From the Director: Journey Ahead
May 4, 2019
Hunkering down for winter always brings the opportunity to step back and reflect… Since completing the edit, The Last Pig has been invited to 36 film festivals and had over 200 screenings in 34 countries. Even before it’s official release, Bob’s story is opening hearts and minds across the globe. We’re tremendously grateful to all…
The Year of the Pig
April 12, 2019
Help celebrate the Year of the Pig by raising awareness about the very animal we’re honoring! Director, Allison Argo, collaborated with Chinese filmmaker Jian Yi, to create a short animated film about the inhumane conditions endured by pigs.
Being a Pig
September 8, 2015
For more than thirty years, I have been beset by recurrent depression. A very dark and ugly episode descended eight weeks ago and sent me careening into the abyss.
However, a stray bit from the world of light surprised me yesterday by cascading down to me, undeterred by the darkness of my indwelling hell.
Happy Pigs Make Happy Meat?
August 6, 2015
A year ago a friend sent me a link to an online essay. I was swamped at the time, but the title, Happy Pigs Make Happy Meat?, intrigued me so I scanned the first paragraph… An hour later, I’d poured through a dozen essays, all written by Bob Comis. I was stunned by what he’d written—and deeply moved. I called my dear friend & cinematographer Joe Brunette, who agreed that Bob’s story was one that should be told.
Visiting Some Old Friends…
After giving a talk in Miami, I got to visit some old and very special friends. Toddy is in the chute and Chipper is in the dome. I'm standing next to the amazing Patti Ragan, who created this safe haven for discarded chimps. Check out Center For Great Apes. They're doing such important work!
Kidnapped by Parrots: Parrot Confidential
It’s been a long time since our last update -- but there's a great excuse: I was kidnapped by a flock of parrots...Our latest film is about to the leave the nest! This is a film I have long wanted (and long needed) to make. At last the timing was right. When Nature gave the project a green light, we felt it best to put The Story of Dao on a brief hiatus. The parrot story is one that...
Requiem For a Remarkable Soul
This morning I awoke with the heaviness of loss. A dear friend passed away last night. She was one of the most remarkable individuals I’ve ever met. Though I’d known her for less than a decade, she has left an indelible mark on who I am. She has awed me with her gentleness and generosity, with her ability to survive adversity and somehow elevate herself above it all.
There are some individuals who transform us. They inspire and...
May 5, 2012
It is such a wonderful time of the year. On Cape Cod the trees have finally leafed out and the world is exploding in green. The air is alive with birdsong and spring peepers… definitely a time for new beginnings!
Here at ArgoFilms, we have shed our cold weather gear and are moving onto the next phase of The Story of Dao. After a season of writing and wrestling with images, at last we have a video promo and proposal...
The Magic of Kickstarter
September 13, 2011
For ten years I had dreamed of breathing life into a film about an elephant named Dao. I'd been lucky to be making films back-to- back and could never seem to find a long enough break to take Dao's story to the next stage. Last year, I finally made the decision to take a breather from television and, instead, breathe life into The Story of Dao. Since it is an epic tale spanning 50 years in the life of an...
Crash Emmy Nomination
July 10, 2009
We’ve just gotten news that CRASH: a Tale of Two Species has been nominated for a National Emmy!
Kudos to cinematographers Michael Male and Andy Young (with additional shots by Chris Szwedo). The cinematographers struggled to capture the images, working out of tents in extremely tough locations (Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America and in the Canadian Arctic). This is wonderful news...
Tales from Thailand
June 13, 2011
A THOUSAND STORIES
It is raining in Bangkok. I can hear the thunder rolling outside my hotel room.
My head is swimming with elephants. Around every corner, there’s another – and each has a story to make your heart stop. The past month has been sobering. When I close my eyes, they parade by in a silent, grey slide show of lost and found souls: Motala, Wassana, Pang Dow, Ton Gee, ...