sky—or you have not yet been lucky enough to enjoy his engaging prose—you will want to immerse yourself in his powerful and insightful new book on winter in Great Lakes country. Grounded by a knee injury, …

“A Farmer’s Patience” – Kickstarter Update

A Farmer’s Patience By Jacob Wheeler When Aaron Dennis and I hit the ground in the West Bank to document the Run Across Palestine, one of our goals will be to share stories of farmers who love the land and who aren’t that different from farmers in northern Michigan or anywhere else. These farmers have patiently harvested their olive groves …

The People and the Olive – A Documentary Web Series

In February of 2012, journalist Jacob Wheeler and filmmaker Aaron Dennis will follow a team of American and Palestinian athletes as they run the West Bank, from Hebron to Jenin (129 miles over five days) to raise awareness about the struggles facing olive farmers in Palestine. The “Run Across Palestine”, a project of On The Ground aims to reestablish sustainable olive growing practices in …

Almost ready to launch

The website is oh-so-close to launching. Please excuse some of our in-construction elements as we put the finishing touches up. Also, we’re aware of a strange error with our server, which will hopefully be resolved shortly. Check back soon! -Aaron

Faces of the Tibetan Diaspora

A look into the daily lives of Tibetan communities in India, Nepal and Tibet itself. In 2007 Aaron Dennis was commissioned by the Vikramasila Foundation, a Buddhist organization dedicated to education, to document the ancient, vibrant, and endangered Tibetan culture. Hundreds of hours of footage was filmed to create a archive that would survive this time of massive change and …

My Backyard

The sights and sounds of my new backyard – the forests and buildings of The Grand Traverse Commons. Formerly the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane built in 1885 (and later renamed the Traverse City State Hospital), the Commons is now one of the United State’s largest historical preservation and redevelopment sites. Find out more about the place, the community …

Sola Gratia Productions

The mission of Sola Gratia is: To support good causes and build community through the support of good music. This video explains the mission and future of Sola Gratia and includes a discussion of the meaning of grace and community. Featuring the music of Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Sari Brown, and Gifts or Creatures

Higher Grounds Trading Co. – The Best Coffee Comes From Good Friends

Higher Grounds Trading Co. (highergroundstrading.com) works directly with small-scale coffee farming cooperatives around the world. With a commitment to sourcing high quality specialty organic beans, they go beyond normal fair trade and direct trade relationships with their partners in the field. In this video, Chris Treter, co-founder of Higher Grounds, introduces us to partner farmers at Maya Vinic and explains …