Out of the Mayan Tombs (54 minutes with optional 46 minutes of extras)
Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, almost all looted from royal tombs, have flooded into the world's public and private collections. These amazing works of art, filled with humor and mystery, have opened an extraordinary window on the Maya past. But the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed ancient temples and palaces, culminating in the takeover of entire ancient cities by looter armies.
Out of the Maya Tombs enters the world of the vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, scholars, dealers and curators. For each, these vases have a radically different value and meaning. On a purely sensual level, Out of the Maya Tombs celebrates the artistry of these vases. It uses visual fascination as the doorway to intellectual and emotional engagement. Dramatic re-enactments and animated graphics created from ancient artwork bring Maya history.
Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Best Film, International Festival of Archaeological Film, Rovereto, Italy, 2014
Best Film Jury Award, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, Eugene, Oregon, 2014
Best Archaeology Film, Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival, Hilton Head, SC, 2014
Special Audience Prize, International Archaeological Film Festival of Bidasoa, Irun, Spain, 2014
Cinarchea International Archaeology Film Festival, Brandenburg, Germany, 2015
Rai International Festival of Ethnographic Film Bristol, Bristol, Uk, 2015
International Film Festival of Archaeology, Nyon, Switzerland, 2015
Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2014
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2014
International Festival of Films On Art (FIFA), Montreal, Canada, 2014
Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods (52 minutes)
Located in one of the most remote areas of Eastern Turkey and considered the eighth wonder of the ancient world, Mount Nemrud has been shrouded in mystery for more than 2000 years. At 7,700 feet above sea level and containing a 150-foot high tumulus flanked by colossal statues, the Mount Nemrud sanctuary has become synonymous with absolute grandeur. Widely believed to house the undisturbed tomb of it's builder, Mount Nemrud has puzzled researchers for more than a century. Antiochus, a self proclaimed King and God, ruled over Kommagene, a small buffer kingdom situated between the Roman and Parthian Empires during 162 BC and 72 AD. Ambitious and determined to protect his kingdom against his powerful neighbors, he initiated a cultural and religious reform that culminated in the building of Mount Nemrud, his greatest achievement.
Theresa Goell was the first american female archaeologist to lead a dig in Eastern Turkey. Despite rapidly deteriorating hearing, she became the head of the most extensive and long-term excavation of Mount Nemrud. She spent more than 30 years working to elevate the sanctuary to its rightful place among the great monuments of the ancient world. Many of the unearthed artifacts and historical information are a result of her tenacious work. The Lion Horoscope is one of archaeology's great finds. Initially excavated by the Germans in 1882, it was re-excavated and studied by Goell in the 1950's. It is the oldest known Greek calendrical horoscope in the world and believed to represent either the date of Antiochus' ascension to the throne or the foundation date of the sanctuary.
Through the use of on-site interviews with world renowned scholars, 3-D computer animations, and battle reinactments the film makers journey back in time to recreate history. Incorporating rare archival footage of excavations and memoirs of dedicated archaeologists such as Otto Puchstein and Theresa Goell, Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods, is a valuable tool for educators to inform and excite students from young to old who are eager to learn more about the history and achievements of the ancient world.