Sebastian Junger

Online video gets the serial treatment at the Vimeo Fest

Online video gets the serial treatment at the Vimeo Fest

In the ‘Series’ competition at the Vimeo Festival + Awards, video-makers competed with pieces they made in parts, like those serials from back in the day…but updated in an online sorta way. The winning series, OFTEN AWESOME, takes a look at one man’s diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and the effect it has on himself and his best friend/lover. A quietly heartbreaking moment.

Q&A With Sebastian Junger

Q&A With Sebastian Junger

DreamStates: Sebastian Junger Animation by Cole Gerst

Sebastian Junger is busy on a book tour promoting his book WAR, now in paperback. The author and filmmaker took time from his busy schedule to chat with me about his Dreamstates episode, seen above.

How were you first approached to take part in DreamStates?

I was told about it by National Geographic. I thought it was a cool idea.

Did you collaborate at all with the illustrator? If so, in what ways?

No I did not. And I think he did a fantastic job! I absolutely loved what he created. It was such a cool experience watching my own dream portrayed visually. It was very cool.

Was there anything that he got 100% right, spot on?

Well I think the characterization of the expanding cartoon monsters was perfect. He really nailed it. It was really spot on.

You said this dream marked a time where you grew up. Have you had other dreams, like or unlike this one, that have repeated or have impacted you?

I mean every once in a while we all have dreams that are devastating. Nothing ever like that though. Nothing with a complete sense of doom and helplessness. It was really a classic midlife issue.

How old were you?

I was 46.

Dreaming with Sebastian Junger: Evil Bubble Monsters

Dreaming with Sebastian Junger: Evil Bubble Monsters


DreamStates: Sebastian Junger Animation by Cole Gerst

Sebastian Junger is an American author, journalist, and documentarian, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm, his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the 2010 movie RESTREPO, and his 2010 book War. Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Sebastian co-directed RESTREPO with photo journalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed while on assignment in Misrata, Libya in April 2010.

Sebastian’s dream story for our new web series DreamStates was quite intense. In his dream, he recalls how, while embedded with troops in Afghanistan, his “dream state and reality would often get blended together”. In this very profound dream – Sebastian and his “older brother” are being attacked by incredibly evil and violent “bubble monsters” that just keep coming and won’t stop – with no end in sight. Very scary stuff.

Sundance Channel teamed up with creative agency, Option-G, for the new collaborative animated video series, DreamStates. The series includes interviews with musicians Questlove (The Roots) and Mike Gordon (Phish), actor/comedian Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), actress Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, COUPLES RETREAT) and writer/documentarian Sebastian Junger (THE PERFECT STORM/RESTREPO).

Dreaming with Option-G

Dreaming with Option-G

Our friends at creative agency Option-G created our latest animated web series, DreamStates — LIVE NOW!

In the series, innovators from the worlds of music and film recall some of their most bizarre dream stories. The dreams are then brought to life by talented and unique animators. Sundance Channel also worked with Option-G in the past on the award-winning eco-themed animated series Yung Yeti. We love all things Option-G, whether it’s animation, illustration, original art work, prints, t-shirts or posters — they do it all. Click here to check out the Option-G website and see for yourself.

DreamStates Coming in May

DreamStates Coming in May

What do you dream about? What’s that one dream story you’ll never forget? The one that’s “seared into your brain” forever. We all have them. Now, Sundance Channel takes a deeper look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of film and music. Created by Option-G, DreamStates is a five-part…

Sundance Film Festival follow up: RESTREPO

Sundance Film Festival follow up: RESTREPO

The Korengal Valley is one of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan, so dangerous, in fact, that it’s known amongst soldiers as “the deadliest place on Earth.” It’s also the setting of RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary on the Second US Platoon that was stationed there for 14-months between May…

RESTREPO, how’s this for an opening salvo?

RESTREPO, how’s this for an opening salvo?

Still from RESTREPO.

How’s this for an opening salvo? RESTREPO, the first documentary to screen at Sundance 2010, kicks off with a grunt’s-eye view of being caught in a roadside-bomb explosion, and only gets more intense from there. In 2007 and 2008, journalist Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington made 10 trips to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, a six-mile corridor near the Pakistan border, at the time the focal point of the fighting between U.S. forces and the Taliban. A raw, often harrowing piece of frontline reportage, the film uses post-facto interviews with the soldiers to orient the viewers, but mostly, it opts for disorientation — for the surreal ground-level experience of combat, alternating between restless downtime and confusing firefights.