David Hambridge (@thatguyhambone) — NC Based Filmmaker • Director | Producer | DP of @kifaruthefilm
Ringo loved scratching his budding horn on our car bumper, we let him do it.. because why not, he too cute. Rhino belly rubs don’t get much better under the equator. #longlivetheking#Sudan#LLRS✨ • • • • • • #bts#documentary#filmmaking#2016#featurefilm#rhinos#wildlife#kenya#kifaruthefilm
@noakleach caught a moment w her film photo: @jemu_mwenda & I discussing an aerial flight sequence at @olpejeta (the most scenic place I’ve ever flown my @djiglobal Inspire 2) good ol JoJo was driving us. She’s a brave co-pilot / picture snapper. 📸 @kifaruthefilm • • • #documentary#film#35mm#bts#kifaruthefilm#aerial#cinematography#olpejeta#kenya#rookieoftheyear
Before the World Premiere, didn’t expect to be taking home any brass that week. Can’t believe we did. Humbled the people liked @kifaruthefilm love you guys. @slamogram@olpejeta 🙏🏼 • • #grandjuryprize#audienceaward#firsttime#documentary#featurefilm#festivalszn#sudantherhino#legacy#storytelling#humanizing#theunthinkable#extinction
JoJo and Fatu. One of the 2 remaining females left in the world. PS happy belated birthday to the big baba @wachira.joseph - guess who took this photo? It was @jemu_mwenda on the @canonusa 5DMK2, my first camera I bought to start shooting video on once they released that firmware update where you could shoot 30fps (not even 24fps yet) - remember them days?! That’s a 🥇📷. • • • #supportyourlocalrhinocaretaker#givethemacamera#kifaru#documentary#filmmaking#photography#portrait#olpejeta#fatu#najin#northernwhiterhinos
OH MY GOD!! I didn’t expect this. Guys seriously, we did it 🏆! This is my first feature-length documentary and we won THE GRAND JURY PRIZE for Documentary Feature & THE AUDIENCE AWARD with @kifaruthefilm ! Thnx to everyone who believed in us throughout the 4 years of making this film and stuck by this production through the highest of highs and lowest of lows. This was our first competitive festival & World Premiere at an amazing Academy Eligible festival 🤭 and Sudan’s story touched both the jury and the audience. I owe this to the entire team: @jemu_mwenda@email@example.com@mornedelarey@jessepaddock@andrewhbrown@kevinmatley@mwaudio@slamogram I’m still in shock. Thank you to our friends & partners at Submarine and David Magdael PR, they believed in us and took a chance. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. My heart is so full right now 🦏🇰🇪❤️ this one is for Sudan and all the Kenyan caretakers at @olpejeta who opened up their lives to me! #blessed#wattba • • I just want to say that our friends who did @catsticks - that entire filmmaking team from India are going to blow people’s minds with their film & projects forever to come, I loved our time together, @shredevdube you are a goddess of a DP.
Had an early morning interview on the local Park City TV feature. Discussed our film @kifaruthefilm | shouts to @parkcitytv for asking surprisingly good questions! Y’all check out the local news with included our exclusive clip from the film + come out to a screening! (I got some free tickets DM me) 😘
We on the way to Park City, Utah for @slamogram ! Just a few months ago I was doing pickups in #kenya & #hongkong for this film previously titled ‘Sudan: The Last Male Standing’ but with the advice of our partners & sales team we’re excited to premiere ‘KIFARU’ @kifaruthefilm - this is the first time anyone outside our immediate collaborators and a few friends have seen it. I’m super nervous. Too many people to thank. I love everyone who’s supported me since day 1. We’re bringing this back to NC and then worldwide afterwards because Park City, Utah is too expensive! 🤫🤘🏼
How are we ever going to top this last Hong Kong trip @jemu_mwenda ? Oh yeah, #hkiff#2019@hkiffs . . . Guess we’ll have to find out! Ready to show the world this film in early 2019 and make good on that promise we made to each other. Our thanks goes out to everyone that supported and waited for @kifaruthefilm after all these years. We will not disappoint you guys and gals. 🦏🎬
Emphasis on “ancient”. There’s nothing glamorous, sporty, or healing on Hollywood Rd in Hong Kong. It’s all a product of bloodshed, teardrops, and vivid memories of intelligent animals losing one of their most loved family members. Let’s just be honest.
We met with some friends, ate well, and dim sum. @jemu_mwenda is a maverick with the chopsticks. Who knew! Also this place (is/was?) a Michelin star Chinese cuisine spot. I don’t remember what it was called, but it ruled.. and dim sum. 🥢🤭 • • • • • • #hongkong#bts#afeastoffriends#dimsum#thatplaceincentral#whereeveryoneeats#traditional#cuisine#chopsticks#lunchwithfriends
Piloted/DP’d the aerial cinematography for a TV series featuring The Rock as host, it’s coming soon. . . . . . . Shot on my Inspire 2 w/ X5s and the DJI 15mm f/1.7 MFT (I like the Olympus 28mm f/1.8 way more but we couldn’t fly above 400ft) - Big thanks to my drone guru mentor @nesrodriguez who helped me get our credentials together last minute w/ paperwork & night waivers (as well as TCB ⚡️ with the LA County fire marshall). None would have been possible without my buddies in the camera dept bringing us on @bsmith_bs & @sullivan_dereks 👊🏼
Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Big hugs to my friends, family, and professional colleagues who have supported me since day one. The inspiration to reach my greatest potential as a human & doc-filmmaker lies within the people who challenge and hold me accountable everyday. Remember, we are all flawed as individuals and that will never change. My advice (as I begin my 32nd year) is to always serve those around you with all the love & respect you can give - it will always return in some way, shape, or form. Keep in mind that everyone’s had to endure challenges in life and that scar tissue has a story behind it. Be proud of that. For me, making @kifaruthefilm has been the centerpiece of my life’s work for a few years, and nothing’s come easy. But the people who graciously opened up their lives, homes, and time towards this film are the same ones that motivate me to make sure it makes an impact on the world. Thanks to the team, our colleagues and friends internationally, to our fiscal sponsor in NC @southerndocfund & our 2nd family at @olpejeta (Elodie, Annick, Jerryair, Mutisya, Stables crew, so many y’all know who you are!) We have a legacy to share for generations to come. . . . . . . #patience#exploremore#crossculture#crosslines#learnlessons#workhard#loveothers#listen#listen#listen#leadbyexample#humility#humanity#service#skillset#olpejeta#conservation#speakup#Sudan#thelastmalestanding#longlivetheking#extinction#documentary#film#postpro
It’s been an incredible journey over making @kifaruthefilm and today my friend @jemu_mwenda was honored in Nairobi for 2018 African Wildlife Ranger of the year on World Ranger Day. I feel timing has all made this happen for a reason and hard work will always pay off to everyone. I’m honored to have worked alongside so many notable people who sacrifice their time and resources into be a part of saving the northern whites from extinction & wildlife conservation. A very special thanks to @olpejeta for giving me the opportunity to make this film over the past ~ 4 years. Asante sana, and we’ll see you again in a week! 🙏🏼😎