JANUARY 28th, 2016 - The brand new video we did for
Draconian's "Stellar Tombs"
is LIVE NOW, and is being premiere by Metal Hammer EU, Decibel Mag US, and Zero Tolerance UK. A brief introduction to this video.. I believe that our humanity was formed from two vital fundamentals: language and empathy. Language taught us how to speak, but empathy showed us how to listen. Cue humanity’s natural propensity for chaos; our greatest and most radical accomplishments repeatedly leave us walking a knife’s edge, pondering when the bigger fish will arrive and what form it will take this time around. When this is all over, will we become the dragonfly or the mammoth? Or will we get lucky and become hunters again, fighting for survival and asserting ourselves as Gods over Land and Nature, only to be overrun by wolves in the night? Jumping forward: a thousand years of civilization will rise and fall in an instant because of a single irrigation error. That, upon digging to the sea and proclaiming to the heavens, “We’ve done it!” immediately poisoned the rich soils with salt. We’ve come a long way since then, though! We split the atom, see? From all of us here at Don't Panic Films and Draconian, we sincerely hope you enjoy ‘Stellar Tombs’, and have as much fun watching it as we did making it - ENJOY!!
JANUARY 14th, 2016 - After the huge amount of talent we've lost this month, we weren't prepared for the passing of
the legendary Alan Rickman
.. Can't believe you're gone, bud.. Your unique voice and incredible talent will be so missed.
DECEMBER 31st, 2015 - 2016 is going to have to try REAL HARD to be better than this past year. We can't begin to recap everything that's happened, but let's just say that we're thankful for a whole lot.. We started writing this huge thing, but decided to keep it simple: we have so much love and respect for each and every one of you, and we really cannot stress that enough. Gleðilegt Nýtt Ár elsku vinir! Be safe tonight and have a wonderful evening.
DECEMBER 29th, 2015 -
Who came first, Lemmy or God?
This isn't a loss, it's the start of his legacy. RIP.
DECEMBER 16th, 2015 - Been pulling all-nighters left and right to finish this new Draconian music video before the end of the year, so I needed to take some time today to unwind a little bit.
Went to the brand new Charles River Skatepark in Boston
this afternoon, and after 15 years of waiting for this place to get built, I love everything about it. It's literally the perfect skatepark.
NOVEMBER 30th, 2015 - We are very upset to hear of the passing of musician and friend Damien DeRose; I met him when I was still in school, and
this was one of the first music videos our crew ever did
. It's all the more haunting, now. The Damien I got to know was extremely intelligent, quiet and kind, an old soul caught in a young body. I never knew the other side of him, the part that was battling the cunning disease of addiction. I'd like to say I'll only remember the first part, but I feel that would be a disservice to his struggle. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
NOVEMBER 29th, 2015 -
Dinner in Vík í Mýrdal with Draconian and John Malcovich
NOVEMBER 26th, 2015 - Bowen Staines has been working VERY hard on his upcoming skate edit. "We had a couple days off after filming the new music video for Draconian's "Stellar Tombs", so I brought the band further up the coast so they could check out Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. We had to drive our Rover all the way back to Reykjavík later the same night, so I took advantage of the unusual circumstances, and logged some footage right as the sun was going down.
Taildrop off our Dolly Table a few days back, Southeast Iceland
." It'll be, at the very least, another year or two before the new edit is done, but we are very, VERY happy with it so far. Skate or Die.
NOVEMBER 25th, 2015 -
Official photo album from this year's Iceland Airwaves Music Festival
, taken by Bowen Staines at Don't Panic Films.
SEPTEMBER 4th, 2015 -
We did the thing
AUGUST 5th, 2015 –
Some humorous thoughts on growing older
, and the necessity of doing what you love.
AUGUST 3rd, 2015 - Welcome to French Canada! Would you like a mustache?!
I'm so excited I got to skate Montreal's legendary "Big-O" today
. Built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, this tunnel was originally used for the passage of athletes, and has now become one of the most prestigious structures in skateboarding. Got about as high as I could get on this wallride without bashing my head into the ceiling, just before some heavy thunder clouds rolled in.
JUNE 25th, 2015 – Day 2 of Survival Systems;
we experienced what it feels like to extinguish the flames of a mangled, burning helicopter fuselage and rescue a passenger trapped inside
, as well as how to survive and be recovered when stranded/lost at sea.
JUNE 22nd, 2015 - Today, we’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia doing survival training!
In Day 1 of Survival Systems, we experienced what it feels like to crash a helicopter upside-down and have it rapidly sink into the ocean
, in the middle of a storm, in the dark.
MAY 17th, 2015 - We recently caught up with Wim Van Hooste at ROK/Icelandic Music Review, to discuss everything from upcoming projects and what first brought us to Iceland, to the evolution of music video editing and where the name "Don't Panic" came from (it's not a Hitchhikers Guide reference).
Check it out
MAY 16th, 2015 - Our good friends at Stuck in Iceland just did a great article about the release of the new Valdimar video today, as well as some back-story behind the production, and tons of photos from the set. You can watch the video there, too.
Check it out
MAY 15th, 2015 - We are very pleased to bring you
the video for 'Út úr þögninni', by Iceland’s powerful electro-indie sextet, Valdimar
. This is a video about honesty, and what it means to be fearless. Thank you to the wonderful guys in the band, to our cast and crew, and to Margrét Björns and Kristinn Sævar Thorarensen, without whom this video could not have happened. Much love to you all, and please enjoy the video!
MARCH 10th, 2015 –
Reykjavík looks like a scene out of that game, ‘The Last of Us’
, right now. You’ve never experienced snow until you’ve lived through an Icelandic winter.
