Dudes on Media

Dudes on Media Conservation & Adventure company started in 2006, delivering content to National Geographic, Outside TV and PBS. Our name reminds us not to be too serious.

Dudes on Media is the co-creation of Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley, who have a special passion for the outdoors and people. Over the course of their 8-year friendship they have developed an incomparable style of filmmaking. They first met at the age of 20, independently hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which they finished together. Since then their enthusiasm for wild places has brought them on new adventures. In 2006, they created their first film, PEDAL TO THE MIDNIGHT SUN where they document their 1,200-mile bicycle journey across Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. National Geographic Television would go on to air a portion of the film, firmly establishing the friends as a force in the filmmaking world. In 2008, they combined efforts again to undertake the hearty task of sea kayaking from Alaska to Seattle. PADDLE TO SEATTLE shows a filmmaking style that is full grown and defined. Paddler Magazine called it "the best sea kayaking feature film created in the past decade." It received top accolades at 15 major film festivals and has aired on PBS affiliates, Outside TV, and NBC's Universal Sports. Traveling and filming in a low impact, unobtrusive way they are able to continuously interact with their surroundings spontaneously, bringing the viewer into scenes and scenarios they have never before viewed. What makes their films interesting is not so much the enormity of the expeditions, but the people they meet along the way and the lessons they learn. As filmmakers they have become renowned for their honest and witty observation. Their rapport with one another has a seamless rhythm that could only have been developed through years of suffering together in the wild. JJ has honed his skills as a filmmaker as an associate producer for National Geographic Television in Washington, DC. Over the past few years Josh's curiosity for adventure and filmmaking have kept him based in Seward, Alaska where he currently works as a carpenter.

Mission: Humor and adventure for a better planet.

12/17/2018
Ben Clark

Salmon you eat today likely swam in oil 26 years old. Josh and JJ teamed up to capture this National Geographic film that's reached nearly 200,000 views. Now you can watch and share the full film for free. See the Exxon Valdez oil spill 26 years later and explore the effects of its reach.

Salmon you eat today likely swam in oil 26 years old. National Geographic's J.J. Kelley visits the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill 26 years later and explores the effects of it's reach.

06/20/2017

DVD GIVEAWAY

Go on an Alaskan expedition, check out a National Geographic short film we made on plastic trash showing up in the most ...
09/14/2015
Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Go on an Alaskan expedition, check out a National Geographic short film we made on plastic trash showing up in the most unexpected places in the world.

A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris along the Alaskan coast. Their goal: to create art from the trash they find and raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife.

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09/14/2015

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09/14/2015

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10/05/2014
Go Ganges!

Own or rent the adventure. Go Ganges is now available on Vimeo On Demand.
"A FASCINATING JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Outside Magazine

"A FASCINATING JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Outside Magazine One of the most endearing films ever made on the mighty river, Go Ganges! vividly looks at the paradox…

10/02/2014
Explore Zacuto’s Canon C300 Gear with Nat Geo's JJ Kelley

Dudes on Media and National Geographic’s JJ Kelley treks through Africa capturing the beauty of the continent with his C300 camera and Zacuto shoulder mounted rig. Watch the video at http://youtu.be/e7vKy2trLqs

National Geographic’s JJ Kelley treks through Africa capturing the beauty of the country with his C300 camera and Zacuto gear. Running through jungles to cat...

Field producing a new special for Nat Geo TV in Vietnam.
09/07/2014

Field producing a new special for Nat Geo TV in Vietnam.

We're still tweaking, but check out the new facelift for Dudes on Media Online. http://dudesonmedia.com
08/03/2014
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We're still tweaking, but check out the new facelift for Dudes on Media Online. http://dudesonmedia.com

We create adventure and conservation documentaries that highlight our joy for the natural world with the goal of inspiring others to travel on and take care of the planet.

06/17/2014
Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Our excessive trash transformed into art, now you can rent or own our latest film that explores the cultural archeology of our time.

