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A Winter's Journey (2023)

Not just a snowboarding montage set to music, “A Winter’s Journey” tells the story of best friends Tony and Chris’ experiences with diversity and progression in the sport of snowboarding. From Colorado to Alaska to Canada to Europe. Does Tony have what it takes to become a respected boarder in only his 2nd full season of riding? We’ll find out.

Concerned Global Citizens (2023)

In the summer of 2021 Tony Aaron II and Chris Carthern began traveling around the world making a documentary about the effects of climate change on popular tourist destinations and the locals who live there. They will continue their travels through the spring of 2023. During their travels they speak with locals, scientists, activists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, climate policy advisors, meteorologists, climatologists, climate aware travel agents, and others to get a wide range of perspectives of the effects of climate change on 5 continents.

Beyond the Frame: Karting Colorado (2023)

A behind the scenes look at Mystery Dinner Studios’ attempt to make “Karting Colorado”, a documentary about bringing diversity to the Colorado karting scene. We explore the creative and practical difficulties of everything from creating unique camera angles to the director of the documentary simultaneously racing the go kart to dealing with the frustrations and consequences of “the soft bigotry of low expectations”. If you desire to learn we will show you how it’s done.

Murder at the Mechanics Institute: A Country of Coups (2023)

Mystery Dinner Studios team up with Villanova University history professor William Horne to explore the historical events of the 1866 racist murders at the Mechanics Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana and the through line of violent acts and policies in the history of the United States to the present.

Mahogany Mermaid: Aliyah Griffith (2023)

Marine Science PhD Student and National Geographic Explorer Aliyah Griffith tells the story of her journey to become the first black woman to graduate from the UNC marine biology program with a PhD and her attempts to bring a more efficient method of surveying coral reefs to the shores of her native island of Barbados.

The Team

Tony Aaron II and Chris Carthern are co-executive producers, best friends, and social justice advocates that have devoted their careers to self-producing diverse, woke, incisive, and insightful content with the uncompromising intention of permanently changing the world for all underrepresented peoples. #BlackLivesMatter #ProportionalRepresentationNow

Tony Aaron II

Director ∙ Cinematographer ∙ Editor ∙ Composer ∙ Executive Producer

Chris Carthern

Camera Operator ∙ Location Sound Recordist ∙ Executive Producer

Allison Ewing

Associate Executive Producer ∙ Casting Producer

Otis Jones

Composer

Redditt O. Hudson

Police Reform Consultant ∙ Retired Police Officer

Brian Bradford

Mentor ∙ Retired CBS Paramount Executive

Chrissy Stroop

LGBTQIA Activist ∙ Ex-Evangelical Writer

Rev. Benjamin Perry

Religious Progressive ∙ Religion Consultant

Heather Taylor

Police Reform Consultant ∙ Retired Detective Sargent

Aliyah Griffith

Marine Science PhD Student ∙ National Geographic Explorer

Guillermo Schöning

Intern ∙ Camera Operator ∙ Still Photographer

William Horne

Villanova University History Professor ∙ Historical Researcher

Michael Harriot

Black Historian ∙ Author ∙ TV Writer ∙ Activist

MYSTERY DINNER STUDIOS presents CGC: ECOTOURISTS and CGC: A WINTER’S JOURNEY
executive produced by CHRIS CARTHERN and TONY AARON II
associate executive produced by ALLISON EWING and SEAN NEVILLE
edited by TONY AARON II  score composed by OTIS JONES and TONY AARON II
directed by TONY AARON II  cinematography by TONY AARON II  camera operator CHRIS CARTHERN