MARCH 2nd, 2015 – Take a look
behind the scenes of the upcoming Valdimar music video, ‘Út úr þögninni’
. These pictures are from our shoot yesterday at Dyrhólaey, on Iceland’s south coast. Photos by Birta Rán Björgvinsdóttir.
FEBRUARY 6th, 2015 - We are extremely honored to have just won Best Music Video at the Hlustendaverðlaunin 2015 (Listener’s Choice Awards) a few minutes ago! This will be our third win in three years straight! Huge congrats to the great guys in Sólstafir, to Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson, and to all the wonderful people that lent their time and hard work to making
possible. Much love!!
JANUARY 1st, 2015 - Our new video for Sólstafir's 'Lágnætti' is up for Music Video of The Year! We are extremely grateful and excited to be sharing the category with Agent Fresco and GusGus, among others. Take a moment and
vote for your favorites here
, and please share the link so others may vote too - it would mean the world to us, and to all those who've been nominated! All the best, and have a VERY Happy New Year!!
DECEMBER 25th, 2014 - From all of us at Don't Panic Films, we wish you a very Happy Holiday! If you need any more help getting in the mood,
check out this creative holiday spoof of our Fjara video
that was done by some of our wonderful friends!
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 -
Skating Sólheimajökull in South Iceland, with Ryan Ross behind the lens
. Ryan and I have been working on a double skate part over the last few years, about the two of us riding (or attempting to ride) unusual or unreal obstacles; this project will eventually take us from glaciers and the fuselage of a crashed plane, to the radioactive apartment blocks of Chernobyl. It will be a while before this video is done, but it should be worth the wait.
NOVEMBER 19th, 2014 - Iceland Airwaves 2014 was definitely a standout year for us; this was our ninth time attending Airwaves, and there hasn’t been such a memorable festival since maybe 2009. The energy was as incredible and varied as the lineup, which made the impending week of morning tinnitus and bodily destruction seem oddly welcome. It’s only been a week since the festival ended, but we're more than ready to do it all again.
Check out the full album of Airwaves photography here!
NOVEMBER 18th, 2014 - Some of our Iceland Airwaves photography was featured
in both the morning newspaper MBL.is
, and the cultural blog
Stuck In Iceland
. Check it out!
NOVEMBER 2nd, 2014 - The new SÓLSTAFIR video, 'Lágnætti', was released last month to an unbelievably positive response, and now it's time to see exactly what went into making this 9-minute music video in just two days.
Check out this full album of behind-the-scenes photographs
, featuring comprehensive explanations of the video, discussions on several of its themes, and dozens of stories from the set. Featuring photography by Bowen Staines, Julia Lallemand, and members of Sólstafir.
OCTOBER 23rd, 2014 - We just released a short parody of Agent Fresco's brilliant 'Dark Water' video, which they released earlier this Summer. Entitled 'Dirt Water', we shot this parody in the Westfjörds of Iceland, without any of the guys knowing!
Check it out here
, and don't miss Agent Fresco at this year's Iceland Airwaves Music Festival!
OCTOBER 20th, 2014 -
A cool article and short interview about the making of Sólstafir's 'Lágnætti' video
is featured on MBL.is today! Several new pictures, as well - check it!
OCTOBER 7th, 2014 - We are very pleased to announce the release of our
new video for Iceland's kings of psychedelic metal, Sólstafir
! The video was shot over the course of two twenty-hour days, in the Westfjörds of Iceland. Check it out, and please share! Many thanks and much love!!
JULY 27th, 2014 - We officially have Picture Lock on the new Sólstafir video. We rented an entire fjord near the town of Hólmavík in the Icelandic Westfjörds, and shot the entire video over the course of two exhausting twenty-hour days. We are extremely happy with how the video is coming together, and you won't have to wait very long to see it! The whole thing will be released in just a few short weeks. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos
: I'm pretty sure this is the most beautiful place I've ever transferred an SD card...
JULY 25th, 2014 - Shooting began today for the new Sólstafir music video!
Here's a sneak peek
at a few of the locations, located in Iceland's Westfjörds.
JULY 13th, 2014 - Left Costa Rica today, and flew 16 hours to Paris, France. Our crew was insanely jetlagged, but still found the energy to film a short skate edit on the streets near the Bastille.
Check it out HERE
JULY 6th, 2014 -
Made friends with a wild parrot while on set
, who would frequently swoop down and join us for hours at a time.
JULY 5th, 2014 - In Costa Rica filming a commercial for a French cosmetics company. After an earthquake strong enough to knock the TV in my hotel room off the table, I decided it would be a smart idea to hike up the largest active volcano in the country, Arenal.
I got extremely sunburned, and saw a snake larger than I felt comfortable seeing
JULY 1st, 2014 - I've been working on this song "Ghosts of The Radio" since roughly the beginning of March. Although the melody is upbeat and poppy, the message is slightly more bitter and worrisome. Somewhat of a comment on certain aspects of the modern music industry, the song considers themes of mortality, anxiety, claustrophobia, urgency, and nostalgia. I recorded the whole thing live in our spare bedroom with a mess of different software and odd devices, ranging from an iPhone 5 to a 1st gen BOSS BR-8 analog studio, and mastered/mixed it entirely in Final Cut Pro.
Listen to "Ghosts of The Radio" HERE
JUNE 30th, 2014 - If there ever were a beautiful, historic, unique, and truly terrifying spot, it'd be the Auburn fullpipe. Located at the bottom of a 100-foot storm drain, the Auburn pipe has hosted countless memorable sessions over its half-century run. Now, it sits here with the bottom rotting out of it, nearly forgotten.