A journey along a remote Alaskan coast—in search of garbage. The world shrinks as we all become connected through our litter, yet somehow we are still severed from…

Go Amazon! Now you can buy or rent Go Ganges on Amazon Prime, or if you've seen it, we'd love to have you rate the film.
06/04/2014
Go Ganges! [HD]

Go Amazon! Now you can buy or rent Go Ganges on Amazon Prime, or if you've seen it, we'd love to have you rate the film.

Go Ganges! [HD]

He traveled across India with us in Go Ganges, and now he's published his first book, an incredible adventure! Check out...
05/09/2014
Flying Off Everest: The Story Behind the Ultimate Descent

He traveled across India with us in Go Ganges, and now he's published his first book, an incredible adventure! Check out what Men's Journal is saying about Flying off Everest by Dave Costello.

Dave Costello chronicles the first complete account of an unprecedented expedition to climb Everest, paraglide from its peak, and kayak nearly 400 miles to the Indian Ocean

04/22/2014
Superior Dreams

How about a kayak expedition around the largest lake in the world? Now on Dudes OnDemand, "Superior Dreams" goes inside the adventure of two friends undertaking the greatest journey of their lives.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/superiordreams

Two kayakers attempt a shared dream: to paddled around the shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Kayaking Lake Superior would take nearly 100-days and…

Very cool! Our latest short film is currently trending #1 on National Geographic's YouTube Channel. See the video here: ...
02/17/2014

Very cool! Our latest short film is currently trending #1 on National Geographic's YouTube Channel. See the video here: http://youtu.be/GV5ZECGT9Dc

BBFF 2014 Official Selection: Gyre Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean
02/03/2014
BBFF 2014 Official Selection: Gyre Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

BBFF 2014 Official Selection: Gyre Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

An international team of renowned artists and scientists journey to Alaska to change the way we view some of the most disturbingly profound cultural artifacts of our time: marine debris. Their collaborative approach uniquely addresses the number one problem threatening life in our oceans today. They...

GoPro has arguably the largest camera crew on the planet; check out how this adventure video company blurs the lines bet...
01/31/2014
Video: GoPro Goes Amateur

GoPro has arguably the largest camera crew on the planet; check out how this adventure video company blurs the lines between documentary, marketing and mainstream media.

The camera company is shifting from exclusively building hardware to focusing more on distributing the media that its cameras create.

San Francisco! Come see friend & legendary photographer Kip Evens present stories from the Gyre. Our film will play as w...
01/30/2014

San Francisco! Come see friend & legendary photographer Kip Evens present stories from the Gyre. Our film will play as well; it's all happening this weekend at the The Exploratorium. Don't miss it!!! http://bit.ly/1jPchml

We've been proudly doing adventure docs since 2006. This little gem is from our freshman film "Pedal to the Midnight Sun...
01/29/2014

We've been proudly doing adventure docs since 2006. This little gem is from our freshman film "Pedal to the Midnight Sun."

From the Paddle to Seattle archive, before there were GoPro Cameras to make our job so much easier, this is what we did.
01/27/2014

From the Paddle to Seattle archive, before there were GoPro Cameras to make our job so much easier, this is what we did.

An Australian Premiere—It's with great joy that we announce Gyre as an Official Selection to the 2014 Byron Bay Film F...
01/16/2014

An Australian Premiere—It's with great joy that we announce Gyre as an Official Selection to the 2014 Byron Bay Film Festival!
Photo by Kip Evans http://kipevansphotography.com

Our recent National Geographic short film, GYRE, will be featured in next month's Alaska Magazine. The art exhibit opens...
01/08/2014

Our recent National Geographic short film, GYRE, will be featured in next month's Alaska Magazine. The art exhibit opens soon at the Anchorage Museum; see the full documentary here: http://youtu.be/cr5m8b28eqA

We recently traveled to Denver for National Geographic to see the U.S. Gov. destroy it's ivory stockpile. Take a look; w...
12/04/2013
U.S. Destroys 6 Tons of Elephant Ivory | Dudes on Media

We recently traveled to Denver for National Geographic to see the U.S. Gov. destroy it's ivory stockpile. Take a look; what's your take? http://bit.ly/1kcaG5Z

The U.S. government destroyed nearly six tons of ivory on November 14, by crushing the products into tiny pieces. This symbolic event aimed to bring attention to the corruption and illegal activity surrounding the killing of elephants for the ivory trade. JJ had a chance to document the event for Na...

