Contact us: Bray's Run Productions

 

 

WHO WE ARE:

 

 

BRAY'S RUN PRODUCTIONS, LLC

 

Bray's Run Productions is a Seattle-based independent film production company founded by Greg Moga that specializes in exploring culture, history and travel through the prism of charismatic people across the globe. We open doors into aspects of culture that traditional media has overlooked.

 

VAARA

 

VAARA is a film and TV production company located in Helsinki, Finland.

 

 

MIKKEL AALAND, CO-PRODUCER / HOST

 

Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photojournalist and the best-selling author of fifteen books. Aaland's best known book is the 1978 classic best seller 'Sweat, The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Banya, Islamic Hamman, Japanese Mushi-buro, Mexican Temescal and American Indian & Eskimo Sweat lodge.' Aaland, who leads photography workshops around the globe, is comfortable both in front and behind a camera.

 

 

MIKA HOTAKAINEN, DIRECTOR FINNISH SAUNA EPISODE, CO-PRODUCER

 

Mika Hotakainen is a Finnish director and writer, known for the critically acclaimed films, Steam of Life (2010), Freedom to Serve (2004) and Ristin tie (2016). Mika is the director for the first Perfect Sweat segment, the Finnish Sauna, which began filming on July 25th 2017.

 

 

ALINA RUDNITSKAYA, DIRECTOR RUSSIAN BANYA EPISODE

 

Alina Rudnitskaya is an award winning film director and producer. She is a 2001 graduate of St. Petersburg University for Arts and Culture, Department of Film Directing, where she started her career in the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio.  Rudnitskaya's films have been shown worldwide and received critical acclaim and prizes in festivals in Leipzig, Madrid, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Berlin, Belgrade, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Rudnitskaya's films always have a characteristic original perspective; she is interested not only in depicting the facts of life but also in exploring the internal worlds of her characters. She succeeds in painting a vivid image of modern society while maintaining a very personal and humanistic approach to each one of her stories.

 

 

WOLFGANG ETTLICH, DIRECTOR SAUNA AUFGUSS EPISODE

 

Wolfgang Ettlich is an award-winning German documentary film maker – specializing in long-term observation. In 1985, Ettlich founded Mediengruppe Schwabing (MGS). In 1995, he received the Grimme-Preis for his film “Ausgerechnet Bananen” and in 1999 he received a nomination for the German Film Award for his film “Wir machen weiter”. In 2017, he was the first documentary director to receive the prestigious film award from the City of Hof.

 

 

DOUG PRAY, DIRECTOR NORTH AMERICA EPISODE / CONSULTANT

 

Doug Pray has directed a number of highly acclaimed feature-length documentary films about subcultures and maverick characters. His work includes, “ART & COPY” which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and “SURFWISE” about legendary surfer and health guru, Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz. Doug’s other films include the critically acclaimed and internationally distributed “HYPE!” “SCRATCH,” “BIG RIG,” “INFAMY,” and “LEVITATED MASS.” Doug won his first Emmy Award for an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign he shot and directed in El Salvador for Viacom. In 2012, he won international awards for “WAKE UP THE TOWN,” a series of shorts for Phillips filmed in the world’s northernmost village. He has directed a Spike TV program for Dr. Martens called “VEER,” and “FEEL YOUR HEART RACE” for ESPN about auto racing. Clients include Google, Budweiser, IBM, Samsung, Ford, PBS, Microsoft, Mobil, Kodak, Adidas, Nike, Sprite, Guinness, and the Canadian Government. He is currently executive producing, writing/editing a 4-episode docu-series for HBO called “THE DEFIANT ONES.”

 

 

SAMUEL AARNIO, LOCAL GUIDE AND CO- HOST FINLAND

 

Samuel Aarnio lives and works in the high tech and entertainment business in Helsinki, Finland. He is a certified sweat fanatic.  He writes: ““I am a young guy who just loves the sauna. I use it for everything - to relax from busy days, to plan my travel locations, keep up health and maintain a low stress level, for creativity, cardio, self medication, meditation and to meet new and old friends.” Recently he made a weekend trip to Berlin with friends and squeezed in 16 sweat sessions at 16 different saunas.

 

 

ANNA ARTEMIEVA, LOCAL HOST RUSSIA

 

Anna Artemieva is a 25 year-old interior design journalist and public relations specialist, representing cutting-edge architects, brands and dealers. Burkina's creative design company is called the Shum (which means 'noise' in Russian) Agency. Anna is a dedicated blogger whose posts about the banya culture are followed by over 10,000. She calls herself a "banya addicted girl' who is hooked on the healthy living communal aspects of the traditional bathing culture of Russia.

 

CHRISTINE ROSE, LOCAL HOST, ITALY & GERMANY, SAUNA AUFGUSS EPISDOE

 

Christine Rose was introduced to the modern Aufguss Sauna culture after moving from her native Germany to northern Italy. While bathing at Cron 4, a public sauna center in South Tyrol, she experienced a “romantic sauna dance” where the Aufgussmaster executed a unique sauna ritual with dancing movements, music and natural oils which were put on the ice-balls on the sauna stove. Afterwards, Christine and her partner Maria Santini and friends, founded the Italian Aufguss Association, AISA, dedicated to bringing the Aufguss culture to Italy and Europe through contests and education.

 

Christine is a highly ranked Aufguss contestant and has successfully participated in several national Aufguss preliminary contests, as well as the International Aufguss-WM Finals, with 500 participants.  Christine also works as a volunteer for the Italian Sauna Association with its 400 members.

 

 

FINLAND CREDITS

 

Mika Hotkanen, director

Julle Takanen, producer

Sampo Johansson, cameraman,

Jan-Niclas Jansson, cameraman

Sami Rehmonen, cameraman

Jukka Uitto, soundman

Petri Kettunen, soundman

Ilona Tolmunen, production assistant

Jenny Nyberg, production assistant

 

With additonal help from:

Sebastian Kahakorpi (Villa Upinniemi), Johanna Sandborg & Saara Louhensalo (Sampo Sauna), Ilmari Absetz (owner of sailboat), Risto Elomaa, Tommi Ullgren, Lasse Eriksen (Farris Spa), Jose Rikonen (Helsingin Sanomat), Flyboard Helsinki, and Meeko electric scooters, Helsinki.

 

 

RUSSIA CREDITS

 

Alina Rudnitskaya, Director

Anna Artemieva, guide and co-host

Anastasia Lobanova, Production assistant

Alexander Filippov, Director of photography

Alexey Matveev, DOP Assistant

Alexander Berdeev, 2nd DOP

Augil Musina, 3rd DOP

Sergei Rybnikov, Sound engineer

Vladimir Mikhailov, Video engineer

Vitaliy Karpovich, Drone operator

Andrey Romanov, Driver

 

VAARA Productions, Helsinki

Julle Takanen, Producer

Mika Hotakainen, Co-producer

 

With additonal help from:

 

Ulla Simonen, Risto Elomaa, Tommi Ullgren, Jarmo Lehtola, Vasily Liakhov (Moscow), Alex Migoushov,  Mikhail Brodsky, Bryon MacWilliams, Lasse Eriksen, Vera Barsuk, and Evgenia Shepeneva.

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