Check out this very short teaser
I threw together yesterday of some of the footage from our session on Saturday. We'll be working on a more comprehensive, full-length clip this month, so keep checking back! Featuring brand new music by SÓLSTAFIR.
APRIL 24th, 2014 – We just finished a new teaser trailer for the brilliant Icelandic math rockers, Agent Fresco. They’ve got a brand new single coming out soon called “Dark Water”, and it’s pretty darn nifty.
Watch the trailer HERE
APRIL 24th, 2014 – We’ve recently begun work on filming segments for a huge and exciting new television series. That’s all we’ll say for now...
but you can check out a sneak peek HERE
, and be sure to keep checking back for more info over the next few months...
APRIL 21st, 2014 - Iceland Cinema Now just featured our new
in a recent article of theirs. Our July workshop is slowly beginning to fill up, but there are still spots available; if you or someone you know is interested in taking part in an unusual, unique, and VERY visual cinematography workshop in the Icelandic wilderness, there is truly no better time to see Iceland than in July! If you're interested, please feel free to message us with any questions you have!
View the article HERE
APRIL 1st, 2014 - Our video for Skálmöld's "Gleipnir" just won Music Video of the Year. We are all unbelievably grateful to the folks who lent huge amounts of time and energy to make this production happen, to the great guys in the band and our actors, and to all of you for your support. We are very, very thankful, and definitely don't take this for granted.
Watch “Gleipnir” HERE
MARCH 28th, 2014 – We have been working on a lot of new music recently, gradually amassing new material for a full-length album. This new track is a demo called “Wicked Skin”, an experimental hybrid of 80’s lo-fi synth-pop, and traditional mountain folk rock. It’s an unpleasant story of addiction, and the many forms it can take.
Listen to “Wicked Skin” HERE
FEBRUARY 17th, 2014 - We are very excited to announce our new partnership with Labrador Iceland, where we're now offering customizable, week-long photo & video workshops in the heart of the Icelandic nature. Labrador is your personal gateway to capturing Iceland in all of its haunting, natural beauty, so
to learn more, and
to see our workshops in action!
JANUARY 1st, 2014 - From all of us at Don't Panic Films,
we wish you a very happy New Year
DECEMBER 4th, 2013 - Didn't you hear? Sólstafir are recording a new album!
We joined them in their countryside studio today
, which happens to be the same place Sigur Rós records all their albums.
NOVEMBER 29th, 2013 - Skálmöld performed the first of three shows with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
last night at Harpa
, and as expected, the evening went so far above and beyond anything we've witnessed at a live show.
NOVEMBER 18th, 2013 -
Hello, Finland & Estonia
. It's lovely to meet you!
NOVEMBER 4th, 2013 - Sólstafir's 'Fjara' revisited...
but with one minor difference
OCTOBER 23rd, 2013 - Almost died on a glacier this weekend...that was fun!
See what happened HERE
OCTOBER 1st, 2013 - We are extremely excited to announce the release of our brand-new music video for Iceland's bright, young classic rockers, The Vintage Caravan!
Check out 'EXPAND YOUR MIND' HERE
, and prepare for things to get a little bit weird.
AUGUST 19th, 2013 - Did you hear?! Our feature-length documentary, "
WHERE'S THE SNOW?
", about the Iceland Airwaves music festival, is
now available on iTunes
! Please check it out, and help spread the word about Iceland Airwaves, and the importance of Reykjavík's music scene. Watch the trailer
JULY 7th, 2013 - The Auburn full pipe is a well-kept secret amongst east coast skateboarders, and has been the host to many memorable sessions since the 1970's. It's basically a gigantic storm drain, and it's so steep that you have to repel into it - the bottom leaks badly and is full of turtles, and coyotes have been regularly know to walk right through the middle of your session. Needless to say, we needed to
check it out
MAY 15th, 2013 - We just finished a brand new video for the wonderful gentlemen in Agent Fresco, where they discuss their past, present, and future. With footage spanning their entire career, it is truly special to look back at all these moments gathered over the last six years.
Check it out, share, and help spread their music
APRIL 22nd, 2013 -
The Vintage Caravan music video for "Expand Your Mind" is completed
, and we're all pretty darn happy with it. Details regarding the premiere in Reykjavík will be verified within the next day or so, with an online release soon after. Stay tuned!
APRIL 2nd, 2013 - Things have been a little quiet over here the last few weeks, but that's only because we've been putting the finishing touches on a brand new music video!
The Vintage Caravan video is looking pretty nifty
, so get ready for it soon!
MARCH 9th, 2013 - Back to Reykjavík still in one piece after eight days on the road with Skálmöld. Here, we're meeting up with the lovely gentlemen in Agent Fresco to film a video for their new EPK.
Get ready to see a lot more of these guys in the future
MARCH 8th, 2013 - Tonight on the Skálmöld tour, we'll be playing at Litla Hraun ("Little Lava"), Iceland's maximum security prison, Folsom Prison-style! You can
view the Vísir article from the show HERE
a video from the nightly news HERE
MARCH 6th, 2013 -
Passing through Dimmu Borgir, en route to Eskifjörður tonight
. Between two buses, we've gone through (not on purpose) two transmissions, one starter, one shifter knob, the passenger-side glovebox, and both the back doors don't open anymore.
MARCH 5th, 2013 - While driving through completely white-out conditions en route to Höfn, we nearly power-slid our tour bus into a heard of 25-30 reindeer. I've never seen a reindeer before, and I'm greatly relieved I'm not responsible for accidentally murdering any.
MARCH 4th, 2013 - In Skálmöld's hometown of Húsavík, in the northeast of Iceland.
