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Non-fiction storytelling has become an increasingly powerful tool in communication, advertising, and entertainment. Our documentary approach has proven to be highly effective across several genres, including corporate, commercial, non-profit, theatrical, EPK, and music video productions.

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ABELA FILMS REEL - PORTFOLIO

Check out Mike Abela’s cinematography and some of the projects we’ve contributed to in our latest reel.
TO THE END - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY To the End captures the emergence of a new generation of climate leaders - including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Abela Films provided field producing and additional cinematography (Mike Abela) for select California segments of this film. Directed by Rachel Lears.

TO THE END - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

To the End captures the emergence of a new generation of climate leaders – including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Abela Films provided field producing and additional cinematography (Mike Abela) for select California segments of this film. Directed by Rachel Lears.
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CITIZEN PENN - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Citizen Penn follows the story of actor Sean Penn in his effort to supply aid and recovery to Haiti after a massive earthquake struck the island in 2010. Michael Abela was a cinematographer on this Discovery+ original documentary, produced by KTF Films.
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DEAR SANTA - FEATURE FILM

DEAR SANTA shines a light on the 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program of the United States Postal Service. Mike Abela was the Director of Photography on this feature documentary, which was directed by Dana Nachman.
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DEAR SANTA THE SERIES - DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Dear Santa expands from it’s original feature film to a documentary series. Mike Abela was the Director of Photography on both Season 1 and Season 2, premiering on HULU and ABC seasonally.
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PICK OF THE LITTER - DOCUSERIES

Produced by Disney+ and KTF films, Michael Abela was the lead cinematographer on this series, which follows the ups and downs of 6 pups on their quest to become guides for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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DANGERS OF ILLICIT MEDICINES - VICE

This news segment explores the risks of counterfeit medicines. Abela Films provided field producing and cinematography (Mike Abela) for the California segments. The video was produced by VICE news.
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FLUTTER by GOOGLE - CORPORATE VIDEO

The STAIR app was designed by Flutter, which is a UI toolkit by Google. Michael Abela was the cinematographer for this documentary-style corporate video, which was directed by Jennifer Steinman.
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CISCO SF SQUARED - RECRUITMENT VIDEO

A corporate recruitment video designed to attract specialized talent into the Cisco SF Squared team. Production was carried out by Abela Films and the video was produced by Ironbound Films/Illume Films.
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THE CREATIVE HIGH - FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Nine artists in recovery from addiction are transformed by creativity in their turbulent search for identity and freedom. Mike Abela was a cinematographer on this film, which was directed by Adriana Marchione.
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SONOMA TILE MAKERS - BRANDING VIDEO

This film was produced to showcase Sonoma Tile Makers and their high-end line of specialty tiles. It’s a great example of how a documentary style production can be used to market a product and company.
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JIMMY CLIFF - MUSIC VIDEO

This music video was produced for Grammy-Award winning Jimmy Cliff. It was filmed on location in Kingston, Jamaica and produced in partnership with I.D. Studios.
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JULIAN MARLEY - MUSIC VIDEO

Son of world-renown Bob Marley, Julian Marley follows his fathers footprints in this documentary style music video production. The video was filmed on tour by Joey Clay Studios and cut by Abela Films.
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EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL - EDITORIAL

Set in Sindupalchok, Nepal, this cinematic editorial tells the story of a middle class town hit by a major earthquake, which destroyed over 80% of their homes. Produced by Abela Films and shot by Mike Abela.
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BUN RIEU CHO NOI - SHORT DOCUMENTARY

This short documentary profiles Co Be, who sells noodle soup from her boat on the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. Produced by Abela Films and Huy Pham and shot by Mike Abela.
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SYMSOIL - INVESTOR VIDEO

This short video was designed to target potential investors for this startup company. It was field produced and filmed by Abela Films and produced by Syndicate Studios.
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THE PISCES - SHORT DOCUMENTARY

This film follows a Japanese fish merchant through the original Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the largest wholesale fish market in the world. Produced by Abela Films and shot by Mike Abela.