Knack Factory 2016 Summer projects update

Whew! 

A broader company update is on its way, I assure, but please allow me to offer a quick plug for the movie Pete's Dragon, which is a "kids" movie (and a remake of the classic cartoon), but it is also a new classic and will blow your brain and heart wide open in all of those beautiful ways. And listen to Forget, Forget, who we recorded in the studio a few months back, and with who I am in love. And oh my god, Western Medicine is genius, as is Said Cato-King. Like, we get to be around these awesome people doing these incredible things and making this wonderful art and it's a job. Sometimes it feels a little criminal.

(I mean, yesterday I got to talk about the civil rights fight, Stokely Carmichael, and Beyonce with Prof. David Driskell as part of my work day. How is this even possible?) 

Also, Jeffrey Toobin's book on Patty Hearst, and the American radical movements of the 70s, is worth the read. I also just read Firestarter for the first time which, with a plot centered on a government agency tracking a few renegades on the lamb in the age of Nixon's fall, made for an unlikely companion piece. 

Okay now. Let's take a quick peak at some of the stuff we've worked on since we last offered an update. 

Olympic Gold Metalist and all around badass and wonderful person Aly Raisman shared the shots we took for her work with Revision Skincare

We commissioned illustrator Taylor Mirabito to paint a mural on our wall, which you can see above. Lindsay produced this beautiful video about the installation.

We had the incredible fortune of experimenting with taking 360 video production to another level by incorporating a number of design elements in this factory tour we produced for our friends at Allagash Brewing Company

With support from Dirigo Capital Advisors, we were lucky to be able to help theMaine Early Learning Investment Group [MELIG] produce this video about the importance of investing in early childhood education.

There is so, so much more to share, but that's for another update. 

In the meantime, we'd love to celebrate a few client, partner and friend happenings.

Many congratulations to our friends at Might & Main for their Merit award in the 2016 HOW Promotion and Marketing Design Awards.

Speaking of Might & Main, and out mutual clients and friends Eventide Oyster Co., Nerd Juggernaut J.J. Abrams was spotted at the National Gallery of Art wearing a Might & Main designed Eventide t-shirt. Holy cow! 

Our friends over at Jamra Patel deployed an app and iOS keyboard that lets West African users type texts, tweets and emails in the N'ko typeface. It's pretty amazing. 

Robyn Kanner, our dear, dear friend, was invited to The White House for a summit to work with other LGBTQ leaders in tech on some of America's toughest challenges. AMAZING.

We were so honored and proud to sponsor Robyn's keynote at Maine Startup and Create Week 2016. You can see her keynote here. 

You can also catch some backstage interviews with Robyn herehere andhere

Our friend Brant Dadaleares, one of the most talented pastry chefs we know, is hosting a confection pop up in September. Don't miss it. You might recall that time we hung out with Brant when he made Bonbons. 

Now finally, some words from the heart. 

I typically only talk about Knack Factory in passing. I share some of our creations and productions here and there, on social media and in emails like this, but I rarely speak directly to the organization itself. Acknowledging this, I want to take a second to say that I am so extraordinarily proud of this company, the work we are trusted to do, and the creative endeavors we self initiate, support and produce. I feel so lucky to work with these people, and to support and be supported by a talented family that is committed to keeping values and creativity at its core.

I'd go so far as to say that we are a catch.

So what follows is a bit of an invitation, really.

You know that we are a commercial and creative content [video and photo, largely] firm, which means sometimes we’re hired to produce commercial video and commercial photography, and sometimes we make and invest in creative endeavors simply because we believe in them, or enjoy the experimentation they invite.

We have produced projects about artists, knife makers, burlesque troupes and body imageax wielding poetsfeminist brewers, civil rights heroes, and hundreds of other subjects.

And this extends beyond digital content production too, and into events, music productionscene-specific journalismpartiesconversations about race and community, and more. And, right in between all of this, we acknowledging that not everyone can pay commercial prices, particularly those people and organizations doing the good work of the world, we make substantial concessions and contributions to ensure their work can be done, voices be heard, and visions seen with the aid of our craft.

This is where that invitation kicks in.

If you’re looking to get your message out into the hearts of your audience, or your company or agency is, or if you’re looking to work on a creative project, or to make something interesting generally, or are doing something where we should be working together in one way or another, let us know. If you know someone who fits this description, please tell them to get in touch. If the fit is right, I like to think we’re a lot of fun to work with, and we’re highly professional, and we have you’re back especially when you’re part of this extended creative and professional family, and we let talented people be talented without getting in their way, and we invest in arts, vision, drive and so on.

If you’re coming on board as a client (or if you are already on board), know that you’ll be well taken care of, and what we take as profit largely gets reinvested into the arts and creative community as deeply as possible. If you are looking to move people, mobilize them, be heard, inspire, and anything and everything in between, let’s talk. If it's been a while, let's reconnect. Or if you just want to figure out ways we should know and support each other, I look forward to that conversation too.

If you're already working with us, or so close to our work that you're receiving this email, I hope that we've already conveyed the following. So if it's something you already know, or if this resonates with your experience, please feel free to forward along to someone with whom we should collaborate further, and if we haven't worked together in a while, let's chat again soon! 

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so I'll spare the rest for another time, friends. 

Big love from your friends at Knack Factory. 

Alex

Oh! If we HAVE worked together, please, please, please consider reviewing your experience on Facebook and/or Yelp! Believe it or not, it really helps us out.