As you can see, we've getting some pretty intense weather the last few days
. If you don't speak Icelandic, the name of the tour translates to "Darkness, Cold, Ice, and Snow". Believe us, the irony isn't lost on us.
MARCH 3rd, 2013 - In Akureyri in the north of Iceland,
doing some filming underneath a hidden waterfall for Skálmöld's 'Gleipnir' video
MARCH 2nd, 2013 - The Skálmöld tour got off to a
great start this morning...
MARCH 1st, 2013 - Had the official wrap party for The Vintage Caravan's "Expand Your Mind" video, and
celebrated with the 1981 Canadian animated classic, 'Heavy Metal'
FEBRUARY 29th, 2013 - Joining Skálmöld for their Iceland tour today. The whole thing will be documented, so check back here regularly for pictures and updates from the road! The Facebook event and full list of dates/venues can be found
FEBRUARY 26th, 2013 -
Filmed all day in the Raufarholshellir lava tunnels in Reykjanes, Iceland
. Huge thanks to Angist singer, Edda Tegeder, for all her help today - this video is shaping up very nicely!
FEBRUARY 24th, 2013 - Shooting all day with the extremely talented and dedicated 8-year old,
FEBRUARY 16th, 2013 - We managed to track down a trained raven for the
Skálmöld video shoot
today - everyone say hello to Bíko!
FEBRUARY 11th, 2013 - Skálmöld drummer, Jón Geir Jóhannsson, performs an incredible
show last night
, despite being on morphine for an extensive back injury earlier that day. We wish him a speedy recovery!
FEBRUARY 10th, 2013 - Icelandic Norse-metal band, Skálmöld, performs their latest album, 'Börn Loka', in its entirety, for a sold-out and very appreciative crowd. Projected behind the band are a series of videos chronicling the tragic story of siblings, Hilmar and Brynhildur, and their fall from Óðinn's grace at the hands of Loki's four horrible children. The performance has received rave reviews, and has been repeatedly heralded as one of the best album release concerts in recent memory.
Check out the full photo album HERE
FEBRUARY 9th, 2013 - Don't miss Skálmöld's release show tonight at Háskólabíó in Reykjavik! We did all the projection videos for tonight's show - keep a lookout for a sneak-peek at the 'Gleipnir' video hidden in there.
Here's the Facebook event
, so don't miss it!
FEBRUARY 8th, 2013 - In Iceland for the next month, working on finishing up the 'Gleipnir' video for Icelandic Viking metal band, Skálmöld.
This is going to be one crazy month
JANUARY 17th, 2013 - We're doing all the projection videos and motion graphics for Skálmöld's album release show in Reykjavík next month -
here's a sneak peek at the video for their song, 'Fenrisúlfur'
JANUARY 4th, 2013 - Spending the week in Canada, continuing work on the Vintage Caravan video, 'Expand Your Mind' -
looking cool so far
JANUARY 1st, 2013 - Happy Holidays & New Year from all of us at Don't Panic Films! We humbly thank you all for your support over the years, and for making 2012 such an unforgettable year - skál!!
DECEMBER 12th, 2012 - Skálmöld performed an awesome all-ages show at Gaukurinn last weekend in Reykjavík, proving once again that nothing bridges the gap between generations like authentic Viking metal!
Check out the pics from the evening here
DECEMBER 8th, 2012 - Agent Fresco performed a very energetic show this past Saturday at the Hlemmur bus stop in downtown Reykjavík.
Check out the full album here
DECEMBER 3rd, 2012 - For the first time, the bands Steed Lord & Legend came together on Saturday, and played a live show in Reykjavík at Gamli Gaukurinn. This is interesting due to the fact that the lead singers of both these bands are siblings.
Check out the pics from the evening
DECEMBER 1st, 2012 - Dinner tonight with the Agent Fresco boys, musicologist Donald Gíslason, Ben Stacey, and photographer Matt Eisman -
great friends and excellent food
! Takk, Donald and Wincie!
NOVEMBER 20th, 2012 - Check out the official Don't Panic Films press kit for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2012. Featuring Agent Fresco, Contalgen Funeral, Dikta, FM Belfast, HAM, Kiriyama Family, Lay Low, Legend, Mammút, Muck, Myrra Rós, Of Monsters And Men, Ojba Rasta, Retro Stefson, Reykjavík!, Sing For Me Sandra, Skálmöld, Sólstafir, Svavar Knutur, Sykur, and The Vintage Caravan.
View the full album HERE
NOVEMBER 16th, 2012 - The lovely
Agent Fresco performed
their first show at Kaffibarinn in several years, where they demoed early versions of three brand new songs!
NOVEMBER 12th, 2012 -
Filming of the Vintage Caravan video
is coming along very nicely, and production should be completed by the end of November.
NOVEMBER 9th, 2012 -
Location scouting for the upcoming Skálmöld video
, for their song "Gleipnir". Production will begin early next week. Very excited about this!
NOVEMBER 8th, 2012 -
An extravagant Airwaves-weekend dinner of bacon and eggs
with Esther Ýr and Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson, drummer of Agent Fresco.
NOVEMBER 7th, 2012 - This was sent to us today,
some interesting fan art based on Sólstafir's 'Fjara' video
. Thanks to Alexandra Yount for this awesome piece!
NOVEMBER 6th, 2012 - More footage of Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on Reykjavik, during the weekend of the annual Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. This video was shot on the main shopping street of Laugavegur, and it's every bit as bleak as it looks -
check out the video HERE
, and make sure your speakers are turned way down!