We sent cameras to the edge of space over the Grand Canyon; stay tuned for our upcoming National Geographic short doc.
12/03/2013

We sent cameras to the edge of space over the Grand Canyon; stay tuned for our upcoming National Geographic short doc.

Coming soon, the Grand Canyon as you may have never seen it before--a new short doc for National Geographic.
12/03/2013

Coming soon, the Grand Canyon as you may have never seen it before--a new short doc for National Geographic.

"Paddle to Seattle" (2009)
11/24/2013

"Paddle to Seattle" (2009)

A recent trip to the Big Water Film Festival resulted in an Audience Award & all-around incredible visit. Author Julie B...
11/12/2013
Julie Buckles: Peddle, Paddle, Go Undercover

A recent trip to the Big Water Film Festival resulted in an Audience Award & all-around incredible visit. Author Julie Buckles shares her take.

J.J. Kelley's National Geographic film, "Battle for the Elephants," was awarded the Audience Favorite award at the Big Water Film Festival this weekend. Not because it is funny or even fun but because it is an important film that could potentially save the elephants from extinction.

Dudes on Media's cover photo
10/23/2013

Dudes on Media's cover photo

We're going to Israel...well Go Ganges is anyway. We're thrilled that our adventure doc will be part of the Tel Aviv SPI...
10/09/2013
פסטיבל קולנוע רוחני » English homepage

We're going to Israel...well Go Ganges is anyway. We're thrilled that our adventure doc will be part of the Tel Aviv SPIRIT Film Festival, פסטיבל קולנוע רוחני.

Screenings in October:
Thu 24.10 14:35
Fri 25.10 10:10
Fri 25.10 21:50
Sat 26.10 10:30

http://www.spiritfestival.co.il/english-hp/

סרטים רוחניים בסנימטק תל אביב - 23-26 באוקטובר 2013. לחצו כאן למידע נוסף ורכישת כרטיסים

08/22/2013
Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Join an expedition to Alaska exploring...trash? It's the cultural archeology of our time; watch our latest documentary presented right here by National Geographic. http://youtu.be/cr5m8b28eqA

In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast ... in search of garbage. A team of scientists and artists inv...

We've been hard at work finishing our latest film, and tomorrow National Geographic will release the work. Coming soon.....
08/20/2013

We've been hard at work finishing our latest film, and tomorrow National Geographic will release the work. Coming soon..."Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean"
Trailer: http://youtu.be/XWa4W7xjNW8
Photo by Kip Evans

Our newest short film on the The New York Times! Edited by Nick August-Perna, Directed by JJ Kelley, Produced by Josh Th...
08/16/2013
Video: Into the Gyre

Our newest short film on the The New York Times! Edited by Nick August-Perna, Directed by JJ Kelley, Produced by Josh Thomas, Jason Orfanon, Mike Schmidt, Sarah Joseph & Adrian Pruett.

A team of artists and scientists traveled to Alaska to document water pollution. Carl Safina, an ecologist and Mark Dion, an artist, talk about their observations from the trip.

08/16/2013
Preview: The Gyre Expedition

Join an expedition to Alaska in search of...trash? National Geographic will release our short film next week; here's the trailer. http://youtu.be/XWa4W7xjNW8

Join the Gyre Expedition for a close-up look at how garbage impacts our planet. This team of scientists, artists, and educators journeyed into the Alaskan wi...

Check out an interview with Mark Dion & Carl Safina on The New York Times Science Page this Tuesday for a sneak peek of ...
08/11/2013

Check out an interview with Mark Dion & Carl Safina on The New York Times Science Page this Tuesday for a sneak peek of our new film "Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean" in association with National Geographic. http://nyti.ms/13W6NOq
-Photo by Kip Evans

It's our first screening in Israel! Go Ganges is an Official Selection at the Tel Aviv SPIRIT Film Festival פסטיבל...
08/07/2013

It's our first screening in Israel! Go Ganges is an Official Selection at the Tel Aviv SPIRIT Film Festival פסטיבל קולנוע רוחני.

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08/04/2013

An ocean studio

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