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A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made? Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. The series was featured in the 2013 SXSW film festival and has been applauded by many publications, including Creative Review, Vogue, Core 77, Dwell, GQ, Filmmaker Magazine, the LA Times, and more.

The fifth film turns to bike maker Ezra Caldwell (Fast Boy Cycles), who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. When the cancer threatens to shatter his love of bikes, Ezra survives by documenting his illness as thoroughly as his craft. If one had to describe this short film with two words, it would be “Life Lesson”.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York city, Keith (“keef”) Ehrlich got his start at RSA Films, and has since worked with design and production companies including Blind, Brand New School, Trollbäck + Company, Imaginary Forces, süperfad, Shilo, BigStar, and Hush. He is the Creator and Director of Made by Hand, a short film series that focuses on great design, craftsmanship, and the maker spirit. In 2011, Keith established Bureau of Common Goods, a Brooklyn-based film and digital content studio. His work has been featured in Shoot Magazine, Boards Magazine, IdN, the Berlin Transmediale Fest, and the Shots / Ciclope International Ad Fest in Argentina.

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