NOVEMBER 2nd, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy really took a dangerous toll on the south coast of Iceland,
as we discovered TODAY
OCTOBER 21st, 2012 - We've begun work on a brand new music video with the young and extremely talented Icelandic rockers, The Vintage Caravan, for their song "Expand Your Mind". Filming will continue through November, so keep checking here for info regarding the production. Check out the new teaser poster
OCTOBER 17th, 2012 - Icelandic electronic band, Sykur, performed alongside Berndsen and RetRoBot at the Iceland Airwaves Warm-Up concert series tonight. Check out the photos from the event
OCTOBER 14th, 2012 - Director Bowen Staines and Icelandic band, The Vintage Caravan, location scouting in southeast Iceland for an upcoming film project this month. They stopped for a group photo atop the mountains surrounding Hveragerði, check it out
OCTOBER 11th, 2012 - Great practice session and photoshoot with Reykjavik-based hardcore band, Muck, the other day. We are very excited to be featuring them, along with four other bands, in an upcoming episode of DontPanicTV. Check out pics from the afternoon
OCTOBER 9th, 2012 - Just finished a new batch of photos for the extremely talented Icelandic rappers, Úlfur Úlfur. Shooting in one of the most windy and cold parts of Reykjavík sure forces you to get everything done fast! Check out photos from the shoot
SEPTEMBER 17th, 2012 -
Enjoying a night in downtown Reykjavík
with Agent Fresco drummer, Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson, and Úlfur Úlfur members, Arnar Freyr Frostason and Helgi Sæmundur Guðmundsson.
SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012 - Have you listened to the new song yet? Bowen recorded
this track, entitled 'Monster'
, using only a Zoom H4n, Final Cut Pro, and an old Apple iPhone, to experiment with what kind of audio material one can create with video editing software. Give it a listen here!
SEPTEMBER 14th, 2012 - Drummer of Agent Fresco,
Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson, performing a set with Úlfur Úlfur
at Gullhamrar in Reykjavik.
SEPTEMBER 10th, 2012 -
In Iceland for the next several months
, working on a variety of projects - including a music video, and a new episode of DontPanicTV. More info to follow shortly!
SEPTEMBER 8th, 2012 -
Standing on the gravel runway in Pangirtung, Nunavut
in Arctic Canada.
SEPTEMBER 4th, 2012 - Currently
en route to Toronto, Ontario
, to continue recording bass and vocals for the new song, 'Monster'.
AUGUST 1st, 2012 - Hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire with DPF crewmembers, James Paonessa and Joseph Volpe, and good friends, Matthew Garland and Jesse Brockwell.
What a view
JULY 10th, 2012 - In Nantucket, MA for two weeks,
continuing to film for the upcoming skate edit
JULY 1st, 2012 - Currently hard at work on a new full-length skate edit, featuring tricks filmed in Malta, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland.. and
this monstrosity, located in Auburn, Massachusetts
. We've always wanted to skateboard like Ninja Turtles!
JUNE 15th, 2012 - Last Spring, we spent over a month in the Arctic filming a team of scientists in search of the fabled Narwhal, documenting their dangerous migration up Greenland's western coast - our story is airing this month on Oasis HD.
Check out this site for screening times
JUNE 9th, 2012 - In Toronto, Ontario, filming the effervescent electric violinist, Dr. Draw.
Here's a shot from his frenzied performance
at The Royal Ontario Museum last night.
MAY 15th, 2012 -
At an afterparty in Toronto with Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen, and Colm Feore
– more photos to come soon!
MAY 13th, 2012 - In Toronto,
working on a new video project with legendary musician and poet, Leonard Cohen
, with the help of musicologist Donald G. Gíslason, Sistema Toronto, and The Glenn Gould Foundation. Keep checking here for updates regarding the project; more information in the days to follow!
MAY 12th, 2012 - ‘WHERE’S THE SNOW?!’ is now available in Iceland, the US & Canada, and Europe! To order, contact
Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson
MAY 10th, 2012 -
Our Web Store is now OPEN
! Go check out the selection of limited-run apparel, screenprinted in the UK by TotoMerch. All proceeds go towards entering film festivals, and funding future film & music projects in Iceland.
MAY 5th, 2012 - Check out the
photos from the Muck, Caterpillarmen, and Plastic Gods show in Reykjavík last night
, courtesy of photographer & crewmember, Aron F. Þórsteinsson.
MAY 4th, 2012 - In Philadelphia, PA, skating FDR Skatepark for the next two days. Located underneath Interstate 95, this famed East Coast park is entirely hand-built by enthusiastic skaters, and is constantly being added to and improved upon. FDR has been a destination for riders all over the world for the last 16 years, and continues to hold its place as a symbol of raw East Coast talent. Check out photos from the session
MAY 1st, 2012 - Currently working on a film to benefit small New Hampshire-based school, Learning Skills Academy, helping students with severe learning disabilities receive the best education available. Learn more
APRIL 21st, 2012 – In Athens, GA,
filming for a new full-length video part
, which should be finished by the end of SUMMER.
MARCH 13th, 2012 -
In New York City for the weekend, with Grapevine editor and Reykjavík! guitarist, Haukur S. Magnússon
. Don’t go to Hummus Kitchen unless you like warm beer!
MARCH 12th, 2012 - Check out the brand-new full album of photos from the DON’T PANIC archive – features a collection of still photography from Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, and Arctic Canada. View the album
MARCH 3rd, 2012 - Reykjavik Calling concert in Boston tonight, featuring Icelandic acts Lay Low, Pétur Ben, Sóley, and Mugison. Check out the photos from the evening
FEBRUARY 17th, 2012 - Last night, we were extremely honored when "Fjara" won Best Music Video at the 2012 X-ið Music Awards! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who was a part of this, and for taking the time to vote for your favorites! Other winners included Mugison as performer of the year, Nanna Bryndís of Of Monsters & Men as singer of the year, and Iceland Airwaves as music event of the year.
