Fancy Rhino Launches Mama Bear Studios

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fancy Rhino, a Chattanooga-based creative content company, has launched Mama Bear Studios. The new production company will develop and produce feature films, television and new forms of original content.

“Our mission is to empower creative teams, tell amazing stories and create the studio of the future,” said Isaiah Smallman, one of the company’s founders. “Chattanooga happens to be the perfect place to do that. It’s an amazing place to live and The Chattanooga Film Festival has already succeeded wildly in bringing more of a film culture to the city. In time, we hope to build it into a destination for filmmakers from around the world.”

Mama Bear Studios plans to build a slate of diverse projects and increase its profile in the international film community. “It’s an exciting time to be joining the film industry,” said Mr. Smallman. “Things are changing fast, but no one knows what’s coming next and there are huge opportunities to disrupt the old ways of doing things. Production is more decentralized than it’s ever been and the market for high quality content has never been bigger.”

However, Mama Bear does not plan to completely turn its back on those who came before.

According to Mr. Smallman, “the studio system is broken, but there is a massive amount infrastructure in place that is still necessary for efficiently delivering the product to consumers. Right now we have no intention of trying to compete in the distribution space. Rather, we want to focus our efforts on filling consumers’ seemingly insatiable desire for high quality content.”

However, along with partner company Fancy Rhino, the company does have long term plans to disrupt the distribution space as well.

The company’s launch coincides with the release of its first feature film, LOW AND BEHOLDBased on real events, LOW AND BEHOLD tells the story of a young insurance claim adjuster, in post-Katrina New Orleans, who risks his job to help a local man find his lost dog. Shot in New Orleans only months after Hurricane Katrina, this neorealist-inspired film blends fiction and non-fiction to tell the story of an unlikely friendship.

Mama Bear Studios has partnered with the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices program to release the film on iTunes August 18th. The release is in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the premier will be followed by releases on Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube.

Mama Bear Studios was founded by Mr. Smallman and his business partner Drew Belz, in collaboration with Fancy Rhino and Lamp Post Group. Fancy Rhino members Dan Jacobs and Chad Harris will also join the Mama Bear team part time.

 



Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events Nov. 27-Dec 1

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 LCAA AM Regathering 7:30-9:00 a.m. Peet's Coffee:  819 Chestnut Street East Brainerd Council Meeting 11:30-1:00 p.m. Car Barn:  6721 Heritage Business Court Meetings cost $12. .............................. .............................. .............................. .... ... (click for more)

Unemployment Rate Inches Up In Northwest Georgia

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said on Thursday that Northwest Georgia saw the number of unemployed residents climb and its unemployment rte tick up in October. The October unemployment rate, at 4.3 percent, was up from 4.1 percent in September. The unemployment rate rose as the number of unemployed residents increased by 391 to 17,800. The October rate compares favorably ... (click for more)

$100,000 Powereball Winner In Greeneville

A Tennessee Lottery Powerball player in Greeneville woke up Thanksgiving morning a $100,000 winner.  The as-yet-unknown player matched 4 of 5 white balls drawn plus the Powerball in the Wednesday night drawing, which has a base prize of $50,000. Since he or she added the Power Play option for a dollar, the prize was multiplied by the Power Play number drawn, which was ... (click for more)

Hixson Burglary Suspect Tries To Swim Away; Deputies Catch Him In Borrowed Boat

A Hixson burglary suspect on Wednesday tried to swim away from deputies, but to no avail.   The proprietor of Chattanooga Fish and Fun was notified when his camera system was triggered by an individual attempting to break into his business. The owner immediately contacted the Sheriff's Office and drove to the business location.   As deputies arrived on scene, ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Chicken Gun

On the very day when more poultry is consumed in the United States than at any other time in the year, fun-loving Wendell Burns shared a wonderful story about “The Chicken Gun.” What makes the tale even better is that it was designed and built to perfection by the folks at the Arnold Air Force Base that you know is near Tullahoma, Tn. Wendell’s mistake in sending the story is ... (click for more)