HERE'S Addi and Gummi from Sólstafir accepting our award during the ceremony at NASA
FEBRUARY 15th, 2012 - Check out the full album of production photos from Sólstafir's "FJARA" video
! Includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video, as well stories from the set, and locations that never made the final cut.
FEBRUARY 6th, 2012 - "FJARA" was nominated for Best Music Video in the X-ið Music Awards. We are truly honored to be sharing the spot with Agent Fresco, GusGus, and other incredible talents - go
to vote for your favorites now! Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 16th.
JANUARY 6th, 2012 – We are saddened to hear that NASA, one of Reykjavik’s oldest and most established venues, will soon be no more. Downtown 101 was the last place on earth that needed ANOTHER hotel. We’ve had many unforgettable moments at NASA, gone to countless shows, stared drunkenly into those sand-blasted plate glass lobsters, and broken more bottles of beer upon that shiny black floor than we’d care to admit. Hopefully something will change before Reykjavik becomes one enormous hotel. Read the article
. Show your support, and keep the protests going.
JANUARY 2nd, 2012 – We’re very proud to announce the addition of Reykjavik-based photographer Aron F. Þórsteinsson! Check out some of his excellent work
JANUARY 1st, 2012 – Gleðilegt nýtt ár from all of us at Don’t Panic! May your year be as excellent as the last.
DECEMBER 18th, 2011 – We just did a full-length film with Ólafur Arnalds! As part of the ‘Living Room Songs’ project, the film will be packaged with Óli’s new CD of the same name, which is available now! See the trailer
DECEMBER 13th, 2011 – Perez Hilton recommends a video we did with Retro Stefson?
DECEMBER 10th, 2011 – Location scouting today for the upcoming Agent Fresco music video, "Translations", off their excellent album ‘A Long Time Listening’. Video will be directed by Bowen Staines, shot by Unnar Helgi Danielsson Beck, with art direction by Audur Ómarsdóttir. Check out the location
DECEMBER 8th, 2011 – Check out the music video we just did for Reykjavik! and Air Iceland, illustrating the YouTube-famous
flight of terror from Reykjavik to Ísafjörður
, and don’t miss Reykjavik!’s brand-new album, ‘Locust Sounds’, featuring the song "Hellbound Heart".
DECEMBER 4th, 2011 –
Photoshoot today with Reykjavik-based hardcore band, Muck
. Look for their upcoming album soon, entitled ‘Slaves’ – as well as a short documentary project on Muck coming next year!
NOVEMBER 20th, 2011 –
Today we threw a coffin over a 70-meter waterfall in southeast Iceland
for the finale of the Sólstafir video. Most random Sunday in recent memory. Fact.
NOVEMBER 18th, 2011 –
At NASA shooting footage
for a feature-length documentary on Icelandic rhapsodic math-rockers, Agent Fresco. Look for more info early next year.
OCTOBER 21st, 2011 – Check out the new video project we just did with Retro Stefson
OCTOBER 12th-16th, 2011 - Iceland Airwaves 2011 is here! Filming the festival with Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson for the amazing season finale of Sleepless In Reykjavik!
OCTOBER 9th, 2011 - A brand-new episode of Sleepless In Reykjavik is out, and it rocks! Check out Episode 5
, featuring Dikta, Árstíðir, and Ólafur Arnalds.
OCTOBER 8th, 2011 - Check out this brand-new project we've been working on with Ólafur Arnalds the last few weeks, entitled "Living Room Songs". Óli writes and records a new song every day of the week, to be released for free on mp3 and video the following morning. We recently shot the final video a few nights ago; check out the entire project
OCTOBER 1st, 2011 - Check out some pics from the set of Sólstafir's epic new music video, "Fjara"
- more information in the days to follow!
SEPTEMBER 24th-28th, 2011 - Filming an epic new music video for the legendary antichristian Icelandic heathen bastards, Sólstafír, for their upcoming album "Svartir Sandar", due out OCTOBER 14th!
SEPTEMBER 20th, 2011 - Of Monsters And Men album release party at Faktorý - check out their beautiful single, "Little Talks",
SEPTEMBER 18th, 2011 - In Iceland for three months, writing for
The Reykjavik Grapevine
, Iceland's essential guide to life, travel, and entertainment.
SEPTEMBER 12th, 2011 - In Toronto, Ontario, filming some skating for the upcoming Heart Griptape video, "Where The Sinners Go".
AUGUST 9th, 2011 - Check out
the brand-new, sexy 4th Episode of Sleepless in Reykjavik
, featuring Icelandic bands, Vicky, and Apparat Organ Quartet.
JULY 30th, 2011 - "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" screening tonight in Gimli, Manitoba, as part of the 2011 Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Showing at The Lady of The Lake Theater, 5:30pm, followed by a Q&A. More information
JULY 21st, 2011 - Check out the brand-new 3rd episode of Sleepless in Reykjavik
! In this episode, legendary Icelandic prog rap group, Quarashi, wraps up the Besta Music Festival in Iceland.
JULY 3rd, 2011 - At the edge of the world: we finally reach our destination, the Eclipse Sound floe edge in the Canadian Arctic, and spend a night filming polar bears and narwhal on the rapidly melting ice.
More photos to come SOON
JUNE 29th, 2011 - Check out the latest episode of Sleepless in Reykjavik
! This episode follows the boys from Endless Dark at Sódóma, and on set at Emmsjé Gauti's new music video shoot!
JUNE 20th, 2011 - View satellite images and interactive maps of our expedition
JUNE 15th, 2011 -
A tough year for ice in northwest Greenland
JUNE 10th, 2011 - The Lancaster Sound 2011: Arctic Whale Survey is featured in the New York Times - follow our daily updates
JUNE 9th, 2011 - Check out the latest episode of Sleepless in Reykjavik
! This episode follows the FM957 Listeners Awards, and Solstafir in the Sundlaugin studio.
JUNE 6th, 2011 - The Arctic Endeavor departs from Ilulissat, Greenland, for 32 days above the Arctic Circle. Check out photos of our home for the next month
JUNE 5th, 2011 -
In Copenhagen, Denmark for the day. More photos coming SOON
JUNE 1st, 2011 - In Greenland for a month, documenting the arctic migration of Narwhal across Baffin Bay & the Lancaster Sound. For more information, check out the Oceans North website
MAY 30th, 2011 - In Reykjavík, Iceland for the day, seeing friends and preparing for a month in the Arctic Circle with Arcadia Entertainment & Oceans North.
MAY 27th, 2011 - In Halifax, Nova Scotia for two days preparing for a month in Greenland - check out the full scoop
MAY 18th, 2011 - "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" screening tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm @ Cinematheque | 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Tickets $6
MAY 15th, 2011 - "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" accepted into the NÚNA (NOW) Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Check out more information on the MAY 18th screening
MAY 3rd, 2011 - Take home the National Geographic/Arcadia Entertainment/Don't Panic Films presentation of "LAST STAND OF THE TEMPLARS" now! Order directly from the National Geographic store
APRIL 28th, 2011 - Check out the
fantastic review of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!"
written by Donald G. Gíslason for the Icelandic publication Lögberg-Heimskringla!
MARCH 28th, 2011 - "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" is coming to DVD very soon, with a ton of bonus features including two featurettes on the opening night at RIFF, with performances from Agent Fresco and Mammút, director's commentary, deleted scenes, and a feature-length drinking game! Check out the official DVD poster
MARCH 26th, 2011 - New video for Mínus's "Cradlesong" was featured on acclaimed Icelandic music blog,
MARCH 24th, 2011 - The Icelandic rock legends, collectively known as Mínus, are back at it! Here, northern Scandinavia's esteemed sons of rock & roll perform a brand new song from their forthcoming album, KOL, the long-awaited follow up to their 2007 album, The Great Northern Whalekill. Check it out
FEBRUARY 27th, 2011 - The wait is over, and DontPanicTV Episode 3 is finally here, featuring Toronto-based extreme violinist, Dr. Draw! Often referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin", Eugene Draw has opened for A-list acts like Bette Midler, shared the stage with the world-renowned Seal, and played for the Prime Minister of Singapore. Check out Episode 3
JANUARY 19th, 2011 - Icelandic band, Agent Fresco, records one of their latest songs, entitled "In The Dirtiest Deep Of Hope", off their excellent debut album, "A Long Time Listening", live in the famed Sundlaugin recording studio. Check out the brand new video
JANUARY 10th, 2011 - Currently working on the Third Episode of DontPanicTV, featuring Toronto-based extreme violinist, Dr. Draw. Look for it by the end of the month!
JANUARY 3rd, 2011 - Working on the bonus features and graphic layout for the upcoming DVD release of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" Check back for more news regarding the films release in the next few weeks!
DECEMBER 26th, 2010 - Second batch of photos from Iceland: Sept-Nov. are up! Featuring dozens of performances from this year's Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, check it out
DECEMBER 18th, 2010 - Rökkurró's new video for "Sólin mun skína" is featured on thirteen different websites, including
Icelandic Music Export
DECEMBER 16th, 2010 - Brand-new music video for the accomplished and alluring Icelandic band, Rökkurró, for their song "Sólin mun skína" off their latest album "Í Annan Heim" (or "In Another World"), directed by Bowen Staines. Watch it
DECEMBER 14th, 2010 - First batch of photos from the last two months filming in Iceland are finally up! Check out pics from the premiere of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, as well as performances from Rocktoberfest, and an evening in the studio with Agent Fresco
NOVEMBER 28th, 2010 - Brand new music video for the extraordinarily talented Icelandic band, Bróðir Svartúlfs, just released
. The new single is called "Velkomin", and it rocks!!
NOVEMBER 1st, 2010 - Shooting new music video for legendary Icelandic rap-rock group,
, for their new single "Velkomin". Shooting will take place in the small northern town of Sauðárkrókur, and will be released around Christmas time. You can check out some behind-the-scenes photos
OCTOBER 29th, 2010 - Popular Icelandic music blog, Rjominn.is, discusses upcoming Rokkurro and Broðir Svartulfs music video projects with Bowen Staines. You can read the article (if you speak Icelandic) right
OCTOBER 18th, 2010 - Shooting a brand-new music video for the magnificently-talented band,
, for their song "Sólin mun skína" off their latest album, "Í Annan Heim" - we love these guys!! Look for the music video by Christmas.
OCTOBER 16th, 2010 -
The Reykjavik Grapevine
, Iceland's largest independent arts & culture newspaper, features a
on "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!", as well as the upcoming projects and future collaboration of Bowen Staines & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson.
OCTOBER 13th-17th, 2010 -
Iceland Airwaves Music Festival
bombards the city of Reykjavik for five days, featuring over 160 Icelandic bands and nearly 100 international acts. Don't Panic Films & Sleepless In Reykjavik Productions team up with
to cover the entire event.
OCTOBER 10th, 2010 - Nanna Árnadóttir of
, publishes an extensive review of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" Check it out
OCTOBER 8th, 2010 - Don't Panic Films team member and web designer, Matthew Hancock, arrives in Reykjavik for ten days to cover the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.
SEPTEMBER 28th-OCTOBER 2nd, 2010 - "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" is screened six additional nights,
selling out each time
SEPTEMBER 26th, 2010 - Sold-out world premiere of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, where big-name Icelandic bands Agent Fresco and Mammut performed to open the show, followed by the screening of the film, and an extensive Q&A with directors, Bowen Staines & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson. Check out the RIFF TV video from the event
AUGUST 28th, 2010 - World Premiere of "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!" set for SEPTEMBER 26th at Iðno in Reykjavik, Iceland, during the RIFF film festival - Icelandic super-band, Agent Fresco, is confirmed to perform at the premiere, with more bands to be announced!
AUGUST 20th, 2010 - Don't Panic Films & Sleepless In Reykjavik's anticipated film "WHERE'S THE SNOW?!"
is accepted into the Reykjavik International Film Festival
AUGUST 16th, 2010 - Check out the
BEAUTIFUL brand-new episode
of Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson's "Sleepless In Reykjavik", featuring Icelandic bands, Our Lives, Árstíðir, Mammut, and The Kraumur Music Fund!
JUNE 10, 2010 – Joined forces with sports and energy super-giant, RED BULL, to release the anticipated new documentary on Iceland Airwaves, "WHERE’S THE SNOW?!" across Northern Europe for the next three years! Check back for more exciting information in the next few weeks!
JUNE 9, 2010 – Check out
the brand-new episode of "Sleepless in Reykjavik"
, done by the extremely-versatile filmmaker and DontPanic crewmember, Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson – it’s excellent!
MAY 1, 2010 – In Toronto, Ontario, filming the upcoming third episode of DontPanicTV with Toronto-based extreme violinist, Dr. Draw. Frequently called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin", Draw and co. definitely have some surprises and adventures in store when the episode releases at the end of AUGUST.
APRIL 14, 2010 – The official trailer for the upcoming Don't Panic Films and Sleepless in Reykjavik production for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, "WHERE'S THE #@&%! SNOW?!", has just been released
Featured in the latest issue (FEBRUARY 10, 2010) of Morgunblaðið. Check out the article
We've added a new section "Don't Panic TV",
check it out
Check out new Don't Panic crew member, Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson's brand-new full length documentary on Ólafur Arnalds, "The Sky MAY Be Falling...But The Stars Look Good On You", right
. Film was recently accepted to the
2010 Gimli Film Festival
Bowen Staines was recently added to the official Sleepless in Reykjavik film crew. Check out their brand-new site
, and be sure to meet the whole crew!
"Ocean Invaders" accepted into both the 2010 Oxford Film Festival, and the 2010 Macon Film Festival! FEBRUARY 4th-21st
First three episodes of brand-new DontPanicTV series announced: Mammut (airing DECEMBER '09), Agent Fresco (airing JANUARY '10), and Retro Stefson (airing FEBRUARY '10).
Touring Europe and Northern Scandinavia with Icelandic band, Mammut, and filming a documentary on their tour and history together, as well as gathering material for the new DontPanicTV television series - Episode 1: Mammut will air early-2010. NOVEMBER 21st-30th
In Nova Scotia, Israel, and Malta, shooting a documentary for National Geographic on the Knights Templar. Produced by
, this extensive documentary will air on the National Geographic channel in APRIL. OCTOBER 25th-NOVEMBER 15th
In Nashville, Tennessee, editing segments for "DRINK MORE BRENNIVIN", premiering in Iceland during the Eistnaflug festival, Summer 2010!
In New Hampshire, editing "Iceland Airwaves 2009" DVD with Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson. OCTOBER 21st-MARCH 1st (2010)
In Reykjavik, Iceland, producing a DVD for the Iceland Airwaves music festival, with the help of "Sleepless in Reykjavik" director, Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson - visit his brand-new website
! OCTOBER 8th - 20th
In Toronto, Canada, filming segments for "Drink More Brennivin": OCTOBER 2nd - 5th
VanCar and DONT PANIC produce DVD for Grammy-Nominated band, After Edmund. Check out excerpts from the project
, and look for it in stores near you soon! AUGUST 25th
DONT PANIC FILMS opens branch in Nashville, Tennessee, and joins forces with VanCar Productions to produce music videos for area musicians - visit their website
! AUGUST 22nd
DONT PANIC Crew tackles 5,000-mile road trip across the US - from Savannah, GA to San Francisco, CA - filming for "Drink More Brennivin." Follow their day-by-day entries
! AUGUST 6 - 20
"Ocean Invaders" accepted into Eco Focus Film Festival, Wild & Science Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival!
DONT PANIC produces promotional video for Charlotte-based photographer, Agie Sundaram at AgieStyle.com - check out his awesome new video
! JULY 15th "OCEAN INVADERS" - WINNER, 1ST PLACE "BEST DOCUMENTARY" AT THE 2009 BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL!
IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA FOR THE BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL: "OCEAN INVADERS" NOMINATED FOR "BEST DOCUMENTARY": JUNE 10 - 14
"OCEAN INVADERS" FEATURED IN BOTH "SOUTH MAGAZINE" AND "MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE": MAY 29th
DONT PANIC'S CHRISTOPHER CAREY RECEIVES AWARD FOR "OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT" FOR http://www.facebook.com/l/;VANCAR.tv AT 2009 SCADEMY AWARDS: MAY 28th
IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA FOR THE 2009 SCADEMY AWARDS: "WATER OVER THE DAM", DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BROWN, NOMINATED FOR "BEST DOCUMENTARY": MAY